Episode 21: Make a Move with Career Coach Cynthia Pong

Episode 21: Make a Move with Career Coach Cynthia Pong

I’m pleased to welcome Cynthia Pong back to Chief Executive Auntie. Cynthia is a feminist career strategist and now self-published author. Tune in for her career advice during COVID-19, an inside peek at writing and self-publishing her book, and a very special...
Are you a panda or a trash panda?

Are you a panda or a trash panda?

Let’s talk about niche. In ecology, a niche is the unique place an organism occupies within its community. This includes its habitat, its spot on the food web, and the adaptations it has for surviving in that environment.  In business, a niche is the intersection...
Shoot your shot…or save your powder

Shoot your shot…or save your powder

A few weeks ago, I cold-messaged one of my favorite Asian American authors (who happens to be a Nebula award finalist) to ask if she would like to be on my podcast. My podcast with 598 downloads ever. You know what? She said yes. I also put out a call on Twitter for...
Why “no guts, no glory” is bull

Why “no guts, no glory” is bull

I recently looked in my 2016 planner (good thing I never throw these things awaaaaay) and found a diagram I’d drawn at the very beginning of my freelance journey. [image description: A grid with two rows and two columns. The columns are labeled “low risk” and “high...
Your Business Life Essence

Your Business Life Essence

Long before there was Animal Crossing, I started playing a very silly and gently addictive game called Merge Dragons. But it actually taught me a lot about managing resources in my business. Merge Dragons is a puzzle game that involves merging like objects to form...
Episode 20: Author, Editor, and Coach Joanne Machin

Episode 20: Author, Editor, and Coach Joanne Machin

Episode Recap: Joanne and I talked about: The existential dread we’re all feeling right now (1:19)The questions she asked before leaving her full-time job (6:15)How she got started in writing (15:20)Her book, Game Changer (18:25)How she writes diverse stories without...