Do Business Better podcast

Usable, practical ideas and insights you can apply to your own business. Great discussions with people who actually know what they’re talking about because they’ve "been there and done that," as they say. I promise to deliver something of value and we won’t waste your time, because I know you have business to do and I’m here to help you do it better.

 
 

The Seeds of Entrepreneurialship - Planted at Age 9 - with Andy Ambriole (part 2 of 2)

Andy Ambriole had his first business — a pumpkin patch — at age 9. His parents made him pay rent for the 2 acres and rent their equipment for his endeavor. He was keeping records and understood cash flow by age 10. At age 16 he bought a green house and started an organic tomato business. Upon graduating from high school, Mr. Ambriole determined the ROI on college didn’t pencil out. So, he expanded his organic farming business. Which, as he points out, was a business decision — niches are necessary when you aren’t well capitalized. Today, Andy is 31 and farms 1400 acres of organically certified crops. He hasn’t had a “real job” since he was 20 years old. You’re going to enjoy this discussion!

 

The Seeds of Entrepreneurialship - Planted at Age 9 - with Andy Ambriole (part 1 of 2)

Andy Ambriole had his first business — a pumpkin patch — at age 9. His parents made him pay rent for the 2 acres and rent their equipment for his endeavor. He was keeping records and understood cash flow by age 10. At age 16 he bought a green house and started an organic tomato business. Upon graduating from high school, Mr. Ambriole determined the ROI on college didn’t pencil out. So, he expanded his organic farming business. Which, as he points out, was a business decision — niches are necessary when you aren’t well capitalized. Today, Andy is 31 and farms 1400 acres of organically certified crops. He hasn’t had a “real job” since he was 20 years old. You’re going to enjoy this discussion!

 

The “ivity” Principles

I have 3 beliefs that guide my life and work. I call them the "ivity" principles. They are: Productivity Breeds Productivity. Activity Creates Activity. And, Positivity Inspires Positivity. Three simple statements I say weekly in running my own business and moving the ball forward in my own life. I share the principles with examples in this episode. You can benefit from applying the "ivities" to your own life and work too!

 

Improving Your Business By Improving Your Listening Skills - with Oscar Trimboli

Are you a good listener? Do you listen to your customers? How about your employees? Listening is a skill many people struggle with and it’s costing them money. Oscar Trimboli, an Australian deep listening expert, shares the 5 levels of listening. He tells us how we can improve our listening and why we need to do so. You’ve probably heard the old saying, “most people listen with the intent of responding, not with the intent of understanding.” That’s true but in the smart phone era it’s gotten even worse — people aren’t listening period! Listen to this episode to become a better listener!

 

Designing a Business Around a Flexible Lifestyle - with Angie Carel

If you’ve read my book or seen my graphics on social media, you’re familiar with Angie. Angie is beginning her 13th year in business, and I’m proud to say I was one of her first clients. She started IBA Design with a laptop and a card table working from her rental house. Now she has five employees and a thriving enterprise. She shares with us how she transitioned from freelancer to business owner, the hard lessons learned from firing bad employees, and the realization that no one shares the commitment to your business that you do. Angie has a good story about growth, biz evolution, and how to keep the creativity flowing in your own business.

 

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