The Nice Guys on Business

At first listen, it may not sound like they are talking business, but there is no denying the Nice Guys (Doug Sandler and Strickland Bonner) know their audience. If you are an entrepreneur and tired of hearing the same old rah rah static babble on all the other business podcasts out there, it's time for a breath of fresh air. Listen in, subscribe, or join the Nice Guy Community and become a Funk'nFan of the show. Relationships, honesty, trust and integrity build business today and that's what the Nice Guys are all about. Top industry experts interviewed, behind the scenes. Sometimes raw, sometimes explicit, always fun and informative. Looking for canned questions, short format and conversations in a box....this podcast ain't for you. 
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Jun 30, 2015

Today The Nice Guys talk to Chiropracter Dr. Deb Block, a woman entrepreneur succeeding in a male dominated industry. Deb may be a doctor, but her entrepreneurial story is fascinating, and she tells Doug all about how her "Nice Girl" philosophy has helped her grow. Here's a little more about her and what you'll hear on the podcast:


• Practicing since 2001, she started her own practice in 2008 

• She recently enlarged her office from 1200 sq ft to 3000 sq ft.

• Her practice includes Massage, Acupuncture, and Esthetics.

• Her philosophy has always been "Treat people the way you would want to be treated"

• She hopes to expand to include Nutrition and Personal Training as a focus and have educational classes on health as well as exercise, stress reduction, and meditation classes


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3919 National Drive

Suite 110

Burtonsville, MD 20866

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Jun 26, 2015

If you want to succeed in business, ask yourself the 6 questions below and make sure you can answer "NO!" to all of them. You're welcome in advance, from The Nice Guys


      1. ARE YOU LIVING IN THE PAST? Don’t look back, you are not going that way. 

Action item: Set 3 short term goals that you will accomplish in the next 30 days.


      2. ARE YOU STRETCHED TOO THIN? Life is a buffet, take from it what you need and leave the rest. 

Action item: List 3 items on your schedule right now that you can eliminate.


      3. ARE YOU NOT SMART ENOUGH TO SUCCEED? Success has relatively little to do with following the traditional rules and plenty to do with your creativity and positive mindset.

Action item: Find an item within arms reach right now and use it in a way that it would not traditionally be used.


      4. ARE YOUR IDEAS NOT UNIQUE? Throw away the concept that says you are not unique enough or special enough to be successful. Don’t focus on having an idea that’s one in a million. 

Action item: Write down just one idea that you would start working on if you had an unlimited budget and it was guaranteed not to fail.


5. ARE YOU THINKING IT’S TOO LATE FOR YOU? Walt Disney was in his fifties when his idea for Disneyland became a reality. Mick Jagger is still rockin’ and he is well into his AARP years. It is never too late.

Action item: If you had to offer professional advice to someone twenty years younger than you, what would that advice be? Offer yourself that same advice. Are you following it?


6. ARE YOU CARRYING TOO MUCH BAGGAGE? It’s not the cards that life deals you, it’s how you play those cards. A positive attitude and the right mindset will absolutely carry you to a better place. 

Action item: Write yourself a permission slip that begins with the sentence. “I am allowed to forgive myself and others for (fill in the blank).”


Once you ask yourself the six questions above, take a moment and think about the answers you have given. Stop letting the questions and the answers hold you back. Work on understanding the answers you have given. Discovering the answers is a great beginning and will help you move towards a life that you have always wanted to live; An AWESOME one.


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Dubai, where are you? (I love the intro music)

 Shout out to our new favorite listener across the pond Ross Barber: @ ElectricKiwi

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Jun 23, 2015

Today we speak with successful entrepreneur, author, and podcaster Kevin Craine


Here are a few things to know about Kevin Craine:


• Marketing and communications expert

• He is a guitar instructor and wrote the book "First time guitar buyer's guide"

• Opened The Craine Communications Group when he was downsized from a large company

• Writer, content creator, interviewer and podcaster

• He created such a good system that he wasn't needed anymore! Bad when you are working for someone else, but a great plan for your own company.

• Kevin realizes that different size companies need different things and have different strengths and weaknesses

• His podcast is "The Everyday MBA"  

• Craine Communications creates "Knowledge Leadership Content" here are some tips:

• Be Proactive, not Reactive

• Planning helps you separate what's most important in your business. 

• Stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before you


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Jun 19, 2015

You can't sell until you have customers, but how do you get them? First, you need to figure out who your customer is, today The Nice Guys help you figure that out.


Here are some of the highlights:


• Find your business' Avatar. Focus in on exactly who your customer is. 

• Figure out what they want and need, and sell them that. 

•  Whatever you are selling, you're solving a problem.

•  The 80/20 rule- 80% of your business comes from 20% of your leads. Figure out how to focus on the 20%

• Contact Doug directly at (1) 410-340-6861 (that's country code 1 for anyone from Dubai) 

• The first person from Dubai who reaches out to us will receive a free copy of Doug's book "Nice Guys Finish First"


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Jun 16, 2015

Geoff turned his solo photography service into a growing company that now includes a team of photographers and videographers that stay busy with corporate and social events. Doug and Strickland have worked events with Geoff for years, and he is definitely one of the Nice Guys. Here is how he has grown his business:


  • Added photographers and videographers and rebranded two companies into one
  • Be a Mensch. Deal fairly with people
  • Be honest and upfront about money
  • Don't talk bad about the competition
  • Work with less clients but be involved more deeply with them
  • Create lasting relationships with vendors, peers, and clients alike


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Jun 12, 2015

Time Management- Stop Multitasking and Get Focused!

