65 episodes

Let’s be honest, building and growing a creative small biz is not for the faint of heart. It takes passion, purpose, courage, and an insane commitment to make it through the highs and lows, the failures and successes. As a Chief Awesomeness Empowerer and Context Creator at Passion Squared, Nina L. Kovner experiences these stories every single day. Now it’s time for you to hear the good, the bad, and the ugly behind what it takes, how to persevere, the lessons learned, and the wisdom gained from real humans who are in the trenches creating awesome businesses, brands, and lives. To learn more about Nina and Passion Squared, visit passionsquared.net

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    • Business
    • 4.9 • 62 Ratings

Let’s be honest, building and growing a creative small biz is not for the faint of heart. It takes passion, purpose, courage, and an insane commitment to make it through the highs and lows, the failures and successes. As a Chief Awesomeness Empowerer and Context Creator at Passion Squared, Nina L. Kovner experiences these stories every single day. Now it’s time for you to hear the good, the bad, and the ugly behind what it takes, how to persevere, the lessons learned, and the wisdom gained from real humans who are in the trenches creating awesome businesses, brands, and lives. To learn more about Nina and Passion Squared, visit passionsquared.net

    Making Decisions and Creating Awesome Client Agreements

    Making Decisions and Creating Awesome Client Agreements

    In this episode, Nina shares their frameworks for both decision making and creating awesome client agreements, two critically important tools for you to simplify your life as a leader and creative small business owner. The truth is you likely spend way too much time, energy, and stress not making decisions, avoiding problems, and feeling resentful when clients show up late, cancel at the last minute, or not show up at all. Clear, detailed agreements, along with a framework for making decisions and solving problems are your bestie. You can find the Decision Making Framework here and the Creating Awesome Client Agreement Framework here. You can find us on the web here and on the gram here. Thank you so much for listening. 

    • 20 min
    Where You Stand As A Brand and How You Decide

    Where You Stand As A Brand and How You Decide

    In this episode, Nina share's some insights into why some brands stand up publicly and fight injustices in our world and why some choose not to. This episode is not about politics, it's about clarity of brand story, vision, and values. It's about the choices you make as a brand in relation to what your people value, whether it be clients, team members, or tenants if you are leading a lease-based business. It's about aligning your actions with your brand promises. Thank you so much for listening with an open heart and brain. If you would like to keep the conversation going, you can find us on the gram and on the web. 

    NOTE: This is our first episode after 6 months, and there were some glitches, lol. We decided to keep the glitches in the episode to honor being perfectly imperfect. Perfection is a myth. Repeat as often as needed. 

    • 19 min
    The Not So Great Cancellation, Focusing On What You Can Control + Being Where Your Feet Are

    The Not So Great Cancellation, Focusing On What You Can Control + Being Where Your Feet Are

    The awesome news is your clients are respecting your Safe In Our Salon Agreements + Protocols and canceling their reservations if they feel ill or have been exposed, the not so awesome news is you may be having a trauma response to your 2020 experience. If this feels relatable, you are not alone.
    In this episode, Nina shares some thoughts on how to navigate the current cancellation surge you may be seeing in your salon, some resources, and tools to care for your mental health and wellness, taking a look at your lapsed client list, and reaching out to the people who’ve been too busy and forgot to make a reservation who are healthy and would love to hear from you. Thank you to @hairbrained_offical and to @flamingoloungehair for inspiring this episode. You can find us online at passionsquared.net and on the gram and Facebook @passionsquared Thank you for listening. And remember, do your very best to be where your feet are.
     

    • 15 min
    Getting Back To What Matters On Social Media

    Getting Back To What Matters On Social Media

    In this all-new episode of the pod, Nina shares their experience with the recent 33-day social break they took. At Passion Squared, we've been sharing with our clients and community for years about the importance of taking breaks, however, during this break, Nina saw the need for even more time off, and when you are on, remembering your purpose for being there, focusing on who you serve and the solutions you have for those you serve. It's time to get back into a healthy relationship with the socials, stay aligned with your brand purpose, promise, and people and prioritize your mental health and wellness. Thank you so much for listening. You can find Nina and Passion Squared online at passionsquared.net @passionsquared If you are a salon owner, you can learn more about A School here.

    • 24 min
    ENCORE: Nina L. Kovner On Holidays + Boundaries + Britney Spears

    ENCORE: Nina L. Kovner On Holidays + Boundaries + Britney Spears

    (This episode originally aired on December 24, 2019)
    In this episode, Nina shares her experience around navigating the holidays when you struggle to find joy in them, a little but super important rant on Britney memes and mental health, along with reading a few pages from her NEW My AwesomeAF Boundary Book that touches on clients demanding to be squeezed in and talking politics with family. You can get your copy of My AwesomeAF Boundary Book in the Passion Squared Shop here and find Nina on the gram @passionsquared
    Thank you so much for listening! 
     

    • 24 min
    ENCORE: Danielle Green On The Hair Love Book + Animated Short Film + The CROWN Act

    ENCORE: Danielle Green On The Hair Love Book + Animated Short Film + The CROWN Act

    (This episode originally aired on February 13, 2020)
    In this episode we sit down with Danielle Green of Radically Curly to talk about the Hair Love book, the recent Oscar win for the Hair Love animated short film, and the CROWN Act. It is currently LEGAL in all but three states (now 14 as of this encore episode) in the US to discriminate against Black people who wear natural, protective and braided hairstyles both in schools and in the workplace. This is racism. Period. Danielle shares her experience as a hairstylist, educator and leader in the movement of not only embracing natural hair texture but falling in love with the hair you were born with. After you listen to this episode, we invite you to join us in signing the petition to get the CROWN Act in all 50 states. Visit bit.ly/CROWNAct to be part of the solution and end this form of discrimination. You can find Danielle on the web @radicallycurly and radicallycurlysalon.com Thank you Danielle for sharing your heart, wisdom and passion with us. We LOVE you.

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
62 Ratings

62 Ratings

wzeekw ,

Absolutely Amazing!

Nina is one amazing person who is clearly honest and so professional. I think of Nina as a friend, coach, and extremely thoughtful in all aspects of her content that helps hairstylist become better and feel completely supported. I highly recommend Nina and joining her coaching program on her website. She has helped me so much. I love you Nina! Thank you for being you!!

standuptina ,

Nina is the best 😊🙏🏼

Nina not only has this amazing podcast, she is an amazing mentor and coach and cares so much about the people who choose to listen to her message. She truly focuses on on what matters and has helped me do the same. I’m grateful for the little nuggets of wisdom I get from this podcast! 👏🏼❤️
@tinadesetahair

Pasterskimichelle ,

Thank you thank you for being so real!

Nina is so right on and candid with her nuggets of wisdom about surviving and making it in the salon industry. We all need this!!

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