In this week’s installment of the hit podcast Breaking Down Your Business, hosts 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. They’re joined for a non-awkward conversation by Jonny Andrews, best-selling author, publishing expert, entrepreneur, international speaker, business strategist and founder of AudienceHacker.com and Natalie Eckdahl, founder of BizChixPodcast where she shares the journey of amazing female entrepreneurs (and a few cool dudes) 5 days a week. Tune in below!
You’ve probably attended an event recently – be it a conference, happy hour or launch party. Was it worth your time? Our founder, Jill Salzman, recently provided some ways to get the most out of an event for chicagobusiness.com. One suggestion: “Meet efficiently. If you see people who look interesting to you, walk right up and introduce yourself. Don’t think twice. You’re wasting time skipping an intro because you’re shy or nervous or embarrassed.” Check out the article to learn more and then maximize attendance at the next event on your calendar.
In last week’s episode of the only podcast endorsed by both President Obama and President Putin (ok we may have made that up) our hosts 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. They are joined by Lola Wright, 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 and Elise Jaffe, 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. Listen below or subscribe on itunes to never miss a podcast.
“Another subset of entrepreneurs that fascinates me is mommy entrepreneurs, or “mompreneurs.” The research I have done has lead me to a couple of conclusions. First, the women business owners who succeed are sensational multitaskers, as all moms are. They have a keen ability to balance being both the CEO of the household and the owner of a business. Second, more than many entrepreneurs, their business ideas identify and provide solutions to many of life’s problems. Or should I say opportunities? They have great stories, a passion for their work, and unrivaled drive.”
And the best part? At the end they name us as a fantastic resources for mom’s looking to enter or expand their entrepreneurial game! Thanks Inc! Read the full story here.
Vacations are proven to be one of the best ways to increase your productivity and reduce burnout. But the stress of planning for a vacation can almost make you not want to take one! This week Jill & Brad explore 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. They’re joined by Jeannie Walters, founder of 360Connext, a consulting firm specializing in the cornerstones of customer experience and host Brad’s wife Karen also makes a guest appearance. Tune in below.
Chicago Public Radio WBEZ invited our founder, Jill Salzman, onto their tech segment to review what’s new on the scene. Wanna learn more about Amazon’s new Fire Phone? Need to know more about why investing in Chicago startups is so important? Jill talks with Niala Boodhoo on these topics and more. Check it out!
Last week, our hosts 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. In between laughs they’re joined by Ashwin Chugh, a strategist, storyteller and former political campaigner who is working on a health tracker app for the mental health space and Patrice Turner, 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. Humor is the best medicine – so tune in today.
The Charlotte Observer recently interviewed our founder, Jill Salzman, about how to create a real life community using meetups. Read on to learn how you could replicate Jill’s success in 5 steps – sneak peak: “Find the gaps. Search Meetup.com for groups that may already exist and support the need you’ve pinpointed. Maybe they’re not on Meetup, but you can suss out what’s happening on Facebook or LinkedIn to see if similar groups exist in those places.”
Last week, the fantastic hosts of Breaking Down Your Business, 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. They’re joined by Alexandra Eidenberg, the founder of The Insurance People, a Health & Life and Property Casualty Licensed Agency working with over 120 carriers to serve families and small businesses needs and Mare Swallow, 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. Tune in below!
Didja hear about that time our founder, Jill Salzman, fluffed her hair with Lane Kennedy? Lane recently interviewed Jill about all of you on her video series, Lane Kennedy Talks Life. Watch her great video interviews with fellow entrepreneurs over here. Highlight, hear the story about how The Founding Moms went international. Also hear how Lane found out about The Founding Moms and then share your story about how you discovered us in the comments.