Same old, same old | Guests: Coco Meers + Malik Turley | Ep. 38

cloning yourself

Introduction:

  • Jill and Brad talk about what’s coming up this episode and whether they’d like to clone themselves to get more done.  But would a clone be a good assistant for you? It would not be for Brad, or so he thinks. If they could clone an army, world domination awaits. Or does it? Find out in this superb episode with Jill & Brad (reminder: hashtag them at #jillnbrad) and make sure that you’ve gotten your copy of their incredible e-book! Get it here.

Guest #1:

  • Coco Meers is the founder of Pretty Quick, an app that makes it insanely easy to book your beauty appointments. It’s the Uber plus OpenTable of beauty. Find her on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. And use code BDYB entitling you to a free manicure (and if it’s not a manicure, $15 in credit) for first-time users of the Pretty Quick app!!

Special Announcement:

WE’RE GOING LIVE…AGAIN!!! Breaking Down Your Business has its second stop on the Hand Gestures Tour where Brad and Jill will be doing their SECOND LIVE. TAPING. On October 2, 2014, ContentJam will be hosting Jill & Brad as they talk to marketers at this exceptional Chicago conference. They’ll make you laugh. They’ll throw things at you. And they’ll be sure to embarrass themselves a tremendous amount. Join them!

Top 5 Ways To Run Your Business Better If You Could Clone Yourself

  • Jill and Brad discuss the top 5 alternatives to cloning yourself to make your business better. If you can’t clone yourself, you can always hire administrative help — a virtual assistant, an assistant, even your favorite cousin or 6-year old intern. Relieve the burden of tedious admin tasks and get back hours of your week. Create a “don’t do” list so that instead of adding things to your to-do list, make a list of things you should just hand off instead and force yourself to get help. Set clear goals, do less and really focus on the things that only you can do. It will make you a better business person. Have tips of your own that help you run your business better even if you can’t clone yourself? Call Jill & Brad at 708.872.7878 and let them know.

Guest #2:

  • Malik Turley is the founder of Hip Circle Studio where helps women (and the people who love them) throughout every stage of life. Providing a blend of dance and fitness classes (Belly dancing! Yeah!), services, resources, and community events, Hip Circle Studio is the place to be for you and your family. Find her on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Tool of the Week:

  • Gazelle – Sell your phone and electronics — cell phones, iphones, tablets, and other Apple products — in an easy peasy way!

Sponsors:

Selfie ContestSELFIE CONTEST! Brought to you by ContentJam! Take a selfie while you’re listening to the Breaking Down Your Business podcast, post it to Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #JillnBrad, and you could win one conference pass to the conference!

  • The Founding Moms Conference - Attend the first international conference that Jill’s organization, The Founding Moms, is hosting in Chicago. Mark your calendars for amazing speakers, inspiring attendees, delicious food and bands! Bands! Monday, October 6 at Lincoln Hall. Get your tickets here.
  • EnMast.com is a small business owner community that offers members a supportive community and mass resource to help owners. Like getting paid? You have to go get the Pricing Kit that will help you learn how to raise your prices, when to do it, how to tell your clients to do it, and will get you to…wait for it…raise your prices! Go get it here! HERE!

Resources mentioned in the podcast:

  • Uber - A fantastic ride-sharing company — in the form of an app — to use when you need a ride to your next business meeting.
  • Lyft - Another fantastic ride-sharing company — in the form of an app — to use when you need a ride to your next business meeting.
  • Bonfyre - An app that offers a private social network for coworkers, colleagues and business events.
  • Zirtual - hand off tedious administrative tasks to a virtual (zirtual!) assistant.
  • The Five Minute Journal - It’s a physical journal that has been carefully crafted to enable you to be happier in five minutes a day.

cloning yourselfWhat are some of the ways that you run your business better even though you can’t clone yourself? Did Brad and Jill miss anything? 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.

 

 

If wishes were fishes… | Guests: Brian Burkhart + Katie Krimitsos | Ep. 37

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Introduction:

  • Jill and Brad talk about what’s coming up this episode what wishes they’d want granted in the small businesses they run. Jill wishes more than anything that she could hire a staff to help her out, and more sponsors for this podcast, and way more time. (If you grant wishes for a living, please get in touch.) Brad wishes he had words — in a certain order — and a magic wand for SEO purposes. And a driver. And they both most definitely want to make sure that you’ve gotten your copy of their incredible e-book! Get it here.

