Brainy Boss Podcast

Brainy Boss Podcast

Synopsis

It is time to rethink the way we work in our own small businesses. We can get away from the 24/7 hustle and constant grind by being smarter with our business. This podcast, hosted by Annie LaCroix, is all about intentional hustle through better systems, routines, and mindset.Listen twice a week as Annie answers listener questions and interviews other small business owners.

Episodes

  • Episode 10: Intelligent Quitting
    Episode 10: Intelligent Quitting
    Duration: 11min | 03/02/2020

    People assume that quitting is always a bad thing, but with the right mindset, you can make this work to your and your business' advantage. But how? In this episode, Annie LaCroix talks about the importance of knowing the difference between what to give up on and what to say 'no' to. Read the FULL show notes here: https://www.annielacroix.com/current-season (https://www.annielacroix.com/current-season)

  • Episode 9: Focus Friday - Time Management (Part 4 of 4)
    Episode 9: Focus Friday - Time Management (Part 4 of 4)
    Duration: 11min | 31/01/2020

    This month's Focus Friday series focuses on Time Management. This is the final part of our 4-part 'Time Management Starts with Task Management' series. As business owners, we often find ourselves wanting to do more and do so faster because we need to get so many things done. Most time management tools brag about helping you to do things faster, but if you're spending time on the wrong tasks (a.k.a. tasks that do not move the needle forward), it doesn't matter how fast you're completing them. Actually, you shouldn't be wasting your time on those tasks at all! Time management starts with task management. It's time we beat the "I don't have enough time to do what matters the most" cycle. Every Friday, we'll focus on one step until we go full circle. January Focus Friday Series Highlights: recording segmenting dividing grouping In this 4-part series you can expect to learn how to best analyze and evaluate your tasks to find out what's being done, how much time you spend to get it done, and whic

  • Episode 8: Cultivating Resourcefulness in Yourself and Your Team
    Episode 8: Cultivating Resourcefulness in Yourself and Your Team
    Duration: 10min | 27/01/2020

    There's so much content available at our fingertips, but how do we use what is available to us to get the best solutions? In this episode, Annie LaCroix talks about how and why cultivating resourcefulness will lead you maximum results even with minimal resources. Read the full show notes here: https://www.annielacroix.com/current-season (https://www.annielacroix.com/current-season)

  • Episode 7: Focus Friday - Time Management (Part 3 of 4)
    Episode 7: Focus Friday - Time Management (Part 3 of 4)
    Duration: 10min | 24/01/2020

    We're down to the third episode of this month's Focus Friday! In Part 1, we list all the things we have for the whole week, and we also created a list for each day of the week. Last week, we talked about segmenting the tasks into different categories (simple, moderate, complex, strategic, and non-business). On today's episode, Annie Lacroix will dive deep into how we can productively 'get rid of our tasks' by eliminating time-wasters, delegating tasks that can be handed off, and focusing on what we actually need to be doing. For the FULL show notes and the FREE downloadable worksheet, just head on over to: https://www.annielacroix.com/current-season (https://www.annielacroix.com/current-season)

  • Episode 6: Saying goodbye to Impostor Syndrome
    Episode 6: Saying goodbye to Impostor Syndrome
    Duration: 10min | 19/01/2020

    Listen to today's episode, where Annie LaCroix shares her thoughts about Impostor Syndrome, how it affects us as individuals, and what we should do to quiet that mean voice that says you aren't enough, are not doing nearly enough, and won't be enough. Read the full scoop on how to overcome Impostor Syndrome here: https://www.annielacroix.com/current-season/episode6 (https://www.annielacroix.com/current-season/episode6)

  • Episode 5: Focus Friday - Time Management (Part 2 of 4)
    Episode 5: Focus Friday - Time Management (Part 2 of 4)
    Duration: 10min | 17/01/2020

    This is part 2 of the Time Management Starts with Task Management series. Annie LaCroix walks us through how to effectively segment the tasks you documented throughout the week. The focus of today's episode is to help you organize tasks into 5 categories, so that you can create a detailed picture of how your time is spent. TIME MANAGEMENT STARTS WITH TASK MANAGEMENTThis 4-part series will help you efficiently analyze and evaluate your tasks to find out what's being done, how much time you spend to get it done, and which tasks and activities you should actually be investing in. The ultimate goal of January's Focus Friday topic is to help you create space to combat overwhelm, so that you can grow your business better while still having the time to go enjoy things beyond the daily grind. HAVE A LISTEN AND DON'T FORGET TO DOWNLOAD THE FREE WORKSHEET THAT'S ASSOCIATED WITH THIS SERIES: https://www.annielacroix.com/current-season/episode5 (https://www.annielacroix.com/current-season/episode5)

  • Episode 4: Giving better feedback
    Episode 4: Giving better feedback
    Duration: 11min | 12/01/2020

    Have you ever had your boss give you crappy feedback and resented them for it? Well, now, that you're a business owner you're going to be the one giving your team insightful feedback. How do you ensure that you don't repeat serving the same BS feedback sandwich? In this episode, Annie LaCroix debunks the 3 Feedback Myths and shares her insight on how to best deliver feedback without crushing your team's spirit. Learn more here: https://www.annielacroix.com/current-season/episode4 (https://www.annielacroix.com/current-season/episode4)

