Business in Real Life is hosted by Debbie DeChambeau of Select Business Team. The conversations are about running a business, either as an owner or as someone responsible for business development. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Some episodes are interviews with business owners sharing their struggles and successes along with valuable industry information. Other episodes are packed full of practical strategies for building, maintaining and growing a business. This show will provide you with insights to business issues that impact your success and most importantly, your bottom line.
Radiance IP Law
EP # 37 BUSINESS AND MARKETING PODCAST WITH RADIANCE HARRIS
Are you leaving money on the table for your competitors?
If you are a business owner or thinking about going into business, this topic is something you need to be aware of. We are talking about protecting your Intellectual Property. Our guest, Radiance Harris is an award winning attorney and specializes in this niche area of law. So think about your business name, your logo, the content you create. What would happen to your business if someone decided to use it?
Companies are out there protecting their intellectual property every day. One big area that you’ll find companies that protect their photographs.
Did you know that there are programs that search the internet to see if you are using someone else’s pictures without their permission? Companies protect their pictures by sending letters whenever they find someone that has used an image without permission.
One company hired person to help with website graphics. Without checking on the sources of the pictures, they went up on the company website. Then they received a letter demanding over $15,000. For unauthorized use of the pictures. He was eventually able to negotiate the fee down to $3,000. But that was a costly mistake for a new employee to make. Many people don’t know this is an issue, but it is.
Radiance Harris has been practicing IP law for nearly a decade. She is different than many attorneys because her pricing is based on packages. Decide what you need and you can see on her website what it will cost you. It’s a unique model for a law firm and we talk about why she set up her practice this way as well.
QUESTIONS WE ASK RADIANCE
What is intellectual property?Why does a company need to protect their IPWhat happens if a company just puts a ™ after their content?How likely is a business to be sued if they violate a trademark or copyright?
RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO YOU
Are you interested in learning more about Select Business Team? Check out where we have teams. If we don’t have one in your area, we can help you start one in your area. Give us a call to discuss further at 301-996-2328 or schedule a meeting on our calendar Click here to access calendar Sponsor information: Connect with our sponsor Brandon Frye at Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
ABOUT OUR GUEST - RADIANCE HARRIS
Radiance Harris is the founder of Radiance IP Law. Her firm specializes in protecting intellectual property. Connect with Radiance:
Radiance IP Law WebsiteFacebookTwitter - @radianceharrisInstagram - @radianceharris
ABOUT THE HOST
This episode of the Business of Insurance is produced and hosted by Debbie DeChambeau, CIC, AAI, CPIA. Debbie is an insurance agent with an extensive business and marketing background. Her focus is helping insurance professionals be more successful. She is the co-author of Renewable Referrals and hosts two other podcasts The Business of Insurance and Divorce Exposed. Connect with Debbie on LinkedIn, Twitter or Instagram.
Electric Advisors – The Money Saving Business Service
EPISODE 36 WITH RUSSELL LACEY OF ELECTRIC ADVISORS
Thank you for joining us today for episode 36 of the the Business In Real Life podcast. Our guest is Russell Lacey of Electric Advisors.
This is an unusual conversation in that it’s more educational about his business than information about how to be successful in some capacity. For some of you, it might even come across as boring, but trust me when I say it’s information that many business owners might not be aware of.
If you aren’t a business owner listening to this, but you work with business owners, then you will also want to hear this because you can share the knowledge with your clients and prospects and position yourself as a valuable resource. If you want to reach out to Russell, his contact information is in the show notes, or you can search for ElectricAdvisors.com and you’ll find him on the website.
We have a lot of listeners from around the world so I’m not sure this information will apply outside of the US and for that I apologize.
This conversation was recorded in 2018 but isn’t being released until 2019. If you listened to the episode about rebranding, I discussed my struggle with the podcast name...and as a result, I didn’t release many episodes in 2018. Russell got slighted in that struggle I was having but that doesn’t mean the conversation isn’t important.
I’ve known Russell for close to 20 years and watched him build this business from the beginning. As social media was taking off, I’d offer suggestions on how he could leverage it. Like many businesses, he went through a trial and error period, figuring out what was working and what wasn’t in the digital space.
In this episode he talks about what he’s doing today for business development and I think you’ll be surprised at what is working!
We start the conversation with him talking about his business.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:
How an energy broker can help small to midsize businesses save on energy costs
Old fashioned outreach tactics that work
How to educate your customers when they don’t know they need you
ABOUT OUR GUEST – RUSSELL LACEY
Russell Lacey is the President of Electric Advisors. Learn more at electricadvisors.com
Connect with him:
Twitter - @eapowerchoice
ABOUT THE HOST
This episode of Business In Real Life is produced and hosted by Debbie DeChambeau. She is the owner of Select Business Team, llc and has an extensive background in insurance, business and marketing. Her focus is helping insurance professionals be more successful. She is the co-author of Renewable Referrals and hosts two other podcasts The Business of Insurance and Divorce Exposed. Connect with Debbie on LinkedIn, Twitter or Instagram or follow FB business page at Select Business Team.
Who Is Your Coach?
EPISODE 35 DO YOU HAVE A COACH?
