Communicating and Working Together as a Couple with Jacqui Letran and Joseph Wolfgram #63

Have you ever considered working together as a couple with your partner? On today’s episode of My Biz Bestie Maelisa and Amber welcome their first ever couple/biz besties/business partners! Jacqui Letran and Joseph Wolfgram are exceptional in many ways not only are they a couple who works together on their business from home but they do so in an RV while roaming the country. You’ll learn what their secrets are for working together as a couple when you listen to this episode of My Biz Bestie.

How did they get the idea to work together and from their RV?

Jacqui Letran has owned her own business for 9 years but her partner Joseph Wolfgram was used to life in the corporate world so they decided to ease into working together. He started by bringing an element of support to her and the business. They chose the nomadic RV life after taking an extended vacation in an RV and realizing that they really wanted to continue traveling. They immediately recognized that living in an RV and working from home is a huge commitment and so they both take it seriously. Listen to Jacqui and Joseph describe how they are living out their dream living their lives fully.

TWEET THIS: Discover how business and life partners Jacqui Letran and Joseph Wolfgram keep at it and dig deep to continue working together as a couple on this episode of My Biz Bestie.

How do they divide their tasks?

Jacqui and Joseph don’t feel that they have a strict division of labor. Instead, they know their strengths and each other’s strengths and are able to work those strengths into a more natural division of labor. They really respect each other and are both committed to making their business a success. They understand that they are working together to achieve their goals and that no one has to take all the credit. Discover how they keep at it and dig deep to continue working together as a couple on this episode of My Biz Bestie.

How do they keep their personal and business relationship separate?

Joseph and Jacqui work quite differently from each other. She loves her work and can work 24/7. Joseph also loves his work but sets boundaries surrounding work time. She gets up and is immediately ready to get to work. He is grounded and appreciates slowly easing into things. His morning routine begins with meditation so it took some practice for Jacqui to keep a quiet time from 7-9 am. They recognize to strike a balance it requires constant communication. They are able to work and live in such a small space because they love and like each other and they can both communicate their need for space and boundaries.

What is their advice for others considering working together as a couple?

Working together as a couple can be a challenge. Communication is the key to solving problems that arise. Joseph explains that there are only 3 causes of upset in the world.

  1. Unmet expectations

  2. Thwarted intentions

  3. Miscommunication that leads to one of the other 2

If you do get upset about something pause for a moment and think about why you are upset. After thinking you can respond rather than reacting. When you seek to understand it will save you an argument. Consider your expectations. If you don’t fully understand your expectations then how can your partner know what was expected from you? Think about whether your expectations were realistic and consider your partner’s expectations. Did you communicate your expectations in a way that your partner understood? Jacqui and Joseph have so many golden nuggets of advice to share with other couples so be sure to listen to this episode of My Biz Bestie to hear them all.

In this episode...

  • [3:12] How did they get the idea to work together and from their RV?

  • [6:55] How long have they been working together?

  • [13:45] How do they keep their personal and business relationship separate?

  • [25:06] Do they ever need a break from each other?

  • [28:08] He can’t multitask but she can

  • [33:15] What is their advice for couples considering working together?

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How to Improve Your Leadership and Communication Skills with Maureen Werrbach #62

Megastar entrepreneur Maureen Werrbach joins the My Biz Bestie podcast to discuss how to improve leadership and communication skills to help you grow your business. Maureen has her eggs in many baskets and has learned how to successfully juggle multiple businesses. She has her own counseling practice with 3 locations, a consulting business, and she is in a partnership with other mental health professionals. Maureen understands that the secret to success is building an amazing team to stand behind you. Listen to Maureen discuss how to become an effective leader and communicator so that you can build your team and grow your business.

What is Radical Candor?

Maureen first heard about the book, Radical Candor, in a Facebook group. She made a note of it and then read the book several months later. The book teaches you how to recognize and navigate your own emotions by breaking down your management style into 4 different quadrants. The quadrants are based on a scale of how much you care personally and how willing you are to challenge people directly, The 4 different quadrants are called Ruinous Empathy, Manipulative Insincerity, Obnoxious Aggression, and Radical Candor. Listen to this episode to discover how you can improve your leadership and communication skills.