Guest #1:

Jill Salzman at Square Planet

  • Brian Burkhart is the founder of SquarePlanet Presentations where he helps business owners sound better by making all things communication more fun and effective. It’s also a place where fortune favors the bold. Find him on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Special Announcement:

WE’RE GOING LIVE…AGAIN!!! Breaking Down Your Business has its second stop on the Hand Gestures Tour where Brad and Jill will be doing their SECOND LIVE. TAPING. On October 2, 2014, ContentJam will be hosting Jill & Brad as they talk to marketers at this exceptional Chicago conference. They’ll make you laugh. They’ll throw things at you. And they’ll be sure to embarrass themselves a tremendous amount. Join them!

Top 5 Things You Wish Were True About Your Business (But Aren’t)

  • Jill and Brad discuss the top 5 things that they wish were true, but aren’t. Things like the fact that everyone else seems to know what they’re doing. Not true. Or that apparent success means you’re rolling around in giant piles of cash. Not true. Or that our teams work really well without us; but as small business owners, it’s not always the case. Or that we have zero guilt when it comes to being a working parent. Not true. Or that we have so much time to get things done. Yeah right. Have any of your own things you wish were true but aren’t? Call Jill & Brad at 708.872.7878 and let them know.

Guest #2:

Tool of the Week:

  • Signals – Get notified when your emails are read. It’s a Google Chrome extension that’s safe, for free and with no limits, forever.

Sponsors:

Selfie ContestSELFIE CONTEST! Brought to you by ContentJam! Take a selfie while you’re listening to the Breaking Down Your Business podcast, post it to Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #JillnBrad, and you could win one conference pass to the conference!

  • EnMast.com is a small business owner community that offers members a supportive community and mass resource to help owners. Like getting paid? You have to go get the Pricing Kit that will help you learn how to raise your prices, when to do it, how to tell your clients to do it, and will get you to…wait for it…raise your prices! Go get it here! HERE!
  • The Founding Moms Conference - Attend the first international conference that Jill’s organization, The Founding Moms, is hosting in Chicago. Mark your calendars for amazing speakers, inspiring attendees, delicious food and bands! Bands! Monday, October 6 at Lincoln Hall. Get your tickets here.

Resources mentioned in the podcast:

  • Uber – A fantastic ride-sharing company — in the form of an app — to use when you need a ride to your next business meeting.
  • Hailo – A different fantastic ride-sharing company — in the form of an app — to use when you need a ride to your next business meeting.
  • Lyft – And yet another fantastic ride-sharing company — in the form of an app — to use when you need a ride to your next business meeting.
  • Gmail filtering – For those of you drowning in your inbox, use Gmail filtering. It helps tremendously.
  • Sanebox – Email management that prioritizes important email and summarizes the rest.
  • Google Chrome – The best browser there is. Use it.
  • Mailtrack – Another tool that you can use to find out when your emails are read.

ep-37-Square-Podcast-Art-ORIGINALWhat are some of the things that you wish were true but aren’t? Did Brad and Jill miss anything? 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.

Hello, my name is… | Guests: Jonny Andrews + Natalie Eckdahl | Ep. 36

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Introduction:

  • 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.

Guest #1:

  • Jonny Andrews is a best-selling author, publishing expert, entrepreneur, international speaker, business strategist and founder of AudienceHacker.com, a place where loads of content is created author entrepreneurs and their audience-driven businesses.Find him on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Special Announcement:

WE’RE GOING LIVE…AGAIN!!! Breaking Down Your Business has its second stop on the Hand Gestures Tour where Brad and Jill will be doing their SECOND LIVE. TAPING. On October 2, 2014, ContentJam will be hosting Jill & Brad as they talk to marketers at this exceptional Chicago conference. They’ll make you laugh. They’ll throw things at you. And they’ll be sure to embarrass themselves a tremendous amount. Join them!

