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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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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

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