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Top 5 Insights Gained By Getting Away w/ Michael Sacca

What’s In This Episode:

Have you gotten away recently? It truly cleanses the mind and soul, doesn't it? But how do you make sure things are taken care of at work while you're away? Jill spends a lot of time prepping those around her so when she's gone, she feels confident in her team and can enjoy her time, free of responsibility. Though she definitely feels close to death in the weeks leading up to her vacation! Brad recalls his wedding day and taking on the "it's out of my control, there's nothing I can do about it" mindset, which can be pretty freeing. He's a big advocate of long weekends over long getaways, but regardless of your preference, you should absolutely stop what you're doing and plan your next vacation. Just do it, otherwise you'll never go. Well, listen to this episode first because they also bash resumes, talk about Jill's recent adventure in Brazil, discuss the Top 5 Insights Gained By Getting Away and welcome writer, podcaster, and GM Michael Sacca to the show. Listen in! »


Guest:

  • Michael Sacca is the general manager of Crew, a network of hand-picked freelancers ready to help you build your brand. Find him on TwitterFacebook and Medium.
Direct download: Breaking_Down_Your_Business_Ep_186.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Top 5 Ways To Lead When Faced With Uncertainty w/ Matt Ruedlinger

What’s In This Episode:

Are you feeling uncertain about the rest of the year? Well, 2016 is almost over (WHEW)! Jill and Brad take a look back on this crazy year: supermoons, gorillas, Brexit, Pokémons, the Cubs, and a new President-elect, just to name a few notable headlines. We also lost a lot of important and influential people in our lives, including Prince and David Bowie. To help leaders navigate through the murky waters that may be ahead, Brad and Jill suggest slowing down and learning from a variety of sources as they share their Top 5 Ways To Lead When Faced With Uncertainty. They also welcome Triple R Marketing's CEO (and aspiring baseball card shop owner) Matt Ruedlinger to the show. Listen in! »


Guest:

  • Matt Ruedlinger is the founder and CEO of Triple R Marketing, a marketing firm dedicated to helping businesses connect with their potential clients before they're ready to buy. Find him on TwitterFacebook and YouTube.
Direct download: Breaking_Down_Your_Business_EP_185.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Top 5 Holiday Wishes For Your Small Business w/ Michael Stanier

What,s in this episode:

Do you do the Santa thing? No, we don't mean dress up in a red velvet suit and..well, actually, that doesn't sound that bad. Bring the kiddos to the mall to sit on Santa's lap? Eagerly await the CTA's Holiday Train (Chicago's very own Santa literally riding through the night sky)? Jill has never seen the elusive train and hopes this season will finally be the one. If not, she'll take solace in eggnog and that Mariah Carey song about Christmas or something. Brad will indulge in a Christmas tree but isn't big on the Santa thing. He'd rather take credit for all the presents he's gotten for his kids, rather than some bearded stranger. They also talk about why the government may or may not be the ultimate Grinch and we get a rein-dare from Jill that you won't be able to resist. Join them as they talk about the Top 5 Holiday Wishes For Your Small Business in this episode and welcome author and coaching guru Michael Stanier to the show. 

Guest:

Michael Stanier is the founder of Box of Crayons, which specializes in coach training for managers and leaders. Learn more about his new book, The Coaching Habit.

 

Direct download: BDYB20EP20184.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 6:03pm EST

Top 5 Goals You Should Set For 2017 w/ Kim Lundgren

What’s In This Episode:

Are you a goal maker? Do you set goals? Brad shares his complicated relationship with goals and why the mature him is now aiming to be present instead of constantly thinking about being elsewhere to work on reaching his set goals. It's all about balance, people! Jill cuts to the heart of why a lot of us struggle with setting goals - you feel bad when you don't accomplish them! It's ok though, because instead she sets what she likes to call 'hovering wishes' or soft goals...'soals' if you will. They also talk about the Top 5 Goals You Should Set For 2017 in this episode and they welcome sustainability champion Kim Lundgren to the show. Listen in! »


Guest:

Sponsor:

  • This episode is brought to you by Pluot. Free video conferencing with no logins, no weird plugins, and no fuss. Go to pluot.co/bdyb for a free trial offer.

 

Shout-out:

  • Brad and Jill send some high-fives to 'summergirl524' for leaving a thoughtful iTunes review and reminding us all that we were once basking in the warm glow of summer. But now we're not because it's cold outside.
Direct download: Breaking_Down_Your_Business_EP_183.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Top 5 Ways To Celebrate With Your Team w/ Silvia Mestre

What’s In This Episode:

Have you ever been to an office party that got a little bit awkward? Jill and Brad share their favorite awkward office party stories - Brad's got a bit wet and wild, while Jill's involved a celebrity and absinthe. They draw connections to some ideas from last week's episode on treating employees like family, and cause Seinfeld fans to yell into their headphones when they just can't name that holiday thing from the show. Plus they discuss how business owners can throw great parties but still maintain a level of professionalism - leave early and expand the guest list! And maybe don't include absinthe. 'Tis the season for holiday parties so grab a pen and paper and take note on the Top 5 Ways To Celebrate With Your Team, and give a warm welcome to Egg-Q's Silvia Mestre. Listen in! »


Guest:

  • Silvia Mestre is the founder of Egg-Q, a fertility check-up for women who want to have kids in the future. Find her on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

Sponsor:

  • This episode is brought to you by Pluot. Free video conferencing with no logins, no weird plugins, and no fuss. Go to pluot.co/bdyb for a free trial offer.

