3 Business Investments for a More Profitable Year (That Don’t Break the Bank)

Not all business investments are created equal. In this episode, learn three business investments you can make for a more profitable year.

How to Fix the 5 Biggest Mistakes in Your Wedding Planning Biz

How to Fix the 5 Biggest Mistakes in Your Wedding Planning Biz

If you’re a wedding planner (or any business owner, for that matter!), you’re likely overlooking these common business mistakes. It’s time to course-correct.

Maghon Taylor: How She Made Her Handwriting Her Message

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If you’ve ever thought of turning your passion into your full-time job, then you’re going to love this episode with Maghon Taylor!   Maghon is the “she” behind All She Wrote Notes - the business she’s built around teaching her hand-lettering skills to other aspiring artists.  As you’ll hear, Maghon launched her business on her iPhone one night after work! Since then she’s grown her business to include fun products, as well as in-person (and soon to-be online) hand-lettering classes. 

If you’ve ever wanted to take your skills and your personality and turn them into a business that you love, then you’ll want to catch this episode!

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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN IN THIS EPISODE

  • Why Maghon feels she was always destined to be an artist

  • How she got started with calligraphy

  • How she started her business - on her iPhone

  • The importance of knowing what you’re good at – and what you’re not

  • How Maghon injects personality into her business

  • What her business looks like behind-the-scenes and the shifts she’s made over the years as she’s taking on motherhood

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Spring Cleaning Your Life and Business: 3 Questions to Help Get Rid of the Clutter and Make Room for Magic

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In this week’s episode, I’m talking about two of my favorite things: spring cleaning and your business. As we approach the spring season, that usually brings on an urge to do some spring cleaning around the house.  But we can take that same approach and spring clean our business too! I’m sharing the three questions that you can ask yourself to free up space in your life and business in order to invite the magic to happen.

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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN IN THIS EPISODE

  • How your physical environment has a direct impact on the other areas of your life
     
  • What to do if something is no longer serving you...
     
  • If you take good care of your things, they will do this for you…
  • What happens when you focus your time and energy on just a few key things

  • Why you need an empty shelf.

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Chit-Chat with Annette & Kinsey - February Round Up

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In this week’s episode, we’re shaking things up a little bit! It’s a new flavor of episodes that I’m bringing you and it’s with my friend and fellow podcast host, Kinsey Roberts.

If you don’t know Kinsey, she’s the wonderfully charming host of She Creates Business, A Podcast for Wedding Pros. Over the last few years, we’ve developed a friendship and the last time we chatted we realized that we needed to share our conversations with you. We suspect that so many of you can relate to some of the struggles and revelations that both she and I have experienced during our time as business owners.

About once a month you can expect to hear these talks, which we’re calling Chit Chat with Annette and Kinsey. It’s totally casual and super chill – just two girlfriends chatting about business, life and everything in between.

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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN IN THIS EPISODE

  • Who you really need to listen to as your business evolves
  • How to tell if what you’re doing might just be a “sophisticated form of procrastination”

  • You’re not a business owner without sales, and here’s how to reframe the sales process…
  • Why your shouldn’t be searching for a formula for building a business and what to do instead

  • What’s the real reason that many people aren’t completing online courses they purchase

  • Why creating seasons for yourself is such a great strategy for accomplishing what you want to do

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Mel Abraham: Designing a Business + Life on Your Terms

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If you’re an entrepreneur, there’s a lot to know when it comes to everything you need to do to run a successful business. 

Lucky for you, our guest today has spent the last three decades figuring out how to build successful businesses, but more importantly, a business based on the values that are most important to you.

Mel Abraham helps entrepreneurs bring their businesses to the world and build the lifestyle that they want. He has built, bought and sold numerous multimillion-dollar businesses for himself as well as his clients. As the author of the #1 National Bestseller, The Entrepreneur’s Solution, Mel’s strategies have helped build thousands of businesses which have generated hundreds of millions of dollars for his clients, ranging from large corporations to startups and small family-owned businesses.