  • Episode 3: Focus Friday - Time Management (Part 1 of 4)
    Episode 3: Focus Friday - Time Management (Part 1 of 4)
    Duration: 10min | 08/01/2020

    This month's Focus Friday series focuses on Time Management. As business owners, we often find ourselves wanting to do more and do so faster because we need to get so many things done. Most time management tools brag about helping you to do things faster, but if you're spending time on the wrong tasks (a.k.a. tasks that do not move the needle forward), it doesn't matter how fast you're completing them. Actually, you shouldn't be wasting your time on those tasks at all! Time management starts with task management. It's time we beat the "I don't have enough time to do what matters the most" cycle. Every Friday, we'll focus on one step until we go full circle. January Focus Friday Series Highlights: recording segmenting dividing grouping In this 4-part series you can expect to learn how to best analyze and evaluate your tasks to find out what's being done, how much time you spend to get it done, and which tasks and activities should you be investing in. The ultimate goal of January's Focus Friday topic

  • Episode 2: How to Build and Maintain Momentum
    Episode 2: How to Build and Maintain Momentum
    Duration: 11min | 05/01/2020

    In this episode, Annie Lacroix talks about how you can conquer your entrepreneurial journey through perseverance and momentum. Read the full show notes here: https://www.annielacroix.com/current-season (https://www.annielacroix.com/current-season)

  • Season Two starts today! What to expect in 2020.
    Season Two starts today! What to expect in 2020.
    Duration: 18min | 03/01/2020

    This week is a special episode introducing Season Two of the Brainy Boss Podcast with Annie LaCroix. New-ish name, new-ish format and a new website! Check out annielacroix.com (https://www.annielacroix.com/) and listen to this episode for all the exciting updates!

  • 2019 in Review
    2019 in Review
    Duration: 26min | 31/12/2019

    This is a special episode in which I look back on my first year podcasting. I talk about what went well and what didn't and how I intend to adjust for 2020. Also, the new website is up! Check out annielacroix.com (https://www.annielacroix.com/) ! You will still be able to find the podcast at brainyboss.co (https://www.brainyboss.co/podcast) as well!

  • Focus Friday: Planning for the Next Decade- Part 4 of 4
    Focus Friday: Planning for the Next Decade- Part 4 of 4
    Duration: 13min | 24/12/2019

    This month’s Focus Friday series is all about planning for the new decade.  As the year 2019 closes, we welcome a new decade full of epic potential. Are you ready for it? Don’t worry, this month's topic is sure to help you get prepped for sustainable productivity! I know that it can be a little overwhelming, but as Brainy Bosses, we want the next decade to be even better than the last.  For this Focus Friday series, we will be talking about easy and manageable plans for the next ten years of your life and business! So, what are you waiting for? Grab that worksheet and start planning! This is the final episode to my 4-part series. For the full show notes and worksheet head to Brainy Boss. (https://www.brainyboss.co/podcast)

  • Ask Annie: Why pay for easy things?
    Ask Annie: Why pay for easy things?
    Duration: 11min | 24/12/2019

    Today’s episode is a bit different from the regular Ask Annie episode, because this question was something I got asked personally. “Why should I pay for easy things?” If you are just starting your business, you may have had to decide whether to hire a VA who can handle the easy tasks or not. Of course, if it’s easy then, why not just save the money, right? In doing business, there may be a lot of tasks that are easy to do; however, it can take up time. If you spend your time finishing these easy tasks, then you’ll have less time for the hard things. If you try to both, it will only tire you out faster. For full show notes head to Brainy Boss. (https://www.brainyboss.co/podcast)

  • Focus Friday: Planning for the Next Decade - Part 3 of 4
    Focus Friday: Planning for the Next Decade - Part 3 of 4
    Duration: 12min | 20/12/2019

    This month’s Focus Friday series is all about planning for the new decade.  As the year 2019 closes, we welcome a new decade full of epic potential. Are you ready for it? Don’t worry, this month's topic is sure to help you get prepped for sustainable productivity! I know that it can be a little overwhelming, but as Brainy Bosses, we want the next decade to be even better than the last.  For this Focus Friday series, we will be talking about easy and manageable plans for the next ten years of your life and business! So, what are you waiting for? Grab that worksheet and start planning! This is part 3 of my 4-part series. For the full show notes and worksheet head to Brainy Boss. (https://www.brainyboss.co/podcast)

  • Focus Friday: Planning for the Next Decade- Part 2 of 4
    Focus Friday: Planning for the Next Decade- Part 2 of 4
    Duration: 24min | 13/12/2019

    This month’s Focus Friday series is all about planning for the new decade.  As the year 2019 closes, we welcome a new decade full of epic potential. Are you ready for it? Don’t worry, this month's topic is sure to help you get prepped for sustainable productivity! I know that it can be a little overwhelming, but as Brainy Bosses, we want the next decade to be even better than the last.  For this Focus Friday series, we will be talking about easy and manageable plans for the next ten years of your life and business! So, what are you waiting for? Grab that worksheet and start planning! This is part 2 of my 4-part series. For the full show notes and worksheet head to Brainy Boss. (https://www.brainyboss.co/podcast)

  • Ask Annie: Discipline is better than Motivation
    Ask Annie: Discipline is better than Motivation
    Duration: 08min | 09/12/2019

