Irie Lemon Podcast
Mastermind Groups 101: What They Are and Who Should Join One

Mastermind Groups 101: What They Are and Who Should Join One

December 1, 2020

Have you always been intrigued by the idea of joining a mastermind but didn’t know where to start or what they were all about? This week Liz and Vince break down the specific benefits of participating in a mastermind group, as well as share their motivation for launching the Irie Lemon Mastermind. As small business owners, Liz and Vince have found a lot of value in joining peer-to-peer mentoring groups. Whether it’s having a sounding board to bounce off ideas, a group to help keep you accountable or simply the support and camaraderie of fellow, like-minded individuals, joining a mastermind is often just what an entrepreneur needs to reach that next level of growth and success. 

 

What you can expect to learn in today’s episode: 

  • What a mastermind group is, exactly
  • The specific benefits of peer-to-peer mentoring
  • How the Irie Lemon Mastermind has directly led to business growth for Liz and Vince 
  • Suggestions for how to form your own mastermind
  • The format of the Irie Lemon Mastermind 
  • How to sign up for the Irie Lemon Mastermind

 

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Hospitality in the COVID Era w/ Caroline & Matthew of Grand Traverse Resort & Spa

Hospitality in the COVID Era w/ Caroline & Matthew of Grand Traverse Resort & Spa

November 24, 2020

Recorded on-location at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa in Northern Michigan, Liz & Vince sat down with Caroline Rizzo, Public Relations Manager, and Matthew Bryant, General Manager to discuss the unique challenges facing the hospitality industry during a pandemic.  Offering a unique perspective, Caroline and Matthew walk us through the last 9 months of leading a team and maintaining a successful business during unprecedented times. Fortunately, difficulty often lends way to opportunity, and the world-class Grand Traverse Resort & Spa has found a myriad of ways to adapt and thrive, all while ensuring true safety to their guests and their 500+ employees. 

This episode is brought to you by Grand Traverse Resort & Spa

What you can expect to learn in today’s episode: 

  • Repurposing your staff members according to business needs
  • How to cut costs without killing your culture
  • Taking care of your associates and how it can yield results down the road
  • How getting your hands dirty as a manager fosters a true team atmosphere
  • Installing new safety protocols with a reduced staff

Learn More about Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, including these pages highlighting their safety practices:  Announcements  |  Safe Meetings 

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Managing & Leading Teams During a Pandemic

Managing & Leading Teams During a Pandemic

November 17, 2020

In an episode the first of its kind, Liz & Vince welcome a family member into the mix. National public relations firm Greentarget is led by founding partner John Corey, the insightful and eloquent entrepreneur who just so happens to be Liz’s first cousin!  After a successful early career in public relations, John co-founded Greentarget in 2004 on the basis of hard work, risk taking, authenticity, creative thinking and growth. Since then, the firm has experienced substantial organic growth, all while maintaining the delicate ecosystem that is a company’s culture. With offices in Chicago, NYC, and LA, Greentarget is living proof of John’s business acumen. 

A few of the lessons you can expect to learn in today’s episode:

  • John’s leap from employee to employer
  • Tips for organic growth without sacrificing your culture
  • Unique challenges that arise at $3M / $6M / $9M in revenue
  • Tips for success in adapting and thriving during a global pandemic
  • Outside of business, John shares another passion with Liz & Vince...can you guess what it is?

The Greentarget Manifesto

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10 Tips for Stress-Free Holiday Cooking

10 Tips for Stress-Free Holiday Cooking

November 10, 2020

While Thanksgiving will likely look different this year, that doesn’t mean it has to be any less delicious. With so many of us unable to travel to see extended family or forced to stay home and keep the holiday intimate, we figured it would be a good time for Liz and Vince to share their cooking tips and tricks for a relaxed and fun holiday season.  When the world changes, an opportunity arises to start new traditions. In this rapid-fire episode, you’ll learn how to honor cherished traditions while also starting new ones. Regardless of the situation, Liz and Vince are here to help with 10 tips for stress-free holiday cooking. Hit us up on Instagram and let us know which of the tips you knew about, which ones you didn’t, and how many you’re planning to implement this holiday season. 

 

A few of the lessons you can expect to learn in today’s episode:

  • There are no rules, especially this year...so be creative!
  • Have chicken stock on the stove and ready to go (Liz’s recipe).
  • Clean as you go, trust us.
  • Acidity is your friend: try Liz’s Syrian salad!
  • Don’t be afraid to buy or outsource your desserts.
  • Enjoy the holiday!

 

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What a Difference a Decade Makes

What a Difference a Decade Makes

November 3, 2020

In honor of her 40th birthday, Vince interviews Liz to gain insight and learn more about the transformational journey of her thirties. In this candid and intimate discussion, Liz shares both the lowest lows and the highest highs that took place over the last 10 years. Unexpected career changes and multiple failed fertility treatments had Liz at her lowest. With help from husband Rich and through sheer force of will, Liz stayed the course and manifested the outcomes she always knew were in her destiny. Vince joins the listeners in learning a lot of inside details about his friend’s journey. 

In today’s intimate episode you will learn:

  • The exact moment when Liz realized she wanted to be an entrepreneur, not an employee.
  • How Liz was able to overcome job loss.
  • About Liz’s battle with infertility and how she overcame it.
  • How much can change in a single decade.
  • Why Liz is looking forward to her forties.

We hope you enjoy this incredible and inspirational story, one that may remind you of your own. If you’re in a bit of a valley right now, please know you’re not alone. We hope this story of Liz’s emotional decade-long personal growth experience is a reminder that you, too, can grow your way through those struggles.  

