EPISODE 206: CASE STUDY w/ ENDORA'S BAKEHOUSE
Join hosts Ally and Kara as they interview Dallas-based cookier Danielle Poage about her cookie decorating business Endora’s Bakehouse. Danielle provides a candid view into the world of at-home bakers and small business owners. They dig into how to set prices, the pros and cons of social media, and why Danielle named her store after a witch (spoiler alert; it’s because she’s cool). Learn more about Danielle at www.endorasbakehouse.com!
Listen to episode 206 here!
More about Danielle’s business:
Endora’s Bakehouse is based in Dallas, Texas. Danielle has been a baker for a decade and currently focuses on decorated sugar cookies. She can make a cookie for any occasion! Danielle has graciously offered our YTOS listeners a coupon code for 10% off! If you’re in the Dallas area, be sure to mention the code YTOS when you contact her for an order!
ALSO as discussed in this episode, Danielle just launched her cookie of the month! Be sure to check out the current offering on her website.
Lastly check out her Instagram for evidence of her beautiful cookie-based artwork.
And don’t forget these gorgeous YTOS cookies our husbands hired her to make for us last year!
Danielle mentioned taking classes with Arty McGoo, if you want to check out her classes and cookies. She also referenced a book she was reading - Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy.
Be sure to read Ally's favorite article of 2021 Bad Art Friend. The story is FASCINATING.
EPISODE 205: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN THE TIME OF COVID
How are you supposed to network when you can't get within six feet of another person? In this episode Ally and Kara discuss how professional development has changed in the time of COVID - and hey, some of it is actually for the better! Ally uses her background in coaching and consulting to provide great tips on learning and networking in the time of COVID while Kara talks about the increasing accessibility of virtual events and online communities. Come learn about how to connect and grow from the comfort of your pajama pants!
Listen to Episode 205 here or wherever you get your podcasts!
Hot Tips from Ally:
Hot Tips from my sister Morgan:
And follow @newhappyco on Instagram for pleasing visuals about your personal and professional growth!
EPISODE 204: DELEGATION & THE CULTURE OF MARTYRDOM
Learning to share the load (both at work and at home!) is maybe the hardest part of being an adult. In this episode, Ally and Kara explore how our inability to delegate relates to our ridiculous self-imposed mission to complete everything ourselves. This leads to a textbook case of martyrdom, which in turn creates a troubling Culture of Martyrdom in our work and home lives. Follow along as Ally and Kara detail their struggles and provide suggestions on how to break out of this exhausting way of thinking and working!
Listen to Episode 204 here!
Trust & Delegation
“Trust is choosing to risk making something you value vulnerable to another person’s actions.”
“Distrust is: what’s important to me is not safe with this person in this situation.”
- Charles Feltman, The Thin Book of Trust
(Recently featured on Brene Brown's Dare to Lead podcast!)
More from Brene - she has a great guide on how to build trust with others, which in turn will help you learn to delegate to them.
The Worker Revolution
IATSE Strike details
Who is driving the Great Resignation of 2021? - Harvard Business Review
Revolt of the American Worker - New York Times
Miro, Kara's new favorite browser-based collaborative whiteboard platform.
Ally is watching and loving Squid Game (which relates nicely to our discussion of the workforce and general frustrations with capitalism this episode!).
EPISODE 203: PREPARING FOR A PRESENTATION
In Episode 203, Ally and Kara discuss how to prepare for a pitch or presentation. Listen in as your favorite powerpoint nerds explain where to start (logistics and location!), what content to emphasize (tailor your message to your recipient!), and what visuals to consider (all the visuals, none of the words!). Let us know your favorite presentation prep tricks in the comments below!
Listen to Episode 203 here:
QUICKSTART PRESENTATION GUIDE
LOGISTICS: Question to ask yourself
CONTENT: What to include and where
"There are always three speeches, for every one you actually gave. The one you practiced, the one you gave, and the one you wish you gave." - Dale Carnegie
"If you can't write your message in a sentence, you can't say it in an hour." - Dianna Booher
For some great examples of pitches and presentations, check out Ted Talks and Shark Tank pitches !
Speaking of presentations, Kara spoke at Trojan Horse Was a Unicorn this year. Find out more about THU here!
