100 episodes

The Velvet Machete® Leadership Podcast with Amber Hurdle helps you become a confident, compassionate leader, and a driving force of influence, whether you are a leader in an organization or as a business owner or entrepreneur. Along with her expert guests, Amber uses her experience working with international celebrities and Fortune 100 companies, as well as small business owners, worldwide, to show leaders how to play big and next-level their success. Topics include leadership, personal branding, communication, engagement, influence, branding, marketing, networking, employee management and leadership, company culture, customer service, business systems, sales, easy to use tech tools, remote work best practices, empowerment and personal leadership topics, and more. To connect in a more powerful way, join the Velvet Machete® Leadership Society, our monthly membership featuring a community with driven professionals just like you, monthly expert interviews and downloadable resources, and direct access to Amber, all designed to support you on your leadership journey. Visit https://velvetmacheteleadership.com/society to join.

Velvet Machete Leadership Podcast with Amber Hurdle Amber Hurdle

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    • 4.8 • 128 Ratings

The Velvet Machete® Leadership Podcast with Amber Hurdle helps you become a confident, compassionate leader, and a driving force of influence, whether you are a leader in an organization or as a business owner or entrepreneur. Along with her expert guests, Amber uses her experience working with international celebrities and Fortune 100 companies, as well as small business owners, worldwide, to show leaders how to play big and next-level their success. Topics include leadership, personal branding, communication, engagement, influence, branding, marketing, networking, employee management and leadership, company culture, customer service, business systems, sales, easy to use tech tools, remote work best practices, empowerment and personal leadership topics, and more. To connect in a more powerful way, join the Velvet Machete® Leadership Society, our monthly membership featuring a community with driven professionals just like you, monthly expert interviews and downloadable resources, and direct access to Amber, all designed to support you on your leadership journey. Visit https://velvetmacheteleadership.com/society to join.

    How to Easily Make Fast, Healthy Meals on a Budget with Tiffany Terczak

    How to Easily Make Fast, Healthy Meals on a Budget with Tiffany Terczak

    In this episode of the Velvet Machete Leadership Podcast, host Amber Hurdle interviews Tiffany Terczak, creator of Grocery Budget Bootcamp and Don’t Waste the Crumbs, a blog that teaches families how to eat real food on a budget. 

    Amber believes in fueling your body with premium fuel and managing the time and money you spend on your nutrition to perform at your peak and optimize your ability to lead.

    As a wife and mom who learned how to get out of debt and eat healthier, Tiffany is passionate about sharing meal plans, recipes, instructions on grocery budgeting, and tips for DIY natural living with individuals and families looking to reduce their spending on food while raising the quality of their meals. Together they discuss: 

    *How to make quick meals with real, nourishing food--on a budget
    *How to get out of debt and eat healthier at the same time
    *Tips for reducing your grocery budget, even on all-natural and organic foods
    *Kitchen hacks, frugal recipes, saving money, and much more

    This episode teaches the basics of building a grocery budget around better food that your body and you wallet will love. Don’t miss Tiffany’s experienced insights into budgeting, cooking, and shopping for the best deals on real, healthy, natural foods! She shares such valuable information, you’ll definitely want to come back to this one again and again.
    Links and Mentioned Resources 
    Check out Tiffany’s website, Don’t Waste the Crumbs, for shopping and cooking tips, tricks, and know-how that will have you both saving money and eating healthier. Or, sign up for her course, Grocery Budget Bootcamp, for a deep dive into the exact methods that helped Tiffany and her husband not only eat healthier on a budget, but pay off over $100,000 in debt, too. 

    Follow @thevelvetmachete on Instagram for inspiration and free business advice. 
    About Tiffany 
    Tiffany Terczak is a wife, mom of two, and the creator of Don’t Waste the Crumbs, a robust blog that provides free recipes, budgeting tips, meal plans, kitchen hacks, and tips for natural living. She’s a mom who learned both how to eat healthier and get out of debt at the same time, and she’s committed to sharing what she’s learned over the years with other individuals and families looking to take the pain out of their budgets, grocery shopping, and planning truly healthy meals that nourish their bodies. Tiffany is also the founder of the forthcoming Crumbs University and the Grocery Budget Bootcamp course, a deep dive into the exact budgeting, shopping, and meal planning tips and tricks she uses for her own family. 

    Get Social: Website | Course | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter 
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    • 32 min
    Top 5 Lessons Learned in 100 Episodes + Birthday Reflections

    Top 5 Lessons Learned in 100 Episodes + Birthday Reflections

    I cannot believe I (finally) made it to 100 episodes! And on top of that? My 100th episode publishes on my BIRTHDAY! So, let’s double celebrate! 

    As I reflect on the top five lessons I’ve learned through producing 100 podcast episodes, I also want to issue you five challenges. Then, I want to share some reflections and real talk about my past less than festive year because you know I’m transparent and someone needs to hear my story.

