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The Business Over Breakfast Podcast is for Small Business owners wanting to grow their business. Two of Australia’s leading business minds, Bree James and Andrew Griffiths have teamed up to provide some early morning food for thought, designed to challenge conventional business thinking and to help business owners come out on top in every situation.Business Over Breakfast includes thought provoking discussions, covering a broad and diverse range of business concepts.Each episode is filled with practical tips, deep dives on a variety of topics, and a success story interview with an expert in their field.Business Over Breakfast is the perfect mix of raw, real, and relevant information, all designed to challenge the way Small Business owners do business now and into the future.

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The Business Over Breakfast Podcast is for Small Business owners wanting to grow their business. Two of Australia’s leading business minds, Bree James and Andrew Griffiths have teamed up to provide some early morning food for thought, designed to challenge conventional business thinking and to help business owners come out on top in every situation.Business Over Breakfast includes thought provoking discussions, covering a broad and diverse range of business concepts.Each episode is filled with practical tips, deep dives on a variety of topics, and a success story interview with an expert in their field.Business Over Breakfast is the perfect mix of raw, real, and relevant information, all designed to challenge the way Small Business owners do business now and into the future.

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What a great podcast! Wonderful interviews, great insights, practical ideas and fabulous inspiration so you can create a great business for yourself.
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Rank #1: Episode 58 - A retrospective reflection - the last 10 years

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It’s hard to believe that it’s been 20 years since we all faced the challenge of Y2K. That 20 year block disappeared in a heart beat. So what has changed in business in that time? Clearly just about everything. But let’s look at a tighter time frame - say 10 years. What has changed in that time and what have you learned?  The moral to this episode is the power of reflection as a business tool. But we don’t just want to sit and ponder the vague changes, we want to extract some deeper and more meaningful information and ideas that we can use in our business for the next 10 years. Because as the old saying goes, “what got us here won’t get us there”.    So in this episode, we share our realisations and reflections on the last decade and extract what this means for the future in our businesses and yours. Enjoy episode 58 of the Business Over Breakfast show.    Buy the BOB Vol 1 Book - https://www.booktopia.com.au/business-over-breakfast-vol-1-andrew-and-james-bree-griffiths/prod9780987406668.html Bree James website - https://breejames.com/ PakMag - https://pakmag.com.au/ Bree James PakMag podcast - www.pakmag.com.au/podcast Andrew Griffiths website - https://www.andrewgriffiths.com.au/ Authorville - https://authorville.com.au/ Andrew’s weekly INC column - https://www.inc.com/author/andrew-griffiths Andrew’s Flying Solo column - https://www.flyingsolo.com.au/member/andrew-griffiths

Apr 14 2019

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Rank #2: Episode 54 - What fears are holding you back in life and in business? 

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What fears are holding you back in life and in business?    According to self development icon, Dale Carnegie, ninety percent of what we worry about never happens. Even though he offered that advice a very long time ago, he has a point. But that doesn’t make the fears that hold us back any less relevant or any less powerful.    In this episode of the Business Over Breakfast Show, we share some of the most common fears holding us back in business and of course, we offer advice on what we can do about these fears.    And in our “Food For Thought” segment we talk about an innovation that lets people wear clothes for a month without washing them (ewwwwww), a boat made entirely from recycled plastic and whilst we are on the recycling platform, a very cool company in Sri Lanka has found a use for discarded flowers.    Buy the BOB Vol 1 Book - https://www.booktopia.com.au/business-over-breakfast-vol-1-andrew-and-james-bree-griffiths/prod9780987406668.html Bree James website - https://breejames.com/ PakMag - https://pakmag.com.au/ Bree James PakMag podcast - pakmag.com.au/podcast  Andrew Griffiths website - https://www.andrewgriffiths.com.au/ Authorville - https://authorville.com.au/ Andrew’s weekly INC column - https://www.inc.com/author/andrew-griffiths Andrew’s Flying Solo column - https://www.flyingsolo.com.au/member/andrew-griffiths

Nov 10 2018

35mins

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Rank #3: Episode 53- Mastering the art of saying NO - it’s not as easy as we think.

