Top Podcasts for Small Businesses

Are you a small business owner constantly looking for ways to improve your business? Check out this blog post from the Chambers Plan with the top podcasts to listen to as a small business owner.



How you do you stay up to date? There used to be a time when professional development occurred primarily onsite in classrooms or at industry conferences (with all the late night drinks and shenanigans that came with being away from home for a few days).

These days you don’t have to go far to discover new trends in business or to learn from leaders in your field. A quick trip to the bookstore puts the latest business bestsellers at your fingertips (Bill Gates puts out his list of favourites each year). And if you don’t want to leave the house (or the office) a simple Google search will instantly get you the information you’re looking for in the form of news articles, industry websites and, of course, business blogs.

But for the growing number of people who don’t have time to even read, as well as for those younger people for whom books are going the way of the typewriter (and that’s an issue for another blog), podcasts are increasingly becoming a more convenient way to keep up with the industry and learn from other leaders.

According to 2018 statistics by Podcast Insights, there are more than 550,000 podcasts coming out of the U.S. Nearly 45 per cent of the U.S. population has listened to a podcast, with 49 per cent tuning into podcasts at home and 22 per cent who say they listen in their vehicle.

What are they listening to? While comedy is the most popular genre (for some reason, it seems U.S. citizens are in need of a good laugh these days) it doesn’t take much searching to find a plethora of business- and leadership – related podcasts. And, thanks to this blog, you don’t even have to do any searching to get started!

Here are some of the top podcasts you might want to give a listen to.

The Tim Ferriss Show: This one popped up on a lot of “best of” lists. Host Tim Ferriss has been listed as one of Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Business People” and one of Fortune’s “40 under 40”. Ferris interviews world-class performers across industries (investing, sports, business, art, etc.) who share their tactics and routines listeners can use in their daily lives.

Entrepreneurs on FireConsidered a pioneer of the interview-style podcast, Entrepreneurs features host John Lee Dumas talking to success stories from business leaders and influencers like Tony Robbins, Seth Godin, Gary Vee, Barbara Corcoran, Tim Ferriss, and others. Dumas interviews entrepreneurs every Monday and “drops value bombs” every Thursday. (You will have to tune in just to find out what that means!)

Small Business with Steve Strauss – Powered by SAPSteve Strauss is America’s leading small business expert, author of The Small Business Bible, and a business columnist for USA TODAY. Strauss’s podcast features in-depth interviews with successful entrepreneurs and business authors.

Duct Tape Marketing: Host John Jantsch has been running this weekly podcast for more than a decade, interviewing experts, authors, and thought leaders. The podcast dives deep into more technical topics, like getting more results from Google Ads, as well as more abstract issues, like building a memorable brand and examining the role of authenticity in marketing.

The Goal Digger PodcastThis one is aimed at women entrepreneurs and has the feel of a live workshop. Host Jenna Kutcher gives out marketing advice in areas of expertise like SEO (search engine optimization) and Instagram marketing. She also explores subjects that are not typically discussed in other business podcasts, like attaining work/life balance as a CEO and a mom or finding ways to make your brand more inclusive.

Social Media Marketing Talk ShowHosted by Eric Fisher, this podcast is aimed at small businesses doing their own social media marketing. Fisher discusses all the changes happening in social media on a weekly basis, helping businesses stay up to date and understand what all the changes mean to them.

This should get you started. Next time you find yourself with some downtime – preferably on a snowy afternoon, curl up on the couch, tune out the world and tune into a podcast.

Just kidding. You have no downtime! Pop in the earbuds and get yourself an earful of professional development as you make your way to the next meeting/site visit/catastrophe.

The good thing about podcasts is they’re portable!

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Email Etiquette Rules to Follow

Most working professionals are subject to receiving a very high number of emails per day, with that being so, it can be frustrating to receive emails without a clear message or meaning, that we don't really need to receive, or that are seemingly written in the same context as a text message. 

We found a great article to discuss email etiquette rules that all working professionals should know; these are the highlights. 

  1. First and foremost, include a clear and direct subject line. The subject line will tell your recipient what to expect and will also make it easier to search inboxes at a later date if they need to reference your email.
  2. Use a professional email address. If you are a new business owner looking to connect with fellow entrepreneurs, it's important that you represent yourself in a respectful and meaningful way. Try to include your first name and your company name in your email address so you are easily identifiable. 
  3. Don't include people who do not need to be included. Inboxes are very easily cluttered, so only send your email communications to those who are directly affected by your message. 
  4. ALWAYS include a signature. Your signature should include your full name, your direct phone number, your company address, and any other relevant information. It is important to include this in every email so your recipient can easily locate your contact information at any given time. 
  5. Use professional language. Avoid saying things like "hey, guys!" unless you are very comfortable with the people you are emailing and that type of language has been previously established. 
  6. Be cautious with humor and/or sarcasm. The intonation of your voice cannot be heard in an email and therefore can be very easily misinterpreted. Be careful not to offend anyone with humor or sarcasm. 
  7. Reply to your emails even if the email wasn't intended for you. It's important to let people know you received their message and you are taking the necessary actions to move forward. It is also important to respond to emails that might not have been intended for you -- chances are, the person who sent the email does not know they sent the message to the wrong recipient. 
  8. Keep your font simple and easy to read, don't get carried away with comic sans. 
  9. Double check your recipients to ensure you're sending the message to the right person/people. 

