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The Business Over Breakfast Podcast is expressly for Small Business owners, predominantly the 20,000 people in the CCIQ database. The aim of the podcast is to create more current and energetic engagement with the membership base.
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Jul 14, 2017

“All publicity is good publicity”? Not anymore. Publicity is important for businesses both big and small, but it has to be good to be effective, and while it’s easy to become intimidated by the idea of media coverage, it’s an essential part of any business model. In today’s episode of Business Over Breakfast, we talk about the advantages PR can bring to your company, as well as all the different media options available to you, and how to go about leveraging that media coverage once you get it.

 

Our guest this week is Trena-Louise Lyons, owner of boutique public relations company Newsroom PR, and she provides some hugely valuable top tips on conducting your own media and PR, the benefits of a great communications plan and how it can boost your business, and the advantages of media exposure. If you’ve been wondering how to formulate your PR plan, Trena answers all the important questions.

 

We also discuss things like:

  • How to get your business in the media
  • Good publicity versus bad publicity
  • The benefits of being persistent
  • The many different avenues of media, and how to pick which one suits you best
  • Why being interviewed isn’t as scary as you might think
  • The credibility media coverage can bring to your organisation
  • Why the media needs you, and how to give them what they want
  • What makes something newsworthy?
  • Robot priests (yes, really!)

 

Links

Sunshine Coast Council

CCIQ, the show's sponsors

Bree James LinkedIn

Andrew Griffiths Website

Newsroom PR

Jul 4, 2017

We all know the familiar anxiety and awkwardness of attending networking events, but in this episode of Business over Breakfast, Bree and Andrew give you 20 top tips on how to get you best prepared to be a networking pro. Networking can be vital in building a successful business, so by following these strategies, you can be sure to always get something out of attending networking events. From deciding if you should even go to a networking event to conversation starters to what to do afterwards, Bree and Andrew cover everything to help you feel confident as a networking business professional.

 

Additionally, we have Bob Greenup as our guest this episode. He is the franchise owner of BNI Sydney Central & South Regions, which is part of the largest referral organisation in the world. As someone who focuses with his franchise on developing, educating and supporting committed, passionate and referable business communities to build strong business relationships, he was the perfect person to discuss how to become a professional networker.

 

Plus, Bree and Andrew also get into today...

 

  • What exactly is networking
  • Telling the difference between a good networking opportunity and a bad one
  • Why you should fight the urge to chat with only familiar faces at networking events
  • The question you should ask instead of “What do you do?”
  • When the best time is to arrive at an event
  • What you can do beforehand to prepare yourself to do well at networking
  • Easy business card tricks
  • One unique way to make yourself memorable to others
  • Where to position yourself at an event
  • How to keep a network once you establish one
  • Smart business ideas from around the globe

 

Links

Sunshine Coast Council

CCIQ, the show’s sponsors

Bree James Pakmag

Bree James LinkedIn

Andrew Griffiths Website

Amplify Website

Bob Greenup LinkedIn

Bob Greenup Facebook

Jun 14, 2017

We all have limiting beliefs that may be holding us back in our business, but in this episode of Business over Breakfast, Bree and Andrew will give you a few ideas on how to deal with them. Some typical limiting beliefs we hear all the time are “my customers can only afford to pay so much,” “I can’t raise my prices” or “I’m a small business and I can’t do this.” No matter what beliefs are holding you back, if you can overcome then, that is when your business will really succeed. Learn some strategies to address these limitations to move you and your business forward.

 

Plus, our guest this episode, Shelley Evans-Wild, one of the most extraordinary neuroscientists in the country, will bring some brain science to the behaviours behind our limiting beliefs. She is the founder and CEO of People HQ and has been dedicated to helping others in unleashing their potential to stretch their mindsets and shape a better world. Her specialisation in how and why people behave the way they do in groups helps us shed some light on how to break through our limiting beliefs.

 

Plus, Bree and Andrew also get into today...

 

  • Identifying the most common limiting beliefs of business owners
  • Fighting against others’ limiting beliefs to become successful in business
  • How to zoom out to understand you created a false narrative about yourself
  • Understanding the connection between self-worth and business value
  • Tackling limiting beliefs through habit hijacking
  • The all too common “imposter syndrome” feeling of small business owners
  • Why you need to combat limiting beliefs
  • 4 wild and wacky business ideas from around the world

 

Links

CCIQ, the show’s sponsors

Bree James Pakmag

Bree James LinkedIn

Andrew Griffiths Website

Amplify Website

Shelley Evans-Wild

May 30, 2017

Business is generally about solving problems. When you run a business, you seek to make things better for yourself and for others. But the reality is you need to get better at solving problems and the trick to that is asking better questions of yourself.