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Most of us struggle with saying NO. For whatever reason that little two letter word can be the hardest one to say. Sadly if we don’t master the art of saying no, we pay the price. After a while we tend to either burn ourselves out or get so frustrated that we erupt and say things out of anger and frustration as opposed to calm logic.

Like most aspects of doing business, saying no is simply a skill set. Bree and Andrew share their own take on this topic and of course their own experiences. Not all are good - and that’s what this show is all about, sharing honestly in a way that will be relevant and practical for the small business owners listening in. So if you are one of those people who struggles to say no, this episode of the Business Over Breakfast show is for you.

Links:

Buy the BOB Vol 1 Book - https://www.booktopia.com.au/business-over-breakfast-vol-1-andrew-and-james-bree-griffiths/prod9780987406668.html

Bree James website - https://breejames.com/

PakMag - https://pakmag.com.au/

Bree James PakMag podcast - http://thepakmagparentspodcast.libsyn.com

Andrew Griffiths website - https://www.andrewgriffiths.com.au/

Authorville - https://authorville.com.au/

Andrew’s weekly INC column - https://www.inc.com/author/andrew-griffiths

Andrew’s Flying Solo column - https://www.flyingsolo.com.au/member/andrew-griffiths

Oct 28 2018

32mins

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Rank #4: Episode 49 – Getting Others Involved in Your Business - Think a Little More Creatively

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Sometimes as Small Business owners we are so busy in our business we forget to work on it. Input from other individuals can be one of the most valuable and useful tools to improve your business as a whole. There are many options to consider when involving others in your business that are often free, you just have to think outside the box.

In this episode of the Business Over Breakfast Podcast Bree and Andrew are talking about the involving others in your business and the positive impact it can have.

Additionally, Bree talks to Anoushka Gungadin, a connector of people, culture and opportunity. Her 20 years of International work experience across Asia, Europe, Africa and Australia, with the rise of highly globalised societies and the need for connectedness in business and community, she was inspired to set up GlobalCQ, a company which helps employers leverage cultural intelligence and inclusive diversity to drive growth. If you are looking for sensational advice on how to get others involved in your business, this episode is for you.

We also discuss things like:

  • Andrew and Bree’s personal experiences
  • Gaining advice form a brains trust – learning from other business owners
  • Work experience and working with interns within your business
  • Don’t underestimate those contributing to your business
  • Being clear on what you want to achieve
  • 5 top tips for getting others involved in your business
  • Business ideas and innovation from around the world

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Sep 04 2018

44mins

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Rank #5: Episode 48 – Can We Be More Creative When it Comes to Developing New Income Streams?

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Times are changing rapidly, and with it, so do marketing tactics and our customers. As business owners, it’s unavoidable, and we have to keep coming up with new ways to create revenue or we’ll end up falling behind.

In this episode of Business Over Breakfast Bree and Andrew are talking about can we be more creative when it comes to developing new income streams?

Today’s guest is a husband and wife duo that displays dedication and innovation when it comes to their business. They were banana farmers that created a solution to the large amounts of wasted bananas, some 500 metric tonnes disposed due to oversupply on the market or share and size of the produce.Together they have producedtheir very own green banana flour using fruit that would have otherwise gone to waste. Please welcome Krista Watkins from Natural Evolution.

This episode, Bree talks to Krista Watkins, a husband and wife duo that displays dedication and innovation when it comes to their business. They were banana farmers that created a solution to the large amounts of wasted bananas, some 500 metric tonnes disposed due to oversupply on the market or share and size of the produce.Together they have producedtheir very own green banana flour using fruit that would have otherwise gone to waste.