In this episode, Mel opens up about his journey in business and life (the good, the bad-- and why he once did a webinar with his shirt off!) and how the choices we make in our businesses impact our lives. 

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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN IN THIS EPISODE

  • Why the concept of balance is flawed, and that having a work/life balance is really just a myth

  • The worst business model that exists (and a better way to think about our value)

  • What’s the difference between “conviction selling” and “convincing selling”, and the selling framework that Mel successfully uses in his own businesses

  • Unique (but simple!) ways that we can create connection with others when we’re not sitting face-to-face with them

  • How to deal with “Internet trolls”, be more vulnerable and ultimately connect more with your audience

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Yvette Bowlin: How Decluttering Translates to Greater Productivity

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Are you trying to do #allthethings … only to find yourself fully depleted at the end of the day… and the only thing that gets you through it is your three daily venti soy milk lattes?

Well, then you’re going to want the Kool-Aid that this guest is drinking. 

Yvette Bowlin exudes such a calm and focused energy that I think as entrepreneurs we’re all struggling to find. We’re often so busy doing, or we’re overanalyzing and in our heads. Yvette shares how her trip backpacking through Brazil in college taught her the importance of not only decluttering her possessions, but also her thoughts. Upon returning, she was inspired to maintain that life of simplicity and to help others find it as well. She began her business as the Declutterist, guiding clients on their path towards clarity, freedom, and fulfillment in their personal and professional lives.

Tell me - what’s one thing you’re going to declutter today for greater productivity in your business or life. For me, it’s blocking out times where I feel most creative so I can minimize distractions and leverage that creativity. What’s yours? Tell me over on Instagram.

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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN IN THIS EPISODE

  • How decluttering translates to real productivity and focus in your business
  • What it means to have a simple mind and how to avoid overanalyzing
  • How meditation can help and why it’s important to take time alone to slow down
  • How to best set up your workspace to maximize focus
  • How to minimize distractions and leverage your most creative and productive working hours
  • How to get through those tasks you dread doing and maybe even find some joy in doing them

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Heather Crabtree: How to be a Savvy Business Owner

When I first started the podcast, one of the reasons I wanted to interview others in business was to learn how they were designing a business and life on their terms. After all, it was only a few years ago that I took the leap to leave a cushy and secure job to begin the journey of redesigning my life so that it 

In this episode of Office Talk, I’m talking to Heather Crabtree, founder of the Savvy Community about her own journey from law, to running her own event planning business, to what she does today - helping other  female entrepreneurs build successful businesses. 

In this honest conversation, Heather reveals what her journey has really been like. Hint - it’s not always what it looks like from the outside.

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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN IN THIS EPISODE

  • How Heather went from law, to running an event planning business, to the founder of the Savvy Business Owners’ Community where she teaches female entrepreneurs how to run a successful business
  • How the loss of a family member has shaped her perspective about life and business
  • How she’s been designing her business to make sure it fits with her life, not the otherway around
  • If you think she’s an overnight success, well here’s the real story
  • The “‘old fashion values” that are still working in business
  • Things to consider when transitioning from a solopreneur to building your team
  • Why she started the Savvy Business Owners Facebook Group and what she attributes to the success of growing the group
  • What’s next for the Savvy Business Owners’ community

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Website: http://www.heathercrabtree.com/
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/heather_crabtree
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HeatherCrabtreeBusiness

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Monique Melton: How to Shine Brighter Together

Have you ever met someone who you can talk to for hours? About topics as diverse as business, racial diversity….and peanut butter? 


Well, if these kinds of conversations are your jam (see, what I did there - peanut butter a + jam - ha!), then you’ll love this episode with author, brand strategist and speaker, Monique Melton. 

In this super honest and inspiring conversation we dive deep into a variety of topics - all connected by the central theme of learning how to embrace ourselves so that we show up more authentically in business and in life.

