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#178: How You and Your Family Can Live a Richer Story in 2020

Business Made Simple with Donald Miller

Release Date: 12/09/2019

#78: Jenna Kutcher—The Risk of Authenticity show art #78: Jenna Kutcher—The Risk of Authenticity

Business Made Simple with Donald Miller

Many business owners find their personalities are tightly bound to their company's marketing, especially thanks to social media. On one hand, this can allow your customers to feel a connection to you and your brand. However, it also can act as an open invitation to for people to criticize you and, at times, even your family. So the question is how authentic and vulnerable should you be over social media? What is the right balance of authenticity to ensure you don't lose customers?   In today's episode, Donald Miller talks with personal branding expert Jenna Kutcher. Jenna is the host of...

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#77: How to Buy a Company You Didn't Start show art #77: How to Buy a Company You Didn't Start

Business Made Simple with Donald Miller

What would you do if your boss gave you the opportunity to buy the company? It's a huge decision, and hard to know where to even begin evaluating if it's a good investment for you. Today's episode will give you the key questions to ask and things to look out for so you enter negotiations confident and prepared.   In today's coaching conversation, Donald Miller talks with Ray Martindale, a video producer who was recently offered the option to buy the company where he works. But having never owned a company, Ray wants to be positive he's making the right decision.   If you've ever been...

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#76: The Right Way to Scale as a Consultant show art #76: The Right Way to Scale as a Consultant

Business Made Simple with Donald Miller

As a consultant, customers are paying for your expertise. The problem is how can you scale if your business model limits your services to one-on-one interactions? You could charge more but that's only a temporary fix. What's the long term approach you should take?   In today's coaching conversation, Donald Miller talks with Alexis Alvarez, CEO of Burst Event Company. Alexis hopes to grow her wedding planning business by offering customers more one-on-one options but is nervous about the overhead that comes with bringing on more event planners. She also doesn't want to self-sabotaging her...

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#75: How to Tell Your Story Without Playing the Hero show art #75: How to Tell Your Story Without Playing the Hero

Business Made Simple with Donald Miller

You've heard us say it over and over again: your marketing should invite your customers into a story where they are the hero. And this means focusing on their story instead of telling your own. But we're going to let you in on a secret today. There actually is there a way you can tell your brand's story. You just have to make it all about your customer and solving their problem.   In today's coaching conversation, Donald Miller talks with Eddie Zingleman, owner and furniture maker at Tennessee Woodworks. Don coaches Eddie through how he can utilize his unique story to grow his business,...

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#74: Choosing Your Next Strategic Initiative show art #74: Choosing Your Next Strategic Initiative

Business Made Simple with Donald Miller

When it comes to growing your business, it's easy to fill up a list with potential great ideas. What's hard is deciding which ones to implement and when, especially if you only have the time and money to go with one.   In this episode, Donald Miller walks Jeff Stoner, co-owner of My Mickey Vacation Travel, through the decision-making process of choosing the next strategic initiative for his business. Don also coaches Jeff on how to "market for the moment," shifting resources and taking advantage of key points in time in your industry where you can more easily boost your lead numbers....

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#73: Why Your Non-Profit Isn’t Growing show art #73: Why Your Non-Profit Isn’t Growing

Business Made Simple with Donald Miller

One of the questions we get asked the most at Business Made Simple is "Can you apply these frameworks to help grow nonprofits?" The simple answer: YES! And in today's episode, Donald Miller will show you how as he coaches Breanna Owen of Beza Threads, a nonprofit selling handcrafted leather goods to fight human trafficking around the world.   If you're tired of hitting a wall when it comes to growing your nonprofit and engaging with more active donors, today's conversation will show you the best way forward.    Go to and use promo code BMS15 for 15% off your next purchase....

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#72: Tim Schurrer—The Right Way to Quit show art #72: Tim Schurrer—The Right Way to Quit

Business Made Simple with Donald Miller

Starting and growing a business can't happen in a vacuum. You need supporting players to help foster your dream into a reality. But what happens when the people you brought on to grow your company decide they want to leave? Even more importantly, how can you manage their exit so it's smooth and constructive?   This scenario is very familiar in the walls of Business Made Simple as Don talks with Tim Schurrer, former Business Made Simple COO and author of The Secret Society of Success. Don and Tim discuss how they both worked through Tim's exit and how to create an environment that fosters...

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#71: Confusing Marketing Could Be Killing Your Business show art #71: Confusing Marketing Could Be Killing Your Business

Business Made Simple with Donald Miller

Your website is the front door to your business, and you only have a few seconds to win over a customer before they either engage with your brand or move on. That's why it's crucial that your website is clear and simply explains how you will help your potential customer solve a problem to make their life better.   In today's coaching conversation, Donald Miller talks with Sam, a retired law enforcement officer starting up a personal protection agency. Don helps Sam craft his brand and message so it is completely clear to any future customers. If you are too close to your message or don't...

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#70: Amy Porterfield—How to Start a Successful Business From Scratch show art #70: Amy Porterfield—How to Start a Successful Business From Scratch

Business Made Simple with Donald Miller

As a business owner, starting a business from nothing can feel like solving an impossible mystery. But with the right frameworks and insight you can remove that mystery to create a business not only survives, but thrives. Today we've brought on special guest and online marketing expert Amy Porterfield, host of the Online Marketing Made Easy Podcast, to compare notes with Donald Miller around how they built their businesses narrowing down the seven steps you should take to start and grow a strong and successful business from the ground up.   Find out more about Amy Porterfield and listen...

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#69: How to Grow a Successful Business as an Artist show art #69: How to Grow a Successful Business as an Artist

Business Made Simple with Donald Miller

Many artists don't believe they're competent at business or feel thinking about their art as a business might cheapen it. But whether you're an author, painter, musician or produce any other type of creative work, without steady cash flow, it's nearly impossible to get your work in front of the world. It's only when you think of your art as a product you sell that you can truly market and get in front of the right audience.   In today's coaching conversation, Donald Miller talks with Raj Lulla, an up-and-coming novelist trying to figure out how to best market and sell his upcoming book....

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