Schwing! | Guest: Stacy Rybchin | Ep. 55

How to stay focused

 

 

What’s In This Episode:

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 to the show and share a tool that will help you to better communicate with colleagues. Listen in! »

Stacy RybchinGuest:

  • Stacy Rybchin is the founder of My Secret Luxury, the premier purveyor of exquisite pleasure products and luxurious romance tools carefully selected for the most discerning clientele. Find her on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Sponsors:

  • The Founding Kit - It’s what every entrepreneur needs to launch a business. Use these toolkits for your small business so that you can focus on doing what you do best and letting The Founding Kit do the rest.

Tool:

  • ScreenCast - Use Screencast to record your voice, video and you using your own computer to communicate to others exactly what you mean without having to write so many words.

Resources:

  • My Secret Soiree – Stacy owns this biz, too! Get an in-home soiree party going at this site.
  • Mad Mimi - Jill’s email newsletter provider

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No, Thank YOU | Guest: Cheryl Munoz | Ep. 54

how to reward your team

What’s In This Episode:

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. Listen in! »

ceryl munozGuest:

  • Cheryl Munoz is the founder of the Sugar Beet Co-Op, a member-owned full-service grocery store opening in Oak Park, IL in early 2015. Purchase a membership! Find her on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Sponsors:

  • The EnMast Budget Kit is the complete business owners’ guide to creating a budget. It include a video series, pre-formatted budget excel template, and how-to guide to creating a small business budget.

Resources:

  • Zagat – Jill was an intern here and her boss gave her a great gift. (Listen to hear what it was!)
  • Co-ops - What are they? Read more here.
  • Spilled Milk - It’s like #jillnbrad hosting this podcast but talking about food, and also: they’re way cooler than #jillnbrad.
  • FOMO – It stands for Fear Of Missing Out.

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Show Me The Money | Guest: Nick Kellet | Ep. 53

How to get sponsors to pay you

 

 

Special Announcement! We know you all can’t get enough of our madness, so we’re now going bi-weekly! Look for the podcast every Tuesday & Thursday on iTunes or subscribe to the show notes here!

What’s In This Episode:

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. Listen in! »

Guest:

Nick Kellet

  • Nick Kellet is the co-founder of List.ly, a site where you can make lists. Share your interests, engage audiences, collaborate with friends, and make beautiful listicles that you can curate and share. Find him on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Sponsors:

  • The EnMast Budget Kit is the complete business owners’ guide to creating a budget. It include a video series, pre-formatted budget excel template, and how-to guide to creating a small business budget.

Flashback:

  • Lola Wright, executive director of the Bodhi Spiritual Center, returns . She’s implemented advice that Brad & Jill shared with her — and says crazy things like “We’ve had huge success since being on your show.” WHAT?!

Resources:

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Back to business | Guest: Erika Kerekes | Ep. 52

Top 5 ways to recover from taking time off

Special Announcement! We know you all can’t get enough of our madness, so we’re now going bi-weekly! Look for the podcast every Tuesday & Thursday on iTunes or subscribe to the show notes here!

What’s In This Episode:

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). Listen in! »

Erika KerekesGuest:

  • Erika Kerekes is the founder of Not Ketchup, a line of artisan fruit ketchups to help you “dip differently” without a single tomato in sight. Find her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Sponsors:

  • SaneBox filters unimportant emails out of your Inbox and summarizes them in a digest. It works anywhere you read your email. Try it free today!

Resources:

  • Egg Nog – Jill is grateful that this is plentiful only once a year because she loves it. Did you know it’s discounted after the holidays? Jill did not. She’s very grateful for Brad for even more reasons now.
  • Etsy & Amazon – Places where you can buy NotKetchup

Top 5 ways to recover from taking time off Talk to us! Leave us a Google Voicemail so that we can read it in a future episode at708.872.7878. Or tweet at us using hashtag #jillnbrad. And leave us a review on iTunes — pretty please? Over here!

