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Keith Price shares his top NYC Theater picks

Theater Ambassador and host of the podcast Curtain Call joins us to share his theater picks should you find yourself in NYC this holiday season. But first, Venezuela is selling knock-offs of familiar brands, a freelance writer tricks Trip Advisor and his shed is named best restaurant in London, and Shop Talk explores a sporty manager that wants everyone to share her love of sport—or they will get dinged on their performance review.

Executive Coach Michael Mellen, and some advice for Lauer, Weinstein, and Spacey

Tim and John welcome Career Coach Michael Mellen to the show as we steam toward 2018. Happy Birthday to Irv Robbins of Baskin-Robbins fame. We are still the only show in the universe that celebrates Business Birthdays. Why are there 31 flavors and what was the 31st?  Shop Talk explores a gay governed Palm Springs, don’t hang mistletoe at the Holiday Party, and China has a bike disposal problem.

LGBT entrepreneurs are profiled on this week’s Business Spotlight, brought to you by Admark360

11.29.17 | Join The Focus Group this week for The LGBT Business Spotlight brought to you by Admark360. Brian Roman profiles three varied businesses where each person left the comforts of corporate America and started their own venture. But first, Tim and John wish a Happy Business Birthday to Patrick Byrne from Overstock.com and Eugene Polley the inventor of the TV remote. John plays with a demonic Santa and Tim thinks eating Birthday Cake Oreos has a side benefit.

How to thaw and cook the perfect turkey with Butterball, the Turkey Talk-Line, and The Focus Group

11.22.17 | Butterball Turkey Talk-Line Co-Director Nicole Johnson joins Tim and John to talk…turkey. Cooks can reach the Turkey Talk-Line via social media, by calling 1-800-BUTTERBALL, or texting their questions to 1-844-877-3456. Ad exec Donny Deutsch celebrates a Business Birthday, and John graduates from Animation Mentor.

We recommend ending the 8-hour work day for creative professions.

Listen, laugh, and learn this week with Tim and John as they address company boycotts based on celebrity, procrastination, gender neutral public announcements, and the lady things of Jimmy Choo. Robbie Rogers retires and Walmart gets dinged on the HRC Corporate Equality Index for 2018. In Shop Talk, the 8-hour work day is explored and while necessary in some professions, it is outdated for creative types. As John said, “I never came up with a great ad campaign sitting behind a desk!” By focusing on putting in the hours at work, rather than putting in the quality of work, we run the risk stifling creativity and imagination.

Oreo Cookie New Flavors—World Wide Debut only on The Focus Group

Tim and John get their hands on two new, yet to be released, Oreo cookie flavors that will make their debut in 2018! Thank you to listener Chris and Mondelez for giving us the inside scoop. Former Speaker of the House, John Boehner letting down his guard caught John’s eye, Tim recommends skipping a safari for the zoo, and Steve Jobs schools us on how to respond to insults. It’s an embarrassment of riches for our Business Birthdays with three this week! You probably know one as a household name, but how about the other two? Happy Birthday to Milton Bradley, Tom Anderson, and Whip Jones.

Kim Scott, author of “Radical Candor,” shares her thoughts on leadership

We’re all business. Except when we’re not, was never more revealed than with this week’s Focus Group. The Sea Witch Parade, a man with an unfortunate endowment, discounts at a restaurant based on female assets, and Tim Cook turns 57. Career Coach and author of Radical CandorKim Scott, talks leadership and hiring diamond cutters in the old Soviet Union. Enjoy.

4 Expressions to avoid at work and Mystery Oreos

It’s a Random Sample show. Check-in to the VW Beetle Hotel—if you dare, the ugly sneaker trend, and androphiles are explored. What’s the flavor of the Mystery Oreo? Tim and John seem to think there is an orange tinge while the rest of the crew thinks Fruity Pebbles! Enter to win 50K with Oreo if you get it right. The Focus Group 2017 Listener Survey has launched and we would appreciate your feedback. Shop Talk looks at 4 Expressions to avaoid that make you look clueless at work.

Founder of the Teeth Tomorrow Network Dr. Michael Tischler

Tim and John speak with Dr. Michael Tischler, owner of Tischler Dental Laboratory as well as the founder of the Teeth Tomorrow Franchise Network. Divine, aka Harris Glenn Milstead, celebrates a business birthday, Apple Pie Oreos get mixed results, and the seven ways to end your day on a good note.

We are on the road from Out & Equal

Tim and John head to Philadelphia with Volkswagen to attend the 2017 Out & Equal Workplace Advocates Summit. Aside from being the first chance to experience the new VW Tiguan and Atlas SUVs, Tim and John were able to experience first hand how large the Out & Equal conference has grown since their last visit to the summit in Los Angeles. It’s great to see so many Fortune 500 companies in attendance supporting LGBT Equality in the workplace. Not to brag, but VW was one of only four auto manufacturers in attendance, and they stole the show with their display adjacent to the conference entrance and registration. Kudos to the VW Team for being very visible and proud! Our guests this week include VW’s own Machelle Williams and Dave Dunlap, along with the Founder and CEO of Out & Equal, Selisse Berry.

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