TWEET THIS: Learn how to improve your leadership and #CommunicationSkills with Maureen Werrbach on this episode of #MyBizBestie

How can you measure your management approach?

The book Radical Candor provides readers with a framework to measure interactions with team members. You fall into a certain quadrant based on how much you care personally and how willing you are to challenge people directly. Many women fall into the Manipulative Insecurity quadrant due to caring about what others think of them. Manipulative Insincerity occurs when someone gives a false positive approach and is often fearful of hurting others’ feelings.

Often times a male-dominated workplace can be led by those within the Obnoxious Aggression quadrant. This quadrant can be characterized by belittling and complimenting at the same time as well as by a lack of consistent feedback. The ideal to strive for is Radical Candor which is when you care personally but also have the ability to challenge others directly. You can manage your expectations and communicate your needs. A radically candid person understands how to give direct feedback to help others improve.

How did Maureen personally adjust her leadership and communication skills after working through Radical Candor?

As Maureen read and worked through the book she realized that her leadership and communication skills fell into the category of Manipulative Insincerity. She had never thought there was anything wrong with her communication style but quickly realized that she cared greatly about how her team felt about her. This would often lead her to put off talking to her team about issues that would arise. She realized that if she didn’t challenge her team she wasn’t being an effective leader. She now understands that if she cares about a team member’s personal and professional growth that she needs to communicate problems effectively and in a timely manner.

Separate the problem from the person

Often people tend to put off difficult conversations until small issues turn into big problems. One way to communicate an issue to a team member is to completely separate the problem from the person. When discussing the issue a great way to bring it up is to stand together with the team member and help them to visualize the problem in another space. By standing together with them you help them to understand that they are not the problem. The action is in another space entirely and the action is what needs to change. Listen to Maureen discuss Radical Candor and leave some feedback on the My Biz Bestie website or on Instagram about how you will implement this in your business.

In this episode...

  • [3:52] How did she come across Radical Candor?

  • [10:00] How did she personally adjust her style of communication?

  • [28:22] The ideal team player is humble, hungry, and smart

  • [32:34] Teach your team how to take radically candid feedback

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How to Collaborate with Others to Build Your Business with Leanne Peterson #61

Are you looking to collaborate with others to build your business? Do you have loads of creative ideas that you can share with the world if you just had the right partner? Collaborative genius, Leanne Peterson, joins the My Biz Bestie podcast to share her expertise in this area. She has a lot of wisdom to share on how to collaborate with others both at your level of success and beyond. Listen to this episode to hear her share her experience on collaborating with others to grow your community and your business.

How do you reach out to collaborate with others on a project?

Everyone likes the idea of collaborating on a project with others. But then people tend to stumble on the how. How do you collaborate with someone? How do you reach out? What do you say? What do you do?

When you want to work with someone at your level, collaboration is easy. It can be as easy as picking up the phone or shooting off an email and pitching your idea. You have to ask, but sometimes its easier and more affordable than you think. You never know what the other person is thinking, your idea may be an exciting opportunity for them.

TWEET THIS: If you want to go fast go alone, if you want to go far go together

Start where you are

You probably shouldn’t reach out and call Oprah just yet. Start small. You can look to other sole business owners around you and see how you can build a project that would be mutually beneficial. You can also step out of your box. Sometimes as online business owners people tend to think that they have to stay in the online space. But you can look around at the local businesses in your area to see if there are opportunities right under your nose. Local businesses may have resources that you don’t and you may have more reach than they do. You never know what can become of a relationship until you reach out. Start with a small project and see if you want to continue building a relationship to collaborate on something bigger.

How do you collaborate with someone who is out of your league?

