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Instantly Actionable Small Business Strategies with a Pop Culture Spin

Join non-sleazy sales specialist Annie P. Ruggles and highly successful but utterly relatable guests as they decode the marketing, mindset, sales, and success hacks hidden within beloved movies, tv, music, books, and more.

Often goofy but never fluffy, each episode ends with easy-to-implement homework that will leave you feeling delightfully legit.

New episodes drop every Monday.

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    • 5.0 • 93 Ratings

Instantly Actionable Small Business Strategies with a Pop Culture Spin

Join non-sleazy sales specialist Annie P. Ruggles and highly successful but utterly relatable guests as they decode the marketing, mindset, sales, and success hacks hidden within beloved movies, tv, music, books, and more.

Often goofy but never fluffy, each episode ends with easy-to-implement homework that will leave you feeling delightfully legit.

New episodes drop every Monday.

    On Big Leaps, Busywork & Elton John (feat. Bri Seeley)

    On Big Leaps, Busywork & Elton John (feat. Bri Seeley)

    Are you stuck on the "rollercoaster of inconsistent income?" We all know entrepreneurship is a marathon, not a sprint, but it can feel extra cumbersome when we're stuck in a marketing rut, drowning in admin tasks, or struggling to close new deals. How can we maintain momentum when times are good, and shake things up when they go stale again?

    This week, Annie P. is joined by award-winning entrepreneurship coach, TEDx speaker, and all-around powerhouse, Bri Seeley. Bri has a twofold challenge for listeners: 1. go bold already, and 2. focus on revenue. She breaks down why and how to do this (and accidentally brainstorms like 4 books in the process) before diving into a puddle of fangirling with Annie. What can we all learn from the living legend, tenacious talent, and larger-than-life moxie of The Rocket Man himself, Sir Elton Hercules John?

    What's Inside:
    0:00 - Intro & Theme
    2:27 - Main Interview with Bri
    33:24 - Elton John Tie-in
    51:24 - Final Thought & Homework

    *Parentpreneur advisory: this episode contains colorful language.

    Connect with Bri through her website and Instagram.
    Don't forget to check out her podcast, Success Becomes Me.

    This episode joins the fabulous Legitimate Divas playlist, featuring business lessons from Cher, Lady Gaga, and more. Find them all at https://lnns.co/-NvLcgxPZT4.

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    LAST CHANCE: In other thrilling news, Annie P. Ruggles has been nominated for Best Business Coach of 2022. If this show brightens your week or lightens your load, please vote for Annie at https://thebestofsmallbusinessawards.com/ between now and 12/9/22. ***

    • 55 min
    ICYMI: The Business of Fandom: Live from FAN EXPO Chicago 2022

    ICYMI: The Business of Fandom: Live from FAN EXPO Chicago 2022

    Holy heck! Annie P. Ruggles' strategy novella and companion guide, "The Coach Who Would Not Sell" comes out today! To mark the occasion (and give Annie a bit of a break), we're bringing back our 1st ever LIVE episode - recorded on the floor of Chicago's Comic Con. Enjoy this wonder of an episode - and then redeem your free copy of "The Coach Who Would Not Sell" at SellCoachSell.com. Use the Special Access Code TLTQSentMe.
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    It's the very first special episode of TLTQ - and it's a glorious nerdfest. Annie P. Ruggles recently brought her brand of entrepreneurial enthusiasm to the show floor at FAN EXPO Chicago and sat down with 14 phenomenal makers to discuss life at the intersection of art, business, pop culture, and sales. How did they find their own style in a sea of similarity? How has their own fandom inspired their work? How have they built community around shared passions? Let's find out.

