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Make New Mistakes
Show currently on hiatus! Mischief Management's leaders on what it takes, and the mistakes you have to make, to grow a business.
Aug 19, 2020
17. My Last Mistake
Melissa and Taekia are back to talk about goodbyes. Taekia is moving on from Mischief to the next step in her career, so the duo take the episode to go over lessons learned, mistakes made, and wishes for the places you leave behind. Melissa also talks about what's next for Make New Mistakes!
Jun 22, 2020
16. "Uncertain" Doesn’t Even Look Like A Word Anymore
In this week’s podcast, Melissa and Taekia admit that it’s kind of hard to talk about mistakes when the world is on fire. So instead, they talk about tips for managing uncertainty! These are tips and tricks that expand beyond the current crises and are tools for personal and professional stability during times of change and uncertainty. We look at the importance of a network of peers (3:29), our human ability to adjust to shifting circumstances (9:42), and sustaining your vision for the future (22:20). And it can be hard to pick out just one mistake in the news these days, but because we’re event planners, we briefly discuss Trump’s Tulsa rally (28:46). If you listened and enjoyed, support us on Patreon! You can follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to tell us about your new mistakes! We’re actively looking for new questions, so please send us anything you’ve been wondering about to firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, check out mischiefmedia.com for the rest of the podcasts in our network.
May 3, 2020
15. The Gryffindors Cry "Injustice!" Podcast
In today's episode, we are joined by Robyn Warren, founder of Geek Girl Strong and host of the new Mischief Media podcast Healthy Geek Academy! Robyn talks about starting her very own business and her background in education (3:24-7:25). She delves deeper into just how Geek Girl Strong functions at the crossroads of fandom and wellness and talks about having to move her operations online (7:26). We ask Robyn about her own mistakes in business and then, as a group, discuss figuring out when to say no (16:03-20:58) In mistakes in the news (22:03), we discuss Shake Shack's (brilliant? awful? tactical?) move to first obtain and then give back $10 million of the SBA PPP. (https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/04/20/838439215/shake-shack-returns-10-million-loan-to-u-s-program-for-small-businesses) And lastly, mistakes we made this week (34:24) and self-care tips (36:58) both involve discussions about baking bread. Who knew?! If you listened and enjoyed, support us on Patreon! You can also buy a Mischief Gift Card to save big on our events in the future. You can follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to tell us about your new mistakes! We’re actively looking for new questions, so please send us anything you’ve been wondering about to email@example.com. Also, check out mischiefmedia.com for the rest of the podcasts in our network.
Apr 20, 2020
14: Live on Twitch
A few weeks ago, we talked through more issues of running an events company in the time of COVID-19 (00:04:10)—our first episode on that topic can be found here. We talk about how we’re feeling and the nitty-gritty of guiding your small business through this difficult time. We also take listener questions from the Twitch chat (00:24:48)! Lastly, Melissa and Taekia get real and talk about the really hard moments right now (00:41:30), and our go-to pandemic snacks (00:44:28).
Apr 15, 2020
13: The Paycheck Protection Program Circus
Being a small business owner during this time is a total rollercoaster right now. We take this episode to break down every bit of SBA Disaster Assistance loans, and why they’re kind of impossible (00:06:24). Melissa and Taekia also take you through every step of the winding and laborious process of applying for the Paycheck Protection Program (00:13:55). The back and forth with the accountant, banker, and each other was totally constant until we got it submitted.
Mar 11, 2020
12. Conventions in the Time of Coronavirus
It's an interesting time to run conventions and conferences, so it seemed worth it for Melissa and Taekia to talk about coronavirus/COVID-19 and all of the ways one has to think about event planning in a pandemic. NOTE: Obviously, we are not medical experts and therefore it would be a mistake to try and give you information outside of our own expertise. To that end these links from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention along with the World Health Organization may be helpful! CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html WHO: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019 Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook @newmistakespod to tell us about your new mistakes! We have a patreon now! Join us over at patreon.com/makingmischief ----- Episode edited by Aaron Souza
Feb 24, 2020
11: Meet the Team (Part 2)
Melissa and Taekia are excited to present the second part of our meet the team special! This week, we introduce you to our directors of talent, operations, and programming. They talk about solving nearly impossible puzzles, how to handle big problems on site, and self care in times of stress.
1 hr 5 min
Jan 13, 2020
10: Meet the Team (Part 1)
Happy 2020! For this special two-parter, we’re inviting you to meet the team at Mischief Management. They tell us about their biggest mistakes at work, and we promise this won’t be a part of their annual reviews. This week you’ll meet the directors of our communications, creative, and content departments; part two comes with our next episode, in two weeks. If you listened and enjoyed, please tell one other person to listen to us and subscribe!
