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Jill and Brad talk about what’s coming up this episode and a couple of recent embarrassing moments they’ve had at work. A couple of many, really: Brad and Jill could be spokespeople for Those Who Do Embarrassing Things In Their Business All The Time. Fortunately, the world is an accepting place (as are fellow business owners like you.) Thanks to common traits in business like Face Blindness and Lack of Name Recall, Brad and Jill also ease the pain for business owners by explaining that everyone has the same issues. You don’t have to be so embarrassed, even if they continue to be embarrassed on a regular basis. And they most definitely want to make sure that you’ve gotten your copy of their incredible e-book! Get it here.

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Jill and Brad talk about what’s coming up this episode, why Jill can’t stand people who schedule phone calls to then email about the phone calls to then get on the phone about the phone call before calling on the phone for the scheduled phone call, and how Brad can’t stand when people text to ask questions that they could have asked by picking up the phone and calling instead. They shout about business even more than they usually do. Call Jill & Brad at 708.872.7878 and let them know if you also hate all the unnecessary emailing and phone calling to schedule a phone call. 

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Jill and Brad discuss their top 5 ways that they prep for vacation. You’ve gotta clear your calendar. Inform your clients. Prepare your staff. Turn off your tech (what???) and make sure to reduce your workload as much as possible so that you survive the before, during and after of your vacation. Have any tips of your own that they missed? Call Jill & Brad at 708.872.7878 and let them know.

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Jill and Brad discuss the top ways to laugh a little more in, around and far away from the water cooler. You can always hire by horoscope, although the long-term implications have not yet been analyzed by the FDA. You can try some improvisational brainstorming, wear more party hats, get more ridiculous in your emails or laugh more out loud. Really: Try it. Right now. Start by giggling...and then when you feel really stupid, giggle a little louder. When you get to full belly laugh, stare at your colleagues real hard between the eyes. Point at them and then shout-laugh so they get scared. Works every time. Have any tips of your own that they missed? Call Jill & Brad at 708.872.7878 and let them know.

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Jill and Brad discuss the top things to check when you’re thinking of quitting. Consider this: Maybe you’re just having a bad day. Or do you just need to change a few things up to feel better about the whole shebang?  Maybe you can split your work up to make it feel less burdensome. Or make different mistakes than you did before. You could even steal copy borrow people’s ideas if that helps. Anything to change things up a bit may help you when you feel like it’s time to quit what you’re doing. Have any tips of your own that they missed? Call Jill & Brad at 708.872.7878 and let them know.

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Jill and Brad discuss the top lessons they’ve learned from their mentors. From needing only one thing to be in business -- customers (thanks Lars DuPont!), to hiring great people and getting out of thei way (thanks Bob Baker!) to why it’s imperative to look at all sides of the business problem at hand (thanks Marylin Dyer Blair!), there are many gems from many mentors who have helped build better businesses. Have any mentors’ tips of your own? Call Jill & Brad at 708.872.7878 and let them know.

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In this episode Jill and Brad discuss their teams and how they conduct their meetings. From no cell phones allowed (yes, we just said that!), no computers allowed (yes, we said that too!) to setting an agenda. We know these top 5 magic meeting methods will boost your productivity in order to stay on track and get everybody on the same page. Have any that they missed? Call Jill & Brad at 708.872.7878 and let them know what they missed.

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Jill and Brad are LIVE AT TECHWEEK! The first stop on The Hand Gesture Tour in Chicago, IL, was a raging success. They laughed, they cried, they wore gloves and took shots and donned ski goggles and shouted a whole lot -- at a live audience. They discussed what their perfect day is like, and Kyle Joseph did the running man in a red tracksuit the entire time that Rob Clearfield played the keys and Mike McGee -- Mike on the Mic -- emceed the whole thing. It was a blast, to say the least.

For the Top 5, Jill and Brad discuss the top productivity killers and how to kill them.

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Jill and Brad discuss the top tips on working solo and how to be productive. From starting your day with a physical activity (“Let’s get physical, physical…”) to interacting with others to taking a nap! Know any tips that they missed? Call Jill & Brad at 708.872.7878 and let them know.

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Jill and Brad discuss the top tools write great email newsletters. From offering value, value and more value to keeping it short (they really mean it) to intriguing headlines, there are very likely tweaks that you can make to write a better newsletter for your business. Got any tips that improve your open rate? Call Jill & Brad at 708.872.7878 and let them know what they missed.

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