    Be sure to tune in for the backstory on each of the five lessons, but here is the quick recap to follow along:
    Top 5 Lessons Learned in 100 EpisodesLesson 1: People are AWESOME!
    YOUR CHALLENGE: Determine who you need to meet and where you need to go to meet them. Then go find the people who can help you on your journey!
    Lesson 2: The person who wins is not the best, it’s the person who doesn’t give up!
    YOUR CHALLENGE: Identify something that you think you can’t do or are not good enough to do - something you are hesitant about doing -- and then commit to a time frame that you absolutely won’t give up, no matter how many times you fail.
    Lesson 3: Get out of your comfort zone.
    YOUR CHALLENGE: What are you not doing right now because you are afraid you are going to look stupid? What do you need to get out of your comfort zone? Decide what that is, then do it!
    Lesson 4: People need your light.
    YOUR CHALLENGE: Fill in the blank: My light is that I do ______________. (And then put that in the comments of YouTube or my social media for this episode or email me what that is at amber@amberhurdle.com.)
    Lesson 5: Just do you.
    YOUR CHALLENGE: Listen to episode #5 and develop your personal brand so you are clear on who you are and how you best serve others to develop unshakeable confidence.
    Birthday Reflections
    There’s been a lot of change in my life in the past year. I mean A LOT. All is well and love reigns, but as real as I’ve always been with you all, it felt like a good time to finally pull back the curtain and let you know about some of the changes. Maybe it will encourage you or explain some of the wonkiness of a “branding expert’s” inconsistency, and I know it will allow me to step into the light and out of the shadows, so I can get back to being who I am and doing what I do best.

    Importantly, I want you to know you are seen, treasured, and let me be clear that serving you is my life’s work. Thank you for being exactly who you are. 

    Here’s to a fresh year of life and another 100 episodes! xo
    LINKS AND MENTIONED RESOURCES
    The Bombshell Business Woman Chapter 14: How to Network Like a Lady Boss 

    Episode 5: Develop Your Personal Brand

    Honest & Vulnerable Announcement From a Hospital Parking Garage (10/23/21)


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    • 46 min
    Leveraging Performance-Driven Neurology with Larry Olsen

    Leveraging Performance-Driven Neurology with Larry Olsen

    Did you know that before an average person speaks a single word they send over 250,000 messages? It’s the crazy truth! 

    Interested in learning more about performance-driven neurology, then you’ll want to experience my guest Larry Olsen as he shares:


    What percentage of your performance is driven by attitude.

    How our subconscious shapes our attitudes.

    How to overcome allowing our attitudes to inform our decisions.

    How to develop the awareness to replace old attitudes and beliefs.

    How to “get a vision and live it.”

    A whole bunch of nerdy brain stuff that explains WHY we do what we do and how to do it better.

    And so much more!

    Links and Mentioned Resources 

    Follow @thevelvetmachete on Instagram for inspiration and free personal development advice for powerful leaders.. 
    About Larry

    International speaker, author, and executive coach, Larry Olsen, has years of experience working with Fortune 50 companies, championship teams, and entrepreneurs on establishing their vision and sense of purpose. Larry understands that perception is truth, and his innate ability to customize his approach for each client’s success truly sets him apart. Every person is different, and Larry’s approach has proven that success happens when we team up with someone who listens, discovers what makes us unique, and shows us how to unleash our own greatness.

    Larry is passionate about providing individuals and teams quick, actionable guidance on how to break ingrained, ineffective habits that they did not even know were holding them back. His company Aperneo’s approach to professional development balances common sense, practical neuroscience, and personal accountability, enabling clients to gain insights and perspectives to live, work, and engage with more success. In addition to working with companies, athletes, and entrepreneurs, Larry is a sought-after speaker, podcast host, and the author of Get a Vision and Live It, which provides insight into how to easily adjust our thinking to get the results we want.


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    • 47 min
    Becoming A Compassionate Leader With Joseph Fung

    Becoming A Compassionate Leader With Joseph Fung

    In this episode of the Velvet Machete Leadership Podcast, host Amber Hurdle interviews Joseph Fung, serial entrepreneur, CEO, and founder of Uvaro, a tech sales career accelerator and sales enablement platform purpose-built to provide sales teams with the information that they need, when they need it. Joseph speaks frequently on the topics of sales, leadership, diversity, and corporate social responsibility. Together they discuss: 

    *Diversity and culture in tech company cultures 
    *Having hard conversations in your company versus taking a public activist stance on social issues
    *Being a compassionate leader to identify and heal pain in your organization 
    *Building more diverse teams for better business results and better decision making 
    *Getting comfortable in discomfort in order to develop more empathy as a leader 

    This episode is a valuable deep dive into how compassion and empathy in leadership help us to identify and heal pain within our organizations. Don’t miss Joseph’s expertise on workplace diversity and culture, compassionate leadership, and building more diverse teams for greater success! Joseph is a true gem in the leadership world, so you’ll want to hear what he has to say. 

    Links and Mentioned Resources Check out Joseph’s company, Uvaro, or connect with him on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram. Read the articles Joseph mentioned in this episode here: How Inclusive Is Your Leadership; Hey CEOs, Now Isn’t the Time to Stick Your Head in the Sand. 

