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Welcome to Change Your Mindset (formerly known as Improv Is No Joke) where it is all about believing that strong communication skills are the best way in delivering your technical accounting knowledge and growing your business. The way of building stronger communication skills is by embracing the principles of applied improvisation. Your host is Peter Margaritis, CPA a.k.a. The Accidental Accountant, will interview financial professionals and business leaders to find their secret in building stronger relationships with their clients, customers, associates, and peers, all the while, growing their businesses.

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Welcome to Change Your Mindset (formerly known as Improv Is No Joke) where it is all about believing that strong communication skills are the best way in delivering your technical accounting knowledge and growing your business. The way of building stronger communication skills is by embracing the principles of applied improvisation. Your host is Peter Margaritis, CPA a.k.a. The Accidental Accountant, will interview financial professionals and business leaders to find their secret in building stronger relationships with their clients, customers, associates, and peers, all the while, growing their businesses.

    How to be Persuasive, Not Abrasive with Russ Riddle

    How to be Persuasive, Not Abrasive with Russ Riddle

    Do you cringe when you hear the word ‘negotiation?’
    Russ Riddle is known as the Anomaly at Law because he’s down to earth, clearly communicates, and lavishes others with levity. He has practiced marriage for 37 years, law for 29, fatherhood for 28, and braved adventures as a juvenile probation officer and professional speaker. His love of levity stems in part from an intellectual property law practice that has served such clients as Barney, Bob the Builder, Thomas the Tank Engine, and the voices of Jimmy Neutron and Larry the Cucumber. We talk about what it takes to be a successful negotiator, what “success” actually means in that context, and how to make the whole process less intimidating.

    To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: petermargaritis.com

    Resources:

    russriddle.com

    Read: "Persuasive vs. Abrasive"


    Read: "Lawyer Up - The Smart Way"



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    • 52 min
    Financial Leadership

    Financial Leadership

    Why is it that CFOs so often struggle to be understood?
    First, CFOs speak in the foreign language of accounting. If they are not able to translate accounting jargon into English, then the people they work for will not understand the significance of what they are saying. Second, accounting has an image problem for non-accountants. It’s an image full of pages of mind-numbing numbers that make no sense, leading to ‘listener shut-down’ and creating a phenomenon that, in turn, leads to lack of accounting acumen within your organization.
    What is the antidote to this mind-numbing issue? Leadership.
    To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: petermargaritis.com

    Resources:
    S3E30. How to Cut the Right Expenses & Make Your Balance Sheet a Fortress with Ken “Mr. Biz” Wentworth

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    • 15 min
    Choose Respect Over Drama with Lauren Schieffer

    Choose Respect Over Drama with Lauren Schieffer

    Do you want to dump the drama, increase production, and lift morale? Do you want to have more engaged employees or members? How well do you handle conflict within your organization? Are you and your team having respectful communication with each other?
    Lauren Schieffer can address all of those questions and more. She’s the daughter of an Air Force officer, and she grew up being uprooted and relocated every couple of years. This experience imbued her with profound independence and the ability to adapt to changing circumstances. The lessons she learned from growing up have helped her make smart decisions and overcome adversity with humility and a sense of humor.

    To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: petermargaritis.com

    Resources:

    laurenschieffer.com

    Lauren’s books: laurenschieffer.com/laurens-book


    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/laurenannschieffer


    Instagram: @laurenschieffer



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    • 47 min
    Six Stress Busters That Work

    Six Stress Busters That Work

    Stress is part of our everyday lives, and it can come from so many sources: the daily frustrations of life, our jobs, our relationships, or just the ubiquitous challenges of living through a global pandemic. But stress isn’t always bad — it can motivate us into action. And even in those situations that might initially seem like the negative kind of stress, you have the power to turn it into something positive. And I have found that having an improvisor’s mindset can help you take on the stress that comes with your job, family, and just the day-to-day responsibilities of life.

    To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: petermargaritis.com

    Resources:
    10 Reasons Why Humor Is A Key To Success At Work

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    • 13 min
    Illuminating Women’s Financial Wellness with Heather Ettinger

    Illuminating Women’s Financial Wellness with Heather Ettinger

    Heather Ettinger is the author of “Lumination: Shining a Light on A Woman’s Journey to Financial Wellness.” As a champion for women and girls for over 30 years, Heather is widely recognized for her dedication to helping women build their financial acumen and wealth, culminating in the founding of Luma Wealth Advisors in 2017. She specializes in helping clients align their resources around their family values to create impact in their communities — shattering old-school beliefs about women and finances in the process. 
    To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: petermargaritis.com

    Resources:

    heatherettinger.com

    lumawealth.com

    Read: “Lumination: Shining a Light on A Woman’s Journey to Financial Wellness”



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    • 54 min
    Successful Negotiating in Corporate America

    Successful Negotiating in Corporate America

    What do you feel when you hear the word, negotiate? Dread, Anxiety, Excitement? Do you believe that negotiation skills can be taught? Do you agree with this statement – “we negotiate all the time?” Have you ever searched Google asking one or more of these questions: 

    What skill is the most helpful during a negotiation? 

    How does ego play a role in negotiating? 

    What role does leverage play during negotiations?


    I will address all of these questions, and how the world of IMPROV can help make you a much better negotiator, and more, in this episode.

    To learn more, and for the complete show notes, visit: petermargaritis.com

    Resources:
    Read: “The Art of Negotiation: How to Improvise Agreement in a Chaotic World”


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    • 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
37 Ratings

37 Ratings

JoshCrist ,

Entertaining, insightful and actionable! 🔥

Whether you’re well established running your own accounting firm, or just getting started carving out a profitable niche that’s ready to grow - this is a must-listen podcast for you! Peter does an incredible job leading conversations that cover a huge breadth of topics related to the ins and outs of building a thriving practice, and life you can be proud of - with leaders who are actually in the field themselves. Highly recommend listening and subscribing!

Margote18 ,

Best Interviewer Peter Margaritas

What a delight to speak with Peter Margaritis. I felt so comfortable and relaxed chatting with you on our mutual favorite topic, Improvisational Theater and applied applications of Improv. I love all your podcasts! Thanks for having me as a guest!

Bore no more ,

Great personality AND great ideas

Thank you Peter for sharing your gifted ability to bring out the best in others.
Keep the great guests and ideas flowing.

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