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Elaine's Kitchen Table Podcast | The Business of Real Life | Lessons for Success in Business and Parenting

Inspirational, motivational, and practical. Elaine Tan Comeau, founder of Easy Daysies (www.easydaysies.com a favorite winning pitch on Dragons' Den, Canada's Shark Tank), Mom of 3, former school teacher, and Mompreneur of the Year in Canada, talks to you about the business of real life, success as an entrepreneur and parenting, advice from people like Kevin O'Leary, Jim Treliving, Julie Cole and Jack Canfield all straight from the kitchen table - where it started for her and where it can start for you!
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Mar 28, 2018

Yvonne Yua is a wife and mother of a 9-year-old girl. She is a proud Canadian immigrant from Malaysia. Being a triple minority, Yvonne worked hard to climb the corporate ladder. She is now a senior director of a financial literacy firm specializing in using words people don’t need to Wikipedia afterwards.

Feb 9, 2018

"Plan, do, and measure." Learn four strategic questions you need to ask when planning the most successful marketing for your business.

Shannon is both entrepreneur and educator (Professor, actually) in the marketing and management field. She works with business leaders to help them zero in on their customers and to increase sales by developing marketing communication strategies that work.

She has a wide range of experience having worked with law firms and cement plants to nonprofits and even federal government managers. Like many of us, Shannon has juggled a career around raising kids - and though her career path emulates a moth in a porch light rather than ascending corporate rungs, she brings a lot of curiosity and competence to her consulting work at Incisive Marketing and post-secondary teaching.

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Jan 24, 2018

Hear Joel's entrepreneurial story as he built Naked Underwear from an idea to a public company, with all the highs and lows that came along the way!

Jan 19, 2018

How to not become a slave to your own business, is just one of the key tips shared in this podcast!

Monique Blokzyl is the founder of the Business Launch Portal which supports startup entrepreneurs worldwide to rocket their ideas into enterprise. Monique is also an international speaker, trainer, coach and published author. She won the Public Speaking Toastmasters competition twice ​at the European level, and has shared the stage with motivational speakers like Sheryl Roush and leaders like the US foreign minister John Kerry and the Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.

Her weekly Business Launch Radio show regularly attracts thousands of listeners in more than 60 countries. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Monique worked for almost 15 years in different international leadership positions in Marketing and Change Management.​ She is just a wealth of knowledge from real first hand experience!​

A few of the things you will learn in this interview:

- what are the first steps to take to start a new business
- what should you consider as an entrepreneur to not become a slave in your own business
- how do you convince people fast and easy, to win them as clients, partners, or any other way

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Jan 11, 2018

Imagine being the last passenger off the Miracle On The Hudson airplane that landed on the Hudson River in New York City on Jan 15, 2009.  Would that change your life?  It did for my guest today, Dave Sanderson!  He went on to become a motivational speaker, and ultimately wrote a book called Moments Matter.  Listen to his incredible story and get his nuggets of wisdom for a life lived with purpose, knowing that every moment matters!

Jan 2, 2018

I wanted to kick off Season 5 of the Elaine's Kitchen Table Podcast with a bang - so I interviewed one of my Mompreneur heroes and mentors - Ruthie Burd, founder of The Lunch Lady!

This interview is chock full of amazing advice and wisdom from Ruthie, who has "been there and done that", as she is coming up on the 25th anniversary of her business!

In this episode, learn:

  • How Ruthie's family situation prompted her to start her own business
  • Why it is better to be respected and fair than liked, if you want to make a difference
  • Why successful fast growth can be as big a challenge as stagnant non-growth
  • How we are all "pebbles in other people's ponds"
  • When is (and is not) the time to franchise your business (I always say, listen to people who have done something successfully!)
  • Why you need a "Why" to sustain you in the marathon of business success!

Ruthie's go-to resource: Ask questions of others! There is no hyper-link for this resource, she simply recommends talking to others to find out how they do things (a great reason to join with our show sponsor, Mompreneurs Canada)

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Jul 25, 2017

On this show we discuss how to lessen anxiety in our children and help them succeed in our fast paced lifestyles.  We also touch on the worth of "time outs".  Are they good or bad?

My guest today is ​an internationally recognized certified Parent Coach, Registered Psychiatric Nurse and Intuitive Guide.  An expert in child and youth mental health with over 15 years of experience working with families, ​she uses her​ unique and intuitive abilities to get to the root of the problem quickly and deliver results.  ​I am honoured to have this lovely mompreneur here today, Shannon White!​

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Jul 7, 2017

"Embrace that things do not have to be perfect. Shift from wanting "easy" to wanting "worth it". You must want bigger than the paycheck." ---- So many golden nuggets from my guest, Lisa Dadd, today!

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Jun 3, 2017

Are moms your target market? Then lucky you!  Women make more than 80% of household purchasing decisions, so who better to study and listen to for your marketing.

In this short, sweet podcast I give you my 3 top tips for marketing to moms that I have learned over the years with my company Easy Daysies - let me know what you think!

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May 26, 2017

Vanessa Shaw is a sought-after speaker and expert on business mastery, personal leadership and 6 and 7 figure income strategies. She is the creator of The Boutique Business Model and The Big Bold Event and her zone of genius is helping entrepreneurs have breakthroughs and paradigm shifts around creating more wealth and success in their business and life.