 

Shout-out:

  • Someone named 'MarsWife' was kind enough to leave a very nice review of the show on iTunes. We loved it and want more! Perhaps the next reviewer will be named 'JupiterWife'..
Direct download: Breaking_Down_Your_Business_EP_182.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Top 5 Reasons You Shouldn't Treat Your Employees Like Family w/ Martin Rawls-Meehan

What’s In This Episode:

Are you looking forward to seeing your family this upcoming holiday season? Or are you just looking forward to lots of food and stretchy pants? Jill and Brad talk about what they love about seeing family this time of year, and what makes them so darn great! And maybe not so great. (Thank goodness for Adele. Google "SNL Adele Thanksgiving." Trust us.) Plus, they discuss the pros and cons to treating your colleagues like family, and what we really mean when we say "like family." Pro tip: assess your leadership style and think about how others may want to be treated. Speaking of family, they also talk about the Top 5 Reasons You Shouldn't Treat Your Employees Like Family in this episode and they welcome Reverie's Martin Rawls-Meehan to the show. Listen in! »

Guest:

  • Martin Rawls-Meehan is the CEO of Reverie where they create unique sleep systems so you can sleep better and live better. Find him on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

Sponsor:

  • This episode is brought to you by Pluot. Free video conferencing with no logins, no weird plugins, and no fuss. Go to pluot.co/bdyb for a free trial offer.
Direct download: Breaking_Down_Your_Business_EP_181.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Top 5 Small Business Headaches, And How To Stop Them w/ Maddy Osman

What’s In This Episode:

Do you have problems that feel impossible to solve? No matter what you do, something else is neglected? Or every time you solve one problem, another one pops up? These tricky balancing acts are necessary tensions to manage that keep your business going. How do we be efficient, yet still be present for others? Grow and build a successful business but still spend quality time with friends and family? Jill and Brad have some pretty unique work-life balance solutions that may or may not include cages. They discuss useful insights to help you cope with all your tensions, plus Jill has a meta moment about tensions.  They also talk about the Top 5 Small Business Headaches, And How To Stop Them in this episode and they welcome Maddy Osman to the show. Listen in! »

Guest:

Sponsor:

  • This episode is brought to you by Pluot. Free video conferencing with no logins, no weird plugins, and no fuss. Go to pluot.co/bdyb for a free trial offer.
Direct download: Breaking_Down_Your_Business_EP_180.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 3:00am EST

The Top 5 Things You’ll Learn If You Create A Budget And Plan for 2017 w/ Ross Kimbarovsky

What’s In This Episode:

Do you have plans to change anything up in 2017? How are you going to track what you want to change? Brad thinks there are solid ways to measure the things you tweak, and Jill thinks it's much harder than Brad says it is to do (what else is new?) so if you tune in and hear the goals that they say out loud, you maybe wanna help them and weigh in about whether their goals are realistic or not. (Read: Please do. Pretty please?) So Brad and Jill cover the Top 5 Things You'll Learn If You Create A Budget And Plan for 2017 in this episode and they welcome crowd sorcerer Ross Kimbarovsky to the show. Listen in! »


Guest:

  • Ross Kimbarovsky is the founder of crowdSPRING where you can post your project, name your price and watch 182,000+ designers and writers submit ideas for you to choose from. Find him on Twitter and Facebook.
Direct download: Breaking_Down_Your_Business_EP_179.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 3:00am EST

5 Things About Owning A Business That Make You A Better Person w/ Joshua Latimer

How do you know that you're actually growing while you're busy running your business? Do you notice behaviors that you repeat and could potentially change? Ever see a situation where you realize that you grew a bit because you're doing things a bit differently? There are different measuring sticks for each business owner. It's always a good idea to make sure that you're tracking changes, somehow, so that you're moving forward. And it's hard to do it without other people. So it makes sense that Jill and Brad talk about the 5 Things About Owning A Business That Make You A Better Person in this episode and they welcome entrepreneur Joshua Latimer to the show. Listen in! »


Guest:

  • Joshua Latimer is the founder of SendJim.io, an effortless marketing tool that you can use to generate raving fans with just one button. Find him on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Direct download: Breaking_Down_Your_Business_EP_178.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Top 5 Scariest Things For Your Business (And What To Do About 'Em) w/ Andrew Cavitolo & Bobby Stern

What scares you? What brings out the fear in you during your business week? Jill and Brad reflect on what makes them shake in their boots -- from public speaking to making sales to feeling responsible for other people. So many fears, so little time. The funny part? WE ALL HAVE THEM. All the time. But what is it that makes us stay away from ever bringing them up with other people? So, they also talk about the Top 5 Scariest Things For Your Business (And What To Do About 'Em) in this episode and they welcome catering gurus Andrew Cavitolo and Bobby Stern to the show. Listen in! »


Guest:

  • Andrew Cavitolo and Bobby Stern are the co-founders of Riviera Caterers where they offer the best catering and event services to the world's largest brands. Find them on Facebook and Instagram.

Tool:

  • Heard about Snapchat's first product, Spectacles? They're glasses that have cameras inside of them to snap what you see. But BeASpectacle? You can try Spectacles on without buying them! Try it! (Note to only Brad: It's not another photo app so stop it.)
Direct download: Breaking_Down_Your_Business_EP_177.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 3:00am EST