“Like Car Talk for business…”
Tim Miles and Ryan Patrick use their combined 40+ years experience working with family businesses to share stories, offer advice, and cut through the buzzword-saturated clutter of marketing and management advice.
Part Dave Barry and part Dave Ramsey, these two guys look at the world—and the world of business—a little bit differently (and a little bit irreverently), and they’ve helped hundreds of businesses and thousands of people communicate more powerfully as a result.
Episode 28: “March Badness” (March 14, 2018)
The boys talk about the dangers of copyright infringement in marketing messages. Other topics include busted brackets, broken kneecaps, Alan Jackson, the six-second myth, and (much to Ryan’s dismay) the Chicago Cubs.
Episode 27: “We A Some Q’s” (February 28, 2018)
Fresh off an appearance at Paintball Extravaganza, Tim & Ryan answer some burning questions about hiring a marketing company, blind spots, website improvement, and more. The boys also share highlights from their whirlwind trip to Washington D.C.
Episode 26: “Communicating Clearly with Dr. Richard Grant” (February 14, 2018)
This may come as a shock, but you and your significant other don’t always communicate clearly with one another.
So, as our Valentine’s gift to you, we spend 18 minutes talking love and personality with one of the most brilliant, delightful consulting psychologists in America.
BONUS VIDEO EPISODE: “The Best and Worst Super Bowl Commercials 2018” (February 5, 2018)
More than 100,000,000 Americans watched Super Bowl LII on NBC, and advertisers ponied up approximately $5,000,000 per :30 to try and capture those eyeballs, hearts, and wallets. Who were the winners? Who were the losers? Ryan Patrick and Tim Miles discuss in this video edition of Funny Business.
EPISODE 25: “AdTalks with Special Guest Roy H. Williams” (January 31, 2018)
The Wizard of Ads himself, Roy H. Williams, joins Ryan and Tim on this edition of Funny Business. We talk about AdTalks, a special one-day event for small businesses and not-for-profits on February 26th in Austin, TX. Other topics include green fuzzy Yoda ears, bad sales pitches, and whether or not Tim and Ryan are, indeed, goobers.
EPISODE 24: “54 Books in 52 Weeks” (January 17, 2018)
Ryan and I welcome Brian Sanders to the Funny Business Podcast. In 2017, Brian read 54 books in 52 weeks. We discuss his ambitious project, the leadership lessons he learned, and how he found time to read all those dadgum books.
EPISODE 23: “New Year’s Business Resolutions” (January 3, 2018)
Happy New Year! It’s time to make New Years resolutions … for your business. Ryan and I give you some helpful tips to make 2018 your BEST YEAR EVER!!!*
EPISODE 22: “Our Christmas Extravaganza” (December 14, 2017)
You better watch out. Ryan and I are coming to town with our list of favorite Christmasy things. You’re welcome.
EPISODE 22: “What We Learned From Dave Ramsey” (November 8, 2017)
In this episode, Ryan & I are joined by team members Deidre Miles and Laura Rickheim to discuss the lessons learned from Dave Ramsey’s Entreleadership One-Day Event in Nashville.
EPISODE 20: “Build YOUR Own Book!” (October 25, 2017)
In this episode, Ryan and I give you tips to write your own book (while shamelessly promoting our own). We also discuss writing tools, transcription services, circa-1986 Alan Ruck, and … most importantly … Rylie Patrick.
EPISODE 19: “In the Face of Tragedy” (October 11, 2017)
Welcome to the least funny episode, thus far, of Funny Business. (Yeah, we know. We’ve been unfunny for the first eighteen episodes … so why start now?) But this may just be our most inspiring episode yet. Ryan and Tim unpack the events of the past week and discuss how to not go “dark” when darkness is seemingly all around. We also discuss advertising after a tragedy, the beauty of Montana, and dive bars featuring tiki statues, mermaids, and an 83-year-old organ players singing “I Love This Bar.”
EPISODE 18: “Out of Order” (September 27, 2017)
We wrote a book! Along with Tim’s (and Ryan’s honorary) sister, Lynn Miles Peisker, Brand Your Own Business will be coming soon to an Amazon.com page near you. Fortunately, this podcast doesn’t last as long as it took to publish the book. Because who wants to listen to a 48-month-long podcast?!?
EPISODE 17: “I interviewed 29 people, and all I got was this lousy podcast.” (September 13, 2017)
Tim recently spent twelve straight hours interviewing 29 people. He and Ryan are happy to report that Tim learned a lesson or two about marketing during the process… because that’s the topic of this episode of Funny Business. Well, that and my mom’s midnight Instagramming …
EPISODE 16: “Travel Tips For Business & Pleasure” (August 2, 2017)
We’ve been everywhere, man… we’ve been everywhere… this summer, Ryan and/or Tim have been to (deep breath): Colorado Springs, Oklahoma City, Dallas, Ontario, Portland, Orlando, Maui, St. Louis, Gifford, Chicago, Detroit, Charlotte, Salem, Louisville, and finally where this episode of Funny Business was taped: Milwaukee. Phew!
EPISODE 15: “Being A Dad Is Weird” (June 14, 2017)
Tim and Ryan welcome a celebrity friend to this episode of Funny Business. Steve Falcone is a writer, professor, lover of life, and a beloved mentor to many, including the hosts of this podcast. He’s also the subject of a brand new best-selling book called BEING A DAD IS WEIRD: LESSONS IN FATHERHOOD FROM MY FAMILY TO YOURS written by his son, Ben Falcone. Ben is one-half of the funniest couple in Hollywood (the other being his wife, Melissa McCarthy. Maybe you’ve heard of her?).