    The featured Brainy Boss listener question for this week is: “How to do I find the motivation to get stuff done that I don’t really want to do?” Motivation is generally the willingness to do a task or work. That is why many people believe that without it, you can’t achieve anything.  In this episode, we talk about why discipline is better than motivation, and how to improve on your self-discipline. For full show notes head to Brainy Boss. (https://www.brainyboss.co/podcast)

  • Focus Friday: Planning for the Next Decade - Part 1 of 4
    Focus Friday: Planning for the Next Decade - Part 1 of 4
    Duration: 14min | 06/12/2019

    This month’s Focus Friday series is all about planning for the new decade.  As the year 2019 closes, we welcome a new decade full of epic potential. Are you ready for it? Don’t worry, this month's topic is sure to help you get prepped for sustainable productivity! I know that it can be a little overwhelming, but as Brainy Bosses, we want the next decade to be even better than the last.  For this Focus Friday series, we will be talking about easy and manageable plans for the next ten years of your life and business! So, what are you waiting for? Grab that worksheet and start planning! This is part 1 of my 4-part series. For the full show notes and worksheet head to Brainy Boss. (https://www.brainyboss.co/podcast)

  • Expert Insights: Finding Your Voice with Andrea Zoellner
    Expert Insights: Finding Your Voice with Andrea Zoellner
    Duration: 22min | 03/12/2019

    Andrea Zoellner is an amazing resource for helping creators find their voice and use it effectively. Tune into this conversation and see full show notes at Brainy Boss. (www.brainyboss.co/podcast)

  • Focus Friday: Healthy Entrepreneurship- 5/5
    Focus Friday: Healthy Entrepreneurship- 5/5
    Duration: 14min | 28/11/2019

    This month’s series is all about Healthy Entrepreneurship. Throughout this series, I will cover the topics of sleep, water, whole foods, movement, mindfulness, play, and routine. The health of the CEO determines the health of the business so make sure you are taking care of your health as a priority! We are wrapping up our five-part Healthy Entrepreneurship series. How is your lifestyle shift going? Have you been incorporating the healthy habits we talked about for the last four episodes (e.g. drinking enough water, having enough sleep, eating more wholesome foods, movement and meditation)? The final healthy habit I'd like to talk about this week is play. Now, this can be in the most literal sense, like riding a swing at the park or playing sports with friends. Work is not life, it's about time we invested in having a good time outside work and being fully present at the moment! This is part 5 of my 5-part Healthy Entrepreneurship series. For full show notes, head over to Brainy Boss (https://www.b

  • Ask Annie: Networking for Introverts
    Ask Annie: Networking for Introverts
    Duration: 14min | 25/11/2019

    Networking can be intimidating, even for an extrovert. The idea of introducing yourself to a total stranger can, understandably, give anyone cold feet. What more the keeping and nurturing those connections through the years, right? But you know what they say, “Your network is your net worth.” So now, dive into some actionable tips to ease you into the wonderful world of networking!For full show notes, head over to Brainy Boss.

  • Focus Friday: Healthy Entrepreneurship- 4/5
    Focus Friday: Healthy Entrepreneurship- 4/5
    Duration: 12min | 22/11/2019

    This month’s series is all about Healthy Entrepreneurship.Throughout this series, I will cover the topics of sleep, water, whole foods, movement, mindfulness, play, and routine. The health of the CEO determines the health of the business so make sure you are taking care of your health as a priority!We've already covered getting enough water, sleep, and whole foods over the last few weeks. In this episode, we focus on the importance and effect of exercise and meditation to your entrepreneurial journey.This is part 4 of my 5-part Healthy Entrepreneurship series.For full show notes, head over to Brainy Boss.

  • Thoughts about Business with Ted Bauer
    Thoughts about Business with Ted Bauer
    Duration: 41min | 19/11/2019

    Ted Bauer, the owner of The Context of Things, joins me today to chit chat about business. Ted is a writer and offers services such a copywriting, email marketing, ghostwriting and more.  He also has a newsletter you can subscribe to here.In this episode we cover:The difference between Linkedin and TwitterWhy social media hurts us while still connecting usEmployers screening candidates on social mediaWhy most employers don’t want critical thinkersWhat to ask a freelancer before hiringIs there such a thing as a bad employee?Connect with Ted in the following places:Context of ThingsTwitterLinkedIn

  • Focus Friday: Healthy Entrepreneurship - 3/5
    Focus Friday: Healthy Entrepreneurship - 3/5
    Duration: 13min | 15/11/2019

    This month’s series is all about Healthy Entrepreneurship.Throughout this series, I will cover the topics of sleep, water, whole foods, movement, mindfulness, play, and routine. The health of the CEO determines the health of the business so make sure you are taking care of your health as a priority!In this episode, we talk about how our relationship with food and eating affects our journey towards healthy entrepreneurship. This is part 2 of my 5-part Healthy Entrepreneurship series.For full show notes, head over to Brainy Boss.

  • Ask Annie: Combating Isolation
    Ask Annie: Combating Isolation
    Duration: 11min | 12/11/2019

    In this episode, Annie shares actionable tips to help you overcome the sense of isolation all entrepreneurs go through. For full show notes head to Brainy Boss.

  • Focus Friday: Healthy Entrepreneurship - 2/5
    Focus Friday: Healthy Entrepreneurship - 2/5
    Duration: 18min | 08/11/2019

    This month’s series is all about Healthy Entrepreneurship.Throughout this series, I will cover the topics of sleep, water, whole foods, movement, mindfulness, play, and routine. The health of the CEO determines the health of the business so make sure you are taking care of your health as a priority!Today's focus is on sleep and how it affects your overall well-being as a business owner.For full show notes, head over to Brainy Boss.

