You'll Think of Something
By Kara Oropallo & Ally Perkins
Join executive Kara Oropallo and talent professional Ally Perkins as they discuss the concepts and tools that make you more creative and productive on a daily basis. The episodes cover topics such as managing yourself, directional communication and professional development. So if you’re starting your own business, taking on a leadership role in your community, teaching in a classroom or just want to approach your days more thoughtfully, this is the conversation for you!
Episode 206 - Case Study w/ Endora's Bakehouse
Join hosts Ally and Kara as they interview Dallas-based cookier Danielle Poage about her cookie decorating business Endora’s Bakehouse. Danielle provides a candid view into the world of at-home bakers and small business owners. They dig into how to set prices, the pros and cons of social media, and why Danielle named her store after a witch (spoiler alert; it’s because she’s cool). Learn more about Danielle at www.endorasbakehouse.com and don't forget to use code YTOS for a 10% discount on your February Cookie of the Month box or special Valentine's order. Visit www.ytos-podcast.com for more information and a list of resources mentioned in the show.
January 19, 2022
Episode 205 - Professional Development in the Time of Covid
How are you supposed to network when you can't get within six feet of another person? In this episode Ally and Kara discuss how professional development has changed in the time of COVID - and hey, some of it is actually for the better! Ally uses her background in coaching and consulting to provide great tips on learning and networking in the time of COVID while Kara talks about the increasing accessibility of virtual events and online communities. Come learn about how to connect and grow from the comfort of your pajama pants! Visit www.ytos-podcast.com for more information and a list of resources mentioned in the show.
January 12, 2022
Episode 204 - Delegation and the Culture of Martyrdom
Learning to share the load (both at work and at home!) is maybe the hardest part of being an adult. In this episode, Ally and Kara explore how our inability to delegate relates to our ridiculous self-imposed mission to complete everything ourselves. This leads to a textbook case of martyrdom, which in turn creates a troubling Culture of Martyrdom in our work and home lives. Follow along as Ally and Kara detail their struggles and provide suggestions on how to break out of this exhausting way of thinking and working! Visit www.ytos-podcast.com for more information and a list of resources mentioned in the show.
January 05, 2022
Episode 203 - Preparing for a Presentation
In Episode 203, Ally and Kara discuss how to prepare for a pitch or presentation. Listen in as your favorite powerpoint nerds explain where to start (logistics and location!), what content to emphasize (tailor your message to your recipient!), and what visuals to consider (all the visuals, none of the words!). Visit www.ytos-podcast.com for more information and a list of resources mentioned in the show.
December 29, 2021
Episode 202 - Directional Communication
In this episode of YTOS, Kara and Ally discuss the importance of tailoring your message to your audience. They recount some pretty significant experiences in which asking the right questions made all the difference, and provide guidance on how to to communicate value to your stakeholders. Join our hosts as they explore how voice, intention and understanding what really matters to your audience can lead to more effective communication on a team, in the home and in your workplace. Visit www.ytos-podcast.com for more information and a list of resources mentioned in the show.
December 15, 2021
Episode 201 - Reflections on 2021
Your podcast moms are back! In the first episode of season 2 of You'll Think of Something, Kara and Ally give updates on the podcast format, spill the tea on their big life changes and then reflect on 2021. Visit www.ytos-podcast.com for more information and a list of resources mentioned in the show.
December 08, 2021
Season 2 - The Trailer!
Get ready for season two, folks! Here's a sneak peek as to what's coming around the corner from Kara and Ally. Don't forget to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your pods! Visit us at http://www.ytos-podcast.com/ and tell us what you think.
November 24, 2021
Bonus Episode 1 - Resolutions + Smart Goals
It's a new year, and Ally and Kara are ready to take it on! In this episode, our co-hosts talk self-care, resolutions and how they go about setting their goals. Ally’s goals are traditional SMART goals with clear timelines and units of measurement in each goal. Kara's goals are influenced by the SMART model but with her own twist - she uses categories and dependencies to keep her goals focused without being restricted by more arbitrary timelines. As always, they discuss what works for them and why, in a fun and fast(er) conversation to jump start 2021! Visit www.ytos-podcast.com for links and a list of helpful resources!
