Able Business Radio: Small Business | Automation | Systems

Able Business Radio: Small Business | Automation | Systems

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How Trello Saved My Marriage
Jun 4, 2018 • 20 min
Overwhelmed with all the tasks on your to-do list? Completely forget to do something you said you would do? Get distracted from your work by remembering other things you have to do? I used to be that way too. This podcast talks about how I took control of…
Able Business Break
May 20, 2018 • 9 min
I’ll be taking a break with the show. In this quick ‘goodbye for now’ episode, I explain why the break is needed, what I’ll be focused and how you can stay connected (I hope you will). Thank you for tuning in. I hope you were able to make a whole heap of…
Get More Clients With Automatic Follow Up – ABR059
May 2, 2018 • 22 min
Relying on your memory or willpower to follow up with your current prospects takes too much time and mental bandwidth. This podcast shows you how to use email ‘boomerangs’ to follow up automatically. Enjoy! Links and resources mention: Boomerang for Gmail…
Get More Clients With Automatic Information Gathering – ABR058
Apr 25, 2018 • 19 min
Can you think of a bad prospect call that could have been avoided with a bit of information on the front end? Maybe they didn’t have the budget. Maybe you don’t solve their particular problem. Maybe the call could have been done in half the time. Maybe…
Get More Clients With Automatic Scheduling – ABR057
Apr 18, 2018 • 35 min
Finding meeting times over email is a pain. This podcast walks you through effective use of scheduling software you can use automate your client bookings. Enjoy! Quotables: “There are few things that offer more leverage than a well-designed scheduler.”…
How to write great emails. – ABR056
Apr 11, 2018 • 11 min
Ever write an email and not get the response you want? Me too. This episode breaks down an old email from Steve Jobs so we can learn how to write more powerful emails that get results. Enjoy! Steve Jobs Email To Robert Murdock: James, Our proposal does…
How to get started podcasting – ABR055
Apr 6, 2018 • 27 min
So you want to a start a podcast? This episode will guide you through the what and the how of getting your voice recorded, edited and submitted to iTunes. In this episode we cover: What hosting is and why you need it. How to get your podcast in iTunes The…
What to consider when starting a podcast – ABR054
Mar 14, 2018 • 43 min
Thinking about starting a podcast? Listen to this episode before hitting record. Buy the end of this episode, you’ll know the costs, benefits and most common mistakes to avoid when using audio to support your business. In this episode we cover: The #1…
The Future of Work w/ Stephen Warley
Mar 1, 2018 • 45 min
Stephen Warley is a self-employment expert. He came on to discuss the 4 major trends that are causing work to change and what you can do to prepare for them. This is a must listen to episode for all the new or soon to be solo-professionals out there.…
Getting Started With Email Marketing w/ Nathan Barry
Feb 21, 2018 • 41 min
In previous careers, Nathan has been a designer, author, and blogger. After learning the power of email marketing he gave up a successful blogging career to build ConvertKit. He’s come on the show to let us know how you can start using email for your…
Generate Breakthrough Opportunities With Your Network w/ Patrick Ewers – ABR051
Feb 14, 2018 • 40 min
Does a majority of your new business come from referrals? Do you often wish you had a bit more control over when and where your next client will come from? Then today’s show is for you. My guest, Patrick Ewers, is Silicon Valley’s top relationship…
Follow Up Power Hour w/ Meredith M Bell – ABR050
Jan 24, 2018 • 49 min
Follow-up is important for sales, marketing and the growth of your business. You need to follow up with your: leads clients potential joint venture partners and more. Even if you are a solo professional, business is a team effort. But it is easy to let…