 

In this episode of Business over Breakfast, Bree and Andrew talk about the value of asking proactive and empowering questions. Learn how to get out of that endless loop of unproductivity and figure out how to empower yourself with better questions to get better answers.

 

Plus, our guest this episode, Howard Tinker, discusses the specific questions he asks to make restaurants more profitable. Howard, the CEO of Restaurant Profits, specializes in helping his  restaurant owner clients grow their business and increase repeat visitors. He has also published two books filled with tips and insights called More Bums On Seats and Selling at the Table. Although he is a marketer by trade, Howard emphasizes in this conversation the vital importance of asking the simple questions about finances first.

 

Plus, Bree and Andrew also get into today...

 

  • The need to be asking better questions of our business and ourselves
  • What are the questions we need to ask
  • Defining what a proactive question is
  • Why asking yourself questions that make you think about your successes is beneficial
  • The financial question that not enough business owners ask themselves
  • Needing to talk to your clients to see why they engage your business
  • The simple tactics that business owners tend to ignore with marketing
  • 5 great tips on how to ask better questions of yourself to make a better business
  • Food for thought on business ideas from around the world

 

Links

CCIQ, the show’s sponsors

Bree James Pakmag

Bree James LinkedIn

Andrew Griffiths Website

Amplify Website

Howard Tinker’s Website

May 14, 2017

Some days it may feel like your business is running you. You’re reacting and you’re responding, but you’re not in control of the business’s destiny or future. We all lose control of our business at some stage, that’s usually the result of bad habits or bad rituals building up over time.

 

In this episode, Bree and Andrew discuss a great deal of strategies in how you can take back control of your business. And once you do, you’ll not only fall in love with your business again, but you’ll be making more money and arrive in better shape.

 

Additionally, Kate Christie, our guest this episode, a time management specialist and founder of Time Stylers, shares wonderful insight into this topic. She is an international speaker, regular on TV and is the author of the book Me Time. Kate developed her business after discovering how many thousands of people across the country were struggling to manage their time. Today she shared the most common mistakes that she found that people make with organizing their time as business owners.

 

Plus, Bree and Andrew also get into today...

 

  • The concept of making your business work for you, not the other way around
  • How does it evolve that we lose control over our business and what we can do to change
  • Signs of when you are losing control of your business
  • 5 top tips in taking control of your business
  • Common mistakes that people make with managing their time
  • Time hacks and strategies to save time
  • Some (very) unique business ideas from around the world

 

Links

BDO

CCIQ, the show’s sponsors

Bree James Pakmag

Bree James LinkedIn

Andrew Griffiths Website

Amplify Website

Kate Christie’s Website

Apr 29, 2017

It’s easy to underestimate and not think too much of it, but creating a happy workplace can benefit your business greatly on so many different levels. There’s a huge amount of research to prove that a happy workplace is a productive, healthy and profitable workplace. Who doesn’t want a financially successful business where you, your staff and your customers are all thriving? In this episode, Bree and Andrew discuss the many advantages you can reap from a happier business environment, and it starts with you, the leader. Have a listen to learn tips on what you can do to cultivate a culture of positivity and success in your business.

The featured guest this episode, Andrea Tunjic, the founder of People Strong & the Work Happy Movement, shares her insight from her 20+ year career on why some people are more fulfilled at work while others feel the best part of the job is taking a sickie. She discusses how to influence people to change how they feel about work for the better.

Plus, Bree and Andrew also get into today...

  • The concept of a happy workplace
  • Why it’s important, as a business owner, to be happy
  • How a happy workplace can benefit a business’s productivity and profitability
  • The danger of unhappy staff members negatively impacting the business
  • Setting the tone for a positive environment and workplace culture
  • Reasons why a workplace may be miserable
  • The best thing you can do to make sure an individual employee is happy
  • A simple question you can ask to create a happier workplace
  • How we feel about work affects every part of our lives
  • Removing frustrations that disable people from being happy
  • Cultivating a hopeful sense of the future for individuals and the business
  • 5 tips to create a happy workplace
  • A few amazingly wacky business ideas from around the world

Links

Office of Industrial Relations

CCIQ, the show’s sponsors

Bree James Pakmag

Bree James LinkedIn

Andrew Griffiths Website

Amplify Website

Andrea Tunjic’s Website

Apr 14, 2017

In this episode, Bree and Andrew explore the concept of ‘newism’, which is the idea that consumers are constantly craving new technology, new trends to follow, new foods to eat. So what does that mean in business? This means that business owners need to be renewing their products and services all the time because everyone is addicted to new.

 

The launch of new products and services is often the most important process of creating something new, so Bree and Andrew share their top tips on how to make sure your next big idea is a success.

