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Outside the Loop RADIO is Chicago's Almost Above-Ground Audio Magazine. Founded as a podcast in September 2006 and picked up for broadcast by Chicago Sound Alliance WLUW 88.7-FM in March 2007, "OTL" now airs on Chicago's Very Own 50,000-watt heritage powerhouse station WGN Radio 720-AM. Storyteller and urbanologist Mike Stephen hosts this weekly program featuring fun segments and interviews with local newsmakers, artists, musicians, and others doing cool stuff around the greater Chicago area ...
 
EPIDEMIC is a weekly podcast on the science, public health, and social impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Hear from some of the world’s leading infectious disease, public health, and other experts. We’ll help you understand the latest science, the bigger context, and bring you diverse angles—from history to politics to virology—depth and texture you won’t get elsewhere. Hosted by Dr. Celine Gounder, an infectious disease specialist and epidemiologist who worked on tuberculosis and HIV in su ...
 
The Master Delegator podcast is for entrepreneurs who want to learn how to become effective in the area of delegation, management, and leadership. This is a place where we talk about different business growth strategies such as hiring virtual assistants, productivity, online marketing, and many more! Listen to this podcast today and learn how to grow your business successfully!
 
CLEWS is a library devoted to top-shelf, literary, culturally significant true crime stories from around the world. Our chairs rest at the intersection of history, journalism, law, and murder. Every episode is the product of meticulous research and analysis that will inform, entertain, teach, and surprise even the most knowledgeable true crime aficionado. Episodes featuring true stories alternate with episodes devoted to interviews of today's best-selling true crime authors. Lead author Laur ...
 
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How Should CEOs Spend Their Time and Energy Racheal is an excellent example of a successful entrepreneur who has mastered the art of balancing work and personal life through delegation. Racheal experienced emotional and mental exhaustion, even experiencing panic attacks. As a result, taking care of herself became a priority for her in order to thin…
 
Mike Stephen discusses the preliminary results of Chicago student test data with Mila Koumpilova of Chalkbeat Chicago, gets the lowdown on the expansion of the Chicago Tool Library from co-founder Tessa Vierk, and learns about a new locally-produced film featuring Chicago street artists called Tagged from writer and executive producer Grant Troyer.…
 
Delegating Your Content Creation Effectively A lot of business owners hire a virtual assistant or someone who can help them with their social media marketing and contents and then become frustrated with that person because of "a job not well done." This is because they haven't actually done the content creation as a business owner themselves, which…
 
Join me and Ben Albert, owner of the Balbert Marketing LLC, in today's episode as he discusses how they help business owners save their time, make money, help more people, be discovered, lead their industry, and achieve growth. Listen to this episode of The Master Delegator Podcast to learn more about his journey and why business owners need to bui…
 
Mike Stephen gets an update on organizing for a more fair Chicago, especially with regard to TIF districts, with civic educator and co-founder of The CivicLab Tom Tresser and discusses the important educational work of The Legacy Project with its founder and executive director Victor Salvo.
 
Join me on today's episode of the Master Delegator Podcast as I talk about the importance of taking a break and allowing yourself to distress as a business owner by taking a vacation. Listen as I share some tips for planning an interrupted vacation from your business. Tips for Planning an Interrupted Vacation From Your Business 1. Plan your vacatio…
 
Different Ways to Repurpose Your Podcast Content 1. Using each social media platform's current algorithm Changes happen in technology and business, and the same is true for social media platforms' algorithms. For example, Instagram is slowly becoming a video platform where using as many reels as possible is the best way to keep up with the trend an…
 
Mike Stephen discusses a plan to address inhumane living conditions in Illinois correctional facilities with Jennifer Vollen-Katz, the executive director of the John Howard Association of Illinois, and learns the story of the Chicago avant-garde band The Devil Bell Hippies.
 
The founder of Select Software Reviews, Phil Strazulla, and his HR tech nerds team spend their days learning the landscape of ATSs, Payroll Providers, Employee Software, AI, and much more. Tune in to today's episode of the Master Delegator Podcast as Phil joins me to discuss his business and Deep Work Tips to Improve Your Productivity. An Hour Bloc…
 
In today's episode of the Master Delegator Podcast, I am joined by Tracy Beavers. She helps overwhelmed business owners craft a road map of actions, steps, and creative solutions to get them to where they want. Tune in as we talk about how creating white space in your calendar through delegation helps business owners achieve success one step at a t…
 
Mike Stephen learns about the first company to produce canned water in Chicago called Open Water from CEO and co-founder Nicole Doucet and then discusses the rise in local bird migration this week and the dangers for those birds with Annette Prince, the director of the Chicago Bird Collision Monitors. Also, check out Mike on the latest edition of t…
 
In today's episode of the Master Delegator podcast, I am joined by Branden Cobb to talk about the different stages of a business lifecycle, the best and worst ways to delegate, and his success in the marketing and real estate industry. S.T.A.R.S. (Stages of A Business Life Cycle) S (Startup) - This talks about the development of the brand’s Why did…
 
Mike Stephen learns about local neighborhood rail issues from Streetsblog Chicago reporter Igor Studenkov, discusses empowering young girls with Girls on the Run executive director Jill Eid, and discovers the Secret History of the local tavern jazz group the Three Souls.
 
