- What employers are really looking for today
- How to best prepare to leave the corporate world for consulting
- Tips for getting on Microsoft's supplier list
- The difference between various freelance sites like GitHub and Odesk
- The cost of tech talent
- How cash-strapped businesses can attract employees
According to Andrew Kinzer, Cofounder of GroupTalent, and Charina Flores, VP of Human Resources Operations at the Barbelo Group, when it comes to landing a gig, the tried and true still works -- especially for industries that are hot, like high tech, security, mobile and healthcare. Get to know the right people, have a keyword-smart resume and a spiffy LinkedIn profile, and use the same websites employers do. They also had a lot to say about:
Patti Dobrowolski, of Up Your Creative Genius, consults with Fortune 100 companies all around the world about visual goal setting. She's the author of "Drawing Solutions," which contains a template, among other ideas, for mapping out your new reality. She doesn't believe in luck, but in the ability to harness the power of the brain to achieve success. Hear more about how entrepreneurs can get what they want by following her process.
We took some time outside of our regularly scheduled program to meet with Mark Graban from San Antonio, TX to talk about Kaizen -- Japanese for "change for the better" -- a management method used by some of the biggest companies.
Mark's first book, "Lean Hospitals," has been translated into seven languages. His new book is called, “Healthcare Kaizen" -- a common sense approach to revamping the healthcare system. He came by to share his ideas for improving all types of businesses, even small ones.
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On this MYB, we speak with two experts who help drive business creation but from two ends of the spectrum. Jeff Levy, entrepreneur, author and coach has helped hundreds of people open their own franchise or small business. John Sechrest is heavily involved in the tech startup community and angel investing. Hear what they have to say about the type of individual it takes to start a business, creating a fertile environment for innovation and how entrepreneurship will save the economy...if not the world.
Tony Lael of Corelytics, Jamison West of Arterian and Mark Sandeno talk about smart websites, keeping track of finances, security, mobile, social media and more.
And who's that peeking in through the window?
Berry Zimmerman, Ron Kranz
People become consultants for a lot of reasons. They’re sick of the corporate grind. They long for independence. And for people out of work 2 years and more, it seems to be a viable option. Everyone seems to be hanging up a shingle these days.
But the consulting model is challenging. Small companies can’t often afford consultants. Big companies don’t typically hire sole practitioners. What is a consultant to do? Enter Berry Zimmerman, Founder & CEO of BizEnrich, a collaborative community of business consultants. He talks about what it takes to get companies to hire consultants.
Executive Coach, Ron Kranz of the Peer Leadership Exchange, also shares his insights about winning and working with clients.
In 2010, the Internet Crime Complaint Center, or the IC3, received the second-highest number of complaints since its inception and reached a major milestone in 2012 when it received its two-millionth complaint. On average, IC3 receives and processes 25,000 complaints per month.
With so many scams out there, it’s hard to know which business opportunities are legit. That’s why we’ve brought Bethany Mooradian in to help us figure it all out. This Queen of the Random Job shares her tips and tools for what to do and what to avoid.
Also on this episode of MYB:
Bill Stainton and friends
Bill Stainton, Executive Producer for Almost Live!, the sketch comedy show that aired in Seattle for 15 years and who is now leading Ovation Consulting, joins MYB for a discussion about being creative and leading creative teams -- with a bit about what comedy has to do with business. Hear about the one thing that separates creative people from people who aren't, and the difference between creativity and innovation.
Also, the latest about small business lending and the VC investment outlook for 2012. Includes a clip from the Seinfeld sitcom "The Opposite" and a clip of Bill speaking about what businesses can learn from The Beatles.
Guests David Dallaire of Fennec Consulting and Alan Regala of ShelfGenie of Seattle join Robbin to discuss product development, what it means to go from your own company to a franchise, and why branding is still relevant -- even for the smallest businesses. The show opens with an update about the new tolls on the 520 Bridge and tips for keeping your creative juices flowing.
Dana Twight of Twight Financial Education and Patricia Vaccarino of PR for People discuss consulting, small business finance and the connection between PR and social media. Also, a story on the new 520 Bridge tolls and listen to what people have to say about their holiday shopping plans in the Voice of the Customer segment.
It's time for holiday shopping period, so our debut show is all about retail business. Featured guests include Steve Naramore of Sip and Ship, Miriam Works of Works Consulting and Tammy James of Ventures. You'll hear ideas on marketing, merchandising, opening stores, expanding to second locations, and more.
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Minding Your Business is produced and hosted by Robbin Block