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This show will deliver real, honest business tips about how to grow, scale and create sustainable revenue in your business. If you are looking to cut through the bullshit and get the honest and straightforward truth about what it takes to create a profitable business, this show is for you. Each episode is specifically crafted to speak directly to solopreneurs, entrepreneurs, small business owners, service-based online business owners, professionals, coaches, consultants, strategists, freelan ...
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CEO Amplify | Small business operations, time blocking, setting priorities, business growth strategies

Donna Dube | Certified Director of Operations, Business Growth Strategist

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Are you ready to work smarter, not harder? Have you found yourself caught in the whirlwind of day-to-day operations in your business, constantly battling fires instead of focusing on strategic growth? Are you bursting with innovative ideas but struggling to execute them successfully? Are you ready to step into your role as a visionary CEO and become the master of your business's destiny? It's time to break free from the weeds and gain clarity on how to prioritize tasks effectively. I underst ...
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Inspired by the likes of Steve Jobs, Simon Sinek, Napoleon Hill, Michael Gerber, Dale Carnagie and more... Derick Van Ness and Meghan Pope discuss business strategies, life success, and how to find happiness with some of the smartest (and quirkiest) entrepreneurs and business leaders on the planet! Whether you own a small business, are a solopreneur, work from home, or are looking to start up your own company and be self employed, you'll get inspiration, motivation, and (most importantly) nu ...
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Tactical and practical marketing ideas, strategies and resources for small business owners and entrepreneurs. Bethany Meadows has been the president of Vertical Solutions Media for the past 14 years. Vertical Solutions Media is a full-service marketing agency located in Birmingham, Alabama. They specialize in brand development, content marketing and growth strategies. Get out of survival mode! It's your TIME TO THRIVE! Learn more about Time to Thrive marketing iniatitives for business owners ...
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Climbing the Ranks: SEO Mastery with Social Spike" is your go-to podcast for mastering the art of Search Engine Optimization (SEO). We're here to help you navigate the digital landscape, breaking down complex SEO concepts into simple, actionable steps. Each episode brings you valuable insights, expert tips, and real-world success stories to help your business ascend the digital ranks. Whether you're a seasoned entrepreneur or a budding business owner, join us on this journey to enhance your ...
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In this episode of "The Real Truth about Business," we dive into the often-dreaded topic of sales processes. Host Michelle DeNio provides insights and tips on building a unique sales process tailored to your business and style, emphasizing the importance of confidence and relationship building in the sales journey. Key Points Understanding your bus…
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Imagine yourself as the captain of your ship, steering your business towards your goals. In this episode, we delve into the crucial role of effective leadership in your business. Believe it or not, simply having a team will not solve all your challenges. Join us and learn about four essential steps every CEO must take to lead with impact: developin…
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“How many times have you said to yourself, I just thought I’d be further by now?” That’s the question that this episode examines. Maybe you thought you’d be at a different financial stage by now or maybe you imagined you’d have a much larger team. But somehow you’re not feeling that you’re at the place you want to be or getting the results you want…
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Introduction: In this episode I am discussing the topic of Passion vs. Paycheck: Saying Yes, Chasing Money, and Finding Passion. I delve into the controversial aspect of chasing a paycheck versus pursuing one's passion and provide insights on finding a balance for business growth and sustainability. Key Points: 1. The importance of chasing a payche…
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In this episode, I'll share a powerful framework for prioritization inspired by the US Navy SEALs and the Department of Defense. We're splitting tasks into three categories - essential, critical, and desirable - to help you allocate your time to the tasks that matter most. Join me and learn how to implement time management techniques like time bloc…
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What I want to talk about today is empathy. Specifically, I want to talk about how your empathy may be hurting your business. Possibly in ways you’ve never considered before. There are ways you may be getting in your own way through empathy. Now I’m not saying that empathy is a bad trait or in any way wrong, that’s not it. I am saying there is a ti…
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In this episode, I am sharing the importance of understanding how to balance the daily grind with long-term business goals. We will talk about the importance of finding a happy medium between the two and provide actionable insights for achieving this balance. Summary of the Episode: The episode focuses on the struggle of balancing daily tasks with …