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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN IN THIS EPISODE

  • How motherhood triggered this journey of self-discovery for Monique
  • How she has learned to embrace the transitions in life including bouts of postpartum depression and overcoming suicidal thoughts
  • How we can begin to think about diversity in the communities we’re building
  • How to build communities with authentic friendships and relationships.

And probably my favorite tidbit

  • How knowing what kind of peanut butter you are can help you improve your client experience

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Website: www.MoniqueMelton.com 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/moemotivate/ 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/moemotivate/ 

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Samira Far: Enhancing the Human Experience in Business

Have you ever met someone who seems to speak in tweetables?  They so succinctly and eloquently capture such gems that you’ve got to write them down to refer to later?


I’m sure you’ll feel the same way when you listen to today’s guest on the Office Talk podcast, Samira Far.


Success in business has always been about creating opportunities for Samira, who traded a coveted position at a prestigious accounting firm to launch a wildly successful nail salon franchise.  Through her Bellacures business, she showed women they could have, and deserve, the best when they take time for themselves.  Inspired by this first hand experience working with thousands of women, her most recent venture was co-created a brand around self-commitment and empowerment through Fred + Far jewelry. 


And when you listen to this episode, you’ll discover for yourself that Samira is a true gem. (pun intended! {wink}.  Not only is she able to give practical advice to entrepreneurs - from delegating to paying yourself - but she does it while reminding us that at the end of the day - our most important job is to be human.

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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN IN THIS EPISODE

  • Why Samira left her prestigious corporate job, after only 10 months, to take the entrepreneurial leap
  • How to create a market opportunity by delivering a better customer experience in an otherwise saturated industry.
  • Why she opted to franchise her business rather than take on business partners
  • How we can define failure so that inspires us to keep moving forward
  • How the jewelry company Samira and her best friend started together is changing the  the message of what it means to be enough 
  • The one question you should ask yourself before you delegate anything
  • Her best tip on how we can strike a better balance between the work we do and who we are

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Megan Sette: The Power of Building a Business That Does Good

If you've ever wondered how you can use your business to create a positive effect within your company, your community or the world, then this episode is for you.

I'm talking to my good friend Megan Sette of M Collaborative and The Heart Series all about how we can design our businesses to create a social impact.  Taking a cue from companies who are innovating in this space, Megan shares her five pillars for developing a social mission in business. And no it doesn't involve having to solve world hunger. These are small steps you can apply to your business today.

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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN IN THIS EPISODE

  • Megan's 5 pillars for making a social impact with your business

  • Why Megan and Gail decided to start the Heart Series and what it’s all about

  • How she defines social impact - and why it doesn't mean you have to solve world hunger.

  • Some simple steps you can put in place today in your business to make a positive impact in the world 

  • What legal structure can help align profits with social mission

  • How she builds authentic relationships 

  • Why you should never discount anyone

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SAVE $200 ON YOUR TICKET FOR THE HEART SERIES

Intrigued by the Heart Series and want to attend? There are a limited number of tickets available for $200 off, exclusively to Office Talk listeners.  Current ticket price is $479 until October 31 2016,  which means you can snag a ticket for $279 until then. Use promo code OFFICETALK at checkout at www.TheHeartSeries.com

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Melissa K. Jones: Building Community for Business Success

When was the last time you met that new social media buddy of yours face-to-face? You know - where you actually picked up the phone to speak to each other in full sentences rather than in 140 character messages peppered with emojis?

In this episode, Melissa Jones and I are talking about some of the growing pains we all experience when we make the leap to running our own business and how cultivating a community for ourselves online and OFFLINE can be one of the wisest investments for the long term growth of your business.

