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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.




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

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

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

Getting Sh*t Done | Episode 78 | The Big Payoff

Does this sound familiar: “I worked all day but got nothing done.” It’s the worst feeling ever. Right? Our guess is that you did everything BUT the work you needed to get done. This isn’t procrastination-- which is when you knowingly clean the house instead of writing that report. This is Work Avoidance. It’s sneakier. Rachel and Suzanne have identified 3 work avoidance time sucks to help you avoid the rabbit hole and get sh*t done.

Duration: 00:22:13

“Admit you're getting better” | Episode 77 | The Big Payoff

You’re focused on the one negative comment your boss made about a piece of work you just turned in. You keep getting in the same fight with your kids (or your spouse/partner) day after day. You wonder if you are even on the right career track. It can be exhausting. So on this podcast, Rachel and Suzanne pose a different set of questions. Instead of asking if you are good at what you do, or if you like what you do, ask yourself: am I getting better? Am I showing up every day with a focus on...

Duration: 00:18:27

“What should I wear?” | Episode 76 | The Big Payoff with Michelle Smith

“What should I wear?” is one of those questions that has a lot beneath the surface. What it reveals is the anxiety we have when we’re headed into a new situation. The real bubble over our head is: “I’m not sure I’ll be comfortable walking into that room. Who is going to be there? What will I say? And who am I supposed to BE?” Okay, maybe that’s just Suzanne’s internal dialogue, but we are all familiar with those feelings. If you’ve ever stood in a cocktail line to avoid having to schmooze,...

Duration: 00:35:09

Part II: Rethinking the “Vacation” | The Big Payoff @Daily Worth #7

We’re back! We took our vacation hypothesis on the road and put our 4 specific theories to the test so that we could tell you what we learned. (It was a tough assignment, but for you dear listeners, we made the sacrifice.) Our goal was to create a vacation experience that could result in something truly shifting inside you so profoundly, that it goes home with you and is better for you than that suntan.

Duration: 00:29:01

Rethinking the “Vacation” | Episode 75

Rachel and Suzanne have packed their Louis Vuitton bags and are going on vacation. Together. For the first time ever. Here’s the problem-- they’ve never been very good at taking a break from work so being together certainly won’t help matters. The good news for you is that this event has led them to radically rethink the purpose of a vacation from work, and they have some insights to share. Rumor has it that they are then going to try to apply it while they are away, and tell us all about...

Duration: 00:18:35

The Cost of Sharing Secrets | Episode 74

This is between us. I shouldn’t be telling you this. Don’t tell anyone I told you, not even your dog…We’ve been there-- more than we want to admit. Why do we do this? What do we think we will gain? As it turns out, not much. In fact, there’s a lot to lose. Michelle Smith from Source Financial joins us for an honest conversation about what sharing a secret will cost you. This is behavior that can change-- we’ll tell you how.

Duration: 00:24:38

Strong is the New Pretty | The Big Payoff @Daily Worth #6

Last year photographer Kate Parker was on our show to talk about her amazing “Strong is the New Pretty” photo campaign. Her breathtaking new book has recently been published and it is EVERYWHERE. To date, this episode with Kate has been our most popular, for good reason-- she has helped to change the way women see themselves, and most importantly, teaching girls that they are to be celebrated for being their fearless, confident, independent, authentic selves. Listen again to our...

Duration: 00:29:57

But do you LIKE me? | with Michelle Smith | Episode 73

We all want to be liked. But when we work too hard at it, we pay a price-- at work, in our personal relationships, and even at places like the doctor’s office. Ever used this phrase when you didn’t really mean it: “No problem.” Yup. Us too. To the rescue: our resident financial therapist, Michelle Smith of Source Financial. She doesn’t care if we like her as long as we listen to her.

Duration: 00:27:36

Working on the Weekend | Episode 72

The weekend is coming up. Here’s a pop quiz: Do you see the weekend as: a. Time to do the things I enjoy b. No different from the rest of the week c. An endless to-do list d. An abyss of resentment On this podcast we explore what your attitude about the weekend says about you. Listen to the end for some real to do’s that can make a difference for you, and to hear Suzanne and Rachel’s “Bad Habit Showdown” or in other words: “Anything she can do, I can do worse.”

Duration: 00:18:31

Paying Off Our Dread | Episode 71

Ever pay extra cash to avoid a hassle or make something you dread more bearable? On this podcast, we explore the habit of “Dread Financing”-- spending money to make an upcoming situation a little less dreadful. As Rachel and Suzanne discover, with the help of Michelle Smith from Source Financial, this behavior is costing you more than you might think. Let’s fix that. Ready? Calculators should be at the ready, ladies.

Duration: 00:28:58

Your Work and Your Soul | The Big Payoff @Daily Worth #5

Ikram Goldman is one of the most influential figures in the world of fashion and owner of the Chicago boutique, Ikram. She recently added “vocalist and performer” to her title after the band, Pink Martini, asked her to sing “Girl from Shallabiya” with them at concert halls around the globe (and on their recent album). In this podcast she shares that soul awakening experience, and the secret to being more generous and open to others, as well as “good” at what she does every day.

Duration: 00:36:46

What Your Junk Drawer Says About You | Episode 70

Most of us have a junk drawer in our home. Keys, batteries, old chargers, loose change...and, what else? It turns out that junk drawers are shockingly revealing. Join us as Michelle Smith, our resident financial therapist, analyzes what Rachel and Suzanne found in theirs, and learn what your junk drawer might be telling you about your “stuff.” You might just find something that you never knew was there.

Duration: 00:29:14

Fatal Distraction | Episode 69

It’s easy to reject the doomsday scenarios of the impact of technology on our concentration. After all, even as I’m typing this on my computer, I’m also checking Instagram and responding to a text. Yeah. So what? Well, we’ll tell you what. The way we behave around our technology, at work and at home, is giving away something that’s hard to get back. And oh, do we have stories to share.

Duration: 00:16:17

Who should pick up the bill?

Who pays for dinner on a date? Answer this: are you a millennial? Do you earn a salary? Do you want to see sexism live forever?

Duration: 00:01:51

What are you waiting for?

Or should we ask, what are you afraid of? Oh, yes, we’re going there...

Duration: 00:01:58

How to ask a good question.

“Excuse me. I have a question. Can someone set up a soapbox for me?”

Duration: 00:01:34

Should you take that free internship?

Work for free? We say uh-uh. No. Unless it’s your dad who’s not paying you. Then you’ve got a problem. Right, Suzanne?

Duration: 00:01:28

When the boss is away.

A cringe-worry confession from Suzanne.

Duration: 00:01:42

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