Vanessa is on a mission to eradicate “smallness” from the small business world and stop the financial and emotional roller coaster many entrepreneurs face.

In this episode, Vanessa challenges small business entrepreneurs to think bigger and act bigger to get better results.

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May 12, 2017

Are you self-motivated, goal driven, and love to help others? And looking for a way to make money for your family, while controlling your schedule?  Today I talk with Anneliese Dusseldorp about how she found fulfillment (and a yearly family vacation) with Send Out Cards.  There are many side businesses a mom can plug into these days, listen to find out how to discover yours!

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May 5, 2017

Many entrepreneurs spend most of their marketing time, money and energy on the things that matter least, while ignoring the thing that matters most.  Are you one of them?

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Apr 27, 2017

My guest today ​has been a mompreneur for almost 4 years​, just after she became a mom 4 1/2 years ago.  For​ over 20 years​ she worked in​ early childhood ​education and then, something wonderful happened in 2012 ​when she and her husband became parents pretty much over night when ​they got a call that a birth family had chosen ​their profile to adopt their child. ​That was the start ​to her amazing journe​y!

​Now she has chosen to be an entrepreneur in direct sales so that she can work around what is most important ​to her, her family.  Welcome Stefanie Agostini​​!​

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Mar 23, 2017

My guest today is ​an internationally recognized certified Parent Coach, Registered Psychiatric Nurse and Intuitive Guide. ​ ​An expert in child and youth mental health with over 15 years of experience working with families, ​she uses her​ unique and​ intuitive abilities to get to the root of the problem quickly and deliver results.  ​ I am honoured to have this lovely mompreneur here today, Shannon White!​

​Hear what she learned from her worst business experience and how it is  necessary to reflect on your wins and visualize success in order to succeed.

The best lesson in business that​ she has ​learned is to advocate for what you believe in and stick to what makes you unique regardless of how others perceive your unique delivery, product or service.

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Feb 16, 2017

In this episode, returning guest Mike Gaba shares the top 3 smart ways to protect a:

Home based business
Product based business
Service based business

If you are running a business (not a hobby), it is important to have peace of mind to go about your day without constant worry.

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Feb 3, 2017

If you have ever thought about writing a book but do not know where to start, or if you just need help with getting your book out there, you do not want to miss this podcast!

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Jan 19, 2017

Do you hate asking for money?

Hear how this successful entrepreneur overcame that with resiliency, discernment, and courage.​

Sabina Nawaz is a global CEO coach, leadership speaker, writer, wife and mother of two boys who works in over 26 countries.  She coaches C-level executives in Fortune 500 corporations, government, non-profits, and academia organizations. 

Sabina spent over 14 years at Microsoft, moving from software development to HR where she led the company’s management, executive development, and succession planning efforts. Today, in addition to running her own business, she is a regular contributor to Forbes, Inc, and Harvard Business Review. Her articles also appear on Fast Company. You can also watch her TEDx talk on YouTube.

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Jan 11, 2017

Join Angela Crocker, author of "The Content Planner: A Complete Guide to Organize and Share Your Ideas Online" as she gives tips on providing the most effective content for your business' social media following!

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Nov 25, 2016

In this episode, we talk about how the famous "latte factor" for personal finance can be applied in a business setting - and the results are jaw-dropping!  Listen in if you want to increase your spending discipline, and therefore increase your business profits.

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Nov 18, 2016

In this episode, we look at how a $5 coffee every day actually takes more than a dollar off your hourly wage, and how you can turn that into over $28,000 in 10 years!  Follow along with the formula at www.elaineskitchentable.com/067

Nov 4, 2016

Grab the top three tips from social media marketing expert, Nicole Christen!  Learn how this entrepreneur, PhD student and single mom of four children, makes "practice" her way of survival and path to success!  My favourite insight from Nicole was that we need to realize that we are responsible for making things happen but at the same time need to realize that we do not have to be the one to make them happen.

Oct 27, 2016

Learn the valuable difference between Branding and Marketing

Find out what this Branding Expert says are the four biggest mistakes small businesses do when it comes to branding and what you can do to avoid these mistakes!

Discover the best practice or strategy for drawing attention to your website!

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Oct 21, 2016

These days, basic fundamental business advice like "Grow sales, ensure everyone gets billed and collect the money" is passed over as people look for the latest "tricks" and "get-rich-quick" schemes.

Listen to accounting whiz Kelly Burkholder as she describes how some of the most successful steps your business can take are some of the least glamorous: Hiring the right help, tracking your expenses, and putting the right systems in place.

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Oct 13, 2016

Elaine shares 10 top tips for entrepreneurial success that she has learned both from her own experience as a business owner, and from her guests on the podcast.

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Oct 5, 2016

Join Elaine on the set of filming a CBC Dragons' Den update for Easy Daysies with producer Adam Avrashi, audio engineer Matt Wolfson and Cameraman David Hill, as they share what they see in common amongst the most successful of the hundreds and thousands of business people who pitch to Dragons' Den (Canadian version of Shark Tank) every year.

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