Don’t Ask to Pick My Brain | The Big Payoff

Okay graduates, job seekers, professional networkers or anyone who writes emails– this show is for you. You want to write a killer email to someone you haven’t met. Maybe you’ve been referred to them, maybe this is a cold call to someone you really want to meet. The truth is a cold call or email will very likely be ignored, missed, or, even worse, DISmissed. Ouch. This episode will tell you what you need to know to get noticed and maybe, just maybe, make the person on the other end WANT to talk to you. Just like right now– you WANT to listen to this episode.


Hot Mic | R&S on Mr. Big | The Big Payoff

The mics were hot when Suzanne and Rachel started chatting away about Mr. Big- turns out he is what inspired the conversation for our last show, “At Your Service.” Think about it, SATC super fans- didn’t it make you crazy when our Carrie was at Mr. Big’s beck and call? In what has to be one of Suzanne and Rachel’s shortest conversations ever, they dig in.


At Your Service | The Big Payoff

We’ve talked a millions times about this over cocktails and for sure on this show: men and women do things differently. What starts off as a conversation about how we use email opens up into a wider discussion of the role women so often take on in service to someone. Yes, it’s cringeworthy listening at times. But today’s episode will help by showing you a new path forward.


You and the Big Game | The Big Payoff

Imagine being in a baseball game and going up to bat without having a clue about the situation of the pitcher, the state of the team you’re facing, and what else is happening on the field as you approach the mound. If you did that, you’d risk getting smacked with a curve ball. Well, that’s what happened to us- not on a baseball diamond, but in the rooms where we play OUR ball games. We hope our stories will help you see the bigger game you’re always a part of, whether you realize it or not. That way you’ll hit the ball out of the park every time you’re at bat.

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Hot Mic | R&S on The Varsity Blues Scandal | The Big Payoff

We’re trying a new segment called Hot Mic– where we’re just yackin’ and the tape keeps rolling. We’re talking about whatever’s on our mind at the moment. This time, we share our take on college admissions scandal, where fancy parents paid fancy $$ to falsify documents so their kids would get into fancy places. Spoiler alert: this ain’t just about the benjamins.

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Wanted: Athletes for Hire | The Big Payoff

“I don’t hire positions. I hire athletes”- Bill Bowen, former President of Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Rachel’s beloved mentor, etched these words on Rachel’s brain, and this episode pays it forward. What did he mean…and what does this mean for you? Hint: it’s not about sports. But you’ll need a hoist a pen to note the 5 qualities that will change your mindset about what you need to succeed (and what qualities you want on your team).
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Welcome to Your New Network Strategy

A new study is out that says most successful women surround themselves with just a few close women. We couldn’t help but wonder if this is true for us, and if it is….why is that? We have different answers from the study and arrive at a new strategy for how you should approach networking that could make all the difference to your success… and it’s not just for women.
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What it takes YOU to relax

All that meditation, mindful breathing and yoga you do isn’t actually helping you relax. Even mindless Netflix binging doesn’t do the trick. We’ll tell you why that is and what we’ve figured out about how to fix it! Spoiler alert: it’s all about listening to yourself before doing ANYTHING.
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Want macro changes? Start microdosing.

Have you heard of microdosing? It’s all the rage– the idea of taking teeny tiny doses of, shall we say substances, to make small shifts in your system that accumulate over time, to significant (positive) effect. We’ll let the medical experts explore all that, while Rachel and Suzanne take a look at applying the idea as a strategy in our personal and work lives to create changes in ourselves and others. Warning: this episode might mention illegal substances, horrifying behavior on tables at LPQ, and a whiskey so cult-like you won’t find it on the shelves. Welcome to The Big Payoff, 2019.
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Office Hours | Standing Out from the Crowd (Part II) | The Big Payoff

Last month Suzanne held “office hours” with a recent Kellogg MBA grad asking for advice on how to stand out meaningfully from her peers at work. The response to that episode was an overwhelming chorus of “TELL US WHAT HAPPENED!” Did she tell the story they uncovered? Did it go well? Is she the CEO yet? Not only do we have Kimberly Nelson’s full report for you, but this time, Rachel and Suzanne double team as they strategize for Kimberly’s next meeting with a very different audience. When they dig in even more, they discover a pretty memorable mantra that Rachel “JUST LOVES!”. You will too. Let us know if you want to make your own office hours appointment! Email

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