EPISODE 202: DIRECTIONAL COMMUNICATION
In this episode of YTOS, Kara and Ally discuss the importance of tailoring your message to your audience. They recount some pretty significant experiences in which asking the right questions made all the difference, and provide guidance on how to to communicate value to the people you're speaking with. Join our hosts as they explore how voice, intention and understanding what really matters to your audience can lead to more effective communication on a team, in the home and in your workplace.
Listen to Episode 202 here!
Directional Communication is more than simply managing up or managing down. It's about tailoring your message to the recipient, instead of focusing on what's important to you. The three questions you need to ask yourself:
We are at our best as communicators when we can assess where the other person comes from.
"Everyone is thinking about themselves, just like you are." - Kara's Mom
More info on the Franklin Covey Emotional Bank Account
Brene Brown's Marble Jar analogy for trust
Food Producer June Xie Dare to Lead Meeting Makeover episode with special guest Priya Parker
EPISODE 201: REFLECTING ON 2021
Welcome back, YTOS friends! Join Ally and Kara as they recap their 2021 New Years Resolutions, discuss their major personal and professional life updates, and give you a sneak peak into what this season of You'll Think of Something is going to look like! We have some podcast format changes and exciting topics in store!
Listen to Episode 201 here!
BONUS EPISODE 1: RESOLUTIONS + SMART GOALS
It's a new year, and Ally and Kara are ready to take it on! In this episode, our co-hosts talk self-care, resolutions and how they go about setting their goals. Ally’s goals are traditional SMART goals with clear timelines and units of measurement in each goal. Kara's goals are influenced by the SMART model but with her own twist - she uses categories and dependencies to keep her goals focused without being restricted by more arbitrary timelines.
As always, they discuss what works for them and why, in a fun and fast(er) conversation to jump start 2021!
SMART GOALS DEFINITION
SMART is an acronym:
S stands for specific to keep the goal focused.
M stands for Measurable, which means that you need to be able to apply a unit of measure so that you will have a concrete indicator as to when you have met your goal.
A stands for Achievable OR Attainable so that you keep your goals realistic.
R stands for Relevant which is all about making sure that your goals align with your life and values.
T stands for time bound which is about giving yourself a deadline.
Alternate goal structure:
Gretchen Rubin’s List Structure from her Happier podcast
1. I will complete 240 workouts by December 31, 2021 by working towards a goal of 5 30-minute workouts each week. To meet this goal I will use a combination of walking and my Daily Burn class app.
2. Post a video message or reflection on something that I learned once a week on LinkedIn. (Follow Ally on LinkedIn here!)
3. During the YTOS recording schedule, I will check my calendar before committing to outside activities to avoid double-booking myself thereby forcing us to reschedule our recording sessions. (SORRY, KARA!)
4. I will set up my Etsy store and sell 10 products by the end of the year.
CAREER & GROWTH
Audited for privacy!
EPISODE 106: Case Study w/ DFW Scavenger Hunt
In their final episode of the season, Ally and Kara interview small business owner Brandon Oropallo about how his company DFW Scavenger Hunt had to pivot from offering local in-person activities to international virtual experiences during the COVID 19 pandemic. They discuss all the creative pivots and management logistics Brandon had to work through in order to come up with a viable and successful product.
Brandon’s story is the perfect example of how you WILL think of something!
Episode 106: Case Study w/ DFW Scavenger Hunt Worksheet
Episode 106: Case Study w/ DFW Scavenger Hunt
DFW Scavenger Hunt
Website & info: www.dfwscavengerhunt.com
Promo code available for YTOS listeners!
On the website, enter “YTOS” in the Promo Code box for 10% off!
Kara: Love Craft Country on HBO
Ally: Second Hand by Adam Minter
Brandon: Richard Osman’s House of Games
EPISODE 105: Finding Inspiration
Ally and Kara have spent most of this season talking about how to bring structure and order to your creative project, but in this episode they focus on how to get inspired to create in the first place. They talk about their sources of inspiration, the relationship between inspiration and social media, and the difference between inspiration and stealing.