Top 5 Awkward Conversations In Business

  • Jill and Brad discuss the top 5 awkward conversations that business owners often have and more importantly, why they’re awkward and what folks can do about them. From those performance reviews (too formal, all about a raise, who’s really listening and not sitting there awkwardly?) to the coffee date (often aimless, often lengthy, often a giant waste of both people’s time) to that scary “you’re not getting hired” conversation (awkward, often avoided, and usually, awkward), to Donald Trump’s favorite, “You’re fired!”, there are many awkward conversations that don’t have to be so awkward. Just do it. Nip it in the bud. Take charge. Figure out a better way to say it. Take that awkwardness out of the picture and you won’t have to have so many awkward conversations. Promise. Have any tips of your own that they missed? Call Jill & Brad at 708.872.7878 and let them know.

Guest #2:

  • Natalie Eckdahl is the founder of BizChixPodcast where she shares the journey of amazing female entrepreneurs (and a few cool dudes) 5 days a week, and co-founder of ScheduleMAX, an online scheduling site tailored to service-oriented businesses. Find her on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Tool of the Week:

  • LinkedIn App – Use this app to avoid awkwardness! It saves the day on a meeting day when you can’t remember anything about the person you’re going to meet. Type in a name and with a quick scroll, remember exactly why you’re getting together. Yeah!

Sponsors:

Selfie ContestSELFIE CONTEST! Brought to you by ContentJam! Take a selfie while you’re listening to the Breaking Down Your Business podcast, post it to Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #JillnBrad, and you could win one conference pass to the conference!

  • EnMast.com is a small business owner community that offers members a supportive community and mass resource to help owners. Like getting paid? You have to go get the Pricing Kit that will help you learn how to raise your prices, when to do it, how to tell your clients to do it, and will get you to…wait for it…raise your prices! Go get it here! HERE!
  • The Founding Moms Conference - Attend the first international conference that Jill’s organization, The Founding Moms, is hosting in Chicago. Mark your calendars for amazing speakers, inspiring attendees, delicious food and bands! Bands! Monday, October 6 at Lincoln Hall. Get your tickets here.

Resources mentioned in the podcast:

  • EnMast Pricing Kit – Go. Get It. Find out the benefits of raising your prices and get help to do exactly that in your own business.
  • ScheduleMAX – an excellent calendaring resource for you service-based business owners

ep-36-Square-Podcast-Art-ORIGINALWhat are some of the ways that you think business owners make things super awkward? Did Brad and Jill miss anything? 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.

STOP! | Guests: Lola Wright + Elise Jaffe | Ep.35

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Introduction:

  • 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 and they most definitely want to make sure that you’ve gotten your copy of their incredible e-book! Get it here.

Guest #1:

  • Lola Wright is the Executive Director of Bodhi Spiritual Center, an inclusive and welcoming community that  knows that giving is receiving and that the more we give the more we are abundantly blessed in return. Find her on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Top 5 Things Business Owners Do Wrong

  • Jill and Brad discuss their top 5 ways that business owners are doing it wrong. Among others, they discuss things like: Introducing Brad to your colleague who he just has to talk to because they’d be great together? SUCK IT. (If your time is valuable, isn’t Brad’s, too?) Asking Jill to help promote your business or do something beneficial to you very generally? SUCK IT. (If you want her to tweet or put it on the socials, send prepped info and don’t waste her time sorting out the what/who/why/where of your information that she doesn’t know otherwise.) Want Brad and Jill to call someone on your behalf by asking them generally if they “know anyone?” SUCK IT. Don’t just ask generally expecting that they’ll understand who you want them to reach out to about what. Have any tips of your own that they missed? Call Jill & Brad at 708.872.7878 and let them know.

Guest #2:

  • Elise Jaffe is the founder of Big Teeth Productions, a small but loyal consortium of overgrown kids with highly active imaginations – It’s a good thing we got into this line of work.. Find her on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Tool of the Week:

  • Voice Recorder- Use Voice Recorder to create memos in your phone. Record voicemails without having to call people, wait through the phone rings and the intros and just send them what you need to say. It’s especially great for groups of people (rather than calling each one and repeating yourself)!