  • Creating a Successful Personal Environment with Stephanie Hurlburt
    Creating a Successful Personal Environment with Stephanie Hurlburt
    Duration: 41min | 03/11/2019

    Stephanie Hurlburt is the co-owner of Binomial and joins us for an open discussion about our personal environment in regards to success in business. For the FULL show notes, head over to BrainyBoss.coWant to join a small, high-powered group of women making it happen every day? Go check out the Bosses Club!

  • Focus Friday: Healthy Entrepreneurship - 1/5
    Focus Friday: Healthy Entrepreneurship - 1/5
    Duration: 14min | 01/11/2019

    This month’s series is all about Healthy Entrepreneurship.Throughout this series, I will cover the topics of sleep, water, whole foods, movement, mindfulness, play, and routine.  The health of the CEO determines the health of the business so make sure you are taking care of your health as a priority!For full show notes and the free worksheet, head over to Brainy Boss.

  • Ask Annie: Avoiding The Wrong Hire
    Ask Annie: Avoiding The Wrong Hire
    Duration: 11min | 29/10/2019

    This week on Ask Annie, we talk about guidelines that will help increase your hiring success and why you shouldn't be disheartened by a few wrong hires. For full show notes head to Brainy Boss.

  • Focus Friday: Decision Making Strategies- 4/4
    Focus Friday: Decision Making Strategies- 4/4
    Duration: 15min | 24/10/2019

    This month's focus is all about helping you implement efficient decision making strategies!In this episode, I share my insight on the benefits of investing in long-term strategies and the importance of reliable outside perspectives in making better business decisions.For full show notes and the free worksheet, head over to Brainy Boss.

  • Maverick Leadership with Judith Germain
    Maverick Leadership with Judith Germain
    Duration: 44min | 22/10/2019

    Judith Germain, author of The Maverick Paradox: The Secret Power Behind Successful Leaders, joins us today for a fascinating discussion about leadership.In today’s show we discuss:What a maverick isWhat the different types of maverick leaders existHow to cultivate beneficial maverick traits for an effective organizationWhat mavericks need to lead wellJudith is also the host of The Maverick Paradox Podcast as well as the owner of Maverick Paradox, which offers a wide variety of services for companies.Connect with Judith in the following places:Maverick Paradox WebsiteThe Maverick Paradox PodcastLinkedInTwitter

  • Focus Friday: Decision Making Strategies- 3/4
    Focus Friday: Decision Making Strategies- 3/4
    Duration: 10min | 18/10/2019

    This month's focus is all about helping you with implement effective decision making strategies!In this episode, I share my insight on how to identify which of your tasks are not urgent.For full show notes and the free worksheet, head over to Brainy Boss.

  • Sustainability in Business with Our Shawn McBride and Shannon Gregg
    Sustainability in Business with Our Shawn McBride and Shannon Gregg
    Duration: 30min | 15/10/2019

    Joining us in today's Expert Insights episode are time management and sustainability experts, Shawn McBride and Shannon Gregg.For the FULL show notes, head over to BrainyBoss.coWant more resources and join a small, high-powered group of women dedicated in making success happen every day? Go check out the Bosses Club!

  • Focus Friday: Decision Making Strategies- 2/4
    Focus Friday: Decision Making Strategies- 2/4
    Duration: 08min | 11/10/2019

    This month's focus is all about helping you with implement effective decision making strategies!In this episode, I share my insight on how to identify which of your tasks are not urgent.For full show notes and the free worksheet, head over to Brainy Boss.

  • Ask Annie: Firing Yourself
    Ask Annie: Firing Yourself
    Duration: 16min | 08/10/2019

    This week on Ask Annie, we talk about mindset shifts that will help you step back and let go of your tasks so you can get the best help for your business.For full show notes head to Brainy Boss.

  • Focus Friday: Decision Making Strategies- 1/4
    Focus Friday: Decision Making Strategies- 1/4
    Duration: 08min | 04/10/2019

    This month's focus is all about helping you with implement effective decision making strategies! In this episode, we dive deep into the components that will help an entrepreneur evaluate how much weight their decision has on their business.For full show notes and the free worksheet, head over to Brainy Boss.

  • Hiring Marketing Help with Ashley Barnhart
    Hiring Marketing Help with Ashley Barnhart
    Duration: 41min | 01/10/2019

    Ashley Barnhart, from AB Creative, joins us to discuss the benefits of hiring outside marketing help. Ashley is also the host of the Adult Struggles podcastFor the FULL show notes, head over to BrainyBoss.coWant to join a small, high-powered group of women making it happen every day? Go check out the Bosses Club!

  • Focus Friday_ Building Your Team - 4 of 4
    Focus Friday_ Building Your Team - 4 of 4
    Duration: 16min | 27/09/2019

    This is the final episode of my 4-part series on Building Your Team.For full show notes and the free worksheet, head over to Brainy Boss.

  • Ask Annie: The Benefit of an Email List
    Ask Annie: The Benefit of an Email List
    Duration: 17min | 24/09/2019

    This week on Ask Annie, we're discussing what email lists are and why you need one!For full show notes head to Brainy Boss.

