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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

Wanted: Athletes for Hire | The Big Payoff

3/3/2019
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“I don’t hire positions. I hire athletes”- Bill Bowen, former President of Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Rachel’s beloved mentor, etched these words on Rachel’s brain, and this episode pays it forward. What did he mean...and what does this mean for you? Hint: it’s not about sports. But you’ll need a hoist a pen to note the 5 qualities that will change your mindset about what you need to succeed (and what qualities you want on your team).

Duration:00:21:58

Welcome to Your New Network Strategy | The Big Payoff

2/4/2019
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A new study is out that says most successful women surround themselves with just a few close women. We couldn’t help but wonder if this is true for us, and if it is….why is that? We have different answers from the study and arrive at a new strategy for how you should approach networking that could make all the difference to your success… and it’s not just for women.

Duration:00:26:42

What it takes YOU to relax | The Big Payoff

1/17/2019
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All that meditation, mindful breathing and yoga you do isn’t actually helping you relax. Even mindless Netflix binging doesn’t do the trick. We’ll tell you why that is and what we’ve figured out about how to fix it! Spoiler alert: it’s all about listening to yourself before doing ANYTHING.

Duration:00:16:06

Want macro changes? Start microdosing. | The Big Payoff

12/20/2018
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Have you heard of microdosing? It’s all the rage-- the idea of taking teeny tiny doses of, shall we say substances, to make small shifts in your system that accumulate over time, to significant (positive) effect. We’ll let the medical experts explore all that, while Rachel and Suzanne take a look at applying the idea as a strategy in our personal and work lives to create changes in ourselves and others. Warning: this episode might mention illegal substances, horrifying behavior on tables at...

Duration:00:24:33

Office Hours | Standing Out from the Crowd (Part II) | The Big Payoff

12/6/2018
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Last month Suzanne held “office hours” with a recent Kellogg MBA grad asking for advice on how to stand out meaningfully from her peers at work. The response to that episode was an overwhelming chorus of “TELL US WHAT HAPPENED!” Did she tell the story they uncovered? Did it go well? Is she the CEO yet? Not only do we have Kimberly Nelson’s full report for you, but this time, Rachel and Suzanne double team as they strategize for Kimberly’s next meeting with a very different audience. When...

Duration:00:27:13

The Reluctant Dragon | The Big Payoff Radio Show

11/10/2018
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It’s that feeling you get when you’re way into something….and the other person just isn’t...or not that much. Maybe it’s a date. Or a job interview. Or you’re pitching some idea hard...and the heads just aren’t nodding. And you know what you do-- you try harder! You can win them over! Or maybe you can bring them on board hoping that they’ll come around. Oh no you don’t. Not on our watch. Here’s what you’re doing: You are holding on the tail of a reluctant dragon. And here’s what we know...

Duration:00:27:21

Office Hours Special Edition | Help me stand out from the pack! | The Big Payoff

10/16/2018
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Welcome to the first of our new feature, “Office Hours,” in which Rachel and Suzanne offer unscripted coaching to real live women in need of real-time advice. In this episode, we listen in on a conversation between Suzanne and Kimberly, a recent MBA graduate, who asks how she can stand out from her peers at work in a very competitive environment. In a surprise twist near the end, Suzanne uncovers the ace up Kimberly’s sleeve that even Kimberly didn’t realize she had. Finding that meaningful...

Duration:00:33:17

Are You Carrying Someone Else’s Weight? | The Big Payoff

10/6/2018
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We collaborate with others all the time, and more often that we want to admit, someone is doing more than their fair share of the work. If that’s you, raise your hand. We see you. And, we have a podcast episode for you. Rachel and Suzanne get to the bottom of why we tend to do this, and even air their therapy sessions in order to help all of us work and live better and smarter.

Duration:00:34:27

Just Don’t Do It |Part 2| The Big Payoff

9/20/2018
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In Part 1 of our season opener, we talked about the lead up to taking “Big A” action in our lives, and the unusual role that talking about what you want to do (to everyone, all the time) plays in that process. In this episode, Rachel and Suzanne look at the flipside-- those times in your life when your power comes from holding back, and doing nothing. You’ll hear their stories of restraint, as well as this week’s segments of “Have you noticed…” and “Check this out” (your car rental...

Duration:00:24:18

Just Do It |Part 1| The Big Payoff

9/5/2018
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To act or not to act, that is the question. We are kicking off the start of this season with a two part conversation. In this episode we talk about what gets us to take action and why we don’t. You know the drill: there’s a move, a change, a pivot we’ve been contemplating for months...or years. We talk about it talk about it talk about it... sounding like a broken record to our friends and colleagues, but can’t quite take the plunge. Until one day, we do. Suzanne and Rachel share some...

Duration:00:27:58

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 learned....

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 and...

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 need...

Duration:00:19:15

I’ll have what she’s having | 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

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 response...

Duration:00:20:02