So, Here's My Story...

So, Here's My Story...
So, Here’s My Story… is the only business podcast that promises wildly useful lessons from the absurd, the poignant and the seemingly irrelevant. This project arose out of a burning hatred of bullet point blogs, canned solutions and highlight-reel business conversations that look nothing like the realities of leadership. Business is messy and unpredictable. Business has depth and nuance. Business is more than spreadsheets. Business is stories.
Ep41: The Sound of Silence
Mar 20 • 29 min
Knowing when to shut up is an art form all its own. Ever found yourself saying more than you should, just to fill the silence? This episode is all about knowing when to stop talking, and when to let a lack of talking enrich the conversation. If you’ve…
Ep40: There is an I in team
Mar 13 • 30 min
“Let’s move away from this ‘there is no I in team’, to ‘teams are made of nothing but I’s that just want to fit in’”. Let’s talk about all of those “I”s in your team, and how to deal with conflicts. Everyone’s decision matrix is invisible to everyone…
Ep39: How to Combat Your Inner Business Toddler
Mar 6 • 34 min
In business, people often act like emotional toddlers (no judgement!), and we have to hear them from a place of empathy. You have to listen for the unmet need. Sometimes the best thing to do when opposing sides can’t see each other’s unmet need is to look…
Ep38: When Knowledge Isn’t Enough
Feb 27 • 29 min
This episode, Eliot seizes the story and helps us see the difference between being taught something, and really learning it. If you hear or “learn” something - even if you are amazed - the brain is still in a relatively dormant state. If you introduce it…
Ep37: Of Paper Towels and Nespresso Machines
Feb 20 • 35 min
It is really easy to throw out big ideas that sound like great solutions without thinking through how you would actually implement them operationally. Sometimes simple solutions have unintended consequences. And that’s what this episode is all about.
Ep36: The Massage Saga Continues…
Feb 13 • 29 min
Finally - FINALLY - Eliot is back to telling massage stories. In this one, the massage place inspires rather than ires! How can you be more aware of your client’s emotional experience, and how can you craft that experience for them? Crafting your…
Ep35: Want-Shaming Free Zone
Feb 6 • 31 min
When someone asks what you really want, you can find you have some “Want Shame”. Often, people are really embarrassed to say what they really want. It takes a lot of trust to tell someone this. Remember that when you are asking. The best conversations are…
Ep34: Vibrancy in the Low Places
Jan 30 • 26 min
Look outside when you are feeling bad – often it will reflect what you are feeling. And often, you are very much not alone. Your down month might not always be January, but there is a seasonality to it. Where is there need to look forward and back; for…
Ep33: Own That Rant
Jan 23 • 33 min
Sure, Eliot gets annoyed by people who say “talking out loud” and “return the call at your convenience”, but today is a different kind of rant. Unlike the previous two, it does have a point other than the ire. You can listen here. The thread that weaves…
Ep32: You Need a Kristi
Jan 16 • 27 min
Do you ever get stuck in overthinking? Either indecision or second guessing the decision you already made? Well, so has Jodi (not Eliot – he’s perfect!), and in this episode, we try to figure out why, and maybe even some solutions when you catch yourself…
Ep31: The Price is Right
Jan 9 • 21 min
Feeling like you can’t get clients to understand your value? This episode of So Here’s My Story is all about showing potential clients the difference between your work as a commodity, and your work as an art form.
Ep30: New Years Evolutions
Jan 1 • 29 min
It’s New Years. Want to avoid setting the same ole’ “just add water, have shame in 3 weeks” resolutions? This is the episode for you!
Ep29: Cancer & Kudzu
Dec 26, 2017 • 31 min
Sometimes we set goals – like business growth – not because they are true goals, but because it feels like we are a failure if we don’t achieve them… Have you started your 2018 goal planning? We have some ideas on how to make that planning more effective,…
Ep28: Quack, Quack
Dec 19, 2017 • 30 min
In this episode of So Here’s My Story, Jodi tells Eliot that he is very wrong about advice, and we all get to join in on the learning. Because it’s not that they can’t be famous singers (I mean, they can’t, but let’s continue with this metaphor) but that…
Ep27: Patre-OFF
Dec 12, 2017 • 27 min
Are you in the mood for a rant? This week, Jodi and Eliot air some grievances about the newest changes to the Patreon fee structure, all in the spirit of championing honest business practices and taking care of you, the listener.
Ep26: Mental Feng Shui
Dec 5, 2017 • 30 min
Have you ever found yourself adding unnecessary steps to a project? Made something simple way too complicated? This week, Jodi and Eliot talk about the mental feng shui that happens when the mundane creates space for real business magic.
Ep25: “Does This Look Infected to You?”
Nov 28, 2017 • 15 min
This week, Jodi and Eliot talk about the situations where you don’t want to collaborate; there are times when you want the experts to lead. And it all starts with a trip to the doctor.
Ep24: Is There Anything ELSE I Can Help You With?
Nov 21, 2017 • 37 min
We’ve all had the experience of feeling like a company doesn’t care about us, but how many of us have examined how our own clients experience working with us? This week, Jodi and Eliot talk about Thanksgiving and whiskey, Saturday Night Live spoofs, and…
Ep23: A Story Taylor-Made
Nov 14, 2017 • 39 min
This week, Eliot and Jodi discuss Taylor’s car shopping experience, implicit bias, and the benefits of curiosity.
Ep22: Controlicating (Yes, that’s exactly what we meant.)
Nov 7, 2017 • 36 min
This week, Eliot and Jodi talk about those moments in business where we have irrational, emotional reactions and what that intrepid traveler, Indiana Jones, teaches us about how to deal with them like adults.