  • Focus Friday_ Building Your Team - 3 of 4
    Focus Friday_ Building Your Team - 3 of 4
    Duration: 12min | 19/09/2019

    This is episode 3 of my four-part series on building your team.For full show notes and the free worksheet, head over to Brainy Boss.

  • The Integrated Hustle with Ami Watkin and Laena McCarthy
    The Integrated Hustle with Ami Watkin and Laena McCarthy
    Duration: 32min | 17/09/2019

    Ami Watkin and Laena McCarthy have some amazing thoughts on changing the way we hustle.  Their business, The Integrated Hustle, focuses on helping women be honest with their true selves while building an empire.For the FULL show notes, head over to BrainyBoss.coWant to join join a small, high-powered group of women making it happen everyday? Go check out the Bosses Club!

  • Focus Friday: Building Your Team- 2/4
    Focus Friday: Building Your Team- 2/4
    Duration: 14min | 13/09/2019

    This is 2 of a 4 part series on Building Your Team.For full show notes and the free worksheet, head over to Brainy Boss.

  • The Importance of Sleep with Dr. Yishan Xu
    The Importance of Sleep with Dr. Yishan Xu
    Duration: 31min | 10/09/2019

    Dr. Yishan Xu, a sleep specialist, gives some insight on how poor sleep can impact us and what to do about it. For full show notes go to Brainy Boss.

  • Focus Friday: Building Your Team- 1/4
    Focus Friday: Building Your Team- 1/4
    Duration: 14min | 06/09/2019

    This month's series is all about the process of building a great team. We start with the hiring process and carry all the way through to management and termination.Download the worksheet at Brainy Boss.

  • Burnout and Imposter Syndrome
    Burnout and Imposter Syndrome
    Duration: 40min | 03/09/2019

    Leah Steele lays down excellent wisdom about how to see the signs of burnout and manage it before it becomes a problem.For full show notes and contact info, go to Brainy Boss

  • Focus Friday: Business Systems Thinking- 5/5
    Focus Friday: Business Systems Thinking- 5/5
    Duration: 11min | 30/08/2019

    Welcome to the final episode of our 5 part series on thinking in systems!Head to Brainy Boss for the worksheet and more Brainy Goodness!

  • The Importance of Feedback with Amber Christian
    The Importance of Feedback with Amber Christian
    Duration: 37min | 27/08/2019

    Amber Christian from Bella Scena and Wonderly joins us. For full show notes head to Brainy Boss.

  • Focus Friday: Business Systems Thinking- 4/5
    Focus Friday: Business Systems Thinking- 4/5
    Duration: 10min | 23/08/2019

    In this show I list all my very favorite tools for making your systems work easily. And guess what- most of them are free!For the full list, head over to Brainy Boss.

  • Mindful Leadership with Matt Thieleman
    Mindful Leadership with Matt Thieleman
    Duration: 33min | 20/08/2019

    The term mindfulness is common but what does it really mean. Matt, from Golden Bristle, and I discuss what it means to have a mindful practice and we each share a bit about our own on-going journeys as leaders.For full show notes head to Brainy Boss.

  • Focus Friday: Business Systems Thinking- 3/5
    Focus Friday: Business Systems Thinking- 3/5
    Duration: 09min | 16/08/2019

    This is episode 3 of a 5 part series on creating systems in your business in order to work smarter instead of harder.For full show notes and the free worksheet, head to Brainy Boss.

  • Ask Annie: Time Management for Your Side Hustle
    Ask Annie: Time Management for Your Side Hustle
    Duration: 21min | 13/08/2019

    This week I am answering a listener question about how to effectively manage running a side hustle while still handling everything else in life.For full show notes head to Brainy Boss.

  • Focus Friday: Business Systems Thinking- 2/5
    Focus Friday: Business Systems Thinking- 2/5
    Duration: 09min | 09/08/2019

    This is episode two of the five part series on bringing systems to your business.For full show notes and to download the worksheet go to Brainy Boss

  • Managing Conflict in Small Business with Jason Treu
    Managing Conflict in Small Business with Jason Treu
    Duration: 38min | 06/08/2019

    Jason Treu is an expert in conflict management and speaks to us today about the importance of setting up practices to reduce productivity-killing conflict in the workplace.For full show notes, head to Brainy Boss.

  • Focus Friday: Business Systems Thinking- 1 of 5
    Focus Friday: Business Systems Thinking- 1 of 5
    Duration: 13min | 02/08/2019

    If you know you need to get organized and systematize your business to make your life easier, this series is for you!Be sure and head to Brainy Boss to download your free worksheet.

  • Ask Annie: How to fire a problem client
    Ask Annie: How to fire a problem client
    Duration: 24min | 30/07/2019

    In this episode, Annie answers a listener question about how to fire a client. Annie discusses: How to recognize a problem client Steps to ending the relationship Guidelines for best practices in terminating a client If you have a customer that is not a good fit for your business, you need to tune in!

  • Focus Friday: Avoiding Small Business Burnout- 4/4
    Focus Friday: Avoiding Small Business Burnout- 4/4
    Duration: 14min | 26/07/2019

    This is our final episode of a four-part series. To download the worksheet and previous episodes in this series, head to Brainy Boss.

