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The Next 24 Hours

71 EpisodesProduced by Curtis ZimmermanWebsite

The life you live and the life you want are separated by one thing: YOU. What will you do in the next 24 hours to transform your life and work? Join your guide, sought-after keynote speaker and best-selling author Curtis Zimmerman as he shares insights from two decades of consulting with top corpora… read more

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February 22nd, 2024


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#69: Big Announcement: The Final Chapter of Keynotes to Collectibles

August 17th, 2021


This may be my last podcast...about sports collectibles! As many of you know, at the beginning of this year, my family and I jumped off the cliff and …

#68: Why Generosity is the Best Business Strategy - Keynotes to Collectibles

July 12th, 2021


When we jumped off the cliff and purchased Ray's Sports Collection, I didn't want to take the leap without knowing that we'd have enough margin to be …

#67: When Is it Time to Say Goodbye to Your Collection? - Keynotes to Collectibles

June 22nd, 2021


For many years, Ray's Sports Collection was just that—Ray's! Ray is a real guy who sold his incredible inventory of sports cards and collectibles to …

#66: Keeping the Family in Family Business - Keynotes to Collectibles

June 8th, 2021


Family has been the most meaningful part of the Ray's Sports Collection journey. All five Zimmermans have been an integral part of the process, but …

#65: What Living the Dream Means to Me Now - Keynotes to Collectibles

May 26th, 2021


We've had the same family van for over fifteen years. And yes, it's a little less shiny than it was 200,000 miles ago. (It got so bad at one point that our youngest son Oliver made us drop him off down the street from …

#64: The Power of a Supportive Partner - Keynotes to Collectibles

May 7th, 2021


Big decisions and life transitions were never meant to be made alone. I'm joined by my amazing business partner and wife, Elle Zimmerman to talk about how we made the pivot into the world of sports cards and …

#63: How I Made My Hobby an Entrepreneurial Venture - Keynotes to Collectibles

April 27th, 2021


In March of 2020, all of my keynote speaking jobs were canceled or indefinitely postponed. That meant that instead of traveling the country, I was in my basement. During that time, I had more time for one of my favorite …

#62: Getting Uncomfortable to Become Who You Want to Be - with Noe Rizo

March 8th, 2021


There is one thing that stands in between the person we are now and the person who we want to be: DISCOMFORT. Today’s episode is all about how to get comfortable with being uncomfortable, find your “why” and achieve …

#61: Finding Your Passion, Making a Pivot and Delighting Your Audience - with Zak Morgan

February 23rd, 2021


How do you find your passion, keep evolving, make a pivot in a pandemic—and delight your audience along the way? My next guest has been called a …

#60: Beating Pandemic Fatigue with Gratitude and Resilience - with Alex Kajitani

February 8th, 2021


Teachers, parents, principals and administrators—this episode is especially for you. But it’s also the wake up from Pandemic Fatigue that we ALL need. My guest on this episode is teacher-of-the-year turned education …

#59: The Mindset You Need for Making a Career Pivot - with Grady Lenski

November 24th, 2020


You’re in the in-between. You’ve decided to leave your current job, or maybe you’ve been laid off, and it’s time to write the next chapter. My next guest, Grady Lenski is a giant of the optical industry who recently …

#58: When It Becomes Bigger Than You: Creating A Life of Impact - with Virginia Walden Ford

November 9th, 2020


The quality of a child’s education can determine the quality of their life—and we live in a country of vast educational inequality. Virginia Walden …

#57: Navigating Rapid Change the McDonald’s Way - with Stacy Vorhees

August 11th, 2020


Can you see opportunity and purpose within the changes that are taking place? My next guest is an inspirational example of turning crisis into connection and pain points into purpose. Her name is Stacy Vorhees, and …

#56: Back to School 2020: The Power of School Choice in a Pandemic and Beyond - with Dr. Barbara Duncan and Liz Dreckman

July 28th, 2020


How do we support teachers, protect students and provide quality education as the pandemic and back-to-school season collide? Today’s guests are …

#55: Overcoming Your Fear of Failure

July 21st, 2020


The number one thing that holds people back from their goals is the fear of failure—either the fear that their past failure defines them or that …

#54: Marketing That Surprises and Delights Millions - with Brad Pappas

July 14th, 2020


How do you surprise and delight customers in a world where in-person experiences are off the table? What does employee engagement even mean when Zoom calls are the new norm? I know that if you’re a marketer or leader, …