If you thought you were listening to the Select Business Team podcast, we changed the name of the podcast and we are now Business In real life. Listen to the last episode # 34 and we explained why we are rebranding.
It’s a new year and if you are like most people you’ve done your planning, written down your goals and you’ll go back to work energized. If you are in sales, you’ll start prospecting, if you are in business, you’re excited with about the new opportunities in front of you. We all start with a clean slate with every intention of making a difference and achieving new results.
What I see happen so often is the energy that we feel at the beginning of the year quickly gets rerouted. Problems arise, we fall back into our routine, objections get difficult to overcome and at some point, our balloon pops!
It’s like people who set the goal of going to the gym regularly. Usually within 2 months, that’s completely derailed.
I’m not trying to be negative, just realistic. I want to see you succeed. I want to see you be just as energized in May as you are in January.
So what is the solution?
It’s simple. Everyone needs a coach.
I know this might sound odd, but it’s true! Did you play sports growing up and have a coach that inspired you, showed you ways to improve your strategy and hold you accountable. What happened if you didn’t show up for practice? If you make a bad play, what happens? The coach pulls you through and provides the guidance to make a difference the next time!
Why is adult life any different? Being a business owner is hard. You are wearing many hats and juggling a lot of tasks. There is a lot to learn and with the rapid pace that technology is changing, there is even more to keep up with. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed. To let things slip and not achieve the results you had intended.
Sales is a constant motivation game. You have to show up every day ready to give it 150%. That’s hard for some people to do on their own. If you have a sales manager who acts as your coach, you are ahead of most people in sales. Most sales managers have their own book of business to pursue, they have to juggle multiple hats and as much as they want you to succeed, they hired you to make it happen. Most are reactive, not pro-active. If you want to be super successful, you need someone to be proactive and inspiring.
Sales is a contact sport.
How many people can you touch in a day. Rejection can be hard. Your coach can help you be the best that you can be!
A few people can go it alone and do really well. But for the most part, the ones that are really successful have a coach.
If you really want to succeed in 2019, find yourself a coach. Find someone that will hold you accountable, someone that will keep you focused and someone that will inspire you. Someone that will pull you up when you are sinking and share new ideas to push you forward
Coaches are everywhere today.
The key is to find one that you feel comfortable with, who is different than you are but understands what you are going through. Try them out for a few weeks and if you aren’t feeling the love, find another! Your success could depend on it!
If you don’t have the budget to hire a coach, consider joining a mastermind or starting your own. Look at it as a board of advisors, other professionals who are meeting to share ideas, hold each other accountable and create new opportunities together.
At my company, Select Business Team, that’s what we do. We can work with you one on one, but that’s not our strength. I believe the real value for business owners and those responsible for business development comes from being part of a team of other professionals that you can learn from. The bigger value is learning something that can sa...
EPISODE 34 BRANDING AND REBRANDING
You see, after this episode, the Select Business Podcast is rebranding and will have a new name and a new iTunes Graphic.
This podcast was started as a way to promote members and clients of my company, Select Business Team. At Select, or as it has been nicknamed, SBT, we host business roundtables. Meetings where different professionals come together and talk about different aspects of business development.
Our members include employees and owners, professionals and those in sales. Most of our members are in service businesses such as lawyers, accountants and real estate, but we also have some other industries represented.
The Original Intent
When the podcast was started, it was truly designed as a way to interview members and help to promote them. After all, we’ve had almost 10,000 downloads so someone is listening!
Initially a few of them jumped on board, but since many of them don’t listen to podcasts, it was hard to have them see the value of being a guest. It’s almost been like pulling teeth to get some members on as guests, so recording has been slow.
Earlier in 2018 we sent out an email to our list of non members, looking for guests and had several people sign up for an interview.
Apologizing About The Name
As a podcaster, I am very active in the podcast community. I host a monthly meetup in Maryland and I speak to organizations about podcasting. When I am asked about the name of my own podcasts, I always apologize about the name of this one.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the name of my company. Its reflective of what we do but I don’t love the name of it for a podcast.
So after many months of struggling with this, the decision was made to change the name.
Business In Real Life
The new name, Business In Real Life, is reflective of the conversations we’ve been having at Select but allows me to still be happy when I say the name of my podcast.
If you didn’t know, I actually have two other podcasts, of which I never apologize about their name. One is Divorce Exposed, the other The Business of Insurance.
I didn’t come up with the name, Business In Real Life on my own and I want to give credit where it is due. A few years ago, I was going to start another business with the same name with another woman who I adore and together we came up with this name.
Unfortunately, my life took a downward turn and I couldn't move forward with anything new and left her hanging. It is something I have regretted but emotionally I wasn’t in a good place and couldn’t do anything. I haven’t really talked about this period in my life publicly too much because I’m just now coming out of it. Maybe on another show i will.
But Lori Gartenhaus and I collaborated on this idea and the graphics that we are using for the re brand. She’s an amazing individual and one of my regrets is not being able to move forward with her.
For those of you listening in the DMV area, if you have heard of Gartenhaus Furs, that was her family company. She sold it a few years ago and now does a lot of business consulting. If you ever have the opportunity to work with her, your investment will be worthwhile!