EPISODE 14: “Advice for Graduates (and Other Humans)” (May 17, 2017)
In this episode, Ryan wins an award, Tim puts his hand in his pants, and both guys share other people’s advice to graduates because, frankly, they’re too lazy to come up with their own.
EPISODE 13: “What can we learn from Canadians, eh?” (May 3, 2017)
What do Alex Trebek, Degrassi Junior High, Tim Horton’s, and this podcast have in common? They’re 100% Canadian. Okay, well, the first three are true-blue Canucks. Tim is just visiting. Tim & Ryan host their first ever intercontinental episode of the Funny Business Podcast, where they uncover traits that business owners and, well, human beings around the globe should emulate. We also talk hockey, Molsons, Bob & Doug McKenzie, and the plural of Moose.
EPISODE 12: “Talking Taxes with Adrian Van Zelfden” (April 12, 2017)
Get ready to laugh like never before as Tim & Ryan welcome their favorite … accountant? Lawyer and CPA Adrian Van Zelfden joins the Funny Business podcast to talk about hilarious topics such as taxes, bookkeeping, accrual, banker reconciliation, and embezzlement! Seriously, though, if you’re a business owner, you’ll glean some valuable free advice from the smartest man in the room.
EPISODE 11: “Professional Development (Live from Wizard Academy)” (March 29, 2017)
In this episode, Tim and Ryan talk about the importance of professional development from the outskirts of Austin city limits. Other topics include wizards, pantaloons, Kinky Friedman, and Googling Nicole Kidman’s red hair.
EPISODE 10: “How do you measure success?” (March 1, 2017)
In this episode of the not-even-close-to-award-winning Funny Business podcast, Tim and Ryan channel their best Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway* to illustrate the dangers of putting too much emphasis on winning awards.
EPISODE 9: “Why do bosses get such a bad rap?” (February 15, 2017)
In this episode of The Funny Business Podcast, Tim and Ryan (and our listeners) discuss the difference between bosses and leaders. Don’t worry. We also talk about kids, dogs, Spring cleaning, Valentine’s Day, iTunes reviews, The Walking Dead, Ebenezer Scrooge, and Ryan’s mother-in-law. So, y’know, a typical episode.
EPISODE 8: “The NFL Will Hunt You Down” (February 1, 2017)
ARE YOU READY FOR TRADEMARK INFRINGEMENT?!?! Yeah, we know; it doesn’t have the same ring to it. (Oooh … maybe if we got Hank Jr. to sing it.) In this episode of Funny Business, Tim and Ryan discuss the do’s and don’ts of Super Bowl ™ advertising … and whether or not you should even ADVERTISE during the Big Game ™. Spoiler alert: probably not.
EPISODE 7: “Cultivate Kindness” (January 18, 2017)
Remember how your favorite sitcom always had a sappy, heartfelt “Very Special Episode.” Well, this is ours. In this episode, we remember my father who passed away last month. It’s not our funniest show, but it may be our most meaningful as we reflect on the life (and business) lessons gleaned from the life of a decent, kind, and humble gentlemen farmer. This episode is dedicated to the memory of Richard Miles (May 9, 1936 – December 11, 2016).
EPISODE 6: “Let’s Put That In The Parking Lot” (November 30, 2016)
In this episode, Tim & Ryan talk about the dreaded “M” word (“meetings”) and discuss how you can survive, improve, and benefit from them. You’re welcome.
EPISODE 5: “Let’s Do It In The Car” (November 16, 2016)
In the spirit of Bob Hope & Bing Crosby, Fozzie Bear & Kermit the Frog, and BJ & The Bear, Ryan & I are on the road for this episode of the Funny Business Podcast. You’ll hear the tale of the smelliest van accident ever AND how it can teach you to prepare for the unexpected in 2017.
BONUS EPISODE: “Our After-School Special” Featuring Ray Seggern (November 9, 2016)
Ryan and I were recent guests on the popular Austin, Texas-based radio show, One Man Brand Radio hosted by Ray Seggern. Listen as Tim, Ryan, and Ray discuss the podcast, meatloaf, Harry Caray, and give a brief tease of episode five.
EPISODE 4: “Don’t Diss The Competition” (November 2, 2016)
In this episode, Tim & Ryan discuss business lessons learned while trolling the Chicago Cubs, enduring negative campaign ads, and hanging out in the supermarket check-out line.
EPISODE 3: “Don’t be that guy. (We’re very big in Latvia.)” (October 19, 2016)
Everybody knows That Guy. Nobody likes That Guy. In this episode, Tim and Ryan teach you how to NOT be That Guy. You’re welcome.
EPISODE 2: “We Approve This Message.” (October 5, 2016)
In episode two of the Funny Business Podcast, Tim and Ryan have another celebrity sighting while NOT talking politics over pancakes and bacon. Oh, and they also introduce a proven concept that could totally revolutionize your business. #nbd
EPISODE 1: “We’ll Get Better.” (September 21, 2016)
In this premiere episode of Funny Business, Ryan and I lay the groundwork for their topics, discuss Steven Tyler’s airport etiquette, and tell you why they don’t believe in small business.
That’s right, we do NOT believe in small business.