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Five Things I Didn’t Know About Bringing a Baby to Work

WE MADE IT! Nolan and I have, by hook or by crook, somehow completed two months of this whole working baby thing together. For those of you who have been following along on Instagram, we both thank you for the support, encouragement, and for the never-ending supply of “LMAOs” when he poops on camera.   …

7 Marketing-Related Podcast Episodes You’ll Actually Enjoy Listening To

Podcasts, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways. (Actually, that list would go on for a long, long while…and who has time for that?) Fun fact: there are a lot of boring marketing podcasts out in the podosphere. You know the ones. You start listening with the best of intentions, and eight …

Meet Natalie

If you’ve been following BOF on social media, you may have noticed that we’ve been on a bit of hiring frenzy as of late. Business is booming, our team is growing – and we love both of those things. Out of the resume pile, a Natalie emerged. Today it’s our pleasure to introduce you to …

Sins of the Search (And Other Advice for Job Applicants)

Ah, the mighty job search. There’s nothing quite like it. One part thrilling possibility, one part daunting dance, all parts wondering if a cover letter is still necessary this day in age. (We regret to inform you that yes it is.) We’ve been doing a little hiring around Brains on Fire over the past couple …

Literacy Month 2018

It’s no secret that we’re a team of word nerds and bookworms. In honor of National Literacy Month, we’ve collected some recommended industry reads from our own bookshelves. This list pairs well with a cup of tea and a rainy weekend.   The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups, Daniel Coyle Recommended by: …

Simplicity Shouldn’t Be a Bad Word

It has been said that there are two types of people in the world. That’s a bold claim – and perhaps not an entirely useful one in an era where everybody seems divided; forced to choose a side on everything from politics to whether that dress was black and blue or gold and white. Then …

Six Things I’ve Learned About Being a Copywriter

“The mind thinks in pictures, you know. One good illustration is worth a thousand words. But one clear picture built up in the reader’s mind by your words is worth a thousand drawings, for the reader colors that picture with his own imagination, which is more potent than all the brushes of all the world’s …

On taking a stand. And sparking movements.

The other day, I had an aha moment when I was talking to Emily, our Maven of Calm. She quietly stated, “We don’t use the word movement much these days.” It almost startled me when she said it out loud. When did we shy away from it? Is movement too big of a promise? Where …

Babies at Work: Part One

Hey there. I’m Moe Rice. I’m a human person, a Brains on Fire employee of five years, and, as of May 10th, 2018 I’m also someone’s mom. Yeah. I know. Pretty wild. Nolan Towers Rice was born in the wee hours of the morning after 24 hours of natural labor with a head full of …

Things I’ve learned by writing each day.

I’ve been studying Marcus Aurelius’s book Meditations for some time now. Thanks for the suggestion Blake Mycoskie. Meditations is a book that’s been studied forever, but I find it so interesting that it was written with the intent of never being published. It was written for just one person. This is one of my very …

The loneliness epidemic and how you can help fix it.

America has a loneliness epidemic. According to a Harvard Business Review article, “Today, over 40% of adults in America report feeling lonely, and research suggests that the real number may well be higher.” 40% of us. Geez, that makes my heart hurt. The article goes on to say: “In the workplace, many employees — and half of CEOs — …

The beginnings of all things are small

I love firsts. First conversations with someone you’ve just met. First kisses. First time holding a newborn baby. First times in a new place. And first lines of a book are always, always part of my decision to read forward. Part of my job is talking to people who think Brains on Fire might be …

How one simple word change can change your life

There are so many reasons we feel lonely on a personal level. A lot has been written about this lately. Some smart people are even calling loneliness an epidemic. At Brains on Fire, we believe that human connection is the most powerful force on earth. So, you might say we are PEOPLE AGAINST LONELY. Feeling …

What Injustice are You Fighting?

A couple of weeks ago, I attended and spoke at the MO Summit in Asheville. This group of purpose-driven leaders inspired and challenged me; they made my heart happy for two solid days. I love being surrounded by shiny smart, change-the-world people. Kicking off the Summit was Melanie Dulbecco, the CEO of Torani. I’m still …

Good Four is Back… Let’s Give Four Hours For Good!

Brains on Fire has always been committed to helping brands and organizations that want to grow so they can do more good in the world. 2017 was the year we took that declaration public – and turned it on ourselves – by becoming an official B Corp. The process was rigorous and challenged us to …

5 Big Brands You (Maybe) Didn’t Realize Were B Corps

It’s time to call it a wrap on B Corp Month. We’ve spent the past few weeks celebrating being a part of the B Corp family with other businesses that put a focus on their footprints. On top of following along with other B Corps and what they’ve been up to, we’ve mapped out some …

When & How to Disclose – Influencer Edition

If you work in marketing in the year 2018, chances are you’re also working with influencers on behalf of your client brands. If you’re not, you may want to take a moment to review the stats below on the impact of influencer marketing: 70% of millennial consumers are influenced by the recommendations of their peers …

How to Keep a Beginner’s Mind at Work

The other day Geno and I were grabbing coffee at the Village Grind (which is right next to our new Greenville SOON-TO-BE OFFICES!) and something he said hit me and captured my heart. Geno says often that he can’t begin any project with “ideas in mind.” He likes to keep his mind “agnostic” for as …

B Corp Road Trip

Part of our B Corp preplanning journey involved paying attention to existing B Corps. We wanted how they were thinking, operating, and most importantly, integrating the principles of B Corp into their internal and external practices. We shared B Corp articles and brought in our favorite B Corp products. (Don’t you just love that seal?) …

podcasts we love: episode 1

It’s no big secret that we l-o-v-e to learn here at BOF. Be it deep-diving into obscure industries to help us better serve our clients or the “inspiration” channel on our company Slack, we’re typically just a click away from completely nerding out. One of our favorite learning tools? Podcasts. In this series, Podcasts We …