 

Lastly, Bree chats with Mark Coburn, a serial entrepreneur, who over 25 years has built over a dozen businesses. His latest venture is a single malt whisky distillery where Bree finds out how he raised $1.2 million dollars with Facebook Live in ten minutes.

 

On top of all that, Bree and Andrew also go into...

 

  • Why the launch is often the most important part of the sales process
  • Lessons they learned from their past failures in launching new products and services
  • Why market research on all consumers, not just your customers, is vital
  • The homework every business owner needs to do during the development stage
  • The easy mistake you can avoid when studying the competition
  • How you can guarantee your product or service will sell by the time you launch
  • Why you should keep promoting your product or service even if you are tired of it
  • Mark Coburn’s unique business model in keeping a business going when your profit timetable is four to seven years away
  • Advantages of Facebook Live as a launch strategy
  • The value of a community that includes those who may not be large financial backers
  • 5 top tips on launching a new product or service
  • Unusual and weird business ideas from around the world

 

Links

Creat3D

CCIQ, the show’s sponsors

Bree James Pakmag

Bree James LinkedIn

Andrew Griffiths Website

Amplify Website

Mark Coburn’s Coburns Distillery Website

Mar 29, 2017

What is a business advisor, how do you go about getting one and what are the common pitfalls that business owners fall into when looking for them? These are some of the common questions that small business owners come up against when going through the hiring-process for an advisor. Fortunately, Bree and Andrew are addressing all of those issues and demystifying some of the biggests concerns that people face when looking for the perfect advice.  

 

On top of that, Bree is grilling Sam Harrop in Toaster Time. Sam is one of the best business advisors in the country and is offering his advice on the steps that you need to go through when seeking out sound business advice.

 

And if that weren’t enough, the guys also get into all of this too...

 

  • Why you need an advisor in the first place
  • How to know when you need a business advisor
  • What type of advisor is best for you and your business
  • Understanding the different roles in the business advice sector
  • How to handle problems that pop up with your advisor
  • Picking and choosing the advice that’s right for you and your business
  • Sam Harrop’s tips for small businesses looking for business advice
  • 5 top tips on how to find the right advisor for your business
  • 4 weird and wonderful business ideas from around the globe

 

Links

CCIQ

BDO, the show’s sponsors

Bree James Pakmag

Bree James LinkedIn

Andrew Griffiths Website

Amplify Website

Sam Harrop’s Website

Sam Harrop’s books, Getting Stuff Done and Small Business Big Exit

Mar 14, 2017

There are two types of businesses: those that have had tough financial times already, and those that have those tough times coming. In this episode of the Business over Breakfast show, Andrew and Bree are talking about what a financial pothole is, how they occur and, most importantly, how you should handle them.  

 

In Toaster Time, it’s Amanda Fisher who’s feeling the heat this week. Amanda is a technologist who fuses accounting know-how with technology to improve and grow businesses. She’s a thought-leader in her space and the author of three great books, and here she’s sharing her thoughts on navigating your way through financial potholes.

 

In this episode, the guys get into all of that, plus loads more, including...

 

  • What it means to be hitting financial potholes in business
  • The most common reasons why businesses fall into financial potholes
  • Working out a realistic plan of attack to solve your business woes
  • What NOT to do when you find yourself in financial difficulties
  • Top tips on how to get out of financial potholes… and how to avoid them in the first place
  • Amanda Fisher’s process in helping businesses get out of financial potholes, and her top advice on how to keep on top of your accounts
  • 5 tips on how to survive a financial pothole
  • 5 smart business ideas from around the globe

 

Links

CCIQ

Bree James Pakmag

Bree James LinkedIn

Andrew Griffiths Website

Amplify Website

Amanda Fisher’s Website

Sturt Business Centre, the Show’s Sponsors

Feb 27, 2017

For business owners looking to grow and learn new skills, developing partnerships is a great way to expand in a way that’s beneficial for everyone. However, for many people in business, entering into a partnership is a murky and sometimes even anxiety-provoking prospect. Luckily, in this episode of the Business over Breakfast show, Bree and Andrew are talking you through partnerships from A to Z.

 

Bree James is being joined in the Toaster Time section by a very special guest, Mike Reid of Key Persons of Influence. Mike is talking about his own experiences around partnerships and how they’ve played a pivotal role in the rapid growth of Dent Global.

 

And if that weren’t enough, the guys are also getting into all of this too...

 

  • The different types of partnerships and how to know which ones are best for you and your business
  • The benefits that partnering your business will have for your clients
  • Where businesses often go wrong with partnerships
  • The ‘What if?’ questions you need to ask before entering into a partnership
  • The reasons why you should think about partnering your business outside of just making money
  • How to prepare yourself before entering into a partnership
  • Why location should never hold you back when searching for a partner
  • The idea of fair exchange and aligning values, and why it’s key in small business
  • How your partners can help to promote services and products, and ultimately generate leads
  • 5 top tips on how to use partnerships in business
  • 3 weird and wonderful business ideas from around the globe!