#53: The Blame Game: How to Stop Playing It and Reclaim Your Life

July 7th, 2020


It keeps you stuck. It makes the big changes thrown your way harder to survive, and it drains your productivity. It’s what is halting progress in today’s world, especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. If you’ve …

#52: My Three Teenagers' Perspective on Quarantine, Online Learning and COVID-19

June 30th, 2020


Well, this is a first! On today’s episode, I’m interviewing my three teenagers: Noah, who’s in college and Mirabelle and Oliver who are in high …

#51: So You Lost Your Job: The New Mindset You Need to Embrace

June 23rd, 2020


Has a sudden change taken away everything you knew? You’re not alone: I’ve had many conversations with people over the last few months who have been forced into major change during COVID, and I want to share what I tell …

#50: How to Be The Best Boss Ever - with Don Frericks

June 16th, 2020


So you want to be the best boss ever—but where do you start? My guest Don Frericks is a leadership expert and author of the book “Best Boss Ever” who has spent his career interviewing and coaching top corporate leaders, …

#49: Heart-Led Leadership in a Socially-Distanced World - with Tommy Spaulding

May 27th, 2020


How do great leaders become great? New York Times bestselling author Tommy Spaulding believes it’s through the way we love, serve and elevate others. …

#48: Returning to Work More Authentically and Inclusively after COVID-19 - with Julie Kratz

May 12th, 2020


Ironically, diversity and inclusion initiatives in the workplace have divided us. There are those of us who see their importance in profoundly personal ways and there are others of us who think they’re unnecessary or …

#47: Maximizing Your Personal Brand Online during COVID-19 - with Ian Moyse

April 27th, 2020


Creating an authentic personal brand online and building relationships over social media have never been more important. On today’s episode, I’m thrilled to be interviewing Ian Moyse, the Director of Sales at Natterbox …

#46: Branding Your Company for the Future - with John Galvin

April 16th, 2020


Will your brand still be relevant in the unknown future? On today’s episode, I’m interviewing John Galvin, a branding and customer experience guru who has decades of experience with top brands. No company is immune to …

#45: From Managing Change to Leading Evolution - with YouTube Celebrity Judson Laipply

April 1st, 2020


On today’s episode, I have the honor of interviewing arguably the first-ever YouTube Celebrity, Judson Laipply. You’ll get to hear which video made him famous along with his expertise on something we’re all dealing …

#44: Meeting Your Customers Where They Are - with Cincinnati Opera CEO Chris Milligan

March 16th, 2020


What if you could stop trying to bring customers to your product and instead started bringing your product to customers? That’s exactly what Chris …

#43: The Power of Great Friendships - with Chris Milligan

March 2nd, 2020


In the same way that crazy-makers will pull you down, being friends with healthy, whole people will take your life to the next level. In this …

#42: Reaching Young People with a Message of Hope - with Ben Malson of Telehope

February 18th, 2020


Anxiety and depression is a growing crisis for young people, and today’s guest is bringing hope through a powerful medium: music. Ben Malson is a …

#41: Five Star Status: Hospitality Secrets from the Best in the Business

February 3rd, 2020


Know that you need to improve your customers’ experience with your brand, but want to do it in authentic, simple ways? In this episode, I’m sharing the common denominator of 5-star hospitality brands that go above and …

#40: Recently Promoted? How to Set Goals for Your Team

January 21st, 2020


If you recently got a promotion and are now in charge of a team (or a bigger team) of people, your whole mindset for how and why you work has to …

#39: 7 Mistakes You’re Making That are Sabotaging Your Goals

January 14th, 2020


If you’re struggling to follow through on your goals, you might be making some of these common mistakes. In the previous episode, I talked about the …

#38: 5 Steps to Setting Goals That You'll Actually Achieve

January 6th, 2020


As a new year—and a new DECADE—begins, I know many of us are setting goals and trying to get our lives on track (or back on track.) And for most of us, those goals fall by the wayside all too quickly. Sound familiar? …

#37: Can I Speak to the Manger? Pt. 2: What Your Customers are Trying to Tell You

December 23rd, 2019


Attention, managers and leaders: Your customers are trying to talk to you. Are you listening? Customer feedback is the most powerful insight you’ll …

#36: Can I Speak to the Manager? Pt. 1: Your Power as a Customer

December 9th, 2019


Customer service affects us all. But have you ever thought about how YOUR attitude affects the thousands of people behind the counter who interact with you over your lifetime?  On today’s episode, we’re talking about …