We also discuss things like:

  • Thinking creatively when it comes to creating revenue
  • Some examples from Andrew
  • Some examples from Bree
  • How fast things are changing – including customers
  • If we aren’t coming up with new products and services, customers will find someone who will
  • The importance of understanding and building strong relationships with our customers
  • Andrew and Bree’s personal experiences and learnings
  • Some practical tips on thinking creatively

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Natural Evolution Website

Krista Watkins LinkedIn

Business over Breakfast Book

Smallville

Bree James Website

Andrew Griffiths Website

Aug 16 2018

36mins

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Rank #6: Episode 46 - It's Time to Put an End to Those Negative Business Relationships

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It’s time for us all to accept that eventually all business relationships come to an end, which may seem a little daunting however, we can be prepare for this situation to end a relationship graciously.In this episode your hosts, Bree James and Andrew Griffiths, discuss all the best ways to recognise when a business relationship has run its course and how to best handle the situation so there is a positive outcome for everyone involved.

Today’s Toaster guesthas been at the helm of some of the biggest mass participation events in the world. He has impacted millions of people by 
delivering some of the largest mass participation sports events across three 
continents and is the author of Mass Participation Sports Events. He is a highly sought after international speaker, high impact
 consultant and Founder and CEO of Mass Participation Asia, please welcome Chris Robb back to the show.

We also discuss things like:

  • Becoming good at ending a business relationship graciously
  • Understanding why business relationships end
  • Where people go wrong when ending a business relationship
  • Taking the emotion out of ending a business relationship
  • Common symptoms that a relationship is coming to an end
  • Avoiding bad business relationships in the first place
  • Moving on after ending a business relationships
  • 5 top tips for ending a business relationship that has run its course

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Mass Participation Sports Events Book

Chris Robb Linkedin

Chris Robb Website

Business over Breakfast Book

Smallville

Bree James Website

Andrew Griffiths Website

Jul 14 2018

41mins

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Rank #7: Episode 44 - It's Time to Talk About Culture, What Is It and Why Is It So Important?

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Culture is something that grows with your company; it isn’t something that happens overnight. It is a carefully planned; designed to exercise the business’ core values and vision. Culture can make or break a company and by achieving a great culture, not only will it help you stand out from the rest of your competitors, it can steer it away from mediocrity.

So, this episode of the Business over Breakfast podcast is dedicated to just that; creating a culture that best suits your business.

In this episode, the show welcomes Brett Odgers. Brett is one of Australia’s experts in creating business team culture and is ranked in the top 100 business coaches in the world. He is a Business Thought Leader who specialises in team performance and is the author of Playing above the line and Staying above the lineto help create winning business teams.

 We also discuss things like:

  • The difference between good and bad corporate culture
  • Being brave and admitting when culture needs improvement
  • Understanding the impact that culture has on business
  • Different types of company culture
  • Dealing with staff members that are affecting culture
  • Finding a role model business to aspire to
  • The biggest challenges when it comes to building the right culture
  • Building a strong and positive internal culture
  • Top 5 tips for creating a great business culture
  • A few brilliant business ideas from around the world!

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Playing Above the Line Book

Staying Above the Line Book

Brett Odgers LinkedIn

Brett Odgers website

Business over Breakfast Book

Smallville

Bree James Website

Andrew Griffiths Website

Jun 14 2018

42mins

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Rank #8: Episode 42 - Negotiation – How and Why Business Owners Need to Get Better at it

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The art of negotiation is an important skill to master in any Small Business. As a Small Business owner, becoming a strong negotiator is critical; it is a major factor in business success. This skill doesn’t come easily to all though; it’s common for people to walk away from deals feeling as though they have been hard done by.

But don’t fear! Negotiator skills can be developed and in this episode, your hosts, Bree James and Andrew Griffiths, discuss all the best ways to make sure that both parties involved in a negotiation get the most out of the deal.

The show welcomes Cian McLoughlin. With a sales career spanning almost 20 years, Cian is a best-selling author, speaker and founder of Trinity Perspectives, a sales consultancy firm committed to unlocking the latent potential of customer insights.

