Improv-ing Business

Hosted by Rick Norris and Brandon Norris

improv-ing-businessIf only there was a perfect formula or rule book for running a small business or managing your personal finances. The reality is that most of us are making day-to-day decisions based on common sense and what seems right in a very complex and fast-paced world. On Improv-ing Business, Rick and Brandon introduce tools and tips for personal and business finances through a lens of story-telling and comedy improv. Tune in each week and keep your balance sheet in check by growing new products, finding new markets and serving your customers. Improv-ing Business, where business and personal finances take a front row seat.

Improv-ing Business, where business and personal finances take a front row seat.

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Episode #75 Google and the art of Separating Business Fads from Reality (Final episode!) Podcast Episode

Are you looking to start a business?  Or, do you currently own a business that seems to be jumping at any opportunity to succeed? Today Rick and Brandon talk about the creation of Google and how their historic rise to fame can help you in your small and mid-sized business.  They’ll be tapping some ideas … Continue reading Episode #75 Google and the art of Separating Business Fads from Reality (Final episode!)

Episode #74 How to Spend Money Wisely while on Vacation Podcast Episode

Now that you planned your vacation, what next?  Last week Brandon and Rick talked about how to plan your vacation finances, but all the plans may go south if you don’t implement them.  Join them as they talk about how to stay on budget and still enjoy your vacation.             … Continue reading Episode #74 How to Spend Money Wisely while on Vacation

Episode #73 How to Travel Smartly and Not Wind Up on Your Own Personal “Kon Tiki” Podcast Episode

It’s vacation planning time!  We’ve talked about Airbnb scams, but now we’ll touch on how to financially plan a vacation and not ruin it. We’ll be talking about one of the greatest planned travel experiences, the 1947 Kon-Titi raft trip by Thor Heyerdal from Peru to Polynesia.             ( Download the … Continue reading Episode #73 How to Travel Smartly and Not Wind Up on Your Own Personal “Kon Tiki”

Episode #72 Elon Musk: Entrepreneur and Strategist Podcast Episode

Did you ever wonder how some individuals are so successful that they actually change the world?  Are you trying to change your world by starting a new business?  Today we talk about combing strategy and entrepreneurship, the dynamic duo of business success.  We’ll be pulling a little information from Lean Strategy by David Collins. Harvard … Continue reading Episode #72 Elon Musk: Entrepreneur and Strategist

Episode #71 Executing a Strategy that Will Send Your new Company into Orbitz! Podcast Episode

Have you booked a vacation on Orbitz?  Did you ever wonder how that easy-to-use business got off the ground?  Rick and Brandon talk about a few quick strategies using this amazing company that may help you get that dream business off the ground.  They use some ideas from an article, How to Hedge Your Strategic … Continue reading Episode #71 Executing a Strategy that Will Send Your new Company into Orbitz!

Episode #70 How Not to Get Ripped off through Online Vacation Rentals Sites like Airbnb Podcast Episode

Are you thinking of booking a rental for vacation through Airbnb or other online services?  Are you a little uneasy about sending your money and wondering if a rental will be waiting for you when you arrive?  Many unfortunately have lost a lot of money.  Today, Brandon and Rick give you some tips on how … Continue reading Episode #70 How Not to Get Ripped off through Online Vacation Rentals Sites like Airbnb

Episode #69 Are you Always “On” as a Leader? Winston Churchill Wasn’t Podcast Episode

Do you feel like you have to be “anywhere” and “everywhere”? Today’s “always on” work culture is taking a heavy toll on today’s leaders. How is this constant anxiety affecting your co-workers?  Rick and Brandon give some quick pointers on how you can reverse this trend using Winston Churchill’s example of how to balance a … Continue reading Episode #69 Are you Always “On” as a Leader? Winston Churchill Wasn’t

Episode #68 Muzzling your employees without really meaning it! Podcast Episode

Do you own or manage a company that asks for employee feedback?  Are you an employee of such company? Today Rick and Brandon talk about employee feedback. What you expect, what they expect and how your initial introduction to a potential employee can set the culture of the entire relationship. We will be drawing on some … Continue reading Episode #68 Muzzling your employees without really meaning it!

Episode #67 Do You Work for an Ego Maniac? Have you asked your Employees? Podcast Episode

Does your company suffer from lackluster performance?  Does your company function in an atmosphere of fear?  Is there a large employee turnover and very few explanations as to why?  Rick worked at a place like that while installing car stereos for an “interesting character” at the ages 16-18.  Today, Rick and Brandon talk about a … Continue reading Episode #67 Do You Work for an Ego Maniac? Have you asked your Employees?

Episode #66 Walking forward with Debt without falling into a hole and getting in over your head Podcast Episode

Has debt got you down?  Do you feel hopeless? Do you know how you got into an unimaginable level of debt?  Today Rick and Brandon examine three types of debt: Student loans, credit cards, and home equity loans, and how you can identify and possibly solve your debt problems.             … Continue reading Episode #66 Walking forward with Debt without falling into a hole and getting in over your head