Suit up! | Guest: Leslie Feinberg | Ep. 51

Top 5 business attire failures

What’s In This Episode:

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. Listen in!

 

LFeinberg_ProhibitionBakeryGuest:

  • Leslie Feinberg is the owner and co-founder of Prohibition Bakery, where they make mini-alcoholic cupcakes in New York City. She’s a lifelong baker and long-time bartender who has gotten many highly regarded New Yorkers extremely drunk. Find her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Tool:

  • TimeHop - It’s an app that lets you see a time capsule of you. See your photos and updates from this exact day in history.Timehop helps you celebrate the best moments of the past with your friends!

Sponsor:

  • The Founding Kit - It’s what every entrepreneur needs to launch a business. Use these toolkits for your small business so that you can focus on doing what you do best and letting The Founding Kit do the rest.

Resources:

business attire failuresTalk to us! Leave us a Google Voicemail so that we can read it in a future episode at 708.872.7878. Or tweet at us using hashtag #jillnbrad. And leave us a review on iTunes — pretty please? Over here!

Trading Places | Guests: Brad Farris + Jill Salzman | Ep. 50

best advice received

What’s In This Episode: 

best advice receivedSURPRISE! 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.

Here’s the EXCLUSIVE “Studio Chatter” version!

Guests:

  • Brad Farris is (normally) the co-host of Breaking Down Your Business and founder of Anchor Advisors, a small business comprised of a team of advisors dedicated to advancing the state-of-the-art in the leadership of founder-led businesses. He’s also the founder of EnMast.com where you can join a community of like-minded business owners and find invaluable tools to help you build a better business. Find him on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn
  • Jill Salzman is (normally) the co-host of Breaking Down Your Business and founder of The Founding Moms, a collective of offline meetups and online resources for mom entrepreneurs. She’s also the founder of The Founding Kit where you can find awesomely affordable service providers to help you build a better business. Find her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Ello, LinkedIn, Google+, and too many other places.

Tool of the Week:

Sponsors:

  • The EnMast Budget Kit is the complete business owners’ guide to creating a budget. It include a video series, pre-formatted budget excel template, and how-to guide to creating a
  • The Founding Kit – It’s what every entrepreneur needs to launch a business. Use these toolkits for your small business so that you can focus on doing what you do best and letting The Founding Kit do the rest.

Links: 

  • Mint.com: Devan’s favorite budgeting tool
  • Here’s the video that Devan mentions while arguing with Lightning on how to pronounce words that start with “wh”:

You’re the BEST! | Guests: Antonette Taylor + Tykes’ Takes | Ep. 49

what business owners should be grateful for

Introduction:

  • Brad and Jill talk about what’s coming up on this episode and what their Thanksgivings are like, why they avoid Tofurkey, and how naps can help you through this important time in our lives. Then tweet and post about it (reminder: hashtag them at #jillnbrad) and make sure that you’ve gotten your copy of their incredible e-book! Get it here.

Guest #1:

  • Antonette Taylor is the founder of Giving The Gift Within where she helps women let go of limiting beliefs by providing emotional support, concrete tools and accountability that propels forward moving action. Find her on Facebook, and Twitter.

Top 5 Things Business Owners Should Be Thankful For

  • 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!

Guest #2:

  • Tykes’ Takes features a brilliant group of 4-, 6-, and 7-year old soothsayers whose knowledge of business is overwhelming in many ways. You can’t find them online yet, but that’s because they’re busy getting down to business. Spoiler alert: One interviewee comes up with an expandable t-shirt business. What does that mean? Tune in to find out!

Tool of the Week:

  • Make Her SmileIt’s a company that helps you find great gifts for your loved ones. They’ll handle the hard work, you’ll handle the overwhelming gratitude.

Sponsors:

  • EnMast.com is a small business owner community that offers members a supportive community and mass resource to help owners. Want to get going on making a budget for your business before the end of the year? Of course you do! Then pack in all of the tools, gadgets, spreadsheets and more to help you build your business. Go pro! Go here! HERE!
  • The Founding Kit – It’s what every entrepreneur needs to launch a business. Use these toolkits for your small business so that you can focus on doing what you do best and letting The Founding Kit do the rest.