Sponsors:

  • SELFIE CONTEST! Brought to you by The Founding Moms Conference. Take a selfie while you’re listening to the Breaking Down Your Business podcast, post it to Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #JillnBrad, and you could win a Full Conference Pass to the conference! Jill’s organization, The Founding Moms, is hosting it in Chicago on Monday, October 6, where amazing speakers like Christie Hefner are speaking, inspiring attendees are attending, and delicious food and bands will gather together! Bands, we say! (Or, get your tickets here.)
  • EnMast.com is a small business owner community that offers members a supportive community and mass resource to help owners. Like getting paid? You have to go get the Pricing Kit that will help you learn how to raise your prices, when to do it, how to tell your clients to do it, and will get you to…wait for it…raise your prices! Go get it here! HERE!

Resources mentioned in the podcast:

ep-35-Square-Podcast-Art-ORIGINAL-DWhat are some of the ways that you think business owners do it wrong? Did Brad and Jill miss anything? 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.

Automatic Reply: Out Of Office | Guests: Jeannie Walters + K. Farris | Ep. 34

how to prepare for vacation

Introduction:

  • Jill and Brad talk about what’s coming up this episode, why Jill never wants to go on vacation and then goes on vacation, the secret ways to get to Zero Inbox, and how Brad was talked into leaving his laptop at home before taking his summer vacation. They debate e-mail away messages and they most definitely want to make sure that you’ve gotten your copy of their incredible e-book! Get it here.

Guest #1:

  • Jeannie Walters is back! LIVE! She’s the founder of 360Connext, a consulting firm specializing in the cornerstones of customer experience: customer engagement, employee engagement and connections like social media. Find her on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

Top 5 Ways to Prepare for Vacation

  • 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.

Guest #2: Karen’s Hot Topic

  • K. Farris is the beautiful wife of the one and only Brad Farris. She rants about business owners who aren’t interested in being on the Breaking Down Your Business podcast because they may have to discuss a challenge they’re having in their business…and some business owners don’t think they have any challenges. That it’s all going swimmingly. That this show is not synergistic with their brand. The rant is beautiful and quite synergistic, to boot.

Tool of the Week:

  • Tripit – Organize your travel plans in one place with TripIt, your all-in-one travel itinerary and trip organizer. Their vision: To enable the perfect trip. Their mission: To create apps to delight travelers. Their mantra: To make it automagical.

Sponsors:

Selfie ContestSELFIE CONTEST!

Brought to you by The Founding Moms Conference. Take a selfie while you’re listening to the Breaking Down Your Business podcast, post it to Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #JillnBrad, and you could win a Full Conference Pass to the conference! Jill’s organization, The Founding Moms, is hosting it in Chicago on Monday, October 6 where amazing speakers, inspiring attendees, delicious food and bands will gather together! Bands, we say! (Or, get your tickets here.)

  • EnMast.com is a small business owner community that offers members a supportive community and mass resource to help owners. Like getting paid? You have to go get the Pricing Kit that will help you learn how to raise your prices, when to do it, how to tell your clients to do it, and will get you to…wait for it…raise your prices! Go get it here! HERE!

Resources mentioned in the podcast:

  • Customer Experience – What is it really? Jeannie Walters knows. Over here.
  • The Circle – Dave Eggers’ novel that Jill recommends business owners read on vacation.
  • Synergistic – Even Urban Dictionary doesn’t have a definition yet for this word.

how to prepare for vacationWhat are some of the ways that you prep for vacation? Did Brad and Jill miss anything? 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.

HA! | Guests: Patrice Turner + Ashwin Chugh | Ep. 33

how to use humor at work

Introduction:

  • Jill and Brad talk about what’s coming up this episode, what makes them laugh, and why Brad feels compelled to mispronounce each and every guest’s name that they have ever had on the show. They giggle at each other a lot and most definitely want to make sure that you’ve gotten your copy of their incredible e-book! Get it here.

Rant of the Day:

A guest scheduled to appear on this episode canceled at the last minute because: 

  • “I thought my appearance would be as an additional resources versus seeking advice. I don’t believe this will work [for my brand] synergistically and I will have to cancel my appearance this week.” You can guess how Brad & Jill went to town on this kind of thinking and why, synergistically, it doesn’t work for them.