We also discuss things like:

  • How to develop your negotiating skills
  • Different types of approaches when going into a negotiation
  • Characteristics of a bad negotiator
  • Creating a win, win negotiating style to build respectful relationships with clients
  • Learning how to say no to an unfair deal
  • Physically preparing yourself before entering a negotiation
  • Reflecting on past negotiations and learning from them
  • What micro-negotiations look like in business
  • Providing beneficial solutions to a deal without devaluing your service or product
  • Knowing when to walk away from a negotiation

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Rebirth of the Salesman Book

Cian McLoughlin Website

Cian McLoughlin LinkedIn

Business over Breakfast Book

Smallville

Bree James Website

Andrew Griffiths Website

May 14 2018

47mins

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Rank #9: Episode 41 - Working With Big Companies to Grow Your Small Business

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Working with big clients can be a little daunting at times, but there’s a lot to learn from working with big companies. Bigger clients often come with bigger budgets, and yes, they are slow to work with, but by being a little patient, it may just result in some major opportunities for your business. 

In this episode of Business over Breakfast, Bree James and Andrew Griffiths will give you some tips on working with big companies, so you can grow with them and raise your business profile.

Additionally, Bree chats with Small Company, Big Business founder, author and speaker Bronwyn Reid who has over 21 years of experience in Small Business. Bronwyn specialises in helping Small Businesses step up and take on contracts with big companies. If you want to start enabling business development, then this episode is for you!

We also discuss things like:

  • Reasons why Small Businesses should be working with big companies 
  • Using opportunities smartly when working with big companies
  • How to position your business well by building a brand that attracts the right clients
  • Andrew’s realisations about working with big companies
  • Common errors when working with big businesses
  • How big companies think
  • Boosting business credibility by working with big companies
  • A 5 step process for Small Businesses wanting to work with big companies
  • Some smart business ideas from around the world

Links

Small Company, Big Business Book

Bronwyn Reid Website

Bronwyn Reid LinkedIn

Business over Breakfast Book

Smallville

Bree James LinkedIn

Andrew Griffiths Website

Apr 29 2018

50mins

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Rank #10: Episode 40 - Overcoming the Obstacles That Block Good Decision-Making for Your Business

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In business, you have to make a lot of decisions - Will I employ this person? Will I stop working with this partner? Should I introduce this new product? Is it time to sell the business? Sifting through these tasks can be an onerous task! So many aspects of your business need your leadership, but the amount of problems and difficulty of the challenges can become overwhelming. That’s why Bree James and Andrew Griffiths hope to provide quality advice on the decision-making process for business owners in this episode of Business over Breakfast.

Plus, Bree interviews Rosemary Shapiro-Liu about her approach on decision-making by listening to the voice inside or the mentor within. As the director of Triple Win Enterprises and the author of The Mentor Within, Rosemary is a highly experienced coach for thought leaders and social entrepreneurs. If you’re interested in learning to overcome the obstacles that block good decision-making for your business, then this episode is for you!

Also discussed in this episode:

  • The different levels of decision-making and the increasing difficulty levels
  • The common reasons and problems that derail sound decision-making abilities
  • Specific solutions to prevent indecisiveness or poor judgement
  • The moment when a decision must be made
  • Considering the outcomes of various options and how they will affect your business
  • Why different approaches to decision making will vary from person to person
  • The value of allocating a specific time for decision-making
  • Never being forced into making a decision if you’re not ready or not committed
  • A possible idea to outsource some decision-making on your behalf
  • Smart business ideas from around the world!