Ep21: What Kipling Saw
Oct 31, 2017 • 28 min
This week, Jodi and Eliot talk about that famous business poet, Rudyard Kipling, and what he has to say about riding the ups and downs of business.
Ep20: Ahava Story (with Ahava Leibtag!)
Oct 24, 2017 • 35 min
This week, Jodi and Eliot talk about their interview with Ahava Leibtag of Aha Media about why she started her unique business, the worst day of her business, and the heartwarming best day. And of course, being Eliot and Jodi, they also make time to…
Ep19: Will & Grace-less
Oct 17, 2017 • 27 min
We watched the new Will & Grace, and at the risk of losing die hard fans, we have some ideas about how it relates to your business. This week, Eliot and Jodi talk about knowing your value, and the importance of white space.
Ep18: The Agony and Ecstasy of High Expectations
Oct 10, 2017 • 34 min
This week, Jodi and Eliot talk about the psychology of loss, VIP sections, and goldfish the size of a continent, terrorizing the ocean. It all makes sense in the context of the divide between your own expectations, and those of your clients.
Ep17: Laser Focused Apathy
Oct 3, 2017 • 32 min
This week, Jodi and Eliot talk stereo equalizers, Top Gun, and goals, and how they all relate to your business.
Ep16: Being Ready Is Overrated
Sep 26, 2017 • 35 min
This week, Jodi and Eliot talk about bringing the wrong size of clothes into the dressing room, comedian Kumail Nanjiani, and somehow it all makes perfect sense relative to this weeks topic: confidence.
Ep15: Empty Out Your Trophy Room (With Chris Brogan)
Sep 19, 2017 • 39 min
This week, Jodi and Eliot talk about jiu jitsu, palm writing, and other interesting things that totally make sense once you listen to the episode with special guest Chris Brogan.
Ep14: I’ve Had It Up to Here With You People!
Sep 12, 2017 • 37 min
This week, Jodi and Eliot talk about how emotions in business relate to dental hygiene and peanut M&Ms. Trust us – it makes sense.
Ep13: PLEASE Don’t Say Please.
Sep 5, 2017 • 37 min
What does thawing bait in the microwave have to do with boundaries in business? This week, Jodi and Eliot discuss hard boundaries and why it’s not always kind to be polite.
Ep12: Corporate Imposter Syndrome
Aug 29, 2017 • 32 min
This week we have a special guest with us — Tamsen Webster! Tamsen is the Executive Producer of Tedx Cambridge, and CEO/Founder of Strategic Speaking and Find the Red Thread. Tamsen joined us today to share her story about imposter syndrome. Not only what…
Ep11: Cringe-worthy Compliments
Aug 22, 2017 • 27 min
This week, Jodi harasses Eliot into seeing how critical it is to be able to take a compliment.
Ep10: Two Tickets to Paradise
Aug 15, 2017 • 35 min
Have you ever had someone throw up a barrier when you are just trying to determine if you want to work with them? This week, Eliot and Jodi talk about how a $50 charge at a travel agency might relate to your business.
Ep09: We’ve seen your hustle. Let’s see your Hooky.
Aug 8, 2017 • 25 min
Nutrition and business – how much do they have in common? This week on So Here’s My Story, Jodi and Eliot talk about the importance of taking a break, in nutrition, and in business.
Ep08: My Safeword Is Cinnamon.
Aug 1, 2017 • 29 min
Why would you need a safe word in business? This week on So Here’s My Story, Eliot and Jodi talk about clients we don’t love and what you can do with clients that you feel like you can’t do your best work with…
Ep07: Just Say… THAT.
Jul 25, 2017 • 33 min
What could parenting anger possibly have to do with business? This week on So Here’s My Story, Eliot and Jodi talk hard conversations and, somehow, Sam Shepard (except, she REALLY meant Sam Elliott!!).
EP06: Ever Been “Business Depressed?”
Jul 18, 2017 • 29 min
This week, Jodi and Eliot talk about how motivation and routine are linked, and what filing cabinets and pit stops on a race track have to do with business. Why is routine important for business? When we are especially busy or stressed, it is easy…
Ep05: Christmas in July…?
Jul 12, 2017 • 29 min
Christmas in July… We know – Christmas is a weird topic in the middle of the summer. But this week, Jodi and Eliot explore what Christmas traditions share with business structure, and what to do when neither are making magic any more. Why is that…
EP04: How can a couples’ massage POSSIBLY leave you cranky…?
Jul 5, 2017 • 26 min
How could a couples’ massage possibly leave you cranky…? What do couples’ massages and unfulfilled expectations have in common? Probably not what you think! This week, and Jodi and Eliot talk about how a clear process can be just as…
Ep03: When Leadership = Looking Dumb?
Jun 27, 2017 • 21 min
When Leadership = Looking Dumb? “Are we weird?” is the topic at hand this week, and Jodi and Eliot talk about how a lot of business people feel that they should have the answers to all of the business questions that pop…
Ep02: Rule Number One
Jun 21, 2017 • 30 min
Rule #1 What do a parking ticket and a cashier’s cheque have to do with business? This week, Eliot and Jodi talk about the importance of not making things complicated for your customers, and the difference between process and outcome. Why is that…
Ep01: Seriously? We’re starting with a Pee Your Pants story…?
Jun 9, 2017 • 31 min
Pee my WHAT? What does peeing your pants have to do with better business? This week, Jodi and Eliot talk about the importance of sharing those vulnerable stories that businesses need to tell. Why is that important for business? There’s this weird…