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Confronting the Conflict Between Creativity and Business with Jeff Akerman

Jeff Akerman is a visionary, creative force, architect, and designer – and as the founder of RISE Architecture and numerous other design firms, he knows as well as anyone the conflict between the creative and business sides of a company. In this episode of Let’s Talk Business, Meny, and Jeff dig deeply into the question of how to bridge the inevitable gap between the number crunchers and the creative dreamers. They discuss the importance of giving your employees room to do things for themselves even as they work within your creative vision, the most important factors to consider when choosing a partner, how to engender loyalty among your staff, the benefits of profit sharing (and, perhaps even more, giving your workers a piece of the company), the ways that business and improving the world can go hand-in-hand, and much more.

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The Secret Skills of Sales with Sales Coach Menashe Friedman

Sales is what drives your business, and qualified salespeople are your lifeline. But what skills are necessary for success in sales, and can they actually be taught? In this fascinating episode of Let’s Talk Business, traveling salesman turned sales coach Menashe Friedman offers Meny the secrets that help turn regular people into dynamic and effective salesmen. Listen in as they discuss the importance of listening, the skills that drive sales success, why an emphasis on numbers may be misleading, how to transform a failed sales call into a win, why promoting your best salesman to a leadership position is often a mistake, the best way to react when you misread the room, and much more.

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Avoiding Mental Energy Suckers: The Secrets of Super Productivity with Shea Myski

You’ve probably heard this one before: you’re an executive with employees who constantly need your time and attention, but you also have hours of work that you need to finish as soon as possible, and the emails keep coming in, and the phone calls never stop and… by the end of the day, you feel like you actually accomplished a fraction of what needed to get done. How can you escape the trap and start being super productive?

Productivity Coach Shea Myski has seen this over and over, and is ready to share some of his biggest secrets of real productivity while saving time and mental energy. Listen in as he and Meny talk about the “Mental Energy Suckers” of choice, noise, and change, including lots of tips about how small changes can lead to big results. So if you’re ready to increase your productivity, the place to start is by cleaning your desk (yes) and listening to this enlightening conversation.

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Scaling and Succeeding in a Creative World: Commercial Photography and Profitable Artistry with Hudi Greenberger

Hudi Greenberger is well-known for his commercial photography, particularly in the area of food and cookware. But creating his photography studio was a process that involved growth and setbacks, failure and success.

Listen in as Meny Hoffman asks Hudi about his journey toward becoming one of the very best at what he does. Learn about how he started in this unusual field, the way he maintains his passion for work and some of the secrets of using photos effectively for online sales. You’ll also discover some of the pitfalls (as well as the benefits) of scaling, how to get the most from your employees without smothering them, what you can learn from failure, the best ways to promote you and your services, and more.

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Transitioning from Founder to CEO: Adjusting Your Role When You Build Bigger with Eric Adelman

When you scale your business, becoming a larger organization with multiple employees, you need to stop letting everything run through you – in other words, you need to become a CEO instead of a Founder. Of course, easier said than done – which is why Meny spoke to Business Coach Eric Adelman, who is expert in helping founders transition when their companies grow significantly larger. Together they discuss the basic building blocks needed to make that transition work, and how you can use those building blocks effectively. Learn about delegating, time management, setting goals (and knowing the difference between a goal and a wish), as well as how to create an enjoyable company culture, and why it matters. If you’re ready to make the leap into running a bigger company, this is an episode that you absolutely should not miss.

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The Power of Positivity – for Networking, Branding, Entrepreneurship, and More with Ramon Ray

What fuels the fire inside today’s most unstoppable entrepreneurs? Join host Meny Hoffman’s conversation with the high-energy Ramon Ray. They cover the mental shifts and focused hustle needed to drive positive entrepreneurial momentum – from skillful networking to savvy technology integration. You’ll learn Ramon’s personal tales of professional reinvention, unlocking the secrets behind risks that pay dividends. With wisdom earned from toxic career failure, Ramon ignites the entrepreneurial sky, lighting the way for future business trailblazers.

Ramon Ray is an in-demand motivational speaker and event host, as well as a leading expert on personal branding and small business growth. He is the publisher of ZoneOfGenius.com and BWCDaily.com, and is a serial entrepreneur who has started 5 businesses and sold 3 of them. Ramon founded Celebrity CEO in order to help people build their personal brand, and is known for his high energy and positivity.

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How to Build a Leadership Bridge with Patrick Veroneau

How can leaders strengthen connections in the workplace and beyond? Host Meny Hoffman interviews leadership consultant Patrick Veroneau about his research-backed CABLES model which provides a metaphorical bridge reinforced by positive interactions.

Patrick shares the six relationship CABLES—consistency, appreciation, belongingness, (high-level) listening, empathy, and specifics. Practicing these behaviors adds cables that strengthen trust and engagement. They discuss common leadership pitfalls and how modeling desired behaviors shapes organizational culture more than stated values. Patrick also provides personal development advice on driving happiness in leaders that positively impact teams.

Patrick Veroneau is a leadership consultant who founded Emery Leadership Group in 2008. With a Master’s in Organizational Leadership, he brings over 15 years of experience across various industries. Author of “The Leadership Bridge” and a TEDx speaker, Patrick champions leadership fueled by emotional intelligence and psychological safety. He developed the CABLES model, promoting self-awareness and humanistic behaviors, to steer away from traditional command-and-control approaches. His work includes facilitating workshops and coaching, aiming to enhance engagement and excellence in leadership through the principles outlined in his book.

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Wielding Social Media’s Power for Business Growth with Louise McDonnell

Social media is a wild west that many business owners eagerly charge into, guns blazing, hoping to strike viral gold. Yet most find themselves wandering aimlessly, bleeding money and time, while seeing little results. So how do you avoid becoming another casualty?

In this episode, social media expert Louise McDonnell shares her step-by-step system for leveraging social media to drive real results and growth for your business. Learn how to lay the groundwork, define your target audience, optimize your platforms, develop an effective content strategy across pillars like awareness, expert positioning, sales, and advocacy, incorporate paid ads, and continually evaluate performance.

Louise McDonnell, a renowned social media trainer and strategist, has been working in digital marketing since the 1990s. She is the founder of SellOnSocial.Media and has published a best-selling book, the Social Media Content Planner Guide.

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