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The Big Payoff is a show about the relationship between your business growth and your personal growth. Hosts Rachel Bellow and Suzanne Muchin are long time business partners who have launched and sold a number of their strategy companies and are STILL best friends. Each week, Rachel and Suzanne talk to you and their in-studio guests just like they talk to each other all day long. They will help you think about your career and your life in new ways. So get a cup of coffee, a juice cleanse or a tumbler of vodka, and let's get started.

The Big Payoff is a show about the relationship between your business growth and your personal growth. Hosts Rachel Bellow and Suzanne Muchin are long time business partners who have launched and sold a number of their strategy companies and are STILL best friends. Each week, Rachel and Suzanne talk to you and their in-studio guests just like they talk to each other all day long. They will help you think about your career and your life in new ways. So get a cup of coffee, a juice cleanse or a tumbler of vodka, and let's get started.
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The Big Payoff is a show about the relationship between your business growth and your personal growth. Hosts Rachel Bellow and Suzanne Muchin are long time business partners who have launched and sold a number of their strategy companies and are STILL best friends. Each week, Rachel and Suzanne talk to you and their in-studio guests just like they talk to each other all day long. They will help you think about your career and your life in new ways. So get a cup of coffee, a juice cleanse or a tumbler of vodka, and let's get started.

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Episodes

Unlocking Your Creativity (and Theirs) |The Big Payoff

6/18/2018
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Being “the person who is always SO creative” at work isn’t always easy. But according to Rachel and Suzanne, it’s the quality your boss (and others) want from you more than anything else. The good news is that they believe everyone can get better at it. In this episode, Suzanne and Rachel are on a mission to help you and those around you step up, break out, and in the process, have a whole lot more fun.

Duration:00:20:17

How to have a great conversation |The Big Payoff

6/7/2018
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Conversation is the key to getting what you want--at home, at work, and in all the spaces between. Just imagine if every conversation you had were a great one– satisfying, riveting, forward moving. Suzanne wishes that life were like episodes of the West Wing...but sadly, there’s no script for that. However, there ARE rules that make our real life conversations so much better and we share them with you in this episode...and Aaron Sorkin won’t make you talk at breakneck speed...while walking.

Duration:00:23:02

Where Your Loyalty Lies |The Big Payoff

5/24/2018
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No doubt you have made many professional and personal decisions based all or in part on loyalty. Most often your loyalty is to a “who,” but it can also be to a “what” (a company, a brand) or even to the idea of loyalty itself. On this episode, Rachel and Suzanne look at where your loyalties lie, push you to think about whether you have a misplaced understanding of the rationale behind those commitments. They’ll tell stories about their own “loyalties gone bad”, and the hard lessons...

Duration:00:20:15

Excel as an Introvert | with Tom Yorton | The Big Payoff

5/8/2018
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As an introvert, you think you can’t be powerful in a room, or that you need to change your nature if you want to command attention. Not true. In this episode, Suzanne, the self-proclaimed introvert of the dynamic duo, gets some fantastic on air coaching from Tom Yorton, founder and CEO of Shyne Advisors, a practice dedicated to the pursuit of “original communications for quiet leaders.” Rachel is forced to listen to their conversation while on mute. You can hear Suzanne’s giddiness loud...

Duration:00:35:08

The Myth of Me Time |The Big Payoff

4/3/2018
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“I just wish I had a day to myself!” is your familiar battle cry. So let’s say you are gifted a day of me time. Then what? You go back to your regular life of feeling pulled in a million directions, stressed, and taking care of everyone else but yourself. We are challenging this whole myth of “time for myself” and calling bullsh*t on what we see as a fundamental error in how you treat your days. We have a solution-- one that will give you more nourishment for yourself, so that you don’t...

Duration:00:19:15

I’ll have what she’s having | Episode 105 | The Big Payoff

3/26/2018
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You look at what your friend or colleague is doing and you wish you could do that, too. You get that gnawing feeling of “I should be more of this...I should do more of that…but then you realize, “but that’s not me.” In this episode we’ll talk about how this experience can actually help you see what you really want and how to go and get it. As one wise podcaster says (listen closely): “The disease of our era is that everyone wants to be and nobody wants to become.” Well, we have the cure.

Duration:00:17:40

Are you a producer or a consumer? |The Big Payoff

3/7/2018
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In early January, Rachel and Suzanne made a startling discovery: their friend Rob English, a super cool, frontiersman of culture and fashion, casually let it drop made a pledge to stop shopping in 2018. He will not buy anything that isn’t essential - no clothes, no home goods, no accessories. What started out as a behavioral experiment has turned into a soul searching exercise to find a different measure of his creativity. Uh oh. That sounded like a challenge. So they took it...for Q1, at...

Duration:00:28:16

The Small Stuff is a Big Deal | The Big Payoff

2/27/2018
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If you want to really get under Suzanne’s skin, tell her “hey, don’t sweat the small stuff.” Rachel, on the other well-manicured hand, confesses that she’s happier away from the minutiae and does what she can to avoid Suzanne’s control freak “inner hulk” (check out a previous episode by the same name). In this episode, the duo debate whether the big decisions are actually made or broken by the small stuff (and we don’t mean Suzanne).

Duration:00:16:01

How to fight the good fight | The Big Payoff

2/5/2018
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Some of us like a good fight, and some of us flee at the first sign of confrontation. But no matter what your instincts tell you, there are many reasons to learn why, when and how to argue well. In this episode, Rachel and Suzanne duke it out over their own bad arguing habits, and bring on media expert and the arguing heavy weight champion of the world: Hank Norman. Warning: while listening to Hank, you may feel the desire to throw a good punch. Go ahead. He’s ok with that.