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A topic came up during our Anchored Leadership training that is a challenge faced by many small businesses. It’s something every business owner with a team will face sooner or later. What to do when a key member of your team leaves? Regardless of whether that person is going away temporarily, on an extended vacation or maternity leave, or they’ll b…
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Tired of the feast-or-famine cycle in your business? Do you get so busy serving one client that you have no time to attract the next one? In this episode, I'll guide you through the essential steps to create a 12-month profit plan. To conclude our series on planning your year, we'll walk through the essential steps of mapping out your marketing and…
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In this episode, I discuss the potential drawbacks of niching oneself too far in business. Drawing from a recent mastermind conversation, I delve into the limitations of being overly niche and the importance of educating your clients about the breadth of your services. Summary: I address the common advice in the online space to niche down and focus…
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Today I'm thrilled to be diving into the world of effective goal setting with you again. In the next part of our series on goal setting for the year, we'll explore the step-by-step process of building systems for the four key areas of business focus - captivate, connect, cultivate, and convert. Setting specific, measurable, and time-bound goals for…
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If you’ve done your strategic planning for 2024, you may have laid out some big goals, and you might be asking yourself “Is business coaching worth it?”. I’m going to be exceptionally candid with you in this episode. Business coaching is a great help but it’s not always the best investment for you and your business in certain situations. You want t…
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If reacting to emergencies has become your default business strategy, listen in for the keys to building a business with purpose and intention. Designing your business starts with having a clear vision and setting strategic goals for your work and personal life. In the previous 2 episodes, we walked through setting goals based on what you want your…
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In this episode, I want to chat with you about the growth stage of entrepreneurship and emphasizes the importance of recognizing and celebrating this stage. We talk about the difference between growth and scaling and encourages business owners to focus on sustainable growth rather than rushing to scale. I also believe that the growth stage is one o…
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We entrepreneurs tend to have big dreams, big ideas, and visionary goals. Sometimes we find ourselves at the right time to set those goals into something solid. Like in January, we might decide to finally write that book or launch that course. Or when we hit a certain financial goal. What often happens, though, is that we allow other people’s criti…
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In this episode, Michelle interviews Matt Allyn, a content creator and storytelling expert. They discuss the overwhelming nature of the content game and how to find a content strategy that resonates with you. Matt shares his journey from engineering to content creation and emphasizes the importance of authenticity in connecting with your audience. …
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Are you ready to architect your dream year? In this episode of the CEO Amplify Podcast, we explore how to strategically plan for success in both your personal life and your business. Join us as we dive into dreaming and envisioning upgrades in health, relationships, hobbies, and material desires, while also identifying upgrades for your business. P…
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Something really successful people often do, when telling their stories of rags to riches or hardship to success, is they sort of gloss over the decade or so in between difficult struggle and amazing achievements. But it’s in that between time where the work is really done. And I think we need to hear how to actually navigate that decade or so when…
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In this episode, we are chatting about the problem with stretch goals and why I'm not a fan of them. She emphasizes the importance of setting attainable goals that are relevant to one's business and resources. Michelle highlights the discouragement that comes from setting unrealistic goals and encourages celebrating milestones along the way. She al…
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In this episode, we're exploring the role of reflection in your strategic plan for your business. Your past experiences are full of lessons waiting to be discovered that will help you break free from recurring challenges. I'll guide you through actionable steps to examine your progress in 2023, helping you analyze what worked and what didn't. Armed…
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A piece of advice my grandma gave to me before my wedding is what inspired this episode. I asked her, What do you think the key is to a long-lasting marriage? And she said, Well, I think that it’s sometimes you need to not say what you’re thinking. This got me thinking about how much focus we place on speaking well, on communicating our own thought…