 

Links

ERM Power

CCIQ

Bree James Pakmag

Bree James LinkedIn

Andrew Griffiths Website

Amplify Website

Mike Reid LinkedIn

Feb 14, 2017

If you’re in the majority of small business owners who struggle with making technology work for you and your company, then you’re definitely going to get a lot out of this episode. Andrew and Bree and talking all things tech, and how you can use it to help with your productivity, efficiency, and saving time and money.

Bree’s back with Toaster Time, and this time round she’s joined by the director of Mahi Web and Bright IT, Ben Versang. Ben’s using his tech wizardry to help the guys tackle some of the biggest problems small business owners face when it comes to technology.

And if that weren’t enough, the guys get into all of this too...

  • Knowing the full potential of your technology, and how it can make you and your business more productive
  • The cost of not using your technology correctly
  • The effect that technology can have on your team as a whole
  • Re-thinking how we look at technology and our relationship with it
  • The most common problems and frustrations among small business owners around technology
  • Knowing when to upgrade your technology and when to leave it alone
  • The value of technology and how you can use it to save time and money in the long-run
  • The biggest changes that small business owners are going to have to make around technology in the next five years
  • How to keep on top of the latest tech developments
  • Three weird and wonderful business ideas from around the globe    
  • Five top tips on how to make the most of technology

 

Links

ERM Power

CCIQ

Bree James Pakmag

Bree James LinkedIn

Andrew Griffiths Website

Amplify Website

Bright IT

Mahi Web

Jan 29, 2017

Like every single entrepreneur on the planet, you probably struggle with problems and self-doubt from time to time. Well, in this episode of the Business over Breakfast podcast, Andrew and Bree are talking about how you can use resilience to overcome these issues and move forward in business.

 

Andrew and Bree discuss what resilience is, why you need it and how you can develop it to survive in business for a long time.

 

In this week’s Toaster Time, Bree’s grilling entrepreneurial legend, Darren Finkelstein, aka ‘The Boat Guy’. Darren shares his journey of how he became an industry expert on powerboats, developed a huge media presence and authored three bestselling, award-winning books.

 

The guys get into all of that, plus loads more including...

 

  • Learning from experiences and never making the same mistake twice
  • Overcoming staff changes and losing key individuals
  • Developing a ‘rainy-day plan’ for negative situations
  • Taking inspiration and resilience tips from people around you
  • Tips on how to always be aspiring upwards
  • How Darren Finkelstein overcame adversity to become an entrepreneur with no regrets
  • Where most business owners go wrong when going through a tough situation
  • Darren’s number one tip on resilience
  • Five strategies to help you be more resilient in business
  • Three smart business ideas from around the world

 

Links

 

CCIQ

CQU

Bree James Pakmag

Bree James LinkedIn

Andrew Griffiths Website

Amplify Website

Darren Finkelstein

Jan 21, 2017

In this very special episode of the Business over Breakfast podcast, Andrew’s flying solo and being joined by the legendary Michael Gerber. As one of the most influential names in the world of small business, Michael is a man who needs little introduction. His first book, The E-Myth, has been acknowledged as the #1 small business and entrepreneurial book of all time by The Wall Street Journal, and its concepts have been applied in 145 countries, 29 languages and taught in 118 universities.   

 Michael’s also a huge idol of Andrew and Bree, and has influenced and inspired them for years. In this conversation with Andrew, Michael talks about the release of his new book, Beyond the E-Myth: The Evolution of an Enterprise: From a Company of One to a Company of 1,000. Be sure to get your pen and paper out for this one, because it’s packed with gems.

 In this episode, Andrew and Michael are talking about:

  • The practices of the E-Myth and how they’ve been applied to every industry on the planet
  • The four critical components of what it means to be an entrepreneur
  • Michael on how to start your small business with the right intent
  • Defining what a business is, coming up with an exit strategy and turning your company into a precious commodity
  • How to create a platform for growth in your business
  • The ‘Turnkey System’ and how you can use it in your business to help to scale and grow
  • Defining and designing a client fulfilment system
  • The three attitudes you need to have to grow a company of one to a company of 1,000
  • How Michael is making people feel great about what they’re creating

 

Links

Beyond E-Myth

Book: Beyond the E-Myth

CCIQ

CQU

Bree James Pakmag

Bree James LinkedIn

Andrew Griffiths Website

Amplify Website

Jan 15, 2017

If you’ve reached a point with your business where you think it might be time to diversify and move into new markets, then you’re definitely going to get a lot out of this episode. Andrew and Bree are talking all things diversification, including new industries, products and services, and how all of this relates to the all-important customer engagement.