Guest #1:

  • Ashwin Chugh is a strategist, storyteller and former political campaigner who is working on a health tracker app for the mental health space. Find him on Twitter and on LinkedIn.

iTunes Commenter of the Week: Andy Crestodina

“I’ve gotten some truly great insights from this podcast. There’s real business wisdom in every episode, I’ve even found myself jotting down notes!” We heart you too, Andy.

Top 5 Ways to Use Humor At Work

  • 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.

Guest #2:

  • Patrice Turner is the beautiful founder of Book Coach 101, a service where she helps business professionals become authors and publish for themselves, not by themselves, and offers Writer’s Cohorts to bring budding and professional authors together. Find her on Facebook, Twitter and on LinkedIn.

Tool of the Week:

  • LetMeGoogleThatForYou.com - Nothin’ to ‘splain here, Lucy. You just have to try it. Think about the last thing that someone, maybe named Mervin, asked you. Type that into this website, and voila! Send the resulting link to Mervin. He deserves it.

Sponsors:

Selfie ContestSELFIE CONTEST!

Brought to you by The Founding Moms Conference. Take a selfie while you’re listening to the Breaking Down Your Business podcast, post it to Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #JillnBrad, and you could win a Full Conference Pass to the conference! Jill’s organization, The Founding Moms, is hosting it in Chicago on Monday, October 6 where amazing speakers, inspiring attendees, delicious food and bands will gather together! Bands, we say! (Or, get your tickets here.)

  • EnMast.com is a small business owner community that offers members a supportive community and mass resource to help owners. Like getting paid? You have to go get the Pricing Kit that will help you learn how to raise your prices, when to do it, how to tell your clients to do it, and will get you to…wait for it…raise your prices! Go get it here! HERE!

Resources mentioned in the podcast:

  • Word Crimes – The latest song and video by “Weird Al” Yankovic. It’s pretty funny.
  • Bill Cosby – Funny.
  • Jim Gaffigan – Funny.
  • Google Hangout Party Hats – Here’s a comprehensive-ish guide to how to get your party hat on during a Google Hangout.
  • SquarePlanet –  Not only do they send out the best emails, but this fantastic presentations and strategy firm takes pirate pictures of visitors to their office.
  • The Predictors – Brad recommends this great read about the challenges of personalities on a team changing over the course of time as companies make more money.
  • Nutmeg – the app we talked about in our last episode that you should be using to send gifs to people by text. Super easy, super awesome.
  • Chicago Writer’s Conference – Mare Swallow runs a great, great event for writers! Go words!

how to use humor at workWhat are some of the ways that you use humor at work? Did Brad and Jill miss anything? 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.

 

Too Legit to Quit | Guests: Alexandra Eidenberg + Mare Swallow | Ep. 32

5 things to do when you feel like quitting

Introduction:

Jill and Brad talk about what’s coming up this episode, turning orange, and what it feels like when you’re just about ready to quit this whole small business thing. They interrupt each other a lot and most definitely want to make sure that you’ve gotten your copy of their incredible e-book! Get it here.

Guest #1:

Top 5 Things To Do When You Feel Like Quitting

  • 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.

Guest #2:

  • Mare Swallow is the founder of the Chicago Writers Conference, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to connecting Chicago area writers and publishing professionals through conferences, workshops and literary events. Find her on Facebook, Twitter and get your tickets to the conference over here.

Tool of the Week:

  • Zirtual – Get your very own U.S. based, college-educated virtual assistant today — first two weeks free! — and watch your productivity skyrocket tomorrow. Jill can’t recommend this one highly enough!

Sponsors:

  • SELFIE CONTEST! Brought to you by The Founding Moms Conference. Take a selfie while you’re listening to the Breaking Down Your Business podcast, post it to Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #JillnBrad, and you could win a Full Conference Pass to the conference! Jill’s organization, The Founding Moms, is hosting it in Chicago on Monday, October 6 where amazing speakers, inspiring attendees, delicious food and bands will gather together! Bands, we say! (Or, get your tickets here.)
  • EnMast.com is a small business owner community that offers members a supportive community and mass resource to help owners. Like getting paid? You have to go get the Pricing Kit that will help you learn how to raise your prices, when to do it, how to tell your clients to do it, and will get you to…wait for it…raise your prices! Go get it here! HERE!