    What's inside:
    0:00 Theme Song & Introduction
    3:13 Alexandra Brodt Illustration (www.alexandrabrodt.com)
    8:35 Andrew Heath Design + Illustration (www.andrew-heath.com)
    11:09 Brianne Adelman of FrankenWerks Studios (www.frankenwerksstudios.com)
    16:16 Darryl Young Design (www.darrylyoungdesign.com)
    19:23 Drew Blank, Arter & Writist (www.drewblank.com)
    25:38 Marcelo Biott (www.themarcelo.com)
    30:55 Marcus Currie of Soul Bullet Entertainment (soul-bullet-entertainment.square.site)
    33:26 Meg Earhart of Sparkle! Designs (www.shopsparkledesigns.com)
    38:49 Minerva Fox (www.artbyminervafox.com)
    41:50 Red Harkinson of Red Den Studio (www.facebook.com/RedDenStudio)
    45:20 Rob Hogan (robhogan.me)
    59:31 Tabitha Minnich of Geeky Girl Stitches (www.facebook.com/geekygirlstitches)
    1:01:59 Tina Isola (www.tinaisola.com)
    1:04:49 Tony Moy (www.tonymoy.art)
    1:11:50 Final Thought & Homework

    *** for a visual companion to this episode, including much of the art mentioned, visit https://www.anniepruggles.com/blog/FANEXPO2022***

    This episode contains over 40 pop culture mentions including Lore Olympus, Lord of the Rings, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Godzilla, the Nintendo Gameboy, Ghostbusters, Mad Max: Fury Road, Aliens, Beetlejuice, SNL's Mr. Bill, Jack Kirby, Empire Records, Parks and Recreation, News Radio, tick, tick...BOOM!, The Muppet Show, Heathers, Clue, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Twilight, My Fair Lady, Dear Evan Hanson, Hans Christian Andersen, Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon, Vincent Van Gogh, The Powerpuff Girls, Elden Ring/Dark Souls, The MCU, Doctor Who, Andy Warhol, Moulin Rouge, Toulouse-Lautrec, Pokemon, My Neighbor Totoro, Star Wars’ Ahsoka Tano, Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Highlander, Spiderman, and The X-Men. Annie conducted most of the interviews while cosplaying as Grandma Yetta from The Nanny.

    Huge thanks to Jerry Milani and the FAN EXPO PR team for this opportunity. They put on a helluva show all over the US and Canada. For more information, head to FANEXPOHQ.com

    *Parentpreneur advisory: this episode contains a few bits of colorful language.

    • 1 hr 17 min
    On Enthusiasm, SEO, and The A-Team (feat. Seth Goldstein)

    On Enthusiasm, SEO, and The A-Team (feat. Seth Goldstein)

    We all know mindset is a critical tool for entrepreneurs - but is your mindset working harmoniously with your marketing, and vice versa? In the struggle to break through the noise and reach potential buyers, how do we ensure our audience feels individually seen, safe, and supported - even in campaigns as impersonal as our SEO?

    This week, Annie P. is joined by her brother-in-exuberance, SEO expert, and super-connector Seth Goldstein. Seth is a marketing master and has his own recipe for showing up in a memorable, unique, and entirely genuine way. He brings a boatload of information about Imposter Syndrome, Buyer Personas, and the traps we fall into when we play small or get too loud. Then, what marketing, mindset, and project management tips can be gleaned from the 80s sensation, The A-Team? I pity the fool who doesn't listen and find out!

    What's Inside:
    0:00 - Intro & Theme
    2:01 - Main Interview with Seth
    46:46 - The A-Team tie-in
    59:46 - Final Thought & Homework

    *Parentpreneur advisory: this episode contains colorful language.

    Connect with Seth through his website and LinkedIn.
    Don't forget to check out his podcast, Entrepreneur's Enigma!

    This episode joins the fabulous Legitimate 80s playlist, featuring business lessons from Pee-Wee, Ferris Bueller, Coming to American and more. Find them all at https://lnns.co/ofgZcUk-6Ns.

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    In other thrilling news, Annie P. Ruggles has been nominated for Best Business Coach of 2022. If this show brightens your week or lightens your load, please vote for Annie at https://thebestofsmallbusinessawards.com/ between now and 12/9/22. ***

    • 1 hr 2 min
    On Leaders, Role Models & Scandal (feat. Kristen Edwards)

    On Leaders, Role Models & Scandal (feat. Kristen Edwards)

    What the heck does it actually mean to be a "natural leader?" And, if you're an un-natural leader, are you just out of luck? For being an isolated endeavor, solopreneurship sure demands a lot of people-wrangling. What skills do you actually need to motivate your clients and team members? And how can you stay motivated when your people get on your last nerve?