Links

Triple Win Website The Mentor Within Book Rosemary’s LinkedIn Business over Breakfast Book Smallville CCIQ Bree James LinkedIn Andrew Griffiths Website Amplify Website

Apr 14 2018

40mins

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Rank #11: Episode 39 - Encouraging Kidpreneurs - The Next Generation of Business Owners

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We’ve all been asked the question, ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ As a business owner, you can do your part to encourage kids to be the next generation of entrepreneurs, or kidpreneurs! In this episode of Business over Breakfast, Bree James and Andrew Griffiths share why it’s the responsibility of today’s business owners to support the interests of young children. Plus, the hosts give you plenty of strategies and ideas on how exactly to help kidpreneurs.

Bree also interviews two special guests for this episode - kidpreneurs Cory Dent and Angus Copelin-Walters. Cory is one of the founding partners of the PowerShot app, and Angus is the Executive Head of Candy at Croc Candy, a startup business that is attracting global sales. If you want to find out more about the next generation of entrepreneurs and how they approach business, then this episode is definitely for you.

Also discussed in this episode:

  • Why it’s not all about financial profit in determining ‘successful’ kidpreneurs
  • The need to stay competitive with the resources offered by Europe and America
  • Suggestions on how business owners can get involved with supporting kids
  • How to honour your responsibility to the next generation of entrepreneurs
  • Teach children a respect for money, including earning it and investing it
  • Emphasising the lessons of delayed gratification and rewards for hard work
  • How to talk with children to encourage them to become solution-based thinkers
  • Pushing young people outside of their comfort zone will teach them valuable lessons
  • Parent observations on the skills they’ve seen their kidpreneurs develop
  • Smart business ideas from around the globe!

Links

PowerShot App Croc Candy Business over Breakfast Book Smallville CCIQ Bree James LinkedIn Andrew Griffiths Website Amplify Website

Mar 29 2018

44mins

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Rank #12: Episode 37 - How to Better Manage People in Business

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Today on the Business over Breakfast podcast, Andrew Griffiths and Bree James talk about a wide variety of topics such as managing people in business, Netflix commitment rings, the new use for English telephone boxes and watching melons grow. Yes, that’s right - melons. But their main focus is learning how to better manage people within business, and if you’ve always found that to be especially difficult, then this episode is perfect for you.

Their guest on today’s show is the master of mass-management, Chris Robb, who is used to making the jump from managing a team of 20 to a team of 5,000. Chris chats to our hosts about the importance of small business owners knowing how to effectively manage people, and what happens if you fail to do it properly.

This episode also touches on things like...

  • Understanding your strengths and weaknesses
  • The common issues that occur in people management, and how to overcome them
  • Tips to manage just about anyone
  • How to figure out whether you have a bad company culture or not
  • The most effective way to sort out inter-office problems
  • Chris Robb’s framework to the best people management system
  • Chris’ biggest challenge in management, and how he solved it
  • Five top management tips for those just starting out

Links

Chris Robb LinkedIn

Business over Breakfast Book

Smallville

CCIQ

Bree James LinkedIn

Andrew Griffiths Website

Amplify Website

Feb 14 2018

43mins

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Rank #13: Episode 36 - What to Do When Your Business Hits a Brick Wall

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It’s common for us all to feel like we’ve hit a brick wall sometimes, whether it’s in business or in our personal lives. But while it’s a normal occurrence, it’s important to know how to get past it if and when it happens to you. So, this episode of the Business over Breakfast podcast is dedicated to just that: helping you climb over, go around or break right through that brick wall.

Your hosts, Bree James and Andrew Griffiths, discuss all the best ways to overcome brick walls, and how to minimise the risk of hitting them in the first place. Their guest is Dr Jesse Green – dentist, entrepreneur, coach and thought leader who has helped a number of elite clients play bigger, better and smarter in business. With two decades of experience and the author of the hugely successful book RETENTION! Dr Green is highly adept at overcoming metaphorical brick walls, and at helping others do the same. He gives his thoughts on how you can get past any blockages and barriers that stand in your way with his usual intelligence and insightfulness.

