Top 5 things I learned from running a conference | Guests: Nate Burgos + Anna Stout | Ep. 45

how to run a conference

Introduction:

  • Jill and Brad talk about what’s coming up in this episode, what happened at The Founding Moms Conference and what it was like for Jill as the organizer who planned the whole thing. From Jill’s affinity for the Hefner family, Livestream, and restroom reorganization, there was plenty to discuss on the conference. 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:

Top 5 Things You Need To Know About Running A Conference

  • Jill learned a lot from planning her first conference. The Founding Moms Conference happened in Chicago on October 6, 2014. In this episode, she talks about the things that ended up being the most important in the planning process as well as on the big day. Things like marketing the event well in advance. Making sure that you’re not underestimating the importance of the space you’re using to hold the event. Using music throughout the day to cue attendees as to what’s happening when. Hiring a producer to help with all A/V and production stuffs happening on the big day. And last but not least at all, making sure your speakers are top notch. Have other things that help you in planning big events for your business? Call Jill & Brad at 708.872.7878 and let them know.

Guest #2:

  • Anna Stout is the founder of Astute Communications, a full-service creative solutions agency where she helps folks develop comprehensive digital strategies to boost customer perception and engagement.Find her on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Tool of the Week:

  • Product Hunt – It’s a curation of the best new products, every day. Discover the latest mobile apps, websites, and technology products that everyone’s talking about.

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:

how to run a conferenceWhat are some of the ways in which you’ve planned a big event that we missed? 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.

We’re all idiots | Guests: Andrew Tarvin + Peter Durand | Ep. 44

5 things business owners need to know

Introduction:

  • Jill and Brad talk about what’s coming up in this episode and how much fun they had doing their second LIVE taping on the Hand Gesture Tour during Chicago’s famed conference ContentJam. They also dive into the scary territory of admitting that they don’t know everything in business (or do they?) and fight about it, too. 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:

  • Andrew Tarvin is the founder of Humor That Works where he teaches business owners how to be more productive, less stressed, and happier using humor at work. Find him on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Top 5 Business Things You Know Nothing About

  • You probably don’t know anything about a lot of things in business. Especially if you think you’ve heard it all. What do Jill & Brad think are the most important things to admit you don’t know about? It’s pretty imperative to realize that you don’t know all about the constantly changing rules regarding HR compliance. Know what’s up with the FMLA? Overtime rules? Unless you’re an HR expert, you probably need to keep one of the folks who know a thing or two about this area on speed dial. What about the technology you use at work? Want to take an extra few hours to fix the bug on your computer or have someone in your network who can help do it for you so you can focus on what you do best? And how about reading your financial statements, balancing your books and finding the time to do the work you actually need to do? It’s time to fine-tune your delegation skills. Don’t take all of this on yourself and be proud that you don’t know everything there is to know in business. Have other things Jill & Brad missed that we should not have to know everything about? Call them at 708.872.7878 and let them know.

Guest #2:

  • Peter Durand is the founder of Alphachimp where he’s dedicated to working with change agents and social innovators looking for creative ways to share ideas and connect with audiences via visual learning, problem-solving and innovation. Find him on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Tool of the Week:

  • Focus@Work — It’s an exciting new music technology service that delivers productivity on demand for working, studying, creative writing, coding and reading. Brad wrote 6 blog posts in one morning! Try their free trial out and let Jill & Brad know if it helped you by tweeting with their hashtag #JillnBrad.

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.
  • Anchor Advisors – It’s the firm that Brad Farris founded to help clients accelerate in their growth phase. Brad works with business founders with 10 to 100 employees who have seen growth and success in their business but need to develop systems and processes so that decisions can be made at a lower level of the organization, freeing the business owner to monitor the results and apply their talents where they are needed most. Call Brad to discuss what he and his team can do for you. Do it. Do it now.

Resources mentioned in the podcast:

  • ContentJam – A conference all about content marketing, happening this year October 2 in Chicago
  • Kurt Vonnegut – He’s the guy who said “Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward.” He’s also an exceptional writer. Read his books.
  • Andrew Tarvin’s TEDx talk – It’s awesome.
  • The Founding Moms Conference – The best conference in the universe. Happening October 6 in Chicago.

What are some of the other things in business that you know (or should know) nothing about? 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.

LIVE at Content Jam! | Guests: Chris Mickens + Jeff Korhan | Ep. 43

how to use content marketing for your business

Introduction:

  • Jill and Brad talk about what’s coming up in this episode and what they’d do to get the word out if they started a business today — all LIVE from ContentJam 2014! Special thanks to Heidi Brown (co-founder of Options Away) for emceeing and Andrew Tombs playing on keyboard.
  • They talk (read: fight) about possibly getting the word out using newsletters, blogs, and even meeting face-to-face to spread the gospel about their new ventures. Find out what ridiculosity ensues by listening to this latest and very live 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.