Automate Your Client Management w/ Jennifer Bourn – ABR049
Jan 17, 2018 • 57 min
Jennifer Bourn is an award-winning website designer. She also runs her own small business. At the beginning of 2011, her web design business ate up all of her time. 100+ hour work weeks were the norm. Travel (her passion) was impossible. Stress was high.…
The Likable Expert Advantage w/ Michael Katz – ABR048
Jan 10, 2018 • 57 min
Michael Katz is a likable marketing expert for solo professionals. He came on the podcast to show you how you can get more and better clients by positioning yourself as a likable [fill-in-your-service] expert. No marketing budget? No problem! After…
How to Manage Your Network w/ John Corcoran – ABR047
Jan 3, 2018 • 39 min
John Corcoran is an expert at strategically managing the relationships that make a difference in your business. He believes sharing: your connections free, helpful content (podcasts, blog posts, videos) are the two best way to grow a network of people who…
How To Review Your Year w/ Mike Vardy – ABR046
Dec 27, 2017 • 52 min
Learning from past actions is one of the most effective ways to make improvements to your personal and business productivity. Today productivity strategist Mike Vardy is on the podcast to give you a simple game plan to review your year. By listening,…
What’s Your Productivity Personality Type? w/ Devin Ambron – ABR045
Dec 20, 2017 • 54 min
What would a perfect year look like for you? Mentally? Physically? Spiritually? With your finances? Devin Ambron put on a workshop this December to help Austin entrepreneurs build, plan and live their best year. We go over some of the strategies he used…
Making Action Easy w/ Habits – ABR044
Dec 13, 2017 • 18 min
Humans are creatures of habit. If we do something one way on Wednesday, odds are we’ll do that same thing the same way on Thursday. Sometimes that helps us. Think about those who exercise regularly and can’t imagine otherwise. Other times, not so much.…
Creating Bulletproof Goals – ABR043
Dec 6, 2017 • 14 min
Goals have an impact beyond the obvious. Specific goals are connected to more important life goals. These higher goals reflect your most important ideas. The specific goal of losing 20 pounds, for example, may be an element of a more important life goal…
How to Choose Your Next Big Goal – ABR042
Nov 29, 2017 • 13 min
In this episode we cover: How to make a new year’s resolution that lasts How to prioritize your goals to make the most positive change Quotables: “You can anything, but you can’t do everything.” Links and resources mention: YNAB - You Need A Budget How to…
How To Generate More Revenue w/ Contactually – ABR041
Nov 22, 2017 • 45 min
New, repeat and referral business all come from one place. Your relationships. Contactually CEO Zvi Band comes on the podcast to show us how to take the heavy lifting out of reaching out to and following up with your important business relationships. In…
How To Build Your Community w/ Stephen Warley – Rebroadcast
Nov 15, 2017 • 47 min
My good friend Stephen Warley and I discuss how to create a community to support your life and business goals. We recorded this episode just shy of a year ago and his words ring even more true today after my first year of self-employment. By listening,…
How To Turn Google Chrome Into A Bad Ass Productivity Machine – ABR040
Nov 8, 2017 • 34 min
Imagine this scenario. You sit down at your desk with a cup of coffee. Open up your computer to a blank desktop screen. You move your cursor to the bottom doc where your most used applications live. Click on the colorful, beachball looking Chrome icon.…
Mastering Online Meetings w/ Lisette Sutherland – ABR039
Nov 1, 2017 • 46 min
Lisette Sutherland helps people work from anywhere online. She came on the podcast to talk about some of the challenges and opportunities of working in virtual teams. In this episode we cover: Why you should invest in rocking internet and good headphones.…
