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Welcome to the podcast that takes the mystery of growing your business. — BusinessMadeSimple.com Past guests include Matthew McConaughey, Seth Godin, Rachel Hollis, Patrick Lencioni, Daymond John, Ken Blanchard, Mel Robbins, Dave Ramsey, Scott Hamilton, Auntie Anne, Charles Duhigg, Daniel Pink, Blake Mycoskie and hundreds of others.
 
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Are your employees always busy, but your business still doesn’t seem to move forward? Do you feel like you’re always stuck micromanaging? Without a management and execution system, this is the arena you can expect to play in. But if you want employees who are focused, productive, and happy in their jobs, then today’s conversation is for you! Donald…
 
Creating and nurturing customer relationships is key to growing your business. You must know where they are in their journey to buying your product so you can easily guide them to the sale. But managing it all can be overwhelming and exhausting which is exactly why you need a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system. Speaking from experience, …
 
Growing your business can feel like a constant and overwhelming guessing game. That's exactly what this week's guest, Sheri Rowney, owner of Harmonized Brain Center, was facing when she came to us for help. Sheri is a brilliant business owner with a great business model, but like many of you, she's hit a roadblock when it comes to growing and scali…
 
Over 95% of Americans are considering quitting their jobs right now. Are you one of them? This week, we’re continuing our deep dive into how you can escape feeling redlined at work and follow your true passion instead. We talk with Cathy Heller, host of the Don’t Keep Your Day Job podcast, who coaches you through how to get out of your own way and …
 
Close to 11 million people, almost 10% of the U.S. workforce, have recently quit their jobs in search for greater purpose. Some have coined this moment the "Great Resignation". If you're one of those people, feeling stuck in a job and going through the motions, then you need to listen to today's conversation with Tanya Dalton! Tanya is a productivi…
 
Some the biggest challenges you face growing your business are finding the right talent and managing to pay your people without overhead getting too high. That's why you need an internship program. And we don't mean some stereotypical program where college students complete mindless tasks. In today's conversation with expert Hala Taha, host of the …
 
Want to beat the competition every time, without having the lowest price in the market? First, make it unbelievably easy to buy from you. Second, surprise and delight customers by taking the extra step to show them you care. In this episode, Don is joined by Scott Jeffrey Miller, author of Marketing Mess to Brand Success. They’ll coach you through …
 
Some believe being a strong leader means having all the answers and ruling with an iron fist. But unfortunately for them, they don't last long. It's only when you lead with empathy and compromise that you build trust and buy-in within your organization. In this episode we talk with former Tennessee governor Bill Haslam, author of the book Faithful …
 
Hard work is irrelevant. Be radically honest. And never, ever try to please your boss. Would you believe these are the rules Netflix has lived by to reach their stratospheric level of growth and success? Well, in this week’s conversation with special guest Erin Meyer, co-author of No Rules Rules: Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention, you learn ex…
 
Never assume people will understand how your brand can change their lives. You need to clearly tell your customer how buying your product will end in their success. This is best way to offer them what they want most: a happy ending to their story where they become the hero! This week, J.J. and April work the final section of the StoryBrand framewor…
 
Hiring and managing top talent to grow your business can be overwhelming. Without a clear process to thoroughly qualify potential hires, you could find yourself on-boarding your uncle’s best friend’s cousin as your new sales director solely based on the fact that “they sold stuff at a job they had in college one time”. Not okay. If you never want t…
 
A story lives and dies based on one question: Will the hero succeed or will they fail? This is also true for your marketing. You need to tell your customer what’s at stake if they don’t buy your product. Without clearly showing that failure, your customer has no motivation to make a purchase. This week, J.J. and April work through the Failure secti…
 
When running a growing team, developing your employees is no small feat. Today’s conversation with Tennessee Governor Bill Lee offers guidance and a solid example of how you can educate and strengthen your workforce to position your business for massive growth! -- At Business Made Simple we help you understand what’s wrong with your business and sh…
 
In a story, a character never takes action on their own. They need to be challenged. The same is true for your customer! As the guide in your customer’s story, you must let them know what’s at stake if they don’t buy your product then clearly call them to action by asking for a commitment to buy. This week, J.J. and April unpack the Call To Action,…
 
When one of your team members decides to leave your company, even for the best reasons, it is crucial to conduct a great exit interview. Without one you are missing an opportunity to collect valuable feedback for improving how you hire and retain top talent. Today Don, J.J. and Koula discuss exactly what’s needed in an effective exit interview and …
 
You should always begin your customer's story by identifying what they want then define their problem to spark interest in how you can help them overcome that problem. Next, reveal yourself as their guide by expressing empathy and demonstrating authority. Now is the time to ask your customer for a commitment to buy your product however that won’t h…
 
We live in a time filled with conflict and uncertainty, feeling like we're stuck watching from the sidelines ready to give up. But even as we are constantly bombarded by our news and social feeds, there are proven steps you can follow allowing you to plant the seeds of transformation to create change within your business, community and even your wo…
 
Many businesses feel like they have something to prove and position themselves as the hero in their story. But customers aren't looking for another hero, they're looking for a guide! When you position yourself as the guide, showing customers exactly how your product can fix their problems and transform them into the hero, you're destined to win! Th…
 
The character of your business is a critical driver of sustained success. Without character, there is no trust. So if your customers are reluctant to commit to buying your products or your team members are constantly at odds, you definitely need to listen to this episode! We're joined by Frank Calderoni, CEO of Anaplan (a cloud-based business plann…
 
Can you name the specific problem your business solves for your customers? Identifying your customers' problem deepens their interest in the story you invite them in and shows you truly understand them. It’s the “hook” of your story, but without it, your customers have no reason to engage with your brand causing your story to fall flat. This week, …
 
Sometimes it can feel like you’re constantly stuck in the same soul-sucking routine day after day, like a hamster in a wheel. And even if it's not draining all your energy, it can still be mentally exhausting. That is exactly why we invited David Eagleman to the podcast! David is a neuroscientist and best-selling author of the Pulitzer nominated Li…
 
As a brand, you must define what your customer wants. As soon as you define that, a story question forms in their mind: Can this brand really help me get what I want? Without this, the customer has very little interest in the story. This week, J.J. and April guide you through the Character section of the StoryBrand framework and how you can: -Defin…
 
Have a minute? If you're like most business leaders today, the answer is probably no. But you need open windows of time during the day in order to thrive, especially if you're growing a business. On this episode special guest Juliet Funt, author of A Minute To Think, shows you how to find moments of "white space", or strategic pauses, throughout yo…
 
In every great story, the main character goes on a journey and by the end she transforms from zero to hero. This is called identity transformation. The same is true for your marketing. When you participate in your customer's identity transformation you are going to win! This week J.J. and April unpack the first part of the StoryBrand framework, ide…
 
Running a business, you constantly run into challenges that need creative solutions. But what happens when you've hit a creative rut and time is ticking? This episode's special guest Josh Linkner, author of Big Little Breakthroughs, shows you exactly how to reclaim your creativity using five brainstorming techniques to help solve your trickiest pro…
 
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