  • Caretaking and Entrepreneurship
    Caretaking and Entrepreneurship
    Duration: 47min | 23/07/2019

    Gael Chiarella Alba talks about what it was like to let go of her business in order to care for her son who had been injured. She speaks candidly about doing the work to put our minds in a place of preparedness so we do what we need to do. She also discusses how we can all prepare for the imminent situation of needing to caretake another human while running our business. See show notes at Brainy Boss

  • Focus Friday: Avoiding Small Business Burnout- 3/4
    Focus Friday: Avoiding Small Business Burnout- 3/4
    Duration: 12min | 19/07/2019

    This is episode 3 of a 4 part series on preventing burnout.  For full show notes, head over to Brainy Boss.

  • Obviously Awesome Positioning with April Dunford
    Obviously Awesome Positioning with April Dunford
    Duration: 41min | 16/07/2019

    Today we are joined by April Dunford, author of Obviously Awesome:  How to Nail Product Positioning so Customers Get It, Buy It, Love it April helps define what, exactly, positioning is and how to use it to leverage your business.   For full show notes, check out Brainy Boss.  

  • Focus Friday: Avoiding Small Business Burnout- 2/4
    Focus Friday: Avoiding Small Business Burnout- 2/4
    Duration: 11min | 12/07/2019

    It is so easy to get burnt out by our business.  Our health and relationships suffer. Check out this four-part series on protecting yourself from burnout.  

  • Finding your niche with Maiko Sakai
    Finding your niche with Maiko Sakai
    Duration: 43min | 09/07/2019

    Maiko Sakai discusses the process and importance of defining and discovering your niche. For full show notes, head over to Brainy Boss.

  • Focus Friday: Avoiding Small Business Burnout- Part 1 of 4
    Focus Friday: Avoiding Small Business Burnout- Part 1 of 4
    Duration: 17min | 05/07/2019

    It is time to rethink work for the small business owner.  We are often so busy taking care of the business that we forget to take care of ourselves! This next series is all about business owners avoiding burnout through excellent self-care and wellness practices. For full show notes and free worksheet, go to Brainy Boss.

  • Cyber Security with A.J. Van Beest
    Cyber Security with A.J. Van Beest
    Duration: 43min | 02/07/2019

    A.J. Van Beest, from Northstar Cyber Security joins us for an in-depth look at protecting our information. If you want to know EVERYTHING about protecting your business computer and more, this is your episode. I learned so much from A.J. about how to protect my computer. Find out the best way to protect passwords, how to run a scan to find malware and how malicious hacking works. Also, A.J. has a special offer only for Brainy Boss listeners!  Find it here. Check out the full show notes at Brainy Boss.

  • Focus Friday: Financial Organization- Part 4/4
    Focus Friday: Financial Organization- Part 4/4
    Duration: 10min | 28/06/2019

    We wrap up our final week with the Financial Organization Series. Head to Brainy Boss for full show notes.

  • Small Business Marketing Strategy with Wendy Maynard
    Small Business Marketing Strategy with Wendy Maynard
    Duration: 28min | 25/06/2019

    Wendy Maynard is a business marketing expert who walks us through the best use of your time as a small business owner. In this episode you will learn: The best bang for your marketing buck Marketing mistakes What social media platform and why ...and more. Also, Wendy and I recorded this before the GOT finale so you can listen to our (very wrong) predictions now that we all know what actually happened! Head to Brainy Boss for full show notes.  

  • Focus Friday: Financial Organization- Part 3/4
    Focus Friday: Financial Organization- Part 3/4
    Duration: 10min | 21/06/2019

    Week Three of complete financial organization for small business owners is here! Head over to Brainy Boss to get your worksheet!

  • Organizing Your Business Finances with Michael Reynolds
    Organizing Your Business Finances with Michael Reynolds
    Duration: 39min | 18/06/2019

    Michael Reynolds, from Elevation Financial, joins us to discuss organization for small businesses. Michael has been on the show before (Episode 1) discussing the importance of building systems but this time we are all about the money. For full show notes, head over to Brainy Boss. 

  • Focus Friday- Financial Organization- Part 2/4
    Focus Friday- Financial Organization- Part 2/4
    Duration: 11min | 14/06/2019

    Welcome to Week Two of Financial Organization. This week we will discuss setting a budget and getting out of debt. If you haven't downloaded the worksheet yet, you can find it at Brainy Boss.

  • Money Mindset with Taylor Eaton
    Money Mindset with Taylor Eaton
    Duration: 35min | 11/06/2019

    Taylor Eaton shares with us great tips on creating a money mindset that will build wealth. See the full show notes at Brainy Boss.

  • Focus Friday: Financial Organization- Part 1 of 4
    Focus Friday: Financial Organization- Part 1 of 4
    Duration: 11min | 07/06/2019

    We begin a new Focus Friday series today!  This is all about Financial Organization. In this series, you are going to learn about changing your money mindset, learning best practices for small business finances and getting organized around money! Be sure to head over to Brainy Boss and download the worksheet that goes with this series.

  • Working with the Government with Emily Harman
    Working with the Government with Emily Harman
    Duration: 29min | 04/06/2019

    If you have ever wanted your small business to work with the government, this episode is for you.  Emily gives very detailed insights and tips for successfully providing products or services to government agencies. To see the full show notes and connect with Emily, head over to Brainy Boss.

