• 84. Artificial Intelligence: Mid Year Roundup

    AI has been top of mind for many since late 2022 - and certainly through much of 2023 the same has been true for the press, pundits, and regular folks alike. We've watched the AI category expand from mostly Open AI-focused to now include Google's Gemini, Meta's Llama , and Anthropics Claude (owned in part by Amazon). On top of that, there are now AI Agents being developed by a small army of interested parties across categories. Some compare this to the proliferation of Apps following the i-phone launch. Listen in to my quick round-up of evolving thoughts on the category.

    E87 - 39m - Jul 17, 2024
  • 83. 2024 Mid-Year Musings

    It's hard to believe we have just passed the midway point of 2024...but here we are! Given the ever-hastening speed of change in our world, this felt like a moment to recap where I see the industry's various 'parts and pieces' - everything from shifting business models to events, media...and more.

    E83 - 30m - Jul 10, 2024
  • ENCORE: #73 The Nobility of Service

    So much destructive coach chatter across the industry trying to diminish the value of 'service' - weirdly saying to the press: 'We are sick of being service providers and want to get back to the artistry of what we do". The implication is that 'service' is a new idea (it's not!) that takes away from the profession. My take: remove great service from the 'experience' and home haircare is sure to explode to even greater heights(and the AI robots will applaud the lapse in judgment). Listen in for my quick take on the critical need to double down on service as a point of difference separating you from the many who are quickly moving away from this long-time, proven revenue driver.

    12m - Jun 26, 2024
  • 82. "Learn the Rules Before You Break Them": Business Edition

    Given the rush to independent businesses by so many, this feels like great advice for anyone looking to go out on their own (as a business of one or many). This week, i talk about this as well as other relarted "random thoughts" -all connected to our changing business landscape.

    19m - Jun 19, 2024
  • 81. A Brief History of the Salon (with some help from Chat GPT4o)

    I believe deeply that "knowledge is power "- and that history is a special form of knowledge that elevates us all. In that so much misinformation is floating around -including in our pro beauty space-, I asked Chat GPT to help me lay out some of the high points of the last 250+ years related to our profession -and then share my take on what some of it might mean to us today.

    22m - Jun 12, 2024
  • 80. The Destruction Continues: The Bad Idea App Edition

    Apologies for remaining in the bad coaching lane but they are at it again - this time recommending salons spend $2500 on building a custome app that will, according to the duo, be more valuable than your business when you decide to one day sell.  Add to that a new website that seems suspiciously connected to all of the 'destruction' and I'm back down the proverbial rabbit hole of concern. The last time i hope to talk about these folks for a while.

    28m - Jun 5, 2024
  • ENCORE: #76 DESTROY THE B**LS**T

    This episode (and follow-ups #77 & #78)has created much buzz about the bad side of coaching in beauty. The resulting feedback has been overwhelming - including stories of bankruptcies, walkouts, and career-crushing results said to be related to the BS being spread by a couple of coaches seemingly in search of fame and $$$. Original description: "Change" is more often than not a good thing - and is essential for any business to thrive in the long term. Having said this, with change comes risk - perhaps today more than ever given the amount of industry-related misinformation being spread far and wide by too many. In this episode, I dig into the 'methodology' of one coaching group (per a recent IG post), offer my take on the thinking behind some of these ideas, and more. Buckle up and listen in!

    35m - May 29, 2024
  • ENCORE: #49 Fact vs Fiction

    In our larger world, the idea of facts vs fiction and/or truth vs opinion seems to be a very murky concept that too many are using to not only create wedges amongst us all but also as a way to confuse--and 'market' to us. In this episode, I try to add some much-needed context to this trend as well as speak to the importance of language -and some data all should consider when thinking about the word "entrepreneur". For early access to future episodes, please visit www.socialbeautymakers.com to sign up for my free weekly e-newsletter.

    15m - May 15, 2024
  • 79. AI + the Salon: The Future Has Never Been Closer

    This was recorded the evening before I presented a talk on AI to Intercoiffure America Canada members at their spring conference in Montreal this week. This episode was inspired by that talk on where we may be headed as an industry relative to the evolution of Artificial Intelligence and what it might mean for salons and pros.

    37m - May 8, 2024
  • 78. Destroying More B**LS**T (Sorry!)

    Apologies in advance for going down this rabbit hole but hearing the anti-retail coaches suddenly promote in-salon retail stopped me in my tracks - for about a minute. On closer listen, it became clear that this change of heart was not what it seemed. Listen in for my take on the reality of traditional vs 'private label/white label' retail models - and more.