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N is for No

N is for No

October 27, 2020

This week Liz & Vince tackle the art of saying ‘no’. As highly ambitious and driven individuals, it can be tempting to say yes to every opportunity that presents itself. The downside to saying yes, especially when we really mean no, is that we end up stretching ourselves too thin causing long term resentment and burnout. While it can seem selfish to say no, being choosy with where you invest your limited time and energy is the secret to being available for bigger and better opportunities. In fact, what is selfish is when we know we want to say no but instead opt to repeatedly push things out, even though we have no real intention of ever following through.  

 

Gary Vaynerchuk himself identifies his own difficulties in saying no as The Yes Virus, which “is when you want to say yes to everything, when you feel like you can do everything, and most of all you don’t want to let people down, or you just want to check off a lot of boxes or accomplish a lot of things. Maybe you just wanna call it “big eyes”; you feel like you can consume all the chocolate cake.” Liz & Vince know The Yes Virus well, but both are learning the importance of saying no and the amazing impact it can have on productivity and mental wellbeing. 

 

In today’s episode you will learn: 
  • The pitfalls of over-extending yourself
  • The impact that goal-setting has on time, energy management
  • How to determine when to say NO…
  • ...and when to say YES!
 
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How to Clearly Define Your Values in Life & Business

How to Clearly Define Your Values in Life & Business

October 20, 2020

This week Liz & Vince take a deep dive into identifying and defining personal and professional values. These values, or personal rubric as Vince calls it, are the standards by which you shape your tribe and hire your team. If you run a business, it’s important to be crystal clear on your values when hiring so that your employees know how to win.  Do you know your values? Are they aligned with your tribe? Do you find yourself letting others impact your own beliefs? The benefit of having clearly defined values is that it makes all future decisions that much easier.  

In this episode you will learn: 

  • What are values?
  • What makes Liz & Vince tick?
  • How to build a team that reflects your own values
  • How to convert values into money
  • The benefit of having clearly defined values 
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Becoming Better Humans: A Deep Dive into Enneagram

Becoming Better Humans: A Deep Dive into Enneagram

October 13, 2020

Meredith TerHaar and Joe Graham of Growing with the Enneagram stop by for an in-depth discussion about the ancient personality wisdom tool. Through their coaching business, these two entrepreneurs school Liz & Vince beyond the standard introductory chatter and into some insider language. Understanding ourselves and understanding our teammates, partners, employees, and loved ones better will manifest in improved relationships and communication. Whether you’re new to the Enneagram or already deep into it like Liz, this episode offers an articulate and thorough view into the next layer of this age-old but ever-popular personality tool.

Recorded in person at Irie Lemon HQ, the chemistry among these 4 individuals is palpable, refreshing, and informative. You can expect to learn the following key items:

  • What is the Enneagram?
  • What are the triads?
  • A deep dive into the numbers
  • Communication styles within the Enneagram
Growing with the Enneagram’s Official Website
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Scaling Your Business & Providing Massive Value w/ Bjork Ostrom of Food Blogger Pro

Scaling Your Business & Providing Massive Value w/ Bjork Ostrom of Food Blogger Pro

October 6, 2020

This week Liz and Vince interview Bjork Ostrom from Food Blogger Pro to talk about his unique journey from non-profit educator to food and tech CEO. Bjork loves to find ways to maximize potential - of people, of technology, of life. In 2010 when his wife Lindsay started Pinch of Yum, a popular food blog, they decided to do just that - maximize its potential. A decade later, their suite of businesses, TinyBits, is designed to share what they've learned with other food bloggers.. It’s important to note that Bjork is an admittedly terrible chef.

Bjork Ostrom is always learning; he’s great at articulating his lessons and kindly shared so many with Liz & Vince, including: 

  • Bjork’s advice on scaling from side-hustle to full blown business 
  • Bjork & Lindsay’s unique approach to entrepreneurship 
  • The importance of adapting your message for your audience
  • How to preserve your company culture during growth
  • Behind-the-scenes look at TinyBits’ operational roles

Today’s entertaining episode is sponsored by Revolution Farms.

 
Links to Bjork & Lindsay’s TinyBit suite of businesses:
  1. Pinch of Yum - A food blog with simple and tasty recipes.
  2. Food Blogger Pro - Start and Grow Your Food Blog
  3. WP Tasty - Handcrafted Plugins for WordPress Blogs
  4. Nutrifox - Easy to Create Nutrition Labels
  5. Clariti | The easiest way to organize your blog content for maximum growth
 
 
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An Honest Conversation About Year One

An Honest Conversation About Year One

September 29, 2020

In this week’s episode, Liz & Vince look back on their first year of producing the Irie Lemon Podcast. Coming from such vastly different approaches to entrepreneurship, Liz & Vince have learned so much working together over the last year. This episode provides an honest glimpse into the business partners’ special chemistry with one another alongside the occasional conflicts that arise when two high-powered hustlers with nearly opposite demeanors work together towards a common goal. Just like any successful partnership, the Irie Lemon duo have learned that communication and compromise are the hallmarks of any meaningful growth. 

Hear the wonderful chemistry of these dynamic hosts, partners, and friends in today’s fun episode sponsored by Revolution Farms.

 

What you can expect to hear Liz & Vince reminisce about and analyze: 

  • Their favorite moments of year one
  • Their most challenging adjustments in moving from lone visionary to half of a duo
  • Tips for current or aspiring podcasters
  • What’s next in Irie Lemon’s plans to slowly take over the world
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