Also discussed in this episode:

  • The best 8 ideas and strategies to move beyond brick walls
  • Why prioritising is so important
  • What to do when your business is struggling
  • The main factors that influence the occurrence of brick walls, and how you can overcome them
  • How to take your business to the next level
  • Why you should take time away from business in order to give it the boost it needs
  • The importance of self-reflection in solving problems
  • Moving out of your comfort zone and getting results
  • How to avoid losing your passion, motivation and vision for your business

Links

Dr Jesse Green Website

Dr Jesse Green LinkedIn

Dr Jesse Green Facebook

Dr Jesse Green Twitter

Business over Breakfast Book

Smallville

CCIQ

Bree James LinkedIn

Andrew Griffiths Website

Amplify Website

Jan 29 2018

39mins

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Rank #14: Episode 35 - 20 Top Tips to Market Your Business

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Have you been driving yourself crazy wondering just what purpose marketing actually has for your business? Do you ever find yourself asking whether it’s truly necessary? Businesses that make the mistake of failing to create an effective marketing plan run the risk of not being as successful as they could be. No matter how much effort and time you put into getting your business out there, without marketing implementation it may as well be a secret.

Today, on the Business over Breakfast podcast, Bree and Andrew are discussing marketing in its various forms and going through top 20 marketing tips for business owners. So, no matter what industry you’re in or which marketing approach you prefer, you’ll find a tonne of worthwhile information in this episode.

Bree and Andrew also touch on things like:

  • The importance of having a business card, even in the digital age
  • Why any business owner can and should be able to tell their story
  • The best ways to get more referrals for your business
  • Using media like podcasting to broaden your network
  • The different marketing goals you can set yourself to ensure you reach your full potential
  • How to use free samples to make a profit
  • The newest trends in marketing and business found all over the world
  • Why you need a great brand for both your business and yourself
  • Why customer connection is so important
  • The best kind of content you should be creating

Links

Business over Breakfast Book Smallville CCIQ Bree James LinkedIn Andrew Griffiths Website Amplify Website

Jan 14 2018

33mins

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Rank #15: Episode 34 - The Importance of Passion in Small Business

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Do you ever feel as though you’re lacking passion for what you do? Some people are able to be naturally passionate about what it is they do. They have seemingly endless amounts of enthusiasm and energy towards their business, and approach every new step with a spring in their own. But if you’re one of those people who tend to struggle reaching those levels of passion (or even finding any in the first place), then this episode of Business Over Breakfast is for you.

Today, Bree James and Andrew Griffiths are talking about passion in all its forms, whether it’s in business or life in general. And to provide better insight on the topic, their guest is international speaker and author, Keith Abraham, who is so dedicated to cultivating passion in business, he’s written five incredibly popular books on the topic and is fondly referred to as the Guru of Goal Setting.

Bree and Andrew also discuss the following:

  • What passion means in terms of the small business owner
  • The benefits of being passionate about things in life
  • How to increase your passion
  • What a lack of passion can manifest into with business
  • Why passion doesn’t always need to be shown with hi-fives and group hugs
  • The things that can quickly kill your passion, and how to avoid them at all cost
  • How to find something to be passionate about
  • What fuels passion, and how you can bring that into your everyday life

Links:

Keith Abraham Website

Business over Breakfast Book

Smallville

CCIQ

Bree James LinkedIn

Andrew Griffiths Website

Amplify Website

Jan 03 2018

49mins

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Rank #16: Episode 33 - Why You Should Make Yourself Redundant in Your Business

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Have you ever asked yourself if your business could survive without you? Often, especially with small businesses, there is a major risk if anything ever happens to the owner, as they usually are the ones who wield the greatest influence, do more work than anyone else, drive the direction and generate the most revenue. To mitigate risk you should therefore seek to make yourself redundant so your business isn’t solely relying on your presence day in and day out. In this episode of Business over Breakfast, Bree James and Andrew Griffiths will tell you how you can properly safeguard your business and team. By taking the steps to remove dependence on you as the business owner, you will end up building a stronger business with greater chance for increased revenue and success.