Episode 105: Finding Inspiration Worksheet
Episode 105: Finding Inspiration
The Creative Practice. Tharp, Twyla
Movies: This Was Hollywood
Art: Lisa Congdon
Mom Art: Dr. Grace Farris
Quotes: Kelly Beall / Design Crush
Social Justice: So You Want To Talk About...
Fashion / Process: Dressing Dawn
Iteration and development: The Art of Animation
"I should have been a great many things..." - Jo March, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Ira Glass - The Gap
"Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working." - Pablo Picasso
"The routine is as much a part of the creative process as the lightning bolt of inspiration, maybe more." - Twyla Tharp
Kara: Night Shift - ATEC Animation Lab 2020 short
Ally: Follow Ally on IG orLinkedin to learn more about her career resources!
EPISODE 104: SCHEDULING FOR CREATIVE PROJECTS
This episode is a deep dive into the wonderful world of scheduling, an incredibly important but often ignored part of the creative process. Ally and Kara dig into scheduling strategies, software advice (Excel all the way, baby!), and where and how to get started. They talk about task dependencies, gantt vs agile scheduling, and how to visualize your schedule for the correct audience.
Download Episode 104: Scheduling Creative Projects Worksheet
Episode 104: Scheduling Creative Projects
Agile versus Gantt
Creative Brief Templates
Excel basics video
Excel intermediate video
Excel schedule templates
Ten Steps to Successful Project Management. Russell, Lou
Managing the Design Process - Implementing Design. Stone, Terry Lee
Educated - Westover, Tara
Other Fun Bits
Covid Playing Cards
James Baxter in Adventure Time
EPISODE 103: THE JOY OF MEETINGS
This episode’s focus is on the joy - and trouble - with meetings. After a spicy discussion on how effective meetings are, Ally and Kara use their worksheets to come up with some important ground rules for preparing and running meetings, to ensure the time is useful for all participants. They pay particular attention to virtual meetings and how to adjust to our new zoom-based society.
Oh - and don’t miss the drop-in visit from our unexpected guest!
Download Episode 103: The Joy of Meetings Worksheet
Episode 103: The Joy of Meetings
Read This Before Your Next Meeting. Pittampali, Al (plus other books)
Radical Candor. Scott, Kim
Freakonomics - Ep 398: How to Make Meetings Less Terrible
Deep Vellum book club - Book Cult
Calculate the cost of the people + time.
The Social Styles Model
A framework that categorizes people based on personality traits and how they interact with others.
The Marshmallow Test
Walter Mischel’s famous Stanford study on patience vs instant gratification.
EPISODE 102: MANAGING YOU!
This week’s episode is all about managing yourself and your time! Ally and Kara use the 102 worksheet to walk through all of their tips, tricks, and strategies around to-do lists, personal calendars, and general time management. Because it’s so important to create a system that works specifically for you, Ally and Kara really dig into their motivations, as well as their failed attempts at organization, that led them to their current systems. See below for all the resources mentioned on the show!
Download Episode 102: Managing You Worksheet
Listen to Episode 102: Managing You
The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin
Also check out this cute animated explainer video by RSA!
Systems of Organization
Software + app for to-do lists for individual or team use
Bonus: Trello templates!
Paprika Recipe Manager
Apps for shared lists
Analog to do list for individual use
Erin Condren Planners
Happier - Gretchen Rubin
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKweon
Trial by Media
EPISODE 101: ICE BREAKERS!
In their first episode ever, Ally and Kara break the ice by introducing themselves and explaining how You’ll Think of Something came to fruition. Then they use the 101 worksheet to walk through their personal experiences with ice breakers, offering tips, tricks, and best practices. See below for all the resources mentioned on the show.
Download Episode 101: Icebreakers Worksheet
Listen to Episode 101: Icebreakers!
These can be done virtually in breakout rooms.
Ten Things in Common Icebreaker
Blind Drawing Icebreaker
Info found under "Activity 1" on this page
These are best in person. Both could be adjusted for social distancing tho!
Form a Group Icebreaker
Time to Act - Inclusion in Technology by 2030
Networking & Conferences
Southwest Learning Summit - ATD Dallas Chapter
Elliot Masie Learning
Spousal Shout Outs
DFW Scavenger Hunt
Offering virtual scavenger hunts and team building activities for corporate and family groups
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