Mike Stephen gets an update on education legislation in Springfield from Chalkbeat Chicago state education reporter Samantha Smylie and learns about Shorefront, an organization working to tell the story of Black history in the North Shore community, from its founder and executive director Dino Robinson. Also, it's pothole season in Chicago!…
 
Listen to today's Master Delegator podcast episode with Chris James, Founder of Content to Clients Consulting and social media marketing expert, as he shares tips to help business owners succeed in their sales calls. Tips for a Successful Sales Call Prior planning prevents poor performance and sales calls are no different. Here are some tips that w…
 
Mike Stephen learns about the history of racial covenants in Chicago from Virginia Tech history professor LaDale Winling, talks power pop with William Giricz, the vocalist of the Bishop’s Daredevil Stunt Club, and discovers the Secret History of local prog-rockers Apocalypse.
 
Today's guest of The Master Delegator Podcast is a successful Social Media Marketer who helped entrepreneurs increase their impact and income using expertly crafted social media marketing campaigns. Tune in as we talk more about Posting With A Purpose and making your social media work for you. Posting With A Purpose Heather believes that "community…
 
Mike Stephen learns about the importance of current, historical, and thematic maps of Chicago from local historian and geographer Dennis McClendon and then discusses the effects of the El Milagro Tortilla factory workers' organizing efforts with Jose Uribe, the Workplace Justice Campaigns Organizer for Arise Chicago.…
 
Steps That Will Help You Operate Your Business In The Most Efficient Way Possible 1. Understanding that you won’t get everything done when you’re sick. The sooner we accept that we can't get everything done as smoothly as we'd like when we're sick, the better for our mental health. Stressing out about all of your tasks will only delay your recovery…
 
7 Ways to Handle Anxiety in Business Accepting That Anxiety Is Normal Stress is one of the most common causes of anxiety, and the good news is that it can be managed to some extent. In order to find a solution, we must first acknowledge that we are stressed. This acceptance leads to awareness and that awareness leads you into actionable steps to ma…
 
“To make your first step in the business successful, to definitely take a look at your life, eliminate what you don’t love doing and don’t do anything you don’t love.” Today's guest of The Master Delegator Podcast is a passionate woman about balancing life's puzzle pieces and incorporating wellness into every aspect of life. Join us, as we talk mor…
 
In today's episode of The Master Delegator Podcast, I'm joined by Chelsea Fournier to talk about how she overcame mental and emotional issues and eventually discovered her purpose: to help female business owners establish routines as a solid foundation of their lives, balance joy, and efficiency, and be present and productive. We also talked about …
 
Mike Stephen discusses increase in crime on the CTA with Chicago Reader columnist and Streetsblog Chicago co-editor John Greenfield, learns about the Anixter Center’s After 22 program that helps youth with developmental disabilities from that group's vice president of growth and organization, Dina Donahue-Chase, and has a conversation about the con…
 
In today's episode of The Master Delegator Podcast, I am joined by Dot Rock, who loves streamlining businesses by analyzing numbers and people but later felt that she could do more than just numbers. Tune in as we discuss delegation and working in your zone of genius to get to where you want to be in terms of success. Power of Delegation Why should…
 
"Before you delegate, you need to have a system in place for procedures that can work time and time again. That is what a system is." In today's episode of The Master Delegator Podcast, our guest is 21-year-old Ariston Cortes, CEO of DonMedia. Ariston and I sat down to talk about how he made millions at that age and why business owners should know …
 
Mike Stephen discusses a new online exhibit that examines the role of the Black community in pre-Civil War Illinois with Northwestern University history professor and project director Kate Masur. Check out her book called Until Justice Be Done: America's First Civil Rights Movement, from the Revolution to Reconstruction. Then, we hear from local ta…
 
“It's important to not shame ourselves and to not feel guilty about resting, because that is very important. Self-care is important and it's good for your mental health.” In today's episode of The Master Delegator Podcast, I'm joined by Julia Toothacre of Ride the Tide Collective to discuss her life as a business coach and, more importantly, how re…
 