  • Focus Friday: Strategic Visioning- Part 5 of 5
    Focus Friday: Strategic Visioning- Part 5 of 5
    Duration: 10min | 31/05/2019
  • From Small to Multi-Million Dollar with Kathryn Higgins
    From Small to Multi-Million Dollar with Kathryn Higgins
    Duration: 29min | 28/05/2019

    I sat down with Kathryn Higgins of Motherlove to discuss the genesis of her kitchen table business which is now a multi-million dollar company. I found Kathryn's story incredible.  Tune and read the full show notes at Brainy Boss.

  • Focus Friday: Strategic Visioning- Part 4 of 5
    Focus Friday: Strategic Visioning- Part 4 of 5
    Duration: 11min | 24/05/2019

    This is a five-part series to help you get YOUR amazing vision on paper to become a reality.  This is week 4 of 5 and we discuss marketing and money. Find the worksheet to go along with it at Brainy Boss.

  • Employee Onboarding with Wade Galt
    Employee Onboarding with Wade Galt
    Duration: 51min | 21/05/2019

    Wade Galt, from Four Day Work Week, discusses how to successfully bring on a new employee, even in times of high stress. There is SO MUCH good information in this episode for small businesses who plan on growing their team. Check out Brainy Boss for full show notes

  • Focus Friday: Strategic Visioning- Part 3 of 5
    Focus Friday: Strategic Visioning- Part 3 of 5
    Duration: 08min | 17/05/2019

    This is Part 3 of a five-week series to help you define your business idea.   Head over to Brainy Boss and download the worksheet.

  • Creating a Long Lasting Company Culture with Joe Sova
    Creating a Long Lasting Company Culture with Joe Sova
    Duration: 28min | 14/05/2019

    Joe and I talk about what it takes to manage employees in small business and create a place they WANT to work. Joe gives some great ideas for inexpensive or free things to do for employees, plus some thoughts around bonuses.  He also discusses what it looks like to work closely with a small group of people and all the benefits it can bring.    

  • Focus Friday: Strategic Visioning- Part 2 of 5
    Focus Friday: Strategic Visioning- Part 2 of 5
    Duration: 09min | 10/05/2019

    This week we discuss setting long terms goals.  This is the second episode of a 5 part series about getting your brilliant business ideas on paper. Head over to Brainy Boss and download your free worksheet.

  • From Stranger to Customer with David Gafford
    From Stranger to Customer with David Gafford
    Duration: 26min | 07/05/2019

    David Gafford, from Fusion Creative, talks about the process of reaching your target customer.  We also discuss working with your partner and really good BBQ!  

  • Focus Friday: Strategic Visioning- Part 1 of 5
    Focus Friday: Strategic Visioning- Part 1 of 5
    Duration: 07min | 03/05/2019

    Do you have a brilliant idea in your head but you just need to get it on paper so you can get focused? Tune into this 5 part mini-series on creating your Strategic Vision. Be sure to head to Brainy Boss and download the worksheet!

  • Power 10: Meetings
    Power 10: Meetings
    Duration: 07min | 26/04/2019

    Stop wasting everyone's time with pointless meetings.  This episode covers how to be more effective in your meetings and how to decide if you need a meeting in the first place.

  • Hiring a Virtual Assistant with Linda Schwartz
    Hiring a Virtual Assistant with Linda Schwartz
    Duration: 58min | 23/04/2019

    If you have ever thought about hiring a VA but didn’t know where to start, check out this episode. Linda Schwartz from the She Shed Podcast gives a full tutorial on the entire process. Learn how to write an application that weeds out unqualified candidates. Create a selection process to determine the best fit from qualified candidates. Develop video training to keep everyone on the same page. See full show notes at Brainy Boss

  • Power 10: Trello
    Power 10: Trello
    Duration: 04min | 19/04/2019

    This is a super quick Power 10 about the Project Management Tool called Trello. It is my very favorite way to organize all the things my team is working on.  

  • Friendships in Business with Lauren Cates
    Friendships in Business with Lauren Cates
    Duration: 46min | 16/04/2019

    Lauren Cates, Founder of Healwell, opens up about what it is like to run a business with her best friend and life partner. Lauren talks about mistakes the three of them have made in negotiating a business while honoring the relationships that exist outside the business. Lauren provides some great tools that the three of them use now to respect each other in and out of the business. If you have a business where dual relationship exists, this podcast is a MUST listen!

  • Power 10: Wellbeing
    Power 10: Wellbeing
    Duration: 09min | 12/04/2019

    As business owners, we often forget to take care of ourselves. In this episode, I chat about my own experience with lack of self-care and a few ideas on how to create space for wellbeing.

  • The Importance of Routine with Ward Sandler
    The Importance of Routine with Ward Sandler
    Duration: 18min | 09/04/2019

    Ward Sandler, from MemberSpace, talks to us about his routine and the importance of sleep, deep work, and meditation. Brainy Boss

  • Accomplishment through Adversity with Holly Hartley
    Accomplishment through Adversity with Holly Hartley
    Duration: 25min | 02/04/2019

    Holly Hartley chats with us about maintaining momentum in the midst of adversity. She has a fascinating story about working with students who have significant life challenges. Holly’s honesty around her personal experiences is so helpful and so relatable. Now, Holly works with people to help reconnect with the extraordinary person inside each of us.  

  • Keeping Creative Focus with Jeff Biletnikoff
    Keeping Creative Focus with Jeff Biletnikoff
    Duration: 35min | 26/03/2019

    Jeff and I sit down to a great conversation about keeping track of things without losing creativity. Jeff explains how a calendar can actually enhance creativity by helping us remember important ideas for a future date.  He also discusses what it is like to have one foot in the corporate world and one in the solopreneur world.