#35: My Faith Journey

November 25th, 2019


We’ve all heard that it’s best to avoid discussing politics and religion, but on this episode, I'm breaking the rules, talking about religion, and …

#34: Your Personal VIP Day to Live Out Your Full Potential

November 11th, 2019


Let me guess: You want your life to be better in a year than it is now. You want to be growing in your career. You want to achieve the goals that you’ve had on your list forever. You want your relationships to be …

#33: Are You Willing to Transform? Alyson Lundell on Being an Effective Leader and Dynamic Team Member

October 29th, 2019


If you want to be a leader who manages a team that is both incredibly productive and remarkably close-knit—or if you want to join a team like that—tune in. I’m interviewing Alyson Lundell, the Senior Director of PR at …

#32: LAPL 10 - Finding the Reason You’re on the Planet

September 4th, 2019


Do you want your life to make an impact? We are here, at the final installment of my Life at Performance Level series, and that’s exactly what I’m talking about on this episode. You’ll learn about two men named Tommy …

#31: LAPL 9 - It's Opening Night on Your Brand New Life

August 26th, 2019


Feel like life as you knew it has given way to a dark, empty stage of unknowns? Whether the transition you’re undergoing was carefully planned or …

#30: LAPL 8 - How to Project Your Unique Voice and Do Your Own Stunts

August 26th, 2019


Your life is not a dress rehearsal. The things that you say and do are happening in real-time on the stage of your life. Are you saying and doing the things that you actually want to? On today’s episode of my Life at …

#29: LAPL 7 - The Key to Expanding Your Skillset and Finding a Mentor

August 13th, 2019


Feeling the nudge to expand and grow but don’t know where to start? I believe that the two best things you can do to jumpstart your life or level-up your career are to actively hone your skills and to seek out (and act …

#28: LAPL 6 - Practical Ways to Cast Your Show Wisely

August 2nd, 2019


If you don’t have good people in your life, you are not going to be happy. You see, if your life is a show and you are the star of that show, your story will be largely affected by the cast of people surrounding you. …

#27: LAPL 5 - Change Your Life by Changing Your Set, Costume and Lighting

July 30th, 2019


It’s a little-known and often-neglected part of ramping up your performance in life—and it’s the space you’re in. Today’s episode is tangible and immediately-applicable tips to get the junk out of your life …

#26: LAPL 4 - Why Talent is a Myth

July 30th, 2019


Talent is a total myth, and passion supersedes natural ability every single time. The people who are passionate about their goals and aspirations are …

#25: LAPL 3 - How to Write a New Script for Your Life

July 23rd, 2019


If you want your life to change, you have to start with the script you’re writing for yourself. Your life is a show; you are the star; and you get to determine everything that happens on your stage. On this episode, I’m …

#24: LAPL 2 - Live the Dream for Real

July 23rd, 2019


Do you want to wake up on an average Tuesday and feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude in addition to living out your passions and goals? In this episode, I’m excited to give you the secret sauce for LIVING THE DREAM. …

#23: LAPL 1 - Introducing Life at Performance Level

July 23rd, 2019


Welcome to Season 2 of The Next 24 Hours! After my keynote, people always come up to me and ask how they can share my message with the people they love. This series is my answer, and I’m so excited to share it with you. …

#22: Leadership Looks Like Radical Intention, Unchecked Curiosity and a Whole Lot of Fun - with Matt Fischer

June 24th, 2019


“If we’re not having fun, we’re doing it wrong,” he said as we passed by the wall of bobbleheads. The minute I met Matt Fischer, I knew I had to have him on the podcast. He’s the CEO of Curiosity Advertising, an agency …

#21: Practical Ways to Make Your Company’s Culture More Fun and Productive - with Joy Van Patten

June 11th, 2019


Does your workplace ever feel divided between teams or dead in the enthusiasm department? On today’s episode, I’m bringing on company culture …

#20: How to Turn Your Brand Into a Trend

May 28th, 2019


Advertising doesn’t work anymore—not in the traditional sense. Today, if you want to expand the influence of your brand, you have to stop pushing …

#19: What the Military Taught Me About Living in Excellence

May 13th, 2019


If it weren’t for courageous men and women in uniform, none of us would be able to live the dream to the same extent that we get to in the U.S. I’ve …