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On this first episode of 2024, we're celebrating YOU! Life as a business owner isn't like the glamorous image we see. From the outside, people who look at us see money and vacations; no one sees the hard work we do every day behind the scenes. Your dedication to your project makes this struggle worth it. That in itself is a reason to celebrate! As …
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In this episode, I wanted to be open and honest and share my vision for 2024 and the importance of doing less to accomplish more. To emphasize the need to focus on what truly matters and to say no to obligations that don't align with one's goals. In this episode we will be discussing my key success factors, including protecting her schedule and avo…
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I’m putting a twist on goal setting for the new year in this episode. We are always looking for the payoff or the reward or what the destination is and we often forget to have fun in the moment of living. So while you’re setting intentions and planning for the new year, I want to set out this challenge: what goals can you set that aren’t about achi…
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Summary In this episode, Michelle reflects on the year and shares a mishmash of topics. She expresses gratitude for her listeners and invites feedback for the podcast. Michelle emphasizes the importance of normalizing communication in sales and encourages people to let others know when they are no longer interested. She reminds listeners that they …
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No, this episode has not come out a week late. I want to talk about what I believe is the most magical week of the year: the last week, between the 26th and January. I take this week to slow down, to spend time in pyjamas, being cozy and drinking tea. I put together a puzzle and read a book or watch a movie. I let go of the chaos. But I also do som…
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Today, we're going to talk about the dangerous territory of overcommitment - saying yes to everything, drowning in tasks, and being pulled in many different directions at once. As visionary leaders, we need to master protecting our time by setting some internal limitations. First, we need to understand what's going on in our minds first. I'll show …
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Summary In this episode, Michelle discusses the difference between sales and marketing. She emphasizes the importance of understanding the distinction between the two and how they work together to generate revenue. Michelle also provides practical tips for implementing effective sales and marketing strategies, including the importance of follow-up,…
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What subtle pitfalls could be undermining your business growth? Overcomplicating is a sneaky mistake that many of us make without realizing it. We look at what other people are doing that makes them successful, and then we try to expand our own businesses by copying everything they've done. Before long, we've lost the core goals and offerings that …
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I have an amazing guest to share with you, someone who will inspire your marketing journey and make you feel empowered to embrace your uniqueness. Cheryl Floris is a mother and a lifelong creative who founded Hey Sunny Studio to specifically help women in business build a thriving brand. Cheryl worked in the health and fitness industry and through …
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Summary: In this client spotlight episode, Michelle interviews Jena Paulo, a ClickUp consultant. They discuss Jena's journey from offering various services to specializing in project management using ClickUp. They also talk about the transition from the retainer model to the VIP day model, the importance of maintaining relationships, and Jena's exp…
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Overthinking is the silent killer of entrepreneurship. In this episode, we'll discover how to break free from analysis paralysis, trust your instincts, and make decisions that propel your business forward. One tool to escape overthinking is allowing yourself to change your mind if your decision doesn't give you the results you expect. Fear of not h…
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Today I want to take a moment to talk about joy. Not just joy itself, but about finding joy when it’s not easy to see. Right now a lot of people, people both close and unrelated to me, are going through incredible challenges - loss of loved ones, health issues, financial struggles, not being able to meet basic needs - and coupled with what’s going …
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Summary In this episode, Michelle discusses the importance of relationship marketing and its role in attracting and retaining customers. She compares relationship marketing to attraction marketing and highlights the benefits of combining both strategies. Michelle shares examples of relationship marketing, such as building communities and implementi…
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How do you feel about the idea of taking completely unplugged time off from your business? Leaving your business unattended can seem anxiety-inducing, but it doesn't have to be that way if you set a solid plan in place. In this episode, we're talking about how you can prepare beforehand to have your business run smoothly even if you're not around. …
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I am talking about something that I know all too well in this episode: feeling awkward in social settings. I’m specifically talking about holiday parties and networking events for those of us who are socially anxious and who find social events stressful and nerve-wracking. You’re not alone! I’ve found some things that help me not just survive but a…