Duration:00:26:16

In Praise of Compliments

1/24/2018
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Does the act of giving someone a compliment pave the way for a more productive work meeting? And how do you praise someone authentically, and avoid the “Gap greeter” approach (which is to tell you that your ski hat is so adorable because they’ve been trained to believe that saying that to you when you walk in the door will make you feel like buying more). In this episode, Rachel and Suzanne break down the Art of the Compliment. Also? Rachel bemoans what’s become an all too familiar...

Duration:00:20:02

The Best of the Big Payoff 100 (if we don’t say so ourselves) | The Big Payoff

1/11/2018
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We have a special treat for you. (Ok, it was for us to, but really, it was for you.) To mark the 100th episode of The Big Payoff Podcast, we thought it would be fun to share our favorite episodes. Some of our picks were those our listeners related to most, and some were those where we really did help ourselves (always a bonus). There were also a few that simply contained moments that only audio can capture. We appreciate each and every one of you who takes the 24 minutes out of your day to...

Duration:00:27:13

Own It | Episode 87 | The Big Payoff

12/15/2017
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We know how it goes-- you get an assignment that you completely dread. You wonder if anyone will notice if you do a half-assed job. You start fantasizing about how you can get out of it– who can you get to do it for you. Today we’re going to give you the strange secret to getting REAL satisfaction from a dreaded project and your job-- even one you are hating on right now. You will not only end up doing better, you will feel better. Warning: it’s completely counterintuitive. So much so that...

Duration:00:16:31

Managing your Boss | Episode 86 | The Big Payoff

11/30/2017
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Learning how to manage other people isn’t always about your working relationship with those in your charge- it’s just as crucial to know how to manage those in charge of you. It’s called managing up and it can make all the difference in your day to day work life and your overall career path. While it might feel cathartic to complain about your “bad boss” it feels so much better to figure out how to work with her and get your sh*t done! We’ll share with tips to successfully managing your...

Duration:00:15:34

Claiming your expertise | Episode 85 | The Big Payoff

11/13/2017
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When someone asks you, “What do you do?” you go right to your job title, and possibly even say something self-deprecating as a chaser. But that’s not the way to claim your expertise, or your power in the room. Here’s a hint at what you’ll hear on this podcast: your expertise is a far bigger piece of territory than you think. It’s the skills, talents, insights and experience that you’ve accumulated over time, and now it’s just about claiming that package. Rachel and Suzanne help you fill...

Duration:00:31:51

Planning for that difficult conversation | Episode 83 | The Big Payoff

11/1/2017
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You are anticipating a difficult conversation, so you have the whole narrative figured out. You’ve painstakingly scripted both sides of the conversation. The bad news: it NEVER goes the way you think it will, and you’ve wasted your time and energy for nothing. The good news: help is on the way. Listen in as Rachel tries to counsel Suzanne on this issue, and proves that she is a better podcast host than behavioral psychologist (or maybe Suzanne is just a terrible patient).

Duration:00:15:47

You’re Such a Badass | Episode 84 | The Big Payoff

10/20/2017
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You are hearing and seeing this term everywhere, right? You share your opinion at a meeting, and you’re a badass. Or maybe you pull an all nighter for the presentation…or give a talk in front of a group…or run a 5k And the next thing you know...you’re a badass?! Something feels wrong about that, so Rachel and Suzanne set out to uncover the true meaning of the term, and go straight to the source-- the ACTUAL queen of badass, extreme action hero, choreographer and warrior, Elizabeth Streb....

Duration:00:21:40

Being OK with Being No. 2 | Episode 82 | The Big Payoff

9/12/2017
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There are times when your job is about helping someone else look good, get the credit or shine in the spotlight. When that’s your role, do you embrace it, or does your ego fight it? Rachel and Suzanne talk about how to make “being Number 2” a position of power, and as always, share stories of their cringe-worthy mistakes. As they say in the theatre-- there are no small parts, only small podcasters.

Duration:00:11:55

Stress is Not the Boss of Me | Episode 81| The Big Payoff

8/29/2017
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With thanks to Tina Fey for introducing all of us to “sheetcaking” as an emotional release in turbulent times, we bring you this podcast episode on the topic of reducing your stress in ways that actually work. Whether it’s your boss, your clients, or and the crazy “back to school” insanity, we all need better ways to not only relieve stress in the moment, but reduce it entirely. As always, Rachel and Suzanne give you a completely different take on how to take back control over your life,...

Duration:00:22:47

Don’t Quite Fit In? She’s Gets You w/ Jennifer Romolini | Episode 80| The Big Payoff sode

7/17/2017
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Jennifer Romolini, chief content officer for Shondaland.com, is a self-proclaimed misfit. Even while killing it in her career she has never felt that she looked or acted like she was supposed to, and just couldn’t shake the awkwardness and anxiety that has always been a part of her. So she wrote a book about it called, “Weird in a World That's Not: A Career Guide for Misfits, F*ckups, and Failures.” Jenn joined us in the studio for an amazing conversation about herself, her book, and gave...

Duration:00:30:43

Charisma in 3 easy-to-learn moves! | Episode 79 | The Big Payoff

7/5/2017
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She walked into the conference room and within seconds she was smiling and chatting easily with the others. There’s an ease, a magnetism, an instant desire to be in her presence. How DOES she do that? You might want to say-- well she just has a charismatic personality. And while that may be true, she is likely putting a few techniques into play. In this episode, Rachel and Suzanne break it down and share their 3, foolproof moves that will help you win the room.

Duration:00:23:20