Nov 18, 2019
9: Insert Motivational Motto Here
This week, Melissa and Taekia find their well of motivation for getting through the raggedy end of the year. A lot of our motivation comes from the amazing staff at Mischief. At this point in the year, we have to think about how to do work we really want to get done without being interrupted by all the other tasks that come up as a boss. For Mistakes in the News, we pondered Facebook’s decision to take away fact-checking from political ads. For our mistakes of the week, Melissa talks about not making assumptions, and Taekia got bogged down in an over-complicated email situation. For our self-care go-tos of the week, Melissa is a zen master and Taekia has a new method for how to stop a bathtub from draining prematurely. Here’s the video of La Vie Bohème at LeakyCon Portland in 2013, which was supposed to be a joke but then it actually happened. This episode is sponsored by the Book Riot Podcast. We’re huge fans of the Book Riot website as well for all of your book news. Finally, please send us your advice (firstname.lastname@example.org) about how to keep your motivation going! We’ll feature them in a mailbag episode. Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to tell us about your new mistakes! We’re actively looking for new questions, so please send us anything you’ve been wondering about to email@example.com. Also, check out mischiefmedia.com for the rest of the podcasts in our network.
Oct 29, 2019
8: This Episode is a Mistake
In an effort to reckon with this week’s topic of imposter syndrome, we present to you our UNEDITED audio of our recording. Anything could happen! We’ve got plenty of stories about how it feels to doubt yourself, even if you have proven to yourself that you can do all the things (00:02:18). Imposter syndrome is a downer, but we point out how unfounded it can be. For our mistakes of the week, Melissa and Taekia are both thinking about how to get their arms around constantly shifting projects (00:42:41).
Oct 14, 2019
7: Faking It
Get ready for some singing and a hardcore lesson on how to act. Melissa asks Taekia to teach her how to keep her emotions in check, when it’s necessary. There are times when it behooves you not to cry out loud. Melissa and Taekia consider why it’s important to pay attention to what kind of people you’re dealing with. Also, we finally explain the ducks and the quacking! As usual, we run through Mistakes in the News, our mistakes of the week, and self-care go-tos.
Sep 30, 2019
6: Regrets, We’ve Had a Few
First comes first: we’re back from a hiatus! We’ve been overjoyed to see your comments and questions, and can’t wait to keep digging into mistakes. We have a listener question! They want us to talk about the nature of regret, as opposed to mistakes, in a few different contexts.
Aug 23, 2019
5: The Bro Mistake (or, "Zack with a K")
This week, on Make New Mistakes, we welcome our first guest into our little corner office: Amanda McLoughlin, business and digital media extraordinaire. We’ve known Amanda since the beginning of LeakyCon, so we all spend some time talking about building our small businesses out of early Internet communities. For our question of the week, we focus on when it’s time to cut off a business relationship, specifically with bros of a certain type. For Mistakes in the News, Melissa and Taekia talk through that unfortunate Microsoft leak. Finally, all of us give our self care go-tos of this week. Amanda McLoughlin is the creator and CEO of Multitude, an independent podcast collective, consultancy, and production studio in NYC. You can find Amanda on her website, amandamcloughlin.com, and on Twitter to find out more about her work on the podcasts Join the Party, Spirits, and Waystation. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram tell us about your new mistakes! Also, check out our website for lin…
Jul 19, 2019
4: Don't Read the Comments
This week, on Make New Mistakes, we issue a strong directive: for the sake of your sanity, don’t read the comments. Melissa and Taekia discuss what it’s like to provide a big service to so many people, and see your customers process it publicly on social media. We do know, however, that you will read the comments. We have strategies for wading through the deluge of comments, and how to integrate them, respond to them, or ignore them. For Mistakes in the News, we see how New Coke relates to our conventions, and a ridiculous medical mistake. Finally, we just came back from Con of Thrones so we have some fun on-site mistakes to report, and we’re getting our self care back on track. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram tell us about your new mistakes! Also, check out our website for links to Mistakes in the News. We’re actively looking for new questions, so please send us anything you’ve been wondering about to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jul 5, 2019
3: Everyone Can See You
This week, on Make New Mistakes, we ponder the question: what happens when everyone can see your mistake? Event planning has made us experts in public mistakes. Want to learn more about audience psychology? We have mistakes that we made and learned from and bring that knowledge to you. For Mistakes in the News, we talk about what large piles of money do and don’t mean for a business’s success. Finally, we tell you about our most recent mistakes and our self-care go-tos. Visit our site (newimstakes.mischiefmedia.com) for Taekia's playlist. Follow us at "newmistakespod" everywhere and tell us about your new mistakes! We’re actively looking for new questions, so please send us anything you’ve been wondering about to email@example.com.
Jun 21, 2019
2: That Time I Made Someone Cry
This week on Make New Mistakes: Crying at work, when it happens, why it happens, what to do when it happens, and what to do when you've caused it. Plus, Mistakes in the News, a new segment!
Jun 7, 2019
1: How Dare You Assert Yourself?
Episode one is about assertion! We talk about when you assert yourself, when it's time to play bad cop, when it's time to stop the conversation, and of course, the mistakes we've made asserting ourselves along the way. Follow us on all the things! We are at newmistakespod everywhere, and our Web site is at newmistakes.mischiefmedia.com. Make New Mistakes is a Mischief Media podcast.
Jun 4, 2019
Episode 0: Who Are We?
Melissa and Taekia introduce themselves, and discuss who they are and why they're doing this podcast. This should be the first one you listen to!
May 3, 2019
Make New Mistakes: Teaser!
A quick teaser for our upcoming show! It is not a mistake to subscribe and tell your friends.