Mike Stephen gets an update on how the hospitality industry is doing during this stage of the pandemic and discusses Chicago Tavern Week with Mr. Chicago Bars, discusses teacher demoralization with Kenwood Academy teacher Dave Stieber, and learns the Secret History of nonagenarian blues bassist Bob Stroger.…
 
Checking your team consistently is one of the important acts a leader must do and that is just one of the many characteristics that a business owner must have to be effective. In today's episode learn more about it from Tiffany Prince of Prince Performance LLC, as well as how hiring a virtual assistant helped her business. 3 Must-Have Skills To Be …
 
Mike Stephen learns about a guide to more public involvement in community benefits agreements with City Bureau senior reporter and special projects manager Sarah Conway, goes curling with the Windy City Curling Club, and discusses the significance of the Illinois Freedom Project with Milton McDaniel, co-founder of the African-American Museum of Sou…
 
“Start with figuring out what you want and what you really need, then figure out where do you go to look for them and then make sure you filter and review and do the right amount of kind of process to give you real confidence that you're getting the right person.” In today's episode of the Master Delegator Podcast, Noel Andrews, CEO and Founder of …
 
Mike Stephen discusses the state education legislation moving through Springfield with Chalkbeat reporter Samantha Smylie, learns the Secret History of local blues guitarist J.B. Ritchie, and celebrates 800 episodes of this podcast and radio show with co-founder and former producer Andy Hermann.
 
“Leaders do have difficulties with setting boundaries with managing their time, managing their physical energy and their mental energy. Learning how to delegate, how to do these little pieces that actually make it that fulfillment in life.” In episode 112 of The Master Delegator Podcast, I sat down with Desiree Musselman who’s been helping new and …
 
Mike Stephen discusses a study and interactive map with co-author Michael Cailas that examines pollution and its proximity to Chicago schools, gets an update on the successes of Funkytown Brewing, and discusses how Illinois spends its COVID relief money with UIC's Amanda Kass.
 
“It's not just about how much money can I make and how big a house I can have, it’s about how many people we can affect as an entrepreneur.” In today's episode of The Master Delegator Podcast, I spoke with John Moore of 305 Spin, who has been an entrepreneur since 1993. Tune in as we talk about his journey and helping people out with their business…
 
Mike Stephen talks to local journalist Vee Harrison about her new book called Hood Healing: Interviews with Some of Chicago's Most Prolific Voices in Media and Black Culture, gives an update on beautifying the North Lawndale Neighborhood, and explores the Secret History of the late blues guitarist Sammy Lawhorn.…
 
Mike Stephen learns about the impact of Chicago traffic cameras on minority communities with Pro Publica reporter Emily Hopkins, explores the fight against anti-Semitism in society with Michael Siegel, senior rabbi at Anshe Emet Synagogue in Lakeview, and chats with Mark Vickery about new music for his Cosmic Bull project.…
 
Mike Stephen learns about the power of the art of spoken word poetry with the Oak Park & River Forest High School spoken word team. We hear from teacher and coach Peter Kahn as well as some students and alumni. Their upcoming anthology of writing is called Respect the Mic: Celebrating 20 Years of Poetry from a Chicagoland High School. Then, Mike di…
 
“The safer route actually is to diversify your income stream with multiple clients; not just have one. ” In today’s episode of The Master Delegator Podcast, I am joined by SobeViral’s owner, Tyler Narducci as we talk about how he quickly scaled his agency to a multi seven-figure business and how entrepreneurs do the same. Follow Your Intuition Tyle…
 
Mike Stephen learns about the broken promises of Cabrini-Green from Better Government Association senior investigative reporter Alejandra Cancino and then gets an update on the response of state correctional facilities to the COVID-19 pandemic from Jennifer Vollen-Katz, executive director of the John Howard Association of Illinois.…
 
“Follow up is really great because when you follow up, you get sales. If you don't follow up, you don't get sales.” Kerry Heaps joins me on today's episode of the Master Delegator Podcast to discuss the art of sales follow-up for business owners with their prospects and how you can delegate this process to somebody else. Why you should do follow-up…
 
“I want to become and get my business where I want to get it to.” This is Jeremy Blubaugh of Coinflip Marketing's motivation to become a successful company. He believed that by thinking in this manner and with the assistance of Smart Virtual Assistants, he got closer and closer to his goal. Join me in this episode of the Master Delegator Podcast as…
 
In the years leading up to the pandemic, Dr. Celine Gounder, the host of the EPIDEMIC and American Diagnosis podcasts, had the opportunity to care for patients part-time at several Indian Health Service facilities around the United States. Working on the “rez,” one theme came up over and over: resilience. In this latest season of American Diagnosis…
 
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