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How I Talk

How I Talk

By Chris Jones & Tim Jones
How I Talk Podcast will share old school mindsets mixed with new school ideas to give you a unique perspective on everyday topics. This podcast was born through our bond as father and son who have different life journeys and views. We will bring real, raw, and authentic conversations focusing on current events, entrepreneurship, finances, religion, sports, politics, and more!

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33. Successfully Building & Selling A Small Business
In episode 33, Chris brings on his mentor and friend Willis Wolf to discuss the maturation of a small business. Mr. Wolf walks through the process of creating a business, scaling a business, and eventually selling the business. 
May 31, 2022
32. The Power of Mindset
In episode 32, Chris sits down with Kelly Kravitz to unravel the power of mindset and transforming your life!
May 31, 2022
31. Traits Every Entrepreneur Should Have
Entrepreneurs assume all the risks of their businesses which, while rewarding, can be a lot of pressure. With the right entrepreneurial traits, however, they are better positioned to fulfill their goals. The seasoned veteran (Tim) and the young bull (Chris) elaborate on their experiences as entrepreneurs and the traits needed to will yourself to WIN, succeed and maintain longevity as an entrepreneur. 
January 08, 2022
30. Side Hustle & Small Business... What's the Difference?
In 2021, people are finding new ways to bring in more cash flow. Whether it be through side hustles such as driving Uber, delivering groceries, being a freelancer for a specific skill on Upwork or Fiverr Americans have created a hotbed for innovation. While side hustles are great, there is a fine line between a side hustle and a small business. Many people use the words interchangeably and while sometimes they can mean the same thing, most of the time, they are entirely different. Chris and Tim share the key differences and characteristics between a side hustle and a small business. 
December 28, 2021
29. Why Black Men Are Leaving The Church
Tim & Chris bring on Don "The Filler" and Steve to unpack the loaded question of "Why Are Black Men Leaving The Church". The fellas discuss and examine why black men have chosen to leave the Church and if the black church has failed in providing what is needed in the lives of men. 
December 03, 2021
28. The Great Resignation
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 4 million Americans quit their jobs in July 2021. Resignations peaked in April and have remained abnormally high for the last several months, with a record-breaking 10.9 million open jobs at the end of July. How can employers retain people in the face of this tidal wave of resignations? Chris brought Steve and Don "The Filler" on to the show to discuss what are the root causes of this massive trend from an employee and employer perspective.  
November 11, 2021
27. Why Every Leader Must Have Humility
HUMILITY IN LEADERSHIP FEEDS OVERALL EFFECTIVENESS. Humility is broadly defined as 1) self-awareness, 2) appreciating others’ strengths and contributions, and 3) openness to new ideas and feedback regarding one’s performance. Leaders who are humble have a better grasp on organizational needs and make better-informed decisions about task performance. They are also better able to ask for help than their charismatic counterparts. What’s more, is that humble leaders help to foster a culture of development with their employees by legitimizing learning and personal development. Humility also encourages cultures of openness, trust, and recognition, which are important precursors to success.
November 04, 2021
26. Will & Jada Smith
Will & Jada Smith have been making the headlines but for all the wrong reasons. Will and Jada have been going through recent marriage struggles that range from "entanglements" to downright embarrassment of each other in public interviews. The guys discuss what is happening within their marriage and if the relationship is beyond repair!
November 01, 2021
25. At What Age Should You Start A Business
When is the best time to pursue a business venture? What are the advantages of starting a business earlier or later in life? Studies have shown that middle-aged business founders are two to three times more likely to succeed than those who are under the age of 30. However, Chris & Tim have both created successful businesses when they were in their mid 20's. Listen in, as we discuss the advantages and disadvantages of starting a business in your early 20's or later in life!
October 14, 2021
24. Is Being A Stay At Home Dad The New Wave?
According to Pew Research Center, in 2016, dads made up 17% of all stay-at-home parents in the U.S., up from 10% in 1989. It is evident that stay-at-home dads are more prevalent each decade. This could be due to a multitude of factors but the question remains is the stay-at-home dad the new wave? In this episode, we unpack the different thought processes behind the thought of being a stay-at-home dad. 
October 14, 2021
23. 9-5 PM to Financial Freedom
The fellas take a deep dive into how to transition from a 9-5 to entrepreneurship & financial freedom. While you can gain financial freedom from 9 to 5 job, there are several ways to enhance this growth through other means of income. Chris and Tim share their experiences working a 9 to 5 job and transitioning into entrepreneurship and the freedom that comes with it! 