    18m - May 1, 2024
  • 77. Post ABS tech talk plus recap of feedback from Destroy the B**l S**t episode

    A post-Americas Beauty Show episode (translation: I'm worn out!) talking a bit of a tech update in advance of a coming deep dive as well as some commentary on the (over) abundance of coaches in the industry plus a recap of some feedback on my Destroy the B**l Sh*T episode.

    23m - Apr 24, 2024
  • 76. DESTROY THE B**LS**T

    "Change" is more often than not a good thing - and is essential for any business to thrive in the long term. Having said this, with change comes risk - perhaps today more than ever given the amount of industry-related misinformation being spread far and wide by too many. In this episode, I dig into the 'methodology' of one coaching group (per a recent IG post), offer my take on the thinking behind some of these ideas, and more. Buckle up and listen in!

    31m - Apr 17, 2024
  • 75. Pro Beauty: Who's in Charge(and more!)

    My riff on recent social media posts by salons, pros, & coaches mistakenly calling out the 'men running the beauty industry'; my defense of brands (against the misinformed blaming them for 'everything') plus my view that signs are bubbling up that could be signaling that the suite category may be in trouble in 2025.

    24m - Apr 10, 2024
  • ENCORE: #64 AI and the Salon in 2024 with Sam Brocato

    Iconic salon owner, educator, artist, and thought leader Sam Brocato joins Gordon to share his take on the impact of AI upon professional salons (as well as our larger industry). Sam is an early adopter of artificial intelligence who shares Gordon's belief that the technology is going to have a far-reaching impact on the business of beauty - as it will upon our larger world. To encapsulate his larger view: "AI is going to permeate every part of our lives" - Sam Brocato

    58m - Apr 3, 2024
  • 74. "Your Hair Looks Gorgeous... It Cost What?!" - Washington Post, 3/19

    The Washington Post recently ran a feature story about the rising costs to clients of salon services and the negative reactions by many - including some professionals -to what is seen as a trend. In this episode, I go through some of the key points in the article (many of which do not make me happy!) to add needed context. My take somewhat aligns with the article - which hypothesizes that salons are facing challenges related to the price increases many have implemented. The bottom line: this is becoming a hot-button issue for salons losing clients (and revenue), seemingly in reaction to their steep increases in pricing.

    25m - Mar 27, 2024
  • 73. The Nobility of Service

    So much destructive coach chatter across the industry trying to diminish the value of 'service' - weirdly saying to the press: 'We are sick of being service providers and want to get back to the artistry of what we do". The implication is that 'service' is a new idea (it's not!) that takes away from the profession. My take: remove great service from the 'experience' and home haircare is sure to explode to even greater heights(and the AI robots will applaud the lapse in judgment). Listen in for my quick take on the critical need to double down on service as a point of difference separating you from the many who are quickly moving away from this long-time, proven revenue driver.

    12m - Mar 20, 2024
  • 72. Your Productivity vs Capacity, Part 2, with @michaelcole_summit

    In a rare break from my solo chat model for this podcast, business educator and coach extraordinaire Michael Cole joins me to 'geek out' in reaction to my recent episode talking about the importance of using metrics around the big idea of production versus capacity (to produce) - and what the numbers may tell you about how your business is faring day-to-day.

    37m - Mar 13, 2024
  • 71. Foundations: Success Drivers

    A key success driver of most of the successful people I know is their good fortune to have built a strong foundation from which to grow. In prep for a recent panel i hosted for SalonCentric at the Bronner Bros show, i shared my list of 3 key elements of building upon your foundation - Passion, Perspective and Passion. Listen in for my take on this topic - as well as an updated (and quick) 'bad coaches' rant.

    21m - Mar 6, 2024
  • ENCORE: #40 Search is Changing. Are you?

    Google search is now 25+ years old -and, for the first time, has competition that could drive innovation in how consumers and businesses use the web and other platforms. Over time, we have adapted our presence online and across social platforms to meet ever-changing algorithms driving search and discovery. With the advent of more advanced AI, many project big changes in how we use 'search'. In this episode, I share thoughts on what it might mean for salons and professionals. For early access to future episodes, please visit www.socialbeautymakers.com to sign up for my free weekly e-newsletter.

    17m - Feb 28, 2024
  • 70. A Big Idea: Your Productivity vs Capacity

    If time truly is money in our pro lives, then our 'capacity' represents the maximum amount of time that we have to generate revenue. Productivity, on the other hand, drives the reality of your financial outcomes - the difference being your potential for financial growth at this moment. The solution to closing the gaps? Finding efficiencies. This is my geeky take on a critical topic that doesn't get enough attention.

    20m - Feb 21, 2024
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