Getting To Inbox Zero w/ Matt Cowdroy – ABR038
Oct 25, 2017 • 39 min
Is your email inbox count in the 3, 4 or 5 digit range? This podcast will give you the exact step-by-step process for getting that number down to zero in 2 hours or less. Roll up your sleeves, we are going to work on your inbox! In this episode we cover:…
LinkedIn Riches w/ John Nemo – ABR037
Oct 18, 2017 • 57 min
If you’re like me, you probably set up a LinkedIn account at some point during your career, then promptly forgot about it. That’s about to change. My guest John Nemo will have you looking at the professional networking site with a fresh set of eyes. Eyes…
Mindfulness, Meditation and Productivity w/ Matt Cowdroy – ABR036
Oct 11, 2017 • 51 min
Matt Cowdroy and fellow Clean Slate members have a discussion on the effects a mindfulness practice can have on your personal productivity and stress levels. In this episode we cover: Why separate ”boss time” and “worker time” How mindfulness training can…
Work The System: The Simple Mechanics of Making More and Working Less w/ Josh Fonger – ABR035
Oct 4, 2017 • 42 min
Josh Fonger is a business systems specialist that came on to tell us the how, why and when of setting up business processes that will allow you to make more money while working less. In this episode we cover: Finding and documenting systems and that will…
Entrepreneurial You w/ Dorie Clark – ABR034
Sep 27, 2017 • 30 min
I Googled the word ‘entrepreneurial’ to make sure I spelled the word correctly for the podcast shownotes. (Hint: I didn’t.) Google thought I would like to know the definition of ‘entrepreneurial.’ It gave me the following as my first search result:…
How to Get the Most Out of a Conference – ABR033
Sep 20, 2017 • 34 min
In this episode we cover: 7 tips to get lasting results from a conference: Go solo Don’t “punk out” and go to all the events Listen more than you speak Choose workshops that scare or excite you Take time to connect deeper with fewer people Especially…
Does Your Business Need a Mom? w/ Lesley Pyle – ABR032
Sep 13, 2017 • 31 min
Lesley Pyle is the founder and owner of HireMyMom.com, a website connecting entrepreneurs with virtual, talented help. She began her work-at-home journey in 1995 with the launch of her first website HBWM.com - Home-Based Working Moms. In this episode we…
Top 10 Evernote A Ha Movements w/ Zack and Stacey Harmon – ABR031
Sep 6, 2017 • 38 min
Top Ten Evernote A ha’s Use the desktop app. Use the desktop app for organizing Use the phone app for capturing or finding Forward email directly to your Evernote (especially for taxes) Configure the Sidebar to maximize data navigation Use “Multiple…
Declutter Your Business w/ Kathy Vines – ABR030
Aug 30, 2017 • 40 min
Is there a business idea that you’ve held onto for a bit too long? Maybe you’ve got some relationships that are holding you back from bigger things? Or perhaps there are there a few physical items that need to be taken out of your office for good?…
Overcommitted (& What To Do About It) w/ Zack & Kendra – ABR029
Aug 23, 2017 • 27 min
Zack and Kendra jam on a Facebook Live answering questions from Kendra’s Rebel Challenge group. In this episode we cover: How to be productive if strict schedules make you itch. What to do when you are overcommitted. Quotables: “Don’t use your calendar as…
How to Never Forget Anything Again w/ Zachary Sexton – ABR028
Aug 16, 2017 • 18 min
Have you ever been at a party, conversations are flowing, then, out of nowhere, a genius idea pops into your head?! Maybe it’s: a solution to a problem you’ve been working on the perfect gift for your sister-in-law’s upcoming birthday an email you need to…
How to hire your first virtual assistant w/ Mads Singers – ABR027
Aug 9, 2017 • 58 min
Have you been mulling over the idea of outsourcing your work? Hiring a virtual assistant (VA) might be a great way to free up your time at an affordable rate. Four hour work week, here we come! In this episode we cover: Why the Philippines is the most…