 

Bree’s back with Toaster Time, and it’s Geoff Hetherington who’s feeling the heat in this episode. Geoff is the founder of The Clarity CEO and Dancing Blind Man Business Advisors. He’s also a top strategy and business coach, and keynote speaker. Bree’s grilling him about his story and top tips on diversifying business.  

 

The guys are also talking wacky, smart business ideas from around the globe, plus loads more.

 

In this episode, Andrew and Bree get into...

 

  • Bree James diversifying her publishing business to be more than just print by moving into new markets
  • Updating your business and moving away from the dangerous position of being considered ‘old’
  • How to know when it’s time to diversify your business, and how quickly you should do it
  • Tips on increasing engagement with your audience by listening to their wants and needs
  • Problems with diversifying your business and how to overcome them
  • What you need to put into your business to successfully diversify it
  • The marketing strategy you need to employ when diversifying your business
  • Why Geoff Hetherington views clarity as one of the most important attributes for businesses
  • Industries that are feeling the pressure to diversify more than others
  • Looking at the changes in your industry and what you need to do to your business to keep up
  • Five tips to help your business diversify

 

Links

 

CCIQ

CQU

Bree James Pakmag

Bree James LinkedIn

Andrew Griffiths Website

Amplify Website

Geoff Hetherington Website

Jan 1, 2017

If you’re struggling with how to boost your online presence and generate more leads and income through the web then you’ll definitely want to check out this episode of The Business over Breakfast Show. Andrew Griffiths and Bree James are getting into the details of an area that many small business owners struggle with but one that is absolutely vital if your business is going to realise its potential.  

 

Toaster Time is back and in this episode Bree James is interviewing Lucas Meadowcroft, the Director of CROFTi - a business that specialises in delivering innovation and technology consulting. Lucas is at hand to offer some top tech tips as well as share his company’s journey.

 

The guys are also back again with the Food for Thought section, looking at weird and wonderful businesses from all four corners of the globe.

 

In this episode, Andrew and Bree are getting really into…

 

  • Existing on multiple platforms to improve your online presence
  • Making the copy of your website powerful and pertinent for your potential clients
  • How to use content to set your website apart from your competitors  
  • The importance of functionality and aesthetic for your website  
  • Checking and improving the usability of your site
  • Turning your site into a work in progress that’s constantly improving
  • The trends in websites and adjusting with the times
  • How often you need to update your website to keep it fresh and appealing for your clients
  • Lucas Meadowcroft’s three top tips to help you with your IT problems  
  • Lucas’ #1 tip for small business owners building their websites
  • Five tips for getting it right in the online world

 

Links

 

Artius

CCIQ

Bree James Pakmag

Bree James LinkedIn

Andrew Griffiths Website

Amplify Website

CROFTi

Dec 15, 2016

Welcome to The Business over Breakfast Podcast, and in this episode Andrew and Bree are getting retro and talking old-school marketing techniques. So often in business we become fixated on online and social media campaigns that we forget those tried and tested techniques that not only work great but will also set you and your business apart.

 

Bree’s back with Toaster Time and it’s Mario Calanna who’s feeling the heat this week. Mario is the CEO of the family-run Calanna Pharmacy Group - an innovative business that focuses on natural health products and services.

 

And, as ever, the guys are sharing plenty of advice and wisdom that you can use to get your business firing on all cylinders. Plus, they’re looking at a few weird and wonderful ideas in the Food for Thought section. Enjoy!

 

In this episode Bree and Andrew and talking about...

 
  • Standing out from the crowd with old-school marketing
  • How the perfect combination of marketing in business is combining the best of new-school with the best of old-school
  • Getting your brand out there in the local community
  • Interesting and innovative tips for building partnerships
  • Clever ideas to reach out to your target audience and engage with them  
  • Going back to giving your business a personal touch that clients can really connect with
  • New-school marketing and how it feels like we’re doing a lot more but not getting as much traction
  • Mario Calanna on the importance of creating a family environment for clients  
  • The combination of ambition and humility - building a business based on self-belief  
  • Mario on building confidence through public speaking and playing sport
  • Andrew and Bree’s top five old-school marketing tips
 

Links

 

The Calanna Pharmacy Group

Artius

CCIQ

Bree James Pakmag

Bree James LinkedIn

Andrew Griffiths Website

Amplify Website

101 Ways to Market Your Business by Andrew Griffiths

Dec 1, 2016

Welcome to The Business over Breakfast Podcast, and in this episode Andrew and Bree are talking all about the customer experience and how by focusing on it you can see big improvements in your business. It’s no secret that the customer is king, but many aspects of their relationship with your company are often overlooked. Here, the dynamic duo explain why it’s so important and what you can be doing to set your business apart from the rest.