September 17, 2021
22. Playing House Before Marriage
We all want to find a love that lasts, and in this current culture of high percentage of marriages ending in divorce, there can be a lot of fear to commit to someone in marriage. This can lead to couples doing what I call, “PLAYING HOUSE.” Playing house is trying to take the benefits of marriage without the commitment of marriage. Playing house looks like: Having sex before marriage Living together before marriage Delaying marriage (but wanting the other to stay committed) Sometimes the logic of trying something before we buy it seems like we should apply it to marriage, but that works for a car not for a husband or wife—at least not in the way we think. I do think you should try out the relationship in the sense that you spend time with and get to know the honest and true version of the individual to see if they are the one you want to marry.
September 17, 2021
21. Work A 9-5 or Own A Business
Many people are turning toward the gig economy as job security, and job happiness, seem to decrease. In fact, 36% of people in the U.S. workforce were freelancers in 2020. But some people still seem to prefer working a 9-to-5 job. In terms of security and a happy life, should you work a 9-to-5 or start a business?  A 9-to-5 job provides structure, benefits that entrepreneurship doesn’t (like a 401k, insurance, paid days off, etc). It’s also nice when you prefer having a work/life balance and being able to meet with people on a regular basis. 9-to-5’s do offer the opportunity for growth, and many can help you utilize your college degree if you have one.  If you are a creative and don’t like to do things by the book, then pursuing entrepreneurship may be more your speed. The perks of starting your own business can include working at your leisure, choosing the type of work you’d like to do, and working from anywhere. You could also build multiple streams of income all at the same time, without worrying about adding yet another task to your plate. Let us know your thoughts!
July 22, 2021
20. Doing Business with Friends & Family
One of the most common rules in business is to never do business with friends and family. Well, you may say those who are the people I trust most. Yes, that may be true but the people closest people to you can also hurt you the most. When doing business with someone it takes more than just love. It even takes more than trust. You must also be able to know someone's character, their track record doing business, how do they respond to adversity, and do you all the same vision! Even then that is still not enough, it is important to have proper legal paperwork and accounting procedures to avoid any pitfalls. If a person can pass all the prerequisites then you should consider doing business with them because there is always a chance it could work in your favor! 
July 08, 2021
19. Why Men Must Stay On Their Purpose
A man with purpose is a man who has direction. When you move with a purpose you tend to make wiser decisions, attract quality people, and overall live a higher quality of life. In this episode, Chris & Tim reveal the WHY behind man moving forward on their purpose! When you know your WHY then everything that you do comes with a purpose. 
July 02, 2021
18. Is Marriage Worth It For A Modern Man
Is Marriage Worth It For A Modern Man? Well, the statistics show that 50% of marriages last. What's more interesting is that 80% of divorces are filed by women. As a man, we tend to look at marriage as a "business deal" and based on statistics plus the government being involved it can make marriage unappealing. However, the truth is we all want to be loved and appreciated. As a Christian men, finding a Proverbs 31 wife is a good thing and something all men should look for. Chris & Tim get into a heated discussion about the pros and cons of getting married in this modern world. Tune in!!!
June 24, 2021
17. Federal Minimum Wage (Part 2)
PART 2: The federal minimum wage has not risen since 2009, but that hasn't stopped the cost of living to increase over the past 12 years, leading to higher prices for essential goods and services. This begs the question, should the federal minimum wage be increased to $15 per hour? Based on this information, it sounds like an easy YES! However, we must consider small business owners and how that affects them. Will the cost of goods & services increase as a result of this increase thus evening out the increase in wages? There is a lot of information to unravel on this episode so join and let us know your thoughts!
June 03, 2021
16. Federal Minimum Wage (Part 1)
The federal minimum wage has not risen since 2009, but that hasn't stopped the cost of living to increase over the past 12 years, leading to higher prices for essential goods and services. This begs the question, should the federal minimum wage be increased to $15 per hour? Based on this information, it sounds like an easy YES! However, we must consider small business owners and how that affects them. Will the cost of goods & services increase as a result of this increase thus evening out the increase in wages? There is a lot of information to unravel on this episode so join and let us know your thoughts!
May 20, 2021
15. The Marriage Age Has Increased
The average age of marriage is 32 years old in the US. So many factors play in part in why everyday Americans are choosing to get married later in life. Chime in to listen to Chris and Tim's perspective on why there has been an increase in the marriage age for Americans. Let us know your thoughts!
May 13, 2021
14. Should Women Date Down?
Dating is hard enough but should women date below their standards or as the saying goes "date down"? Dating down comes in the form of physical attraction, financially, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally. The dynamics of dating and what men and women are looking for are different in what we find in value. Take a listen as Chris and Tim share their insights on women dating down in pursuit of a relationship. 