Sexy Evernote Settings w/ Stacey Harmon – Rebroadcast
Aug 2, 2017 • 53 min
Stacey Harmon is here to show us how to get our settings right so we can organize, and quickly access our entire Evernote archive in seconds. In this episode we cover: How to use Evernote to digitize and centralize your information. How to email notes to…
Reading at the Speed of Thought w/ Abby Marks Beale – ABR026
Jul 26, 2017 • 35 min
In this episode, we cover the “sins” of reading, strategies to overcome these sins, and other strategies to rev up your reading speed. Sins/Normal Human Habits of Slow Readers Daydreaming: Happens when you read slower than you think Good Daydreaming:…
The 5 Commandments of an Organized Office w/ Kacy Paide-ABR025
Jul 19, 2017 • 57 min
In this episode we cover: The 5 (and a half) commandments of an Organized Office Time yourself (organize like a 5-year-old) 1.5 - Strike when the iron is hot! -Organize when you are motivated -In ABR Episode 21 - Zack and Jim Benson talk about how…
Avoiding Burnout w/ Susan Lannis – ABR 024
Jul 12, 2017 • 55 min
Susan Lannis has been in business for over 30 years. She is a professional organizer working with highly gifted individuals to help them get their genius out to the world. In this episode we cover: Finding clarity on: What you really want. How much time…
Resource and Knowledge Management w/ Tiago Forte – ABR023
Jul 5, 2017 • 58 min
Tiago Forte is a wealth of knowledge. He draws on his background in design and technology to help knowledge workers apply design thinking to day-to-day productivity challenges. In this episode, Tiago and I discuss the PARA method to organizing your…
Mastering Social Media w/ Ruoyon Xu – ABR022
Jun 28, 2017 • 62 min
Ruoyon Xu is a Social Media Strategist, Speaker and Founder of C3Nami. Her team empowers local business owners to connect and build relationships with their audience through social media. In this episode we cover: How to create a “real” relationship with…
Personal Kanban w/ Jim Benson – ABR021
Jun 21, 2017 • 57 min
Jim Benson shows you how to understand your work on a much deeper level. Why? So you can do the best thing at any given time. Sounds difficult, right? It’s not. Jim’s methodology (Personal Kanban) is highly visual — you can see at a glance what needs to…
DISC Personalities w/ Mads Singers – ABR020
Jun 14, 2017 • 42 min
Mads Singers is an outsourcing specialist. He believes that people are the single most important element of management, and is focused on helping leaders effectively get the most out of their team. In this episode we cover: What the DiSC Personality…
Color Coding Your Week w/ Kendra Wright -ABR019
Jun 7, 2017 • 39 min
Kendra is a location independent entrepreneur, who runs a 6-figure business from a Macbook pro. She’s come on to share how she uses Google Calendar and the happy sh*t sandwich technique to get all of her most important work done while her creative juices…
Questions for Finding Focus w/ Ricardo Palomares – ABR018
May 31, 2017 • 41 min
Ricardo Palomares is a speaker/coach/author/explorer/filmmaker helping dreamers bet on themselves to achieve what seems impossible and become powerful, mindful leaders. Zack talks to Ricardo about taking massive, focused actions in the areas that give you…
Mind Sweep w/ Zachary Sexton – ABR017
May 24, 2017 • 22 min
This podcast is designed to get all the would, could, should, ought to’s: out of your head off your psyche written down in black and white so you can have a visual snapshot of all your obligations. It’s the first step overcommitted folks need to take to…
Simplify Your Life with Courtney Carver – ABR016
May 17, 2017 • 33 min
Courtney Carver is the author and photographer behind the website Be More With Less. In this episode we talk about how embracing minimalism helped Courtney transition from feeling overworked, overstressed, and overwhelmed to a healthier, happier version…
Is Unroll.me Safe?