 

Bree is back with Toaster Time, and in this episode she’s talking to Desley Cowley, founder of Spruiker Hire - a national online retail training and talent directory.  Desley shares her story as well some top tips on how to make it into the online selling industry. The guys are also sharing some weird and wonderful business ideas from around the globe in the Food for Thought section, plus loads more.

 

In this episode Andrew and Bree get really into...

 
  • The problem of having regular, great customer service, and the importance of training your team in it
  • Why transaction is no longer enough on its own for today’s customer
  • How to make the experience better for your customer
  • The best examples of customer service
  • Why you need to focus on the customer experience
  • Desley Cowley’s journey and how she came to set up Spruiker Hire
  • Desley’s advice on taking the plunge into setting up an online business
  • The importance of prioritising your ideas before starting to write up your business plan
  • Desley’s biggest tip on improving the customer service
  • Five great tips on how to move customer transactions into customer experiences
 

Links

 

Spruiker Hire

Griffith Sciences

CCIQ

Bree James Pakmag

Bree James LinkedIn

Andrew Griffiths Website

Amplify Website

Nov 15, 2016

Do you ever wonder if you’re doing everything you can to boost sales in your business? If so, then you’re in luck because in this episode of Business over Breakfast Andrew and Bree are getting really into how to sell more stuff in business, busting the myth that sales is a dirty word and sharing great advice on what you can do to improve your sales technique.

 

Bree is back with Toaster Time and in this episode she’s interviewing Brad Rappell, the founding CEO of Cloud First - a company that helps organisations to harness the power of cloud technology to keep pace in their competitive industries. The guys are looking at ingenious business ideas from around the world in the Food for Thought section, plus loads more.  

 

Here’s just some of the things that Andrew and Bree get really deep into…

 
  • Passion sells - to be great at selling you have to be your no.1 biggest fan
  • Why you need to know about your competitors and how your business is unique
  • Spray and pray - steps to understanding your ideal client and target audience
  • How to make sure that your products are right for your customers
  • Ways for you to build credibility as a business owner
  • The art of the sales conversation and how it will help you to sell more
  • How to keep fine-tuning and updating your business in line with what your market wants from you
  • Brad Rappell’s 15 years experience as a leading tech guru, starting his first company at the age of 24 and working with over 100 brands
  • Andrew and Bree’s five top tips for increasing sales in your business
  • Smart business ideas from around the world
 

Links

Got Your Attention? by Sam Horn  

101 Ways to Sell More of Anything to Anyone by Andrew Griffiths

Cloud First

Griffith Sciences

CCIQ

Bree James Pakmag

Bree James LinkedIn

Andrew Griffiths Website

Amplify Website   

Nov 1, 2016

Welcome to the Business over Breakfast podcast and to celebrate international podcasting day Bree and Andrew are broadcasting this episode from Bali! And they’ve got a great show in store for you. They’re talking about what it means to be a good business today, in terms of living up to the expectations of your clients and your community. They get right into the details with this one and explain the positive impact that taking an interest in charities and causes can have on your business, and some practical tips on how you can go about doing it.

 

On top of that, Bree is talking with Chris Essex for this week’s instalment of Toaster Time. Chris is the managing director of Big Dog Pet Foods - a business with 30 employees that produces over 30 tonnes of raw pet food a week. Chris shares plenty of invaluable advice for small business owners. Also, the guys are back with Food for Thought, plus loads more!

 

This week Bree and Andrew are talking about…

 
  • Building corporate Karma and the Karma bank
  • Why our customers and community expect us to be a good business
  • The important role that small businesses play in local communities
  • The Thankyou group and the amazing work they’re doing
  • Why helping causes and communities is more than just throwing money at a problem for small businesses
  • Bree James’ Mobile Parents Room
  • Building a reputation for being fair
  • Following ethical guidelines as a small business
  • Being proud of what you’re doing and letting your customers know about it!
  • Chris Essex’s three pieces of advice for small business owners
  • Chris on the importance of keeping an eye on cash flow
  • Bree and Andrew’s five tips for a healthier business
 

Resources

 

Big Dog Pet Foods

St. John Ambulance Queensland

CCIQ

Bree James Pakmag

Bree James LinkedIn

Andrew Griffiths Website

Amplify Website   

Thankyou Group

Oct 15, 2016

If you ever have problems managing the money and numbers side of your business then this episode of Business over Breakfast is definitely for you. Knowing the costs, profit margins and handling expenses are all issues faced by small business owners on a daily basis, and this week Bree and Andrew are demystifying those areas and offering plenty of handy, actionable tips that you can start implementing straight away.