    Follow @thevelvetmachete on Instagram for inspiration and free business advice. 
    About Joseph Joseph Fung is a serial entrepreneur, CEO, and founder of Uvaro, a tech sales career accelerator and sales enablement platform purpose-built to provide sales teams with the information that they need, when they need it. He is a repeat founder and CEO, with multiple successful sales exits. Joseph speaks frequently on the topics of sales, leadership, diversity, and corporate social responsibility. As an active early-stage investor, he ensures that the majority of his investments are into women-led companies so we love him extra for that. Joseph is a graduate of the University of Waterloo’s computer engineering program, and he sits on the board of Communitech, the Golden Triangle Angel Network, and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. 

    Get Social: Uvaro | LinkedIn | Twitter | Instagram | Forbes Councils Profile

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    • 42 min
    Digital PR And Getting Your Name Out There With Victoria Kennedy

    Digital PR And Getting Your Name Out There With Victoria Kennedy

    In this episode of the Velvet Machete Leadership Podcast, host Amber Hurdle interviews Victoria Kennedy, CEO of Victorious PR, a media agency that helps entrepreneurs and real estate brokerages, among others, get featured in industry-specific publications, local press, podcasts, and top publications to be seen as industry leaders in their fields. Victoria has been featured in over 200 publications, including Forbes, Entrepreneur, TV and radio stations, and the TEDx stage. Together they discuss: 

    *Victoria’s definition of personal branding and what effective personal branding means for business
    *Hiccups and pitfalls business owners and executives encounter when working on their PR or personal brand
    *The importance of becoming the number one authority in your niche
    *Victoria’s recommendations for PR DIY-ers
    *How to position yourself for greater authority in your career, even if you don’t own a business

    This episode will get any business owner or executive jump-started on the importance of building niche authority and presenting themselves to the world as an expert in their field. Don’t miss Victoria’s insights into personal branding, public relations, niche authority, and establishing yourself as a go-to thought leader in your area of expertise! Victoria contains a wealth of wisdom, so you’ll want to hold onto this episode for future reference. 
    Links and Mentioned Resources 
    Visit Victoria online at her website, learn more about Victorious PR, or connect with her on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. 

    Follow @thevelvetmachete on Instagram for inspiration and free business advice. 
    About Victoria 
    Victoria Kennedy is the CEO of Victorious PR, a media agency that helps Entrepreneurs and Real Estate Brokerages (among others) get featured in industry-specific publications, local press, podcasts, and top publications to be seen as Industry Leaders in their fields. Victoria has been featured in over 200 publications including Forbes, Entrepreneur, TV & radio stations, and the TEDx stage.

    Get Social: Website | Victorious PR | LinkedIn | Facebook | Instagram | YouTube

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    • 32 min
    Achieving Customer Love with Howard Tiersky

    Achieving Customer Love with Howard Tiersky

    In this episode of the Velvet Machete Leadership Podcast, host Amber Hurdle interviews Howard Tiersky, Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Winning Digital Customers and founder of FROM, The Digital Transformation Agency and Innovation Loft. Howard teaches leaders that achieving customer love is the single most important criteria for business success, and that we can measure a brand’s level of customer love with a single question. Together they discuss: 

    *The important components brands with high love consistently have
    *How to differentiate between “customer love” and loyalty (hint: they’re not the same!)
    *The exact 3-part formula for achieving customer love 
    *A proven, 5-part transformation process brands can use to improve their fulfillment of the love formula 

    This episode will teach you the transformative process your brand can implement to achieve customer love. Don’t miss Howard’s expertise on the exact steps brands should be taking in order to make their customers fall in love over and over again! He shares tips on understanding your customer, mapping the customer journey, building the future, optimizing the short-term, and leading the change. You’ll want to revisit this wisdom, so don’t miss it. 
    Links and Mentioned Resources 
    Visit Howard’s website to download a free chapter from his book, Winning Digital Customers. You can also connect with him on LinkedIn and Twitter.

    Follow @thevelvetmachete on Instagram for inspiration and free business advice. 
    About Howard 
    Howard Tiersky is the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Winning Digital Customers: The Antidote to Irrelevance. Howard is the founder of two companies that enable large brands to win in the digital world: FROM, The Digital Transformation Agency and Innovation Loft. Among his dozens of Fortune 1000 clients are Verizon, NBC, Universal Studios, JPMC, Morgan Stanley, the NBA, and Visa.

    Get Social: Free Book Chapter | LinkedIn | Twitter

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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
128 Ratings

128 Ratings

howardtnyc ,

Great for aspiring leaders

Each episode gives awesome guidance for leaders and aspiring leaders alike! I love how every advice is simple and doable as well.

Heather Elena R ,

Awesome guidance for business owners!

I nearly cried when I heard that this would be the last season of the Bombshell podcast! 😭 Amber’s podcast has great style and personality with very relevant topics. Anyone with a business, at all levels, can benefit from listening.

Needing Time for Me ,

Needed the inspiration!

I'm so excited to be listening to Amber Hurdle's podcast. My boss sent over some information to me and I had to find out more. Definately worth listening to!

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