Bree also chats with financial advisor, author of Finance Action Hero and speaker Peita Diamantidis. She talks about the impact of unexpected exits from a business, whether that be the owner or key team members, and what you should do to prepare for those situations. Additionally, Peita introduces the value of key man insurance and how that can support businesses cope with a loss of major players. If you want to know what steps can make the difference between your business surviving a disaster to it being sold for almost nothing, then this episode is for you!

We also discuss things like:

  • Understanding the concept of if your business would survive without you
  • Top tips to make sure your business is safeguarded
  • What plans business owners should have in place for worst case scenarios
  • The idea of “me proofing” your business
  • How outsourcing can be a win-win for owners and employees
  • The 5-step rule of thumb for designing tasks
  • Why you need to have a documented business plan
  • The case for an excellent insurance plan if you are your business brand
  • How you can increase your business value by making it less dependent on you
  • A few brilliant business ideas from around the world!

Links

Finance Action Hero Book

Peita Diamantidis LinkedIn

Business over Breakfast Book

Smallville

CCIQ

Bree James LinkedIn

Andrew Griffiths Website

Amplify Website

Dec 14 2017

32mins

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Rank #17: Episode 30 - Mind Your Focus! How to Refresh Your Attention and Keep Your Concentration

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Getting focused and staying focused are two battles that business owners face every day. There are so many distractions these days that getting focused has become problematic in how much of a challenge it is. However, once you are able to concentrate on a task, we all know that incredible sense of accomplishment that results in increasing focus. In this episode of Business over Breakfast, Bree James and Andrew Griffiths give practical tips and techniques for how to stay focused throughout the day. Concentration breeds progress which will breed achievement for your business!

Additionally, Bree chats with guest Cameron Aggs, a clinical psychologist who is an expert on mindfulness training in Australia. Cameron shares how business owners can use mindfulness to focus more effectively on things that are important to them, rather than being overwhelmed by a seemingly insurmountable workload. He has delivered over 250 mindfulness training programs and his 8-week program has shown to improve concentration by 16% in its participants. If you’d like to hear what Cameron recommends to be less self critical and how to refresh your attention, this episode is for you!

We also discuss things like:

  • The sense of accomplishment you feel when you are in the zone and focused
  • The product of focus is progress and achievement
  • Focusing your energy and time on the wrong things at work
  • Why you should be wary of the time drain of email
  • Prioritising your work to determine the sole project you need to concentrate on
  • The strategy of batching work
  • Getting rid of the triggers that commonly distract you from important projects
  • The value of having more fun in your business
  • How mindfulness can improve focus but also help us be less self-critical
  • The best tip on how to refresh your attention
  • Smart business ideas from around the globe!

Links

Cameron’s Website

Business over Breakfast Book

Smallville

CCIQ

Bree James LinkedIn

Andrew Griffiths Website

Amplify Website

Oct 29 2017

37mins

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Rank #18: Episode 27 - Preparing Yourself to Survive the War Zone of Tough Financial Times

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Have you experienced tough financial times in your business? Let’s face it… you either have faced challenging periods or you will, and that is simply an inevitable chapter that every will be in every business owner’s career. In today’s episode of Business over Breakfast, Bree James and Andrew Griffiths will teach you how to survive when your finances are lean. By telling you how to identify what mistakes lead to rough waters managing your money and sharing how you can overcome these problems, Bree and Andrew will help make sure your business navigates the hurdles so it can thrive in the long run!

In this episode, the show welcomes Bronwyn Reid to share her wisdom about tackling the enormous stress of leading your business through serious financial downturns. She is an award-winning entrepreneur, speaker, newly found author, small business mentor, and particularly known for her strong business and community engagement roles in regional Queensland, yet she, like all others, has faced drastic financial drops in her career of over 20 years. Bronwyn provides us with helpful coping mechanisms for business owners to get through any period of battle, with a few scars, but stronger.