Creating a business is all about building different relationships. Begin to think about your long-term business goals and then think about who you want to develop relationships with. If you are looking to begin a relationship with someone a few steps ahead of you in their business then try becoming a fangirl. Stalk them online, take their classes, join their masterminds. Taking their courses is a great way to get in front of them. You can then begin to build touchpoints to build the relationship you want. You can then start nurturing your relationship so that when the time comes to make the big ask, they will already know you and understand who you are and what you do. Listen to Leanne Peterson describe how to reach out to others who are just beyond your reach on this episode of My Biz Bestie.

Feel the fear and do it anyway

Reaching out to others can be scary but changing your mindset can help you grow. Curiosity and fear can’t exist at the same time. So if you are curious about what the outcome will be you won’t have the space to be scared about what will happen. When reaching out it can be helpful to have a script when calling or you can just wing it. You might feel those 7 hard seconds before you press the send button on the email or call button on the phone. But feel the fear and do it anyway. Discover how to feel more confident about collaborating with others by listening to Leanne’s sage advice on this episode of My Biz Bestie.

In this episode...

  • [3:12] Everyone likes the idea of collaborating, but how to do it?

  • [8:07] It's smart to look around you at your local space

  • [12:25] Creating a business is all about building different relationships

  • [16:15] How did Leanne choose who to collaborate with?

  • [25:39] Get in front of someone else’s audience

  • [32:05] How well has Leanne planned out her events?

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The Keys to Building and Maintaining Business Relationships with Betsy Furler #60

Even if you’re great at networking you may struggle with maintaining business relationships. It can be a struggle to keep up with those contacts that you have met in various different circumstances. Your App Lady and networking extraordinaire, Betsy Furler, joins the My Biz Bestie podcast to discuss the power of networking and the often forgotten role of maintaining business relationships. Listen in to this conversation to learn from Betsy’s expertise and discover how important networking and maintaining relationships are.

Betsy is a speech pathologist that turned into Your App Lady

Betsy Furler is a speech pathologist with a passion for helping people with disabilities. Her work in speech pathology has led her to connect with many people with disabilities. This led her to help companies create disability-friendly workplaces. She loves apps and is passionate about the use of apps and technology to help those with disabilities. Her company, For All Abilities, helps people with disabilities navigate challenges in the workplace and brings disability awareness to workplaces around the world. Listen to this episode to hear how

You may want to rethink taking a break over the holidays

Many people take a break from their business and networking over the holidays. But Betsy learned that even during downtime networking can lead to real payoffs. She shares a story about how continuing to network over the holidays paid off in a big way. She attended one networking event which led to another and ended up making connections which sparked a domino effect. That one networking decision to attend an event during Christmastime landed her 4 amazing meetings with people that were highly connected all over the world in her field. Those 4 meetings resulted in 2 consulting gigs.

Build genuine relationships, not just business contacts

Betsy is not a shy person she is the epitome of an extrovert. She knows a lot of people and loves to meet people randomly. The great thing about Betsy is that she speaks to everyone as if they are her best friend. What makes her conversations different from many other people is that she always exchanges her contact information and stays in touch with the people she meets. Betsy is intentional about continuing the connections she has made. She loves to nurture those connections and build real relationships. She is genuinely interested in people’s lives, not just as business connections.

The importance of maintaining business relationships

Betsy understands just how important it is to maintain business relationships. She knows that networking doesn’t stop at attending conferences and cocktail parties. To maintain her professional relationships she keeps track of her contacts by using a simple spreadsheet. She tried different apps but found the best way to keep track of her networking contacts is with a spreadsheet. She has columns for their name, their contact information, where she met them, when they met, and other interesting information about the contact. She keeps it updated as she gets to know them. She goes through the spreadsheet about once a month. She is trying to be more intentional about nurturing her relationships with people on a more regular basis. Learn how to create and maintain business relationships on this episode of My Biz Bestie with Betsy Furler.

In this episode...

  • [3:12] You never know when networking will pay off

  • [9:57] What makes Betsy’s network so amazing?

  • [14:45] A cautionary tale about keeping track of connections

  • [18:09] A simple spreadsheet is all she needs to keep track of her networking

  • [21:25] How she met a group of tech company CEO’s

  • [26:27] Betsy only attends conferences where she could make connections

  • [37:09] Look for paid events

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