The new name, Business In Real Life, will be the same format as before, just a new name. As we move forward with making the change, we hope that you will continue to listen and share the show with your business colleagues.
If you are a business owner and interested in being a guest, reach out to me at email@example.com with a summary of what you’d like to talk about. I really want to mix things up and know that this is the right path forward.
Of course, if you want to check out my other podcasts,
EP 33 The Benefits Of Mediation With Ellen Kandell
BUSINESS AND MARKETING PODCAST WITH ELLEN KANDELL
Today we are talking about the important stuff in a business - conflict in the workplace, sexual harassment and mediation with Ellen Kandall who is a litigator turned mediator and trainer. Our conversation starts with how people in her position can help an organization but once we get to sexual harassment, the conversation gets really valuable. Maybe I’m a little biased because it’s my podcast, but honestly this is important stuff and not enough people are educated on what to do.
Ellen is a former member of Select Business Team and joined when we first started back in the early 2000’s. Over time, her business has evolved, and being part of a weekly meeting didn’t fit her training schedule.
During the conversation, we spent a few minutes talking about how she has transformed herself from being a practicing lawyer to helping with facilitation and conflict resolution and providing sexual harassment training. In my opinion, this conversation is powerful and essential for every business owner to hear.
QUESTIONS WE ASK ELLEN
Dealing with conflict in the office environment and using a mediator to create resolution
How do families and companies benefit from using a neutral party for dealing with difficult situations
What type of impact is there on HR departments that use a mediator for handling conflicts
Describe what is involved in sexual harassment training
Explain a team effectiveness survey?
How is a workplace climate report beneficial to organizations?
MEDIATION AND OTHER THINGS YOU’LL LEARN FROM LISTENING
How Mediation, arbitration, Facilitation and Training can benefit an organization in the area of conflict resolution
Creating systems and outsourcing projects to create a more functional business
Typical business challenge of marketing
The difference between mediation and arbitration
Different aspects of Sexual harassment and bullying training
What companies need to consider if there is a hostile working environment
How to engage employees in conflict resolution
RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO YOU
Heroic Public Speaking - We briefly talked about this organization during the conversation. If you are looking to polish your skills as a speaker/trainer, this is a great program to attend. They have a conference each fall which is usually in Philadelphia. You might also want to check out his book, Steal The Show which provides great insights into speaking. Check it out. You won't be disappointed. This is my affiliate link, which means I'll earn a few dollars if you buy from this link...but you own't pay more for the book if you buy it this way!
Book Yourself Solid - Is another book by Michael Port. It was published in the early 2000's and it's a great read. This is my affiliate link, which means I'll earn a few dollars if you buy from this link...but you own't pay more for the book if you buy it this way!
We talked about doing presentations and I mentioned Joey Coleman and his workshop on presentations. His book, Never Lose A Customer Again: Turn Any Sale Into Lifelong Loyalty In 100 Days, gets rave reviews. Check it out. Like with Book Yourself Solid, this is my affiliate link, which means I'll earn a few dollars if you buy from this link...but you own't pay more for the book if you buy it this way!
SELECT BUSINESS TEAM
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EP 32 Women Speak With Ansylla Ramsey
BUSINESS AND MARKETING PODCAST WITH ANSYLLA RAMSEY
My guest, Ansylla Ramsey, is venturing into a new career - opening a speaking circle just for women. You'll learn what this is and how it will benefit women who participate. Starting a new venture can be difficult and we talk about some of the challenges Ansylla has in front of her and her plan to overcome them. I love the idea of the organization she is now a part of and if it goes as planned, it can help a lot of women.
Analyse has been training hairstylists in different continents for the past 20 years and found this new position in an ad on Instagram. After investigating, she went through the training and now she is launching her new platform.
There is always a risk and it takes a leap of faith to join a young company. The learning curve and frustrations can be huge so I think it will be fun to check in with her in a few months to see where she is with the new venture and the lessons learned.
QUESTIONS WE ASK ANSYLLA ABOUT WOMEN SPEAK
What are Womens Speak Circles?
How is your organization different from Toastmasters?
What are you doing to find clients for a new business?
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN FROM LISTENING
Ideas for building self confidence
Finding a new career after teaching hairstylists in 3 continents
Getting involved in a speaking group that focuses on women
RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO YOU
Are you interested in learning more about Select Business Team? Check out where we have teams. If we don’t have one in your area, we can help you start one in your area. Click here to schedule a call so we can discuss further
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ABOUT OUR GUEST - ANSYLLA RAMSEY
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The real deal
After meeting Debbie at a live event, I just had ot check out here podcast. I'm hooked. Engaging, entertaining, and actionable.
Great nuggets of information
Invest the time to help your business soar. Thanks for sharing such great information.
Great Listen for Small Business Owners and Sales Professionals
Business development isn't just about giving someone your card and hoping they refer to you. There is so much that I am still learning about growing my business and being a valuable strategic partner. Thanks to Debbie DeChambeau and Select Business Team, I make growing my business a priority. I appreciate that she brings sales professionals together and offers us a new forum for getting the word out also.