If you think you are getting more done by multitasking, think again. The Nice Guys will teach you a proven system to be more productive right now, plus a bonus opener from John Lee Dumas! Here are some of the highlights:


• List your most important tasks

• List the things that distract you the most

• Schedule blocks of time for each, small blocks for the things that distract you, in between larger blocks of your productive time 

• Don't cross the streams! Keep each task within its block and don't get distracted

• Don't try to multitask, it doesn't work, Trust us, we're Nice Guys. 


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Don't cross the streams

Multitasking experiment

And another


Jun 9, 2015

Crowdfunding is hotter than ever, people are raising money for everything from making movies to making potato salad. No matter what you need to raise money for, Dr. Letitia Wright can advise you on the best way to go about it. 

Here's what Dr. Wright is all about:


•  Named in the top 100 Crowdfunding experts for the last 2 years in a row

•  Part of a CNN Michelle Obama interview

• 2014 NAWBO Inland Empire Legacy Award Nominee

• She has a free resource guide and a free workshop with the Small Business Administration in June and one for the Women's Business Center, also in June.

• She is an experienced consultant who can let you know what you need before you put your idea out there to get crowdfunded, and if you're ready for it at all.



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Jun 8, 2015

It’s 2 for 1 today as Doug interviews Carlota Zimmerman and Marie Segares, 2 New Yorkers with vastly different businesses who compliment each other in their "No Frills Small Business" podcast.


About Carlota and Marie:

• They launched their "No Frills Small Business" podcast in January 2015

• Pitched and led a panel at Social Media Week NYC 2015

• Invited to host a "lightning round" at BlogHer2015.

• Carlotta is a lawyer who has never practiced law, but does business coaching for entrepreneurs and other small business owners.

• Along with her podcast with Carlotta, Marie is a college professor, educational consultant, blogger, designer, small business coach, and she teaches crochet and knitting!


Here's what we took away from the conversation:

• Don't be obsessed with what you don't know yet

• You can make your business shine and grow with limited resources

• Being an entrepreneur can save your life. Marie gets regular E-Mails from her clients thanking her for her help with their businesses

•  Carlotta the Creativity Yenta is "Just your average sexy force of nature"

• Marie is a Creative Yarn Entrepreneur-If you’re a crochet or knitting author, blogger, designer, maker, podcaster, publisher, teacher, or tech editor; a yarn dyer or spinner; or the owner of any other small business based around yarn, you’ll find great ideas for launching, managing, and evolving your indie yarncrafts business, and tips for keeping your creative energy flowing!


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Jun 5, 2015

The best entrepreneur advice you will ever hear from today's ambush interview with Andrea Lake. This will help you redefine how to approach starting your new business. 


Today the nice guys talk to Andrea Lake who runs among other businesses. We can't even call this an "interview", because it's more like a bunch of friends hanging out and talking about business, and this is exactly why Doug does all the interviews alone, otherwise we our guests would never get a word in.


Things we learned from Andrea: 


• Never ask a woman her age, and never ask a monkey what he's smoking. 

• Sticker Junkie was started as an accident, because of demand from customers.

• The secret of her success is hiring amazing people.

• Hire the right people, and do whatever it takes to keep them happy (didn't we say that on episode 31, "Hire the right people"?...)

• The harder you work, the more lucky you get, they go hand in hand.

• Don't get overwhelmed with the big picture, look at 1 piece at a time. 

• The Sticker Junkie Monkey is a rough and tumble monkey. He's not politically correct. He's a rebel, unlike Doug.



More about Andrea:

• She owns 5 other companies along with Sticker Junkie.

• Andrea loves business the way some people love football.

• She was on "The Apprentice".

• She taught an entrepreneurship class at Harvard.

• Her clothing company Delinquent Distribution owns the sales rights to merchandise for Minecraft, World of Warcraft, Call of Duty and The Walking Dead video games.

• She is partners with Tap Out clothing founder Dan Caldwell with, they offer online "rocket ship" courses to teach you everything you actually need to know to start a business.

• One of her companies is all about how to convert interest into sales, and includes step-by-step instructions from entrepreneurs who are dominating their industries.  

• Think you've had it bad? Andrea once had $2 million dollars in merchandise returned, and the same week had one of her companies on Oprah result in 70 sales. No, that's not a typo- An appearance on Oprah only got her 70 sales. 


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Jun 2, 2015

Want to get into voice overs? Steve O'Brien is a voice over professional who has worked with many big names, most notably (LEAST notably?) he is the voice of The Nice Guys! Yes, this is the voice you hear at the beginning of every episode, and now you get to listen to him for the whole podcast. Here's a preview of what we talk about:


• Steve worked in radio for many years, on air as well as programming behind the scenes.

• He didn't go out on his own until he was in his late 40's (it's never too late to start your own business!)

• There are a lot of people out there who may be as good, if not better than you.  Hard work, not just talent, is what will make you stand out. 

• Don't burn any bridges, be nice to everyone. Your boss today, could be your customer tomorrow. 

• It's all about networking, being nice, and meeting the right people. 

• Jumping [Making the decision to go out on your own] is the hardest part. After you do that, it's all easy.

• Save up before you take the leap. Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.

• Get excited about the project along with your client.


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