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Do you have one client that doesn't ever stop working? And that client expects that you will also never stop working? UGH to that, Jill and Brad say. (And plenty more on that, too.) They talk about their best practices for dealing with clients like that and, just, UGH. They also talk about the Top 5 Ways To Leave The Office At The Office in this episode so that you can avoid having those mishaps (that we’ve all had) when you walk into a work environment. They welcome Foiled Cupcakes' Mari Luangrath to the show and Team Pete returns, thank goodness. Listen in! »

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Have any holiday traditions? Do you visit the Macy's windows, drive around and check out neighbors' Christmas lights, or attend a show each year? Jill does not (except for caroling, of course.) But Brad and Lightning weigh in on what they do every year to celebrate. Brad and Jill also talk about the Top 5 Ways To Celebrate in this episode so that you know how to appreciate the good things that happen in your business. They welcome The Big Payoff's Suzanne Muchin and Rachel Bellow to the show. Listen in! »

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Do you love the holidays? Hate or love the mistletoe, the elves and the egg nog? Brad doesn't like crowds or the hype. Jill can't get enough of the good cheer and the ridiculously early Target Christmas commercials. They also talk about the Top 5 Ways To Stay Focused In the Midst Of Distractions in this episode so that you can...you guessed it...stay focused. They welcome My Secret Luxury's Stacy Rybchin to the show and share a tool that will help you to better communicate with colleagues. Listen in! »

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What are the best gifts you've ever received by an old boss? What about a colleague? So what makes that gift really fantastic? Brad and Jill talk about what great gifts they've received in the past -- from fancy scarves to enjoyable experiences -- and what made them so great. They also talk about the Top 5 Ways to Recognize and Reward Your Team in this episode so that you can get just the right thing for your colleagues, employees and BFF's. They welcome the Sugar Beet Co-Op’s Cheryl Munoz to the show and they're pumped to be here, as per usual. 

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What would you take sponsorship money for? Is there anything you'd say no to? (Permanent tattoos, anyone?) Brad and Jill talk about how far they'd go for the big bucks and what zany things they'd permit for their businesses. They also talk about the Top 5 Ways To Get Sponsors To Give You Money in this episode so that you, too, can bring sponsors on board for your business events. They welcome List.ly's Nick Kellet and welcome a previous guest back onto the show to report on what's happened since their guest appearance.

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Do you take time off from work between Christmas and New Year’s Eve? Brad and Jill talk about whether they shut down when the rest of the business world seemingly does. They go over the Top 5 Ways to Recover from Taking Time Off in this episode so that you can avoid having those mishaps (that we’ve all had) when you walk into a work environment. They welcome NotKetchup’s Erika Kerekes to the show, and share a tool that makes you 'like a bunny' through time (whatever that means). 

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Do you dig Steve Jobs’ turtlenecks? What about Colbert’s Brooks Brothers suits? Remember Susan Powter’s zany hairstyle? Do you have a signature look? Brad and Jill talk about whether they have a trademark-worthy style that they carry with them into business situations. They also talk about the Top 5 Business Attire Failures in this episode so that you can avoid having those mishaps (that we’ve all had) when you walk into a work environment. They welcome Prohibition Bakery’s Leslie Feinberg to the show and share a tool that redefines the time capsule for your life.

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SURPRISE! To celebrate our 50th episode, we have our brilliant producer, Lightning Atkinson, and our fantastic designer, Devan Perine, take over as hosts of Breaking Down Your Business. They turn the tables and interview — you guessed it — co-hosts Brad Farris and Jill Salzman. Mostly, tune in to hear how Lightning pronounces the “whopper.” It’s amazing. Devan and Lightning discuss who they trust to give them advice and where those wise words usually come from. They talk to guests Brad Farris and Jill Salzman and offer the Top 5 Best Bits of Advice Ever Received. 

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When you're in a thankful frame of mind, it makes you more positive. It makes you more energetic. And practically speaking, it makes your day a better one. Studies may have proven it, but who cares? We still know that it's true. Brad shares his top 5 things that business owners should be thankful for. Do one or more of them resonate with you? If you're grateful for other business owners, your own clients, your team, or the flexibility, power and/or autonomy that you have as the king of your kingdom, even if it's on the smaller side. Have any things we should be thankful for in our businesses that Jill and Brad left out? Then leave them a voicemail at 708.872.7878!

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Jill is a social media addict. She and Brad agree that they've gotten a lot out of the Twitter platform for their businesses, so Jill walks you (or rather, skips with glee) through her top 5 ways to use it to grow your business. Things like tweeting as yourself and not as your business using your logo. Stay a person, people. Also, pay attention to your @mentions or there's no reason for you to tweet at all. The goal? To get your online conversations moved offline. Have any top tips that she missed? Well then! Leave Jill & Brad a voicemail at 708.872.7878!

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