Resources mentioned in the podcast:

  • The Affordable Care Act – The Affordable Care Act puts consumers back in charge of their health care.
  • Pomodoro Technique – For many people, time is an enemy. We race against the clock to finish assignments and meet deadlines. The Pomodoro Technique teaches you to work with time, instead of struggling against it.
  • So You Think You Can Dance – The greatest reality dance TV show ever.
  • Cheetah Gym – Join Jill & Brad to watch Mare dance her pants off!
  • Idealist – Idealist connects people, organizations, and resources to help build a world where all people can live free and dignified lives.
  • Chicago Artists Resource – CAR is an online extension of the capabilities, resources and leadership of the city’s cultural community and a demonstration of Chicago’s commitment to the important contribution successful artists make to a vital, world-class city.

5 things to do when you feel like quittingWhat are some of the ways that you check yourself before you actually quit anything in your business? Did Brad and Jill miss anything? 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.

Yoda says… | Guests: Nicole Knepper + Ethan Austin | Ep. 31

Top 5 lessons I learned from my mentors

Introduction:

  • Jill and Brad talk about what’s coming up this episode, breaking down people’s eardrums, and mentors that helped them get their businesses going. They also want to make sure that you’ve gotten your copy of their incredible e-book! Get it here.

Guest #1:

Top 5 Lessons Learned From Mentors

  • 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 their 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.

Guest #2:

  • Ethan Austin is the co-founder of Give Forward, a site that provides personalized fundraising web pages so friends and family can send financial and emotional support to a loved one facing medical expenses. Find him on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

Tool of the Week:

  • My Fitness Pal – They say that the best way to lose weight and keep it off forever is to simply keep track of the foods you eat. They’ve designed a free website and mobile apps that make calorie counting and food tracking easy. Brad can’t recommend this one highly enough!

Resources mentioned in the podcast:

  • Micromentor – The site connects entrepreneurs and volunteer mentors to build small businesses together. It’s free, easy-to-use and life-changing.
  • SCORE –  America’s premier source of free and confidential small business advice for entrepreneurs and small businesses. Find a free mentor there.
  • Build-A-Bear - Where best friends are made. (We believe everything we read on websites.)
  • Agile Project Management – It’s a methodology that’s an iterative and incremental method of managing the design and build activities for new product or service development projects in a highly flexible and interactive manner.
  • Startup Weekend – No Talk. All Action. Spend a weekend launching a startup in 54 hours.

Sponsors:

  • EnMast.com is a small business owner community that offers members a supportive community and mass resource to help owners. Interested in Mastermind Coaching? Sign up! Sign up!
  • 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.

Top 5 lessons I learned from my mentorsWhat are some of the best tools you use to be more productive while working solo? Have you found the right mentor or are you having trouble finding one? 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.

My way is better | Guests: Tamara Monosoff + Tyler Mose | Ep. 30

top 5 ways to improve meetings

Introduction:

  • In this episode Jill and Brad discuss their teams and how they conduct their meetings. Jill is a big fan of Google Hangout and utilizes it to conduct her monthly meet-up with her fabulous international team. She loves that she can see their wonderful, smiling faces and that they can encourage and inspire one another. Brad, on the other hand, loves to meet with clients and have focused, on-point meetings (no tangents for Brad!) Side note: Jill’s never been to Texas…I think we need to change that! Road trip anyone? Brad, however, has been all over the Lonestar State. Oh and be sure that you’ve gotten your copy of their incredible e-book! Get it here.

Special Announcement!

  • Join us on Monday October 6th for the The Founding Moms Conference. Delicious food, speakers & performances! Come learn a lot and meet a lot of awesome entrepreneurs from around the world.

Founding Moms Conference 2014

Guest #1:

  • Tamara Monosoff is the founder & CEO of Mom Invented, an online community which provides information, inspiration & interaction for like-minded entrepreneurs. She offers mentoring classes & free workshops through her website TamaraMonosoff.com. Find her on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Top 5 Ways To Improve Your Meetings

  • Jill and Brad discuss the top 5 ways to improve 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.

Guest #2:

  • Tyler Mose is the CEO at Indirap Productions, a full service video production and video marketing agency. They work directly with their brands to ensure that they truly understand the brand and its image. Find him on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Tool of the Week:

  • TWChat.com – Create a realtime chat room based on a Twitter hashtag (of your creation, or not!) Invite users and perform the presentations online without any additional software! Add your friends or colleagues to help you with moderation.