 

On top of that, Bree’s back with Toaster Time, and her guest is CCIQ member, Sarah Mak, Co-founder and Managing Director of The Story Boxes - an award winning business committed to telling and sharing wonderful stories. The guys also talk about some brilliantly innovative businesses in Food for Thought, plus loads more.

 

Here’s what is in store for you in this episode:

 

  • Why it’s essential to know how much it costs to run your business
  • Knowing your profit margins and setting prices based on them rather than on your competitors
  • Why you need to know when you’re getting paid
  • Having a handle across your top ten biggest expenses, and what it means for small business owners
  • The importance in telling your business’ story to the world
  • Advice on understanding the ‘Why’ in business
  • People buy from people - humanising your business and capitalising on that
  • Five top tips from Bree and Andrew on managing your money, from understanding your own books to methods for increasing cash flow



Resources

 

The Story Boxes

St. John Ambulance Queensland

CCIQ

Bree James Pakmag

Bree James LinkedIn

Andrew Griffiths Website

Amplify Website   

Unscramble Your Numbers by Amanda Fisher

Sep 30, 2016

Welcome to the fourth episode of Business over Breakfast sponsored by Resilium. In this show Andrew and Bree are talking team building. Of course, this is something that all small business owners will come up against at some point. The question is how do you know when you need to start hiring and which areas you need help with? Fortunately, Andrew and Bree are at hand with five actionable tips on how to answer these difficult questions around growth and team.

 

Bree’s out and about again interviewing another CCIQ member. This time, she talks with the co-founder and director of GBR Helicopters, Chris Cooper. Chris shares his company’s incredible journey as well as a few lessons in business including spreading the workload and effective use of assets.  

 

As always, Andrew and Bree take a look at three smart business ideas from across the globe, plus loads more. Enjoy!

 

In this episode Andrew and Bree talk about:

 

  • How to know when you need to start hiring in your business
  • Why team-building can decrease the stress and workload across your business
  • Ways to outsource your business growth using freelancers
  • How to recruit - traditional and innovative methods
  • Looking for talent within your team
  • Offering rewards and ramifications
  • Knowing exactly who to employ when filling a position
  • Keeping on top of your team mood
  • Culture within a business team
  • The delicate balance of a team environment and how to avoid disrupting it
  • Making sure your employees know exactly what’s expected of them

 

Links

 

Resilium

CCIQ

GBR Helicopters

Bree James Pakmag

Bree James LinkedIn

Andrew Griffiths Website

Amplify Website   

Sep 14, 2016

Episode 3 - Five Steps in Becoming More Productive in Business

 

Welcome to the third episode of Business over Breakfast, sponsored by Resilium Insurance. This week, Bree and Andrew are talking productivity. This is a problem shared by many small business owners, and lots of them have no idea how to tackle productivity problems in the first place. Bree and Andrew share their thoughts as well as their very own five productivity powerups, to help you identify and overcome problems with self-motivation in business.

 

Bree is back with Toaster Time, and her special CCIQ guest this week is Dominic Holland, the founder of tow.co.au - Australia’s first and only national towing company.

 

On top of that, Bree and Andrew share three more out-of-the-box business ideas in the Food for Thought section, as well as plenty more that’s certain to get you buzzing with heaps of great business ideas.

 

In this episode, Bree and Andrew talk about:

 

  • How you can get more stuff done
  • Top tips on productivity
  • Why you need to rein in the time you spend on social media and email
  • Where to start when becoming more productive
  • How to identify problems with productivity in business     
  • Planning out your day properly
  • Using software to save time and become more efficient
  • Rituals and routines
  • How you sometimes need to get less productive in order to become more productive in the long-run
  • How outsourcing can help you
  • The art of self-management
  • Learning from others in business
  • How Dominic Holland went from being a software engineer to founding Australia’s first national towing company
  • Dominic’s biggest challenges and lessons in business

 

 

Links

 

Resilium

Tow.com.au

CCIQ

Bree James Pakmag

Bree James LinkedIn

Andrew Griffiths Website

Amplify Website   

Books

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

The ONE Thing

How to be a Productivity Ninja

Blog

Lifehack.org

Webinar

The Ultimate Productivity Webinar

Software

Xero

Aug 31, 2016

Hello and welcome to the second episode of Business over Breakfast, sponsored by Auswide Bank. In this show, Andrew and Bree are up early as usual to share with you some great advice on how to stay motivated as an entrepreneur and small business owner. Together, they talk about their own experiences dealing with motivation and run through five tips on what to do when you’re feeling de-motivated and without your mojo, as well as five more on staying motivated.