#18: The 1 Thing That Retains Employees and Changes Lives

April 22nd, 2019


How do we keep people in our lives? How do we create a culture of people who love being around us and love working for our companies? With an …

#17: The Unbelievable Future of Marketing and Branding

April 8th, 2019


If you think that you are in control of your job or your business, you’re wrong. And if you’re sitting in your office trying to come up with …

#16: How to Push Past Discomfort to Achieve Your Goals

March 25th, 2019


You have goals, but in order to achieve them, there’s a long list of obstacles in your way—money you’d have to save, people you’d have to reach out to, and risks you’d have to take. In short, you’d have to get …

#15: Why You Aren’t Motivating People

March 11th, 2019


Tired of being disappointed by people? I learned the secret of how a vice president of one of the world’s most elite hotels keeps all of his employees on mission—and it has breakthrough applications for your everyday …

#14: The Small Step You Can Take to Change Someone’s Life

February 25th, 2019


When I was 5 years old, my teacher took me on an unconventional field trip for an afternoon. Her simple lesson changed my perspective, and then it …

#13: From Special Ed to Super Success: The Power of Finding Your Hidden Strength

February 11th, 2019


We’re thinking about success all wrong. I’m tired of the world putting people in boxes, deciding who can and can’t be successful based on a narrow …

#12: The Secret to a Captivating Customer Experience

January 28th, 2019


How do you turn your customers into raving fans? So many people I speak in front of—from CEOs to retail store managers—ask me this. My answer? By watching the balloon man. On this episode, I’m sharing my friend Dennis …

#11: Living the Dream When Life is Hard

January 21st, 2019


Here’s the truth: Life is hard, and living your dream takes hard work. How do you maintain an attitude of gratitude when everything feels like an uphill battle? On this episode, I’m sharing the story of a young man I …

#10: Why Winning Doesn't Matter

January 8th, 2019


Whatever your latest win was or whatever finish line you just crossed, I can guarantee that it won’t determine your success. Actually, I can practically guarantee the opposite. Too many people achieve their goals and …

#9: Unconventional Keys to Success with Craig Heimbuch

December 20th, 2018


Are you ready to embrace your true value and create daily strategies that move you toward your goals? I’m so excited to introduce you to my friend, author and strategist Craig Heimbuch, a man with an unconventional …

#8: Mime to Keynote Speaker? Removing Limitations with Elle Zimmerman

December 3rd, 2018


Have you ever had a dream but felt unqualified to live it? I’ve faced limitations, too. 30 years ago, I was a mime. Today, I’m a keynote speaker for Fortune 100 companies. How did that happen? On today’s episode, I’m …

#7: Leaving a Lasting Legacy - How to Write Your First Book

November 14th, 2018


What will you leave behind after you die? Sure, you’ll leave memories in the mind of your loved ones, things you made and even businesses you built, but will your beliefs and ideas last? That’s why I believe that …

#6: Preparing Your Kids for College and Your Employees for Advancement

November 12th, 2018


Are you struggling to help your children or your employees become more independent? Today, I’m sharing the tangible takeaways I’ve learned from speaking at hundreds of new student orientations about preparing and …

#5: Cutting Out What's Toxic - My Journey with Celiac Disease

October 29th, 2018


Are you holding on to something toxic? You know that your life would be better without it, but you go back to it again and again. It may be a person, …

#4: What Real Leadership Looks Like

October 15th, 2018


Are you using your gifts to make an impact in the lives of others?

There’s one thing you can do to become a great leader, and it doesn’t have anything to do with project management skills, being visionary or sales …

#3: Making Your Life Matter: How to Be An Impactful Mentor

September 26th, 2018


You want your life and work to really mean something. You’re ready to be a great mentor, but you’re not sure how to make a lasting impact on someone else’s life. In this 2-part episode, I share the stories of two …

#2: Why Job Security is Killing Your Potential

September 26th, 2018


Are you stuck in a job you don’t love just to pay the bills? In this episode, I outline how to let go of fear, create the career you want, and earn more than enough to make your mortgage. The secret to living your …

#1: How to Create An Unforgettable Personal Brand

September 26th, 2018


You want to be unforgettable. You want to have an irreplaceable role in your community and in your work. And it all boils down to something that can …

Introducing The Next 24 Hours

September 26th, 2018


Are you using each hour of your life in the way that you mean to? If you’re ready to live the life of your dreams and take control of the time you …

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