January 06, 2021
Episode 106 - Case Study w/ DFW Scavenger Hunt
In their final episode of the season, Ally and Kara interview small business owner Brandon Oropallo about how his company DFW Scavenger Hunt had to pivot from offering local in-person activities to international virtual experiences during the COVID 19 pandemic. They discuss all the creative pivots and management logistics Brandon had to work through in order to come up with a viable and successful product. Brandon’s story is the perfect example of how you WILL think of something! Visit www.ytos-podcast.com for links to the worksheet and a list of resources mentioned in the show.
December 16, 2020
Episode 105 - Finding Inspiration
Ally and Kara have spent most of this season talking about how to bring structure and order to your creative project, but in this episode they focus on how to get inspired to create in the first place. They talk about their sources of inspiration, the relationship between inspiration and social media, and the difference between inspiration and stealing. Visit www.ytos-podcast.com for links to the worksheet and a list of resources mentioned in the show. And don't worry, You'll Think of Something!
December 09, 2020
Episode 104 - Scheduling For Creative Projects
This episode is a deep dive into the wonderful world of scheduling, an incredibly important but often ignored part of the creative process. Ally and Kara dig into scheduling strategies, software advice (Excel all the way, baby!), and where and how to get started. They talk about task dependencies, gantt vs agile scheduling, and how to visualize your schedule for the correct audience. Visit www.ytos-podcast.com for links to the worksheet and a list of resources mentioned in the show. And don't worry, You'll Think of Something!
December 02, 2020
YTOS Special Announcement
Do you want to know when you'll be getting more episodes of You'll Think of Something? Listen to our special announcement and find out when you'll get to hear the sweet, sweet sounds of Ally and Kara talking about process again. We love our listeners and we can't wait to finish out this season for you! For more content follow us on Instagram @ytos.podcast during the break.
November 18, 2020
Episode 103 - The Joy of Meetings
This episode’s focus is on the joy - and trouble - with meetings. After a spicy discussion on how effective meetings are, Ally and Kara use their worksheets to come up with some important ground rules for preparing and running meetings, to ensure the time is useful for all participants. They pay particular attention to virtual meetings and how to adjust to our new zoom-based society. Oh - and don’t miss the drop-in visit from our unexpected guest! Visit www.ytos-podcast.com for links to the worksheet and a list of resources mentioned in the show. And don't worry, You'll Think of Something!
November 04, 2020
Episode 102 - Managing You
This week’s episode is all about managing yourself and your time! Ally and Kara use the 102 worksheet to walk through all of their tips, tricks, and strategies around to-do lists, personal calendars, and general time management. Because it’s so important to create a system that works specifically for you, Ally and Kara really dig into their motivations, as well as their failed attempts at organization, that led them to their current systems. Visit www.ytos-podcast.com for links to the worksheet and a list of resources mentioned in the show. And don't worry, You'll Think of Something!
October 28, 2020
Episode 101 - Icebreakers!
In their first episode ever, Ally and Kara break the ice by introducing themselves and explaining how You’ll Think of Something came to fruition. Then they use the 101 worksheet to walk through their personal experiences with ice breakers, offering tips, tricks, and best practices. Visit www.ytos-podcast.com for links to the worksheet and a list of resources mentioned in the show. And don't worry, You'll Think of Something!
October 21, 2020
You'll Think of Something -- The Trailer!
You'll Think of Something is Coming Soon! Join producer-turned-professor Kara Oropallo and talent professional Ally Perkins as they have a worksheet-guided conversation around all the tools, strategies and frameworks that make you a more creative, productive individual. So if you’re starting your own business, taking on a leadership role in your community, teaching in a classroom or just want to be a better professional, this is a pod you'll want to add to your round-up!
September 09, 2020