Resources mentioned in the podcast:

What are some of the things in your business that you’re thankful for? Let us know! Leave us a Google Voicemail so that we can read it in a future episode at 708.872.7878. Or tweet at us using hashtag #jillnbrad. And leave us a review on iTunes — pretty please? Over here.

Tweet, Tweet | Guests: Pete Aiello + Connie McLaughlin | Ep. 48

how to use Twitter to grow your business

Introduction:

  • Jill and Brad talk about all things Twitter. Don’t let that scare you; they talk about how scary it is for them. Know why Twitter only allows 140 characters? Understand how to use Twitter? Let them help you in this hysterical episode. Then tweet and post about it (reminder: hashtag them at #jillnbrad) and make sure that you’ve gotten your copy of their incredible e-book! Get it here.

Guest #1:

  • Pete Aiello is the founder of Team Pete where he utilizes improv comedy to help big and small businesses with high impact team building. Find him on Facebook, and Twitter and LinkedIn.

Top 5 Ways To Use Twitter To Grow Your Business

  • 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!

Guest #2:

  • Connie McLaughlin is the founder of Your Inner Buzz, where she helps folks to use energy from an inner source and harness it, not only to help others, but to make them more fulfilled in their work. Find her on Facebook and Twitter.

Tool of the Week:

  • Beans: Reward your users for recommending you on Facebook. 

Sponsors:

  • EnMast.com is a small business owner community that offers members a supportive community and mass resource to help owners. Want to get a pro membership before the price goes up at the end of the month? Of course you do! Then you’ll be able to pack in all of their tools, gadgets, spreadsheets and more to help you build your business. Go pro! Go here! HERE!
  • The Founding Kit – It’s what every entrepreneur needs to launch a business. Use these toolkits for your small business so that you can focus on doing what you do best and letting The Founding Kit do the rest.

Resources mentioned in the podcast:

  • Hootsuite – The ideal tool for a business on social media; manage your social accounts in one place!
  • Tweetdeck – Another ideal social media management tool that businesses use to manage their socials
  • Slideshare – Great place to look up other people’s decks to pitch and get more business
  • Colonel Tribune – Chicago Tribune’s Twitter account – a great example of a business bringing out its personality. Same with Comcast Bill and Superdawg.


how to use Twitter to grow your business What are some of the ways in which use Twitter to grow your business? Let us know! Leave us a Google Voicemail so that we can read it in a future episode at
708.872.7878. Or tweet at us using hashtag #jillnbrad. And leave us a review on iTunes — pretty please? Over here.

Check It Twice | Guests: Bill Smith + Ce Cole Dillon | Ep. 47

top holiday gift ideas for clients and employees

Introduction:

  • Jill and Brad talk about what’s coming up in this episode, what kinds of gifts that they like to give to their clients or team members, and why they give gifts at all. Find out what ridiculosity ensues by listening to this latest episode. Then tweet and post about it (reminder: hashtag them at #jillnbrad) and make sure that you’ve gotten your copy of their incredible e-book! Get it here.

Guest #1:

  • Bill Smith is the founder of ALR Technologies, a medical device company that provides remote monitoring and care facilitation for patients with diabetes. Find him on Facebook and Twitter.

Top 5 Gifts for Clients and Team Members

  • Besides the fact that Brad doesn’t believe employees should buy gifts for bosses, and the fact that Jill wishes that regifting was socially acceptable, Jill & Brad discuss their Top 5 gifts that make them, and the recipients, very happy to know each other. Things like food and booze don’t fly for some as well as intangible items like experiences (think Segway rides or architectural boat tours.) Gift cards are fantastic as are branded cutting boards. (Right? Right?) Did they miss any great gifts that you can recommend to our listeners? Leave Jill & Brad a voicemail at 708.872.7878!