Resources mentioned in the podcast:

  • Google Hangout – A great way to get together with people anywhere, anytime, in realtime.
  • Career Sushi – Find an intern! They connect the world’s freshest minds with the most innovative companies.
  • Twitter – Do we even have to explain it?  It’s an online social networking and microblogging service that enables users to send and read short 140-character text messages, called “tweets”. Get on there.

Sponsors:

  • EnMast.com is a small business owner community that offers members a supportive community and mass resource to help owners. Interested in Mastermind Coaching? Sign up! Sign up!
  • The Founding Moms Conference- Attend the first international conference that Jill’s organization, The Founding Moms, is hosting in Chicago. Mark your calendars for amazing speakers, inspiring attendees, delicious food and bands! Bands! Monday, October 6 at Lincoln Hall. Get your tickets here.

Top 5 ways to improve meetingsWhat are some of your magic meeting methods? 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.

 

LIVE from Techweek 2014 | Featuring Jay Goltz + Howard Tullman | Ep. 29

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Introduction:

  • 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.

Breaking Down Your Business at TechWeek Chicago

  • 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. They also want to make sure that you’ve gotten your copy of their incredible e-book! Get it here.

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Guest #1:

  • Howard Tullman is the CEO of 1871, General Managing Partner of G2T3V, LLC, Chairman of Music Dealers, and the Michael Jordan of entrepreneurship. His birthday is on June 27 and his horoscope is Cancer. Find him at h@1871.com and on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Howard Tullman with Breaking Down Your Business

Top 5 Ways To Destroy Productivity Killers

  • Jill and Brad discuss the top productivity killers and how to kill them. From the Internet  to starting things without finishing them to having an open door policy (BIG no-no) to switching costs, all of these things are using up your brain power and distracting you from the big picture (and the little pictures along the way, too.) Know any ways to destroy productivity killers that they missed? Call Jill & Brad at 708.872.7878 and let them know.

Top 5 productivity killers

Guest #2:

Jay Goltz live on Breaking Down Your Business

SHOUT-OUT:

  • We heart Nicole at HODI! She said: “My commute has become highly productive time. The only drawback is that my Mom has noticed that I don’t call her as much on my drive home because I’m so entertained!”

Tool of the Week:

  • Nutmeg – An app full of gifs worth texting. Pick one and double tap it into iMessage. Be as adorable as Jennifer Lawrence or as awkward as Kristin Wiig. It’s time to up your text game.

Breaking Down Your Business at Techweek Chicago

Resources mentioned in the podcast:

  • 5 Min Journal – It’s an app that’s the simplest, most effective way to be happier in 5 minutes a day. Built on proven principles of positive psychology and backed by scientists and real-world results, you’ll find the app beautifully designed and intuitive to use.
  • Wiki-work – web-distributed, massive scale, collaborative work executed in bits and pieces.  Howard Tullman coined the term in Inc. Magazine.
  • Weave The People – This 1871-based company makes weaves to reveal the hidden value that exists in organizations. See sample weaves here — it’s pretty neat.
  • Freedom – Block those digital distractions. This amazing tool will shut down your Internet so that whatever you want to get done on your computer, you can finally get done.
  • Google Adwords – Want to grow your business? Put your message in front of potential customers right when they’re searching for what you have to offer.

Sponsored by:

Rivet Radio

Rivet News Radio – Rivet delivers personalized audio news and information worldwide to your smartphone. Delivered to your smartphone. Rivet has over 100,000 downloads, worldwide with a strong hold in the top 30 free news apps in the iTunes app store, Rivet is giving people the opportunity stay informed on their time. With Rivet you’ll never miss what’s important to you: hundreds of sources and stories reported by partners like the AP – and the latest is always waiting for you when you turn Rivet on. Download it now from the iTunes App Store. Your news. Your world. Right now. breaking down your business at techweek chicago

What are some of the best ways you’ve killed productivity killers in the past? 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.

BONUS!

Here’s what Jill and Brad were doing when no one was looking at TechWeek Chicago: