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This week Martin Lindstrøm, author of The Ministry of Common Sense and expert at helping businesses around the world unleash their common sense, joins Don, Koula and J.J.  Martin shows how to embrace empathy and unlock pure common sense to help grow your business and make you more money!    --   Find out more about Martin Lindstrøm and his book The Ministry of Common Sense at MartinLindstrom.com/Ministry-Of-Commonsense   Want to become a Business Made Simple Certified Coach? Apply now at CertifiedBusinessCoach.com   Needing to hire a Business Made Simple Certified Coach? Go to HireACoach.com   At Business Made Simple, we teach you everything you need to know to grow a business — BusinessMadeSimple.com
Run out of cash and your business will crash! That's why in this final episode of our seven-part series, How Your Business is an Airplane, we explain exactly how to manage your finances, giving you a plan to keep your business fueled with cash. Don also talks with finance guru, Mike Michalowicz, who shows you how to implement his Profit First method.    --   Find out more about Mike Michalowicz or Profit First at ProfitFirstProfessionals.com   Want to become a Business Made Simple Certified Coach? Apply now at CertifiedBusinessCoach.com   Needing to hire a Business Made Simple Certified Coach? Go to HireACoach.com   At Business Made Simple, we teach you everything you need to know to grow a business — BusinessMadeSimple.com
A coke machine in the break room or a food truck party for your staff might sound like a fun idea. But the reality is – that’s overhead, and it’s slowing your business down (and costing you money). In part six of our seven-part series, How Your Business is an Airplane, we’re focusing on overhead. Sure, you’re going to have some expenses that don’t drive crazy revenue, and sometimes that’s okay. The answer isn’t to cut those expenses altogether – it’s to learn this simple formula so you know what’s worth your time, and what’s holding you back.   --   Want to become a Business Made Simple Certified Coach? Apply now at CertifiedBusinessCoach.com   Needing to hire a Business Made Simple Certified Coach? Go to HireACoach.com   At Business Made Simple, we teach you everything you need to know to grow a business — BusinessMadeSimple.com
There’s a myth that says it takes dozens of bad product ideas to uncover one good one. The problem is, that means you’re sending revenue down the drain. In part five of our seven part series, How Your Business is an Airplane, we’re focusing on the wings of the airplane – or your product. You don’t have to waste any more time creating dead-end products. Do these two things and you'll knock your product ideas out of the park the first time.    --   Learn more about Allison Trowbridge how her company, Copper, can help you build meaningful community through book clubs by joining the waitlist at MeetCopper.com   Want to become a Business Made Simple Certified Coach? Apply now at CertifiedBusinessCoach.com   Needing to hire a Business Made Simple Certified Coach? Go to HireACoach.com   At Business Made Simple, we teach you everything you need to know to grow a business — BusinessMadeSimple.com
If you’re running your own business then you know selling your product can be a challenge. Whether it's finding leads, crafting the perfect pitch or dealing with crippling self doubt, you need to sell your product to stay in business. We're taking a slight detour from our 7-Part Series, How Your Business Is Like An Airplane, to talk with Jamie Kern Lima, who is no stranger to overcoming obstacles. As co-founder of IT Cosmetics, she grew the company from her living room into a $1.2 billion megabrand, all in less than ten years! And she accomplished it all by pushing through her fear of selling. Don and Jamie have an enlightening one-on-one conversation giving you the insight you need to overcome your fear of selling and come out the other side more confident than ever. This is Business Made Simple.   --   Pre-order Jamie's new book, "Believe IT", at believeit.com.   Order "Business Made Simple" NOW on Amazon or wherever you buy books. Then register for our first ever Business Made Simple Summit livestream on February 9 for FREE! Go to BusinessMadeSimpleSummit.com and register using your receipt or order number.   Want to become a Business Made Simple Certified Coach? Apply now at CertifiedBusinessCoach.com   Needing to hire a Business Made Simple Certified Coach? Go to HireACoach.com   At Business Made Simple, we teach you everything you need to know to grow a business — BusinessMadeSimple.com
You’ve got no shortage of customers in your pipeline, but getting them to sign on the dotted line? That’s a completely different story. In Part Four of our series, How Your Business is an Airplane, we’re focusing on the Left Engine – Sales. You don’t have to go full-on used car salesman to get your leads to convert. There’s a better way, and we’re teaching it to you in this episode.   --   Want to become a Business Made Simple Certified Coach? Apply now at CertifiedBusinessCoach.com   Needing to hire a Business Made Simple Certified Coach? Go to HireACoach.com   At Business Made Simple, we teach you everything you need to know to grow a business — BusinessMadeSimple.com
Here’s the sad reality: countless businesses close their doors every day. It’s not always for the same reason, and sometimes, the problems in a business totally sneak up on you. In Part Three of our series, How Your Business is an Airplane, we’re focusing on the Right Engine (aka - great marketing). Getting this essential piece of a business right could truly be the difference between if your business succeeds, or if you have to close your doors...for good.   --   Want to become a Business Made Simple Certified Coach? Apply now at CertifiedBusinessCoach.com   Needing to hire a Business Made Simple Certified Coach? Go to HireACoach.com   At Business Made Simple, we teach you everything you need to know to grow a business — BusinessMadeSimple.com
What if leadership wasn’t about rallying your team around a mission or being liked? What if great leadership meant mastering seven core competencies that actually drive your team forward? In Part Two of our series, How Your Business is an Airplane, we’re focusing on The Cockpit. Don, Koula, and JJ break down each of these seven pillars (and spoiler alert: they may not be what you think). ...   Want to become a Business Made Simple Certified Coach? Apply now at CertifiedBusinessCoach.com   Needing to hire a Business Made Simple Certified Coach? Go to HireACoach.com   At Business Made Simple, we teach you everything you need to know to grow a business — BusinessMadeSimple.com
In this inaugural episode of the Business Made Simple podcast, our hosts, Donald Miller, Dr. J.J. Peterson and Koula Callahan explain how a business really works and debate whether or not your college degree was worth the investment.   ...   Want to become a Business Made Simple Certified Coach? Apply now at CertifiedBusinessCoach.com   Needing to hire a Business Made Simple Certified Coach? Go to HireACoach.com   At Business Made Simple, we teach you everything you need to know to grow a business — BusinessMadeSimple.com
Well, friends, we did it! We’ve wrapped on yet another year of the Building a StoryBrand Podcast. And you know what that means: it’s time for the annual “Best of” episode. On this year’s episode, we’ve pulled together some of the best nuggets of wisdom from guests like Adrienne Bankert, Matthew McConnaughey, and even our very own Business Made Simple President, Doug Kiem. So join us as we revisit some amazing business (and life) advice we got in 2020.   Head to storybrand.com/survey to complete our 2020 Listener Survey before December 31 for a chance to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card! Just head over to storybrand.com/survey and give us your feedback!  
There is no doubt we’re all craving a return to normalcy. But is getting back to the way things were what your customers actually want? Joshua DuBois, market research expert and CEO of Gague.ai, gives Don some surprising insight. Peeking into his “crystal ball”, Joshua predicts how trends will change so you and your business can be more than ready heading into 2021!   Head to storybrand.com/survey to complete our 2020 Listener Survey before December 31 for a chance to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card! Just head over to storybrand.com/survey and give us your feedback! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!  
There are specific qualities that highest paid people possess. I don’t mean integrity or honesty or kindness — those are characteristics you have to have in order to be a decent human. I’m talking about tangible character traits that make you a value-driven professional. Traits like understanding how to receive feedback, de-escalating drama and prioritizing your highest return opportunities. There’s a reason the highest paid people are where they are — and I want to teach you why.   If you develop these characteristics, you become seen as a valuable “product” that organizations will want to invest in. Not too dissimilar from a good stock, you become the type of employee who gives your organization a great return. And when you give an organization a great return, they’re more likely to pay you more. A lot more.   In this week’s episode I’ll explain the 10 characteristics of every value-driven professional and how you can develop them. When you embody these traits, you’ll increase your economic value on the open market and your career will soar.
Have you ever found yourself feeling a bit...meh.. about your career trajectory?  You’re proud of what you’ve accomplished, and you should be. But you just can’t shake the fact that you feel unfulfilled and that there's got to be more to life... It wasn’t too long ago when Good Morning America news anchor, Paula Faris, found herself in the same rut. So she decided to change things. She quit her job and completely re-engineered her life to discover her true purpose. What some might have thought was a drastic move, Paula knew was right. On this week’s episode, she shares her journey of finding a career that aligned with her purpose and offers practical tools to help you clear out the clutter and find meaning in life.
Many artists think sheer talent and creativity are all they need to turn their art into a lucrative business. Sadly, here’s what usually ends up happening: they realize talent alone isn’t going to cut it so they resort to being a “starving artist” and never really achieve the type of success they once dreamt possible. Elida Field could have easily fallen into the same trap, but her focus and determination propelled her into a profitable career she loves. In this week’s episode, she’ll share her process for how she defeated the “starving artist” phase and built a profitable career as an artist. If you’re a creative and need a plan to help you monetize your art and build a successful career, this episode will help! 
In a candid moment from his back porch, Don shares a few ways you can break through the noise at the dinner table this Thanksgiving and focus on what really matters--sharing love and connection with friends and family. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!
Fate is a terrible writer -- and it shouldn’t be the one in the driver’s seat of your life. But there has to be a balance between fate and control, right? Matthew McConaughey’s take on this topic is an inspiring one, and in this week’s interview, he talks about how fate works together with self-determination to help you create the life you really want. He argues that ego is actually a healthy thing and that there is a beautiful balance between freedom and responsibility (in his terms, “giddy-up and innate ability.”) This epic conversation with Don and Matthew will inspire you to learn from your setbacks, take back control of your life, and develop the kind of optimism that will help you succeed.
We all want to live a meaningful life, but if we’re honest, we’ve been letting fate author our story for way too long. A meaningful life doesn’t happen when we let fate write it for us. A meaningful life happens when we create and follow a life plan that gives us a clear direction and purpose. Imagine knowing every task you completed was contributing to a life full of meaning. Imagine waking up each day not in a fog, but with a clear sense of purpose.  That’s exactly what you’ll experience when you create and follow the life plan Donald Miller teaches in this episode. These five steps will help you take back control of your life so you wake up every day knowing your work matters and is part of an incredibly meaningful story. 
Most people think there are those who are “just born” creative, and those who just aren’t. Seth Godin would disagree. He believes that creativity, like riding a bike, is a skill everyone can learn and develop over time. It’s an important skill, too, and if we don’t develop practices that keep us creative, we could get left behind. In today’s episode, Seth gives us insight into how we can become more creative with our work. Whether you’re a graphic designer, and architect, a CEO or a receptionist, these practices will help you grow and become a more valuable professional.
Your business can’t always be booming. So what do you do when it feels like everything is slowing down? If you’re like most people, you’ll probably panic -- but Lee LeFever would challenge you not to. Lee decided he was going to embrace the slow down and learn how to gain success even if he wasn’t making money. If you’re the type of person who hates when things slow down, this is the episode you need. Plus -- our friend Justin Christensen stops by to share how he pivoted his business during the pandemic and saw serious growth.
When COVID-19 hit, everyone scrambled to pivot their businesses. And our friends at the Canlis restaurant in Seattle were no exception. They took their fine-dining restaurant and made it a burger joint, and a crab shack, and oh yeah ... a drive-in movie theatre?! So when we got the chance to talk to them about their (new and improved) business model, we just couldn’t resist. And we get it -- your business might not need to do a full 180 like it did six months ago. But this episode will transform the way you think about what’s possible for your business -- regardless of if there’s a global pandemic forcing you to pivot or not.
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Comments (27)

TDubbs

Donald is great...but the constant giggling by JJ is unbelievably annoying. Try to give us two or three sentences in a row without a giggle. Would be refreshing

Oct 3rd
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Jane M

Incredible story. Now you need to interview Rhonda.

May 28th
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Yawhann Chong

This podcast keeps getting better and better. Donald and JJ are such great people!

Apr 11th
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April Beaudin

Don thank you for inviting Rebekah Lyons to the podcast.

Oct 28th
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Meta Minds

Fantastic episode, we gained some big insights from this episode!

Oct 20th
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Meta Minds

Great discussion, we are following your podcast now! 🎙

Oct 11th
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Matt Bricknell

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Sep 12th
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Matt Bricknell

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Sep 12th
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Keith Besherse

Tax code would be a very valuable discussion.

Jul 24th
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Rick Stockton

The religious was OK. I didn't agree with all of it, but you need to include actual context, because atheism is not the only acceptable religion. Other people will have other context.

Jun 28th
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Keith Besherse

Actually, when JJ said “access” I heard it in context of access to people...

Jun 20th
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Keith Besherse

Most of the US Army generals that I worked for fit in the category you are describing as a spanning leader.

Jun 14th
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Laura O' Mahony

Very interesting episode. thanks guys.

May 16th
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Susan Powers

over religous on this one. everyone is different.

Apr 12th
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Susan Powers

over religous on this one. everyone is different.

Apr 12th
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Tim McCormick

My absolute favorite podcast. The only podcast where the intro is just as entertaining as the content. This is a rewind only podcast... I have yet to fast forward once in hundreds of episodes.

Apr 10th
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Cal Chan

love this episode! So many things I need to change in my weekly work schedule!

Jan 10th
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Wes Anderson

great podcats

Nov 8th
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Nicole Cherlet

what a great podcast :)

Nov 1st
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Sean Hagey

This is one of the best interviews I've ever listened to. Not only informative about crypto currency, but also about life. The last part of the interview was the best.

Jun 18th
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