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In this episode, Michelle interviews a long time client of hers and spiritual mentor, Britt Chemla Jones to share her journey of business growth as well as share her incredible wisdom on how to live a more spiritual and mindful life. Michelle and Britt talk about the impact of pushing boundaries and embracing discomfort. This episode dives into the…
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Welcome back, CEOs! In today's episode, I'm diving head first into the secrets of commanding respect like a true leader. As business owners, we often find ourselves struggling to say no, over-committing and stretching ourselves too thin. But the truth is that we didn't start our businesses to be popular. We created them to deliver the promise of ou…
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I was listening to a podcast that was advising leaders on how to take the emotion out of delivering difficult news to employees and it got me fired up. I believe taking the emotion out of anything is taking the humanity out of connection. That’s what I’m talking about today: how to be a great leader by working with your emotions. Delivering hard ne…
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In this episode, Michelle dives into the dynamic world of business trends, offering valuable insights and reflections on what to embrace and what to let go as we move into 2024. The discussion spans various aspects, from seasonal trends in individual businesses to broader industry shifts. Michelle emphasizes the importance of observing patterns, co…
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Get ready to identify and plug potential leaks in your profit plan! In this episode of CEO Amplify, we'll take a journey through the 5 stages of the customer experience and reveal a strategic approach that can turn those leaks into tremendous success. With systems to attract new leads, convert them into customers, and exceed their expectations, you…
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I love to talk to female entrepreneurs who are embracing the journey. Hearing their stories is inspiring and they often share insights about entrepreneurship that may be a bit different than what we have learned in traditional leadership and business courses. So I’m thrilled today to talk with Ruby Cole-Ellis, founder of The Maby Studio and the Syl…
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In this episode, Michelle dives into the intricacies of envisioning success for the upcoming year and explores the deeper aspects of vision casting, moving beyond the traditional concept of vision boards and material successes. Here are the few of the key takeaways: Connecting with Your Why: Vision casting goes beyond material desires; it's about u…
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Along your entrepreneur journey, you've probably been encouraged to pick a revenue goal. It sounds good on paper, but setting a goal will not lead you to success unless you have a plan for how you will achieve that goal. In this episode, I'll teach you how to make a sustainable profit plan for your business. It begins with deciding what you want yo…
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I read a study about small business owners that included the statistic that only 1 in 5 small business owners take a regular break from work when needed and that taking time off work didn’t guarantee being rested. How can that be? Today I’m diving into the topic of rest for solopreneurs and small business owners to explore what rest truly means and…
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In this episode, we are diving DEEP into the KEY data sources hiding in your business that are goldmines of information! Data is the secret sauce to understanding your business thoroughly, even if it might seem intimidating or dull at first. In this episode we break it down into four key areas: financial, operations, sales and marketing, and client…
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Are you tempted to rush into implementing your latest idea for your business? Running into execution without proper planning is like building a house without a blueprint -- you'll spend much more time and effort with lower chances of success than if you had planned beforehand. In this episode, I'll introduce a framework for evaluating which ideas t…
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Today I’m talking to you about becoming an anchored leader. Before you decide to skip this episode because you think it doesn’t apply to you - you’re not a boss or a CEO, you’re not in a senior management position - know that I’m actually directly talking to you. Anchored leadership is not about having a title. It’s the ability to lead from whereve…
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In this episode, Michelle introduces a series for the month of November focused on preparing for 2024. She emphasizes the importance of reflection as a foundation for successful planning and encourages listeners to start by assessing themselves in various aspects of their lives, including personal successes, skills, strengths, celebrations, and are…
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Welcome back to CEO Amplify! In today's episode, we're diving deep into the harsh truths of burnout that many entrepreneurs face. I'll share my personal story of being stuck on the burnout hamster wheel and feeling exhausted and overwhelmed. Then, we'll explore 3 empowering choices that can lead you to a more balanced life: setting boundaries, list…
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