 

As always, Bree is off and about interviewing a special CCIQ member for the Toaster Time section. In this episode, she talks with Bernard Schreiber, managing director of Scody Performance - an amazing Brisbane-based business that provides sportswear to elite athletes including the Australian cycling team.

 

Andrew and Bree reveal three more weird and wonderful businesses in the Food for Thought section, which are bound to inspire you into some out-of-the-box thinking, plus loads more.

 

In this episode, Andrew and Bree talk about:

 

  • How staying motivated can be particularly challenging for small business owners
  • The importance of pushing yourself
  • Dealing with uncertainty and unexpected curveballs
  • Why staying motivated is important for you and your team
  • What you can do to get your mojo back!
  • What Bree and Andrew do when they’re in a de-motivated slump
  • Bernard Schreiber’s business journey
  • Bernard’s biggest lessons learned so far in business
  • Why having the right people in place makes everything in business easier
  • Top, actionable tips on staying motivated as a business owner     
  • The importance in recognising your achievements when moving forward

 

Links

Scody Performance

Auswide bank

CCIQ

Bree James Pakmag

Bree James LinkedIn

Andrew Griffiths Website

Amplify Website   

Aug 12, 2016

In this episode of Business over Breakfast sponsored by Auswide bank, Bree and Andrew cover a load of topics starting with the understated importance of cross-industry innovation. This is a seriously cool idea for learning from other businesses outside of your own industry, and Bree and Andrew explain how you can capitalise on it.

 

The episode also features the podcast’s very first interview. Bree goes out and chats with Oliver James, founder of Caffiend. Caffiend is a killer cafe based in Cairns that prides itself on exceptional coffee, big flavour food and an innovative atmosphere. Oliver prides himself on being a real coffee aficionado and has even traveled to Ethiopia in search of inspiration for the perfect blend. And his efforts are really paying off as Caffiend is generating some serious buzz.

 

As always, Bree and Andrew share five top tips that you can take away and action straightaway, this time on the art of time management. They also talk about three left-field businesses that are pushing the idea of niche to the extreme.

 

Here are just a few of the key topics that Bree and Andrew get really into:

  • How cross-industry innovation can really help small to medium sized businesses
  • The art of asking better questions
  • Adopting different ideas
  • Oliver James’ - the founder of Caffiend - journey and how he became an expert in coffee, food presentation and the perfect hipster look
  • How having a business mentor can help entrepreneurs who are just getting started to overcome some of the more difficult hurdles
  • Becoming successful through sharing ideas and being open
  • The importance in having trust in yourself, especially when it comes to decision making
  • Tips on how to break down tasks
  • Managing meetings better
  • Bree and Andrew’s advice on batch working days
  • How to avoid distractions at work

 

Links

Caffiend  

Book - Not Invented Here: Cross-Industry Innovation

Auswide bank

CCIQ

Bree James Pakmag

Bree James LinkedIn

Andrew Griffiths Website

Amplify Website   

Aug 12, 2016

Welcome to the inaugural episode of Business over Breakfast, a brand new, weekly podcast series sponsored by CCIQ (Chamber of Commerce & Industry Queensland) and presented by Bree James and Andrew Griffiths. Bree and Andrew are both experts in their fields, sharing 50 years of experience as small business owners between them. Throughout this series they’re going to be having a look at what new and innovative things are happening globally, as well as sharing heaps of killer tips and ideas that will practically help you and your business. Along the way, they’re going to be talking to some key figures in businesses who are also CCIQ members, so you’re guaranteed to come away with plenty of takeaways from every episode.

 

To get things rolling, in this first show Andrew and Bree are talking about the small business space. This is an area that is in a constant state of flux, particularly right now, and it can be difficult for entrepreneurs to know how to best utilise the wealth of technology at their disposal. Andrew and Bree talk about some key points that are vital for small business owners, share five top tips that you can go away and action, and run through a list of three weird and wonderful businesses that may just provide you with that all important spark of inspiration.

 

Relax, pour yourself a coffee and enjoy the episode.

 

In this show Bree and Andrew talk about:

 

  • How to select the right technology for you and your business
  • Killer tips on how to create engagement with an audience
  • Tips on staying connected with your clients across a variety of different mediums
  • The importance of understanding your audience
  • Why low prices aren’t as important as high quality
  • The rise of the hipster and what that means for small businesses
  • The role of CCIQ - who’s it for and can it help you?
  • Why you need to understand and leverage your niche
  • Advice on how to make your customers feel valued
  • Communication as one of the biggest areas of dissatisfaction with customers, and how you and your business can capitalise on that
  • The importance of personal touch and how you can use it in business

 

Links

 

CCIQ

Bree James Pakmag

Bree James LinkedIn

Andrew Griffiths Website

Amplify Website

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