We also discuss things like:

  • Complacency as a leading cause to future money troubles
  • The things that business owners do to themselves to inflict financial harm
  • Why denial or cutting off communication is a warning sign
  • Reaching out for help and seeking guidance when you need it
  • Having a rainy day plan prepared at all times
  • Address issues or red flags immediately to be proactive
  • The reason why you must communicate struggles with your suppliers but not your clients
  • Why you need to be strategic when cutting costs
  • Keeping one eye on the now and one eye on the future
  • Reflecting on mistakes made to prevent them from happening again
  • Learning to read the warning signs early
  • Ingenious businesses from around the world

Links

Bronwyn Reid LinkedIn

Smallville

Bree James LinkedIn

Andrew Griffiths Website

Amplify Website

Sep 14 2017

40mins

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Rank #19: Episode 21 - Banish Limiting Beliefs to Break through to Your next Level of Success

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We all have limiting beliefs that may be holding us back in our business, but in this episode of Business over Breakfast, Bree and Andrew will give you a few ideas on how to deal with them. Some typical limiting beliefs we hear all the time are “my customers can only afford to pay so much,” “I can’t raise my prices” or “I’m a small business and I can’t do this.” No matter what beliefs are holding you back, if you can overcome then, that is when your business will really succeed. Learn some strategies to address these limitations to move you and your business forward.

Plus, our guest this episode, Shelley Evans-Wild, one of the most extraordinary neuroscientists in the country, will bring some brain science to the behaviours behind our limiting beliefs. She is the founder and CEO of People HQ and has been dedicated to helping others in unleashing their potential to stretch their mindsets and shape a better world. Her specialisation in how and why people behave the way they do in groups helps us shed some light on how to break through our limiting beliefs.

Plus, Bree and Andrew also get into today...

  • Identifying the most common limiting beliefs of business owners
  • Fighting against others’ limiting beliefs to become successful in business
  • How to zoom out to understand you created a false narrative about yourself
  • Understanding the connection between self-worth and business value
  • Tackling limiting beliefs through habit hijacking
  • The all too common “imposter syndrome” feeling of small business owners
  • Why you need to combat limiting beliefs
  • 4 wild and wacky business ideas from around the world

Links

CCIQ, the show’s sponsors

Bree James Pakmag

Bree James LinkedIn

Andrew Griffiths Website

Amplify Website

Shelley Evans-Wild

Jun 14 2017

41mins

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Rank #20: Episode 20 - What Questions Should You Be Asking to Improve Your Business?

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Business is generally about solving problems. When you run a business, you seek to make things better for yourself and for others. But the reality is you need to get better at solving problems and the trick to that is asking better questions of yourself.

In this episode of Business over Breakfast, Bree and Andrew talk about the value of asking proactive and empowering questions. Learn how to get out of that endless loop of unproductivity and figure out how to empower yourself with better questions to get better answers.

Plus, our guest this episode, Howard Tinker, discusses the specific questions he asks to make restaurants more profitable. Howard, the CEO of Restaurant Profits, specializes in helping his  restaurant owner clients grow their business and increase repeat visitors. He has also published two books filled with tips and insights called More Bums On Seats and Selling at the Table. Although he is a marketer by trade, Howard emphasizes in this conversation the vital importance of asking the simple questions about finances first.

Plus, Bree and Andrew also get into today...

  • The need to be asking better questions of our business and ourselves
  • What are the questions we need to ask
  • Defining what a proactive question is
  • Why asking yourself questions that make you think about your successes is beneficial
  • The financial question that not enough business owners ask themselves
  • Needing to talk to your clients to see why they engage your business
  • The simple tactics that business owners tend to ignore with marketing
  • 5 great tips on how to ask better questions of yourself to make a better business
  • Food for thought on business ideas from around the world

Links

CCIQ, the show’s sponsors

Bree James Pakmag

Bree James LinkedIn

Andrew Griffiths Website

Amplify Website

Howard Tinker’s Website

May 30 2017

39mins

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