May 01, 2021
13. Does It Matter How Much Money A Man Makes?
Does a man's income matter to a woman? Is a man more desirable if they are high-income earners? We know income is not the only aspect of finding a relationship but it does hold importance. Tune into this conversation as we discuss how women view a man's value based on income and why income does matter for a man. 
April 20, 2021
12. Why Do Women Pass Up Good Men
How many times in our lives have women met a guy who had an awesome personality, a great job, dressed well, was a man of impeccable character, worked hard, was honest, and so on and so forth? Not too many times right? Or if women have come across a man such as this, how many times on this journey called life have they passed up or missed the chance of having a relationship with them because of petty reasons and expectations? Chris and Tim break down the reasons women pass up good men.
March 31, 2021
11. High Value Woman (Part 3)
The conversation continues.... Part 3 of a High-Value Woman! Chris and Tim share the final attributes of a high-value woman. Do you agree or disagree with what makes a woman high value? Whether you agree or disagree just know we deliver our thoughts with no hesitation. Tune in to the conversation now! 
March 18, 2021
10. High Value Woman (Part 2)
The fellas are back with Part 2 of a High Value Woman! We set the bar high and don’t cut any slack on this one. Like we always do we keep it real and funky!
March 11, 2021
9. Dehumanizing (feat. Richard Riccardi)
Black History Month Chronicles: Tim Jones sits down with Mr. Richard Riccardio for an in-depth interview to discuss Richard's experience visiting Charleston, South Carolina. The Port of Charleston was known as the largest port in the United States and had 3 roles in the slave trade: importation, slave trading, and where slaves were used. Through Richard's lens, we see a unique perspective of his experience and the impact it had on his life. 
March 03, 2021
8. High Value Woman (Part 1)
In this 3 part series, Chris and Tim talk about what traits make a woman high value. Being a woman of high value attracts a certain type of men with whom they are compatible. Join us as we discuss how to be a woman of high value.   
February 26, 2021
7. Door of No Return (feat Melanie Gordon)
Black History Month Chronicles. We sit down with Melanie Gordon for an in-depth interview. She recounts captivating stories of her experiences as a missionary in Thailand, Ghana and India. Mrs. Gordon shares the cultural traditions and family values of each country. She also details the Door of No Return in Ghana and the history behind the slave trade.
February 18, 2021
6. High Value Or High Quality Man
What makes a high value man? What makes a high value quality man? Can you be both? Listen as we share the traits needed to be a QV (Quality + Value) Man!
February 11, 2021
5. Force Children To Be Spiritual?
Should children and teens be able to make their own choice in attending church? If a parent requires their child to attend church is it through force or parental leadership? It’s important that parents properly train their children to love the Lord. Remember there is no better gift a parent can give!
February 05, 2021
4. Censorship (feat. Nathan Jones)
Do Big Tech companies have too much power? What should the government do? The recent events from Donald Trump being removed indefinitely by Facebook & Twitter, to the refusal of Apple and Amazon to host or allow Parler poses a huge threat to Americans right of free speech. Join us as we discuss the impact of censorship in America.
January 29, 2021
3. When To Lead & When To Follow
Knowing when to lead and when to follow is difficult. A true leader is also a great follower. The opportunity to create space for others to be fully empowered in their strengths, while still growing in your own personal journey is gratifying. Knowing how and when to switch spots is critical and key for leaders. 
January 27, 2021
2. Is College Worth The Investment?
Each fall, millions of college students go off to college campuses. However, with the recent turn of events students are having second thoughts about the idea of taking on student loan debt and experiencing college in a remote setting. Some would argue the world is changing as companies are offering positions with no degree necessary and technology has created new opportunities. On the contrary, people who hold degrees tend to make 84% more than those with just high school diplomas. One must determine the true return on investment. This leads us to the question “Is College Worth The Investment”?
January 25, 2021
1. Worst Year Ever
Is this the Worst Year Ever? For many of us, 2020 has been a grab-bag of obstacles. With a pandemic, lockdowns, civil unrest, an election, and natural disasters, the challenges this year have been unrelenting. However, there is always a solution to WIN in all areas of life! In this episode, we discuss in detail the physical, spiritual health, relationships, and business opportunities that are available in times of crisis.  
January 19, 2021
0. Who We Are
Welcome to How I Talk! This introductory episode gives you a behind the scenes perspective on the hosts of How I Talk, Chris, and Tim Jones. We share our personal experiences and unique journey to inspire, empower, and connect with others in all areas of life. 
January 17, 2021