Looking for more tips? Check out the full article here.

Take a Break! The 50/10 Rule

Like most people around you, the thought of working straight through the day without small breaks in between seems like a daunting task. The mornings go by slowly, lunch doesn't feel long enough, and the afternoons drag on longer than the mornings. 

We found a really great article that suggests the 50/10 rule. It's simple: work for 50 minutes, take a 10 minute break. 

50 minutes is long enough to get a great deal of work done, and not so long that your mind starts to burn out. Similarly, 10 minutes is long enough to recharge, and not so long that you lose focus. 

The article has 5 main tips for making this type of schedule work for you: 

1. Stamina - As we mentioned before, a full work day without small breaks is nearly impossible. Taking a 10 minute break after 50 minutes of productive work allows you to recharge and come back with a focused and sharp mind. 

2. Focus - Don't let anything distract you during your 50 minutes of work. Put your cell phone away and zone in on what you are doing. The results will amaze you. 

3. Side-Productivity - Use your 10 minute break to do anything you wish. You could read a portion of the book you're working through, go for a walk, catch up on your social media - it doesn't matter what you do, as long as you consider it to be a break from your daily work tasks. 

4. Progress Tracking - When you break your day into 50/10 portions, you can easily keep track of exactly how much time you're spending on a project. Keep track of the time you spend and the number of projects you complete and see how rewarding this system really is. 

5. Mastery - When you keep track of the exact amount of time you spent working on something, you know just how long it took you to perfect it. Use your time wisely and you'll feel accomplished. 

So, what are you waiting for?! Give this a try and see how much more productive you are throughout the day! 

 

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine which focuses on the flow of energy throughout the body. When the flow is disrupted it can lead to pain, illness, or lack or normal function; your acupuncturist will focus on various acupoints in your body to relieve tension and to help release your body’s natural pain killers by targeting some of the body’s main systems, including the nervous, endocrine, immune, cardiovascular, and digestive systems.

Your acupuncturist will start your appointment by examining your tongue, checking your pulse, and asking you some questions about your medical history; once they have determined the best treatment plan for you, they will start with your acupuncture treatment. Your practitioner will insert needles as slim as human hair into your acupoints. After insertion, the acupuncturist might manipulate the needles by hand or by adding an electrical stimulant.

Although some people might shy away from this treatment due to a fear of needles, most patients report little to no discomfort and leave the treatment with a sense of relief.

The most common reason for visiting an acupuncturist is to manage neck, back, joint, or head pain, including the treatment of migraines. Additionally, acupuncture can help with nausea, allergies, menopause symptoms, and infertility.

Depending on the severity of your condition, your acupuncturist might recommend coming back for a series of weekly treatments, or he/she might suggest continuing acupuncture as a form of maintenance.

Regardless of physical condition, acupuncture is generally suitable for most people. It can help to treat the root cause of your malady and can reduce your dependence on medication and/or prevent you from needing medical procedures.

Some people might experience minor discomfort after treatment, including stiffness and/or soreness, but these symptoms are not generally a cause for concern.

Clinical studies have also shown acupuncture to help treat the following:


  • Depression,
  • Knee pain
  • Dental pain
  • Sciatica
  • Cardiac neurosis
  • Ear pain
  • Female reproductive pain
  • Insomnia
  • Hypertension

Acupuncture is generally covered under your group insurance plan. Please talk to your plan administrator or review your employee booklet form more information.

 

Read More: Advantages of AcupunctureClinical Care

Deskercise!

What do you do to keep your body moving when you're at work? It's hard to sit behind a desk all day while maintaining proper posture and avoiding those delicious snacks sitting in the office kitchen, but we found some ways to keep you moving while you're in the office!

1. Tap your toes! Turn on your favourite radio station and tap your toes to the beat of each tune; this keeps your legs moving and your circulation flowing! 

Fitness

2. Take the stairs! We know the elevator is easier, but if you work on a lower floor and you're up for a challenge, try the stairs a couple times per week! 

3. Wait by the printer! Sure, this might sound a little bit boring, but why not do some calf raises while waiting for your pages to print?

4. Butt squeezes! Yeah, yeah, yeah, we know this sounds funny, but why not tone those glutes when no one is looking?! Just squeeze your cheeks together and hold for 5-10 seconds until you get tired and wait for the results!

5. Leg raises! Simply lift your legs, hold them in place for 5-10 seconds and then lower them slowly without allowing your feet to touch the ground. If it's not hard enough you can loop your purse around your feet for some extra weight. 

 

Like these tips? Check back for more next week or follow this link for the full article!