Guest #2:

  • Ce Cole Dillon is the co-founder of School Loan 411, a student loan consulting and advisory firm that helps student loan borrowers understand and then take care of their student debt. Find her on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Tool of the Week:

  • UpsideOS – Make checklists, share checklists, and market your expertise. They have a library of pre-made checks specifically for business. They even have checksperts to add to your team!

Sponsors:

  • EnMast.com is a small business owner community that offers members a supportive community and mass resource to help owners. Want to get a pro membership before the price goes up at the end of the month? Of course you do! Then you’ll be able to pack in all of their tools, gadgets, spreadsheets and more to help you build your business. Go pro! Want the interactive budget tool that Brad talked about? Go here! HERE!
  • SaneBox filters unimportant emails out of your Inbox and summarizes them in a digest. It works anywhere you read your email. Try it free today!

Resources mentioned in the podcast:

top holiday gift ideas for clients and employeesWhat are some of the gifts that you give (or think about giving) to your clients and colleagues? Let us know! Leave us a Google Voicemail so that we can read it in a future episode at 708.872.7878. Or tweet at us using hashtag #jillnbrad. And leave us a review on iTunes — pretty please? Over here.

Let’s Make a Deal | Guests: Calvin Correli + Irina Jordan | Ep. 46

top sales tools for business owners

Introduction:

  • Jill and Brad talk about what’s coming up in this episode, what sales means to them, and debate about whether it’s a dirty word to business owners. Is it sales? Or is it marketing? YOU decide (even though Jill and Brad already did.) Find out what ridiculosity ensues by listening to this latest episode. Then tweet and post about it (reminder: hashtag them at #jillnbrad) and make sure that you’ve gotten your copy of their incredible e-book! Get it here.

Guest #1:

  • Calvin Correli is the founder of Simplero, the perfect all-in-one solution for selling your knowledge and expertise online. Find him on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Top 5 Tools You Need To Sell Things in the Digital Age

  • Today’s buyers have a lot more information and a lot more power in the sales relationship than they once did. So, Brad lays down his top 5 sales tools for the business owner today to help bring in more sales! Things like getting your website to get customers and clients to feel like they understand what you have to offer. Things like using the socials to stay on top of who’s talking about what, like utilizing LinkedIn’s search bar to find folks interested in your product or service. There’s also taking advantage of meetups, conferences and other offline places to get together with potential clients. He recommends a few other gems and hopes that you share yours as well. Have other tools that help you sell in the era of the Internet? Call Jill & Brad at 708.872.7878 and let them know.

Guest #2:

  • Irina Jordan is the founder of Artisurn where she offers progressive handcrafted cremation urns, jewelry and keepsakes to honor the memory of your loved ones or beloved pets. Find her on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Tool of the Week:

  • Tylt’s Energi 2K – It’s an amazing little travel charger. You can plug it into a wall to charge your phone. You can unplug it from the wall and if attached to your phone, it still charges it. Highly, highly recommend it!

Sponsors:

  • SaneBox filters unimportant emails out of your Inbox and summarizes them in a digest. It works anywhere you read your email. Try it free today! Want to give it a try? Visit Breakingdownyourbusiness.com/sanebox for a special offer just for our listeners.
  • EnMast.com is a small business owner community that offers members a supportive community and mass resource to help owners. Want to get a pro membership before the price goes up at the end of the month? Of course you do! Then you’ll be able to pack in all of their tools, gadgets, spreadsheets and more to help you build your business. Go pro! Go here! HERE!

Resources mentioned in the podcast:

  • Hubspot - More than 11,500 companies in 70 countries use HubSpot’s marketing and sales software to grow.
  • ZumbaDance fitness classes that are fun, energetic, and make you feel amazing.

top sales tools for business ownersWhat are some of the tools that you use to stay on top of your sales in this digital age? Let us know! Leave us a Google Voicemail so that we can read it in a future episode at 708.872.7878. Or tweet at us using hashtag #jillnbrad. And leave us a review on iTunes — pretty please? Over here.