  • Power 10: Deep Work
    Power 10: Deep Work
    Duration: 07min | 22/03/2019

    Do you have a Deep Work habit?  If this is a new concept, check out this week's Power 10.  I discuss what Deep Work is and three ways to incorporate it into any schedule. Links to resources discussed in the show can be found at Brainy Boss.

  • Does Your Social Media Strategy Make Sense with Mark Shaw
    Does Your Social Media Strategy Make Sense with Mark Shaw
    Duration: 36min | 19/03/2019

    Mark Shaw is passionate about how we view our engagement in social media.  If you are unhappy with your results and you feel like you waste time on social media, listen to Mark lay down some truth about how most of us are all wrong about our approach. I learned a ton!

  • Power 10: Email Management
    Power 10: Email Management
    Duration: 08min | 15/03/2019

    This week I discuss 5 quick tips for getting control of overwhelming email. See show notes and links to resources at Brainy Boss.

  • Writing Your Conclusion- in Life and Work with Ruth Werner
    Writing Your Conclusion- in Life and Work with Ruth Werner
    Duration: 39min | 12/03/2019

    Writing your conclusion first, integrating color into your work flow, knowing when flailing around is productive and when it isn't and more...these are the pearls of wisdom Ruth lays down in this episode in which she discusses what it is like to keep self-motivated while working alone. If you are a person who works independently, this podcast is for you.  Also, if you are some struggling with where you are going and how you are going to get there, listen to what Ruth has to say about writing your conclusion first. Check out the show notes at Brainy Boss.

  • Power 10: Breaking Up with Busy
    Power 10: Breaking Up with Busy
    Duration: 10min | 08/03/2019

    Are you ready to Break Up with Busy? Hear my story about Breaking Up with Busy and how everything started to improve.

  • Clear: How to Simplify Your Life and Live more Fearlessly with Annick Magac
    Clear: How to Simplify Your Life and Live more Fearlessly with Annick Magac
    Duration: 36min | 05/03/2019

    Our March book is Clear:How to Simplify Your Life and Live More Fearlessly by Annick Magac. Annick is our guest today, here to discuss her book. However, our conversation gets deep and we have a great time discussing all the clutter, physical and mental, that holds us back.   Tune in as Annick lays down some amazing insight that will make you want to order up her book right away. For show notes and to contact Annick, click here.

  • Power 10: Social Sabbatical
    Power 10: Social Sabbatical
    Duration: 06min | 01/03/2019

    Are you ready for a Social Sabbatical? Listen to Annie discuss the pros, cons and how-tos of taking a social media break. She also throws out a challenge-are you up for it? Become an email subscriber at BrainyBoss.co

  • Insurance for Small Biz with Sa El
    Insurance for Small Biz with Sa El
    Duration: 43min | 26/02/2019

    Sa discusses everything you need to know about insurance for small business owners. Plus, he adds some great motivation for anyone struggling on their career path.     Show notes can be found at Brainy Boss

  • Power 10: Avoid Team Burnout
    Power 10: Avoid Team Burnout
    Duration: 06min | 22/02/2019
  • Power 10: Interruptions
    Power 10: Interruptions
    Duration: 07min | 15/02/2019

    Does your work flow get interrupted constantly?  Here are some tips to manage it.

  • Creating Focus with Bill Widmer
    Creating Focus with Bill Widmer
    Duration: 30min | 05/02/2019

    Bill Widmer discuss how to get focused and gives some excellent resources and exercises to get started. Find the show notes at Brainy Boss

  • Power 10: Timing and Tasking
    Power 10: Timing and Tasking
    Duration: 05min | 01/02/2019

    A quick look at how when you work is important to getting more done. Check out the show notes for a link to the resources mentioned in the podcast. www.brainyboss.co

  • Power 10- One To Do List
    Power 10- One To Do List
    Duration: 05min | 25/01/2019

    On this week's Power 10, Annie discusses creating one trusted to do list for maximum efficiency.

  • Legal Essentials with Corinne Boudreau
    Legal Essentials with Corinne Boudreau
    Duration: 43min | 22/01/2019

    Corinne and I discuss the essential legal components of a small business and how to get them. She talks about the four things everyone should have on their website and provides excellent resources for legal templates. Show notes available at Brainy Boss

  • Power 10: One Trusted Calendar
    Power 10: One Trusted Calendar
    Duration: 04min | 18/01/2019

    Annie spends less than 10 minutes talking about something you can do this week for better time management. Show Notes can be found at Brainy Boss.

  • Mentoring Managers and Building Your Bench with Teri Mayo
    Mentoring Managers and Building Your Bench with Teri Mayo
    Duration: 37min | 15/01/2019

    Teri Mayo and I discuss being an owner of your business without having to be there all the time. Teri discusses building and mentoring employees who are invested in the business so it can run successfully without an owner onsite. Show notes can be found at brainyboss.co

  • Imposter Syndrome, Meditation and Mental Health with Rowan Blaisdell
    Imposter Syndrome, Meditation and Mental Health with Rowan Blaisdell
    Duration: 57min | 08/01/2019

    Rowan and I discuss what it is like to be inside the head of an entrepreneur. The stories we tell ourselves that lead to imposter syndrome, the need for a mindfulness routine and how to find a good mental health therapist before you need one.

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