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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN IN THIS EPISODE

  • Melissa's journey from the corporate world to the entrepreneurial world and the mindset shift she needed to make to get herself into "high gear." 
  • What you should be focusing on during your first year of business (and it ain't the "pretty stuff.") 
  • A simple way to prioritize your day to make sure you're working on things that'll push your business forward.
  • Why sometimes you've got to throw spaghetti on the wall.
  • Whether your business looks more like a Cheesecake Factory menu or like that of the fancy French bistro in the neighborhood and why it matters.
  • Why offline relationships are so valuable to the future of your business.
  • How to utilize social media to create a community for yourself -  online and offline.

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Monique Svazlian Tallon of Highest Path Consulting: Learning How to Become an Authentic Leader in Business and Life

We see the term #girlboss thrown around all the time - but have you ever thought about how you can better leverage those qualities that women have in order to become a better business owner?

In this honest conversation with my friend Monique Svazlian-Tallon, we dive into how we all (both men and women, alike) can better utilize both feminine and masculine traits to become more authentic and effective leaders at work and at home.  Drawing upon her experience as an international executive coach and leadership trainer, Monique’s shares the practical advice and easy to implement exercises outlined in her new book, Leading Gracefully: A Woman's Guide to Confident, Authentic and Effective Leadership.  And if you’re interested in self-publishing, make sure to listen to some of the things she wished she knew before she embarked on the self-publishing route.

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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN IN THIS EPISODE

  • Why Monique transitioned from working in Silicon Valley to starting her own coaching practice

  • What it means to be operating from an empowered feminine state

  • How to effectively utilize vulnerability and why some women struggle to do just that

  • Why trying to prove your worth all the time is actually not a good idea

  • Why being competent and being liked don’t have to be mutually exclusive

  • Why the skills Monique outlines are even more important if you’re an entrepreneur

  • How your negative association with your body impacts your decision-making

  • The one exercise we should all be doing … and it doesn’t involve going to the gym

  • Why Monique opted to self publish her book versus working with a publisher

  • Some of the mistakes she made while self-publishing and how you can avoid them


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Michelle Loretta of Sage Wedding Pros: Drawing Upon Past Experiences to Build Your Future Dream Business

In this episode, Michelle Loretta shares her own entrepreneurial journey - from being a CPA at a big accounting firm to running her own consulting firm, Sage Wedding Pros, dedicated to improving small businesses in the wedding and events industries.  Whether you’re in the events industry or not, Michelle draws from over 20 years of experience to share some valuable nuggets of wisdom to help take your business to the next level.

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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN IN THIS EPISODE

  • How and why she left her big firm accounting job to build Sage Wedding Pros

  • Her best advice for business owners who want to take their business to the next level

  • Why you should “milk” your current  9 to 5 corporate job even if you have dreams of starting your own business

  • What you should do before you take an expert’s advice

  • How to go about creating your own live workshop/conference

  • Michelle’s advice on pitching to for speaking engagements

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SAVE $200 OFF THE BE SAGE CONFERENCE

Invest in education that gives you GROWTH. (the sun, sand, and tacos are just bonus)

Be Sage Conference is about deeper thinking to take your business to new places… all in a friendly collaborative (and sunny) environment. Learn about:

  • The Science of Happiness and How it Can Better Your Business
  • How to Become an Epic Expert and Gain New Opportunities
  • Ways That Your Online Communications are Missing the Mark
  • How to Get Out of the Wedding Box and Expand Your Business into Other     Events
  • How to Sell Digital and Physical Products Online
  • How to Surprise & Delight Clients and Prospects; The WOW Effect
  • How to Put Your Team First, Ahead of Clients & Profitability
  • How to Grow Your Business With Other People’s Money
  • What’s Next in Social Media? Positioning Your Business for Tomorrow’s Brides

The conference, presented by Sage Wedding Pros, will take place in Cabo San Lucas this November 14-17. Learn about the speakers, topics, and registration hereUse the code “ANNETTE” for $200 off your registration. Offer expires September 30, 2016.**

** Please note that this is an affiliate discount code which means that I will earn a commission if you purchase a ticket using this discount code. I only promote products and services I believe in and any commission received goes to help fund the production of this podcast..

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