    This week, Annie P. is joined by the brilliant Kristen Edwards. As a success coach, HR professional, and Enneagram expert, Kristen knows a thing or two about what makes people tick - and how to best encourage them to get shizz done. Then, Kristen shares some tips from the playbook of problem-solver extraordinaire, Olivia Pope.

    What's Inside:
    0:00 - Intro & Theme
    1:38 - Main Interview with Kristen
    32:05 - Scandal tie-in
    50:50 - Final Thought & Homework

    *Parentpreneur advisory: this episode contains colorful language.

    Connect with Kristen through her website and Instagram.
    Don't forget to check out her podcast, Amplify Ambition!
    Unsure what your Enneagram type is? Kristen recommends this assessment.

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    In other thrilling news, Annie P. Ruggles has been nominated for Best Business Coach of 2022. If this show brightens your week or lightens your load, please vote for Annie at https://thebestofsmallbusinessawards.com/ between now and 12/9/22. ***

    • 55 min
    On First Impressions, Bad Clients & Avatar: The Last Airbender (feat. Damion Taylor)

    On First Impressions, Bad Clients & Avatar: The Last Airbender (feat. Damion Taylor)

    So - what do we do about the "just not your people" people? The bad fits? The awkward encounters? And - on the flipside - how can we ask for and receive support without feeling clingy, desperate, or amateur? It's time for a dose of entrepreneurial reality - but don't fret. We talk about a kids show at the end.

    This week, Annie P. is joined by the fabulous, endlessly talented Damion Taylor. Fresh off the debut of his own animated pilot (on top of approximately a zillion other projects), Damion knows a thing or two about boundaries, creative egos, representation, and chasing outcomes. Then, the episode collapses into a surprisingly actionable lovefest for arguably the most profound animated series of all time - Avatar: The Last Airbender. Flame-o, Hotman!

    What's Inside:
    0:00 - Intro & Theme
    1:57 - Main Interview with Damion
    36:03 - Avatar tie-in
    58:13 - Final Thought & Homework

    *Parentpreneur advisory: this episode contains colorful language.

    Connect with Damion through his website, Instagram and Facebook.
    And don't forget to check out free his podcasts, Imagination & Fantasy and Prometheus Chats.

    PLUS - LAST CALL for phenomenal free events and resources this week, Josh Elledge's 3 Day Extravaganza, Fame & Profit (where I'm presenting Handling Objections with Empathy!) and Unleash Your Visibility - a marketing and mindset faire spanning two whole weeks (featuring my Making Selling Easy Without Getting Sleazy interview). Don't miss your chance to learn from me and dozens of other brilliant folks - for free! 

    For full show notes and more visit www.toolegitimatetoquit.com

    • 1 hr
    On Joyfulness, Overworking & A League of Their Own (feat. Dr. Erin M. Baker)

    On Joyfulness, Overworking & A League of Their Own (feat. Dr. Erin M. Baker)

    Is joy fluffy or essential? A soft skill or a beacon? And on the flipside, is burnout a badge of honor? How can we keep the love alive in our small businesses, in spite of recessions, upheaval, bad news, and bitchy people? Unsure if/how happiness and success will ever coexist in your business? This episode is for you!

    This week, Dr. Erin M. Baker, Ph.D., is here to clear up some glaring misconceptions about fun, happiness, and getting sh*t done. Their new book, Joy-Full AF: The Essential Business Strategy We're Afraid To Put First, is a masterclass in infusing your essence, identity, and desires back into your business - but what lessons will Erin and Annie glean from 90s sensation and Amazon's brand new remake, A League of Their Own? Batter Up! Hear that call! The time has come for one and all to... listen to this episode.

    What's Inside:
    0:00 - Intro & Theme
    2:19 - Main Interview with Dr. Erin
    36:50 - A League of Their Own tie-in
    56:25 - Final Thought & Homework

    *Parentpreneur advisory: this episode contains a bunch of colorful language.

    Connect with Erin through their website and Instagram.
    And don't forget to check out their fabulous book, Joy-Full AF.

    Craving connection, co-working, and a way to enjoy your time on LinkedIn? Join our free community, The Legitimati, and do your weekly homework with us! It's also the perfect way to rub elbows with our fabulous guests.

    For full show notes and more visit www.toolegitimatetoquit.com.

    • 1 hr

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