IMG_2118

Guest #1:

  • Chris Mickens is the Creative Technology Director of Educo Web Design where she helps to provide the world with in-depth training and managed support to facilitate your audience’s engagement and boost site performance.Find her on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

IMG_2179

Top 5 Ways To Use Content To Grow Your Business

  • There are many, many ways to get your content out to grow your business. And you should. But the best bets in making the most out of your valuable words and images are to make sure you’re putting that stuff into a newsletter (and capturing those email addresses), making sure that your message is tweaked for the different audiences on all the platforms you use to get the word out, connecting with experts in your field, making sure you are engaging folks by thinking conversation (and not shouting from that pedestal we all love so dearly) — and doing it all by being the expert in your industry, even if you think you’re not. Have ways of your own that help you use your own content to grow your business? Call Jill & Brad at 708.872.7878 and let them know.

Guest #2:

  • Jeff Korhanis a business marketing speaker, trainer, and coach who helps mainstream businesses adapt their traditional growth practices to a digital world. Find him on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Tool of the Week:

  • Hop – Hop brings your email to life. It automagically turns your email messages into a natural chat conversation with the people you know. Use it to connect in real time with friends, family and colleagues to share life’s most important moments as they happen — through video, photos, documents, live chat, and voice calls — using something everybody has: an email address. Hop is fully synced with desktop emails so conversations, documents and media are always stored on your cloud service.

IMG_2045

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.
  • We want to take a moment to thank our sponsor WGN.FM. WGN.FM hosts a variety of fantastic podcasts totally worth your while. Use the WGN Radio App to access them on the go! or visit www.WGN.fm.

Resources mentioned in the podcast:

  • ContentJam – A conference all about content marketing that’ll happen next year in Chicago. It’s awesome.
  • Ikea – Jill loves to put Ikea items together with the actual toolbelt she wears at live podcast tapings!

how to use content marketing for your businessWhat are some of the ways that you grow your business using content you create? 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.

Come together | Guests: Sam Rosen + TJ Hale | Ep. 42

tips for conference going

Introduction:

  • Jill and Brad talk about what’s coming up in this episode and what keeps them going to conferences. Even though they like to talk (shout) to a lot of people as they smile (stare) and shake hands (wave), conferences are a big investment of time and money — and yet they love to attend them. The ideas, the inspiration, the scale of the event itself are all reasons that keep them a ‘comin. 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:

  • Sam Rosen is the founder of Desktime where he helps to pair people with places to get work done by renting shared spaces, empty desks, conference rooms, or entire offices by the day, week, or month. 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 Ways To Get The Most Out Of Conferences

  • No, really. How can you make the most of your conference experience? For a lot of folks it’s a blur, a giant mess of people and it’s always hard to figure out who to talk to, what to check out, and even what to wear. But if you pay attention to the little things like putting your social media handles onto your nametags and your nametag on the right side of your body (listen to find out why), you’re already doing it right. If you can stop handing out your business card so freely, figure out what your purpose is in attending before you get there, and then smile when you do, you’ll get a lot more out of these big events than if you go about it without Jill and Brad’s top tips. Have ways of your own that help you get the most out of conferences? Call Jill & Brad at 708.872.7878 and let them know.

Guest #2:

Tool of the Week:

  • 2048 – This tool will destroy your productivity (thanks Brad!) It’s a game where 2’s and 4’s fall from the sky and you arrange them in a way where adding ‘em up gets you to 2048. Try it. You won’t be able to stop.

Sponsors:

  • 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!

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!

Resources mentioned in the podcast:

  • Bonfyre – A great app to facilitate chatter at conferences among attendees
  • ContentJam – A conference all about content marketing, happening this year October 2 in Chicago
  • Inbound - HubSpot’s annual content marketing conference in Boston.
  • The Founding Moms Conference – The best conference in the universe. Happening October 6 in Chicago.
  • Cusp Conference – A conference all about thinkers, innovators, creators and design, happening October 22-23 in Chicago.
  • Staging (pronounced STOJ-ing) – An unpaid internship when a cook or chef works briefly, for free, in another chef’s kitchen to learn and be exposed to new techniques and cuisines.

tips for conference goingWhat are some of the ways that you get the most out of attending conferences? 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.

Call me, maybe? | Guests: Marc Talluto + Cate Conroy | Ep. 41

how to get accountability

Introduction:

  • Jill and Brad talk about how no one’s ever mad at them when they don’t follow through on anything. Sound like a sob story waiting to happen? Of course it is. They talk about ways that they find accountability in their businesses, peer pressure they experience in their adult lives, and how Brad tracks his progress by using a scoreboard. 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:

  • Marc Talluto is the founder of Fruition Partners where he helps clients achieve superior results by combining extensive experience with service management tools and processes with a large and varied history of ServiceNow implementation and development work.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 Ways To Get Accountability

  • We all need ways to get accountability so we can stick to what we said we were going to do to build a better business. If you do something as simple as asking someone to hold you to it, you’ve done more than plenty of other businesspeople. Set up reminders that pop up when you most need them. Set up systems — if you don’t get it done by X date, then Y will happen (self-punishment, much?) or join a group for support so that when you publicly state your goals, all eyes are on you. Have ways of your own that you get accountability to keep you on track? Call Jill & Brad at 708.872.7878 and let them know.