May 12, 2017 • 5 min
A few Able Business Radio listeners wrote in with concerns about privacy issues with Unroll.me. Here’s what I’ve found: 1. If you are not the customer, you are the product. 2. They recently sold anonymous data to Uber. 3. A paid alternative is SaneBox. 4.…
Stop Checking Your Email w/ Zachary Sexton – ABR015
May 10, 2017 • 45 min
This week, Zack goes solo to help you with tackle email overwhelm to effectively respond to the people you need to respond to. In this episode we cover: How to control the flow of emails Strategies to reduce the flow of emails Why you should stop checking…
The Power of Listening w/ Meredith M Bell – ABR014
May 3, 2017 • 40 min
For the past 30 years Meredith Bell has helped people become better leaders by showing them how to be more effective communicators. In this episode we cover: The five questions you can ask to: foster independence of team and family members develop deeper…
Going Paperless w/ Brooks Duncan – ABR013
Apr 26, 2017 • 52 min
You want to take your paper and turn it into electronic documents. You also want to be able to find those electronic documents when you need them. And it would be nice if those electronic documents are backed up and secure. How do you do that? In this…
Why Most Small Businesses Fail and What To Do About It w/ Michael E Gerber – ABR012
Apr 19, 2017 • 45 min
Micheal E Gerber is the author of the mega-bestseller “The E-Myth Revisited” and 28 other business coaching books. Michael has been teaching small business owners how to be more effective for the past 40 years. This interview is no exception. In this…
Long Term Thinking w/ Michael Motta- ABR011
Apr 12, 2017 • 38 min
Michael Motta is a professor of political science that studies path dependency. Path dependency is a way of stepping back and looking at how the choices you make today will play out in the long run. In this episode we cover: What decisions restrict future…
TextExpander and writing automation w/ Greg Scown – ABR010
Apr 5, 2017 • 40 min
Greg Scown is the co-founder of Smile Software. Smile specializes in making productivity tools that save time and make your digital life easier. Greg came on Able Business Radio to talk about Smile’s popular writing automation tool TextExpander.…
How to be a Productivity Ninja w/ Matt Cowdroy – ABR009
Mar 29, 2017 • 45 min
Matt Cowdroy is in the happiness business. He uses productivity and mindfulness as tools to help people manage their attention at work so they can be more present, accomplish more, and stress less.
Organization: Sexy Evernote Settings w/ Stacey Harmon – ABR008
Mar 22, 2017 • 50 min
People love Evernote for its ability to store reference files like recipes and notes. But sometimes Evernote can turn into a black hole of “stuff.” Luckily, Stacey Harmon is here to show us how to get our settings right so you can organize and quickly…
5x Your Energy w/ Zack Arnold – ABR007
Mar 15, 2017 • 42 min
In this episode you’ll learn: How to overcome afternoon brain fog. Why movement is necessary for creativity. Simple ways to add movement into the day. What are telomeres and why you don’t want short ones. How staying in the “zone” too long will cause burn…
Making Time w/ Jackie Vecchio – ABR006
Mar 8, 2017 • 40 min
Jackie Vecchio is a writer and coach who helps women take care of themselves and their own happiness. She does this by helping her clients fill their own cup first, so they are ultimately able to give more to the world. In this episode of Able Business…
Capture Everything, Regret Nothing w/ Mike Vardy-ABR005
Mar 1, 2017 • 48 min
In this wide ranging conversation, productivity strategist Mike Vardy and I talk about new years resolutions, theming your days, months and years, using modes to get your best work done at the right time and much more. In this episode you’ll learn: How to…
Organizing Your Life w/ Trello – ABR004
Feb 22, 2017 • 48 min
Brittany is a Trello and productivity expert that works on a small marketing team. She shows us how you can use Trello collect, organize, review and do all the things that need to get done in your work and personal life. In this episode we cover: The 3…
1Password w/ Lilli Weisz -ABR003
Feb 15, 2017 • 53 min
Lilli started as a professional organizer. After years of working with physical clutter, she now uses her skills on disorganized computers. Her goal is to make your digital life simpler using technology. In this episode, Zack and Lilli talk about how to…
Building Your Community w/ Stephen Warley – ABR002
Feb 15, 2017 • 47 min
Stephen believes self-employment is the future of work. His mission is to teach people to think and act like business owners. In this episode, we discuss how to architect a community to support your business goals. By listening, you will learn: Why you…
Welcome to Able Business Radio!- ABR 001
Feb 15, 2017 • 9 min
Welcome to Able Business Radio! This is the new podcast we’re starting at Buckets Productivity. In this episode, we introduce the podcast and lay out what you can expect to get from the show. In this particular episode you will learn: Who this show is…