Guest #2:

Tool of the Week:

  • Boomerang – It’s a Gmail add-on that lets you schedule when you want email sent so you don’t look available at all hours even if you’re writing emails at all hours!

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.

‘KK’ Writes In:

“I’m always learning about you and your biz style, Jill. It’s like reading your diary.” (Listen to the episode to hear who this mystery listener is!)

Resources mentioned in the podcast:

how to get accountabilityWhat are some of the ways that you hold yourself accountable 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.

Control Freak? | Guests: Rieva Lesonsky + John Wright | Ep. 40

control freak

Introduction:

  • Jill and Brad talk about what’s coming up this episode and figure out whether they are control freaks. Does it depend on who you’re talking to? Can you be a former control freak who is now in recovery? Do you micro manage, and if so, do you think you are running a successful business? Or do you believe that micromanaging and being a control freak are hindering the growth of your small business? Find out more — so much more — by listening to this freakishly entertaining 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:

  • Rieva Lesonsky is the founder of SmallBizDaily where she takes her decades of experience in entrepreneurship and brings to the world her unique take on the world of small business, and GrowBiz Media, a content and consulting company that helps entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses. Find her on Facebook, Twitterand 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 Signs That You May Be A Control Freak

  • There are too many businesses that are smaller than they need to be because their owners are holding it back by being a control freak. The mistakes are costly and the stakes are high, but to ensure the growth of your business, you must recognize your control spots and work on them to move past them. If you decide not to delegate tasks because everyone else would mess it up, you are probably a control freak. When you jump in and explain things for your teammates or colleagues if someone in your business is having trouble doing so, you are probably a control freak. When you identify one or two things that each person around you can change that would make you happier and you “help them out” by explaining these things…frequently and repeatedly…you are probably a control freak. So…are you a control freak?
  • Have signs of your own that might tell you you are, or are becoming, a control freak? Call Jill & Brad at 708.872.7878 and let them know.

Guest #2:

  • John Wright is the founder of John Wright Unlimited where unlocks and catalyzes inspired leadership by speaking, coaching, hosting workshops, asking the questions that your team and family are afraid to ask. Find him on Facebook and LinkedIn.

Tool of the Week:

Genius Scan – Digitize your documents! Just snap a photo of a document and voila, it turns into a .pdf. No need to sign, scan, fax, snail mail, and more…but if you feel steps are missing, go ahead and crop or filter it in that app, too.

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:

 

ep_40_Square_Podcast_Art_ORIGINALWhat are some of the signs that you might be a small business control freak? 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.

 

You’re going to make it. | Guests: Dave Delaney + Rita Morales | Ep. 39

ep-39-Horizontal-Podcast-Art-ORIGINAL

Introduction:

  • Jill and Brad talk about what’s coming up this episode and figure out that they can’t speak proper English very well. They also discuss what it is to be a seasoned entrepreneur (or rather, what they think those folks are like) and the fact that they can’t wait to get there, if you’ll have them. Hear their attempts to make sense in this superb episode (reminder: hashtag them at #jillnbrad) and make sure that you’ve gotten your copy of their incredible e-book! Get it here.

Guest #1:

  • Dave Delaney is the founder of NBN Radio, the New Business Networking podcast where Dave helps folks make the most of their professional networking efforts. 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 Skills You Need To Make Your Business Last

  • Jill and Brad discuss the top 5 skills you need to sustain your business over a long period of time. Things like persistence: Solving the problems in a business by looking at each one as an opportunity. And things like taking the time to live your life and not work 24/7 otherwise you won’t last one single minute running your business over the long haul. Focusing on the important stuff, prioritizing the right things, and having the confidence to get through the roller coaster ride that is running a small business are also skills to improve constantly and help to make your business last. Have tips of your own that help you run your business better over the long haul? Call Jill & Brad at 708.872.7878 and let them know.

Guest #2:

  • Rita Morales is the founder of Brainy Girl Designs where she works with entrepreneurs to build a consistent brand using creative and unique design development to make your business flourish. Find her on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Tool of the Week:

  • TimerCam – It’s dead-simple. The only feature that separates TimerCam from the iPhone’s default camera app is a timer, with options for 5, 10, 15, and 30-second shooting delays. The flash can be set to on, off, or auto, and it can toggle between the front and rear cameras. That’s all there is to it.

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:

ep-39-Square-Podcast-Art-ORIGINALWhat are some of the ways that you work on making your business last over the long haul? 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.

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

ep-37-Horizontal-Podcast-Art-ORIGINAL

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

ep-36-Horizontal-Podcast-Art-ORIGINAL

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.