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Inspirational Creatives Podcast
10 minutes | 7 days ago
ICP 296 Why You Must Get Started Soon With Your New Idea or Venture (with Juliana Meyer)
When is the best time to get started with your new idea, product, service or business? It seems that sooner is better than later. That’s the experience of female tech entrepreneur and SupaPass founder, Juliana Meyer. Often we find ourselves needing to plan or have all of the right things in the right place before we get started with an idea but that’s, in many cases, the wrong thing to do. In this short action episode we explore the benefits of getting started on your new idea sooner and before you are ready. Click here to listen to the full interview with Juliana. Click here to experience the Inspirational Creatives app on Juliana’s tech.
44 minutes | 12 days ago
ICP 295 Creating a Home Online For Artists, Creators and Super-fans With Juliana Meyer From SupaPass
Juliana Meyer is an award-winning entrepreneur as well as highly qualified and experience musician and engineer. Today, her small software and technology company, SupaPass, is making big changes in the way that artist, musicians, podcasters and creatives of all kinds connect with their audience and super-fans. In this episode, we explore Juliana’s fascinating backstory as a musician growing up in South Africa and how her own frustration turned into an opportunity creating a brand and platform that’s been recognised as one of the top 6 most progressive companies in the tech sector. Juliana’s technology allows anyone to create a subscription based business to connect with their audience and community using a high quality website or app of their own. Her technology provides an environment for creatives and fans to share their energy and ideas together. Hear how SupaPass has grown from strength-to-strength having won numerous innovative business awards including Best European and Best UK Startup. You can experience the Inspirational Creatives podcast using Juliana’s technology here.
9 minutes | 14 days ago
ICP 294 How Finding Your Ideal Clients Will Bring Results From Your Creative Work
Have you ever found yourself working hard in your business, doing your creative work, but not getting the results that you want? In this short action episode we discuss the importance of being clear on who you serve and why. Featuring the wisdom of communications expert, Lucy Eckley, from The Leading Story podcast, you’ll hear why identifying who your ideal client is critical to your creative work and business to get the results you are looking for.
39 minutes | 20 days ago
ICP 293 Lucy Eckley on Building Your Brand Story
In this episode, Build Your Brand Story founder, Lucy Eckley, shares her own journey from corporate career to communications consultant and how she helps people to day to create outstanding brands. Hear how Lucy helps her clients organise their creative business and brand. And how you can gain clarity and confidence with your brand and business by starting with your audience. We discuss why everyone has an interesting story and how Lucy gets to the essence of who people, and their businesses, really are. Listen to Lucy’s new podcast The Leading Story here.
11 minutes | 22 days ago
ICP 292 How To Complete And Get Going With A Task or Project You Are Stuck On (with Sue Stockdale)
They say that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results… But what if you’re not getting any results at all? If you’re stuck and struggling to complete a task or project, try this… In this short action episode, artic explorer, podcast host and executive coach, Sue Stockdale, shares her wisdom helping us to refocus towards completing our goals, aims, projects and ambitions; no matter what it is that’s stopping us. What Sue teaches us may surprise you…and it’s all to do with a shift in mindset and perspective.
53 minutes | a month ago
ICP 291 Sue Stockdale on Taking Risks and Being The First British Woman To Ski To The Magnetic North Pole
Sue Stockdale is the first British woman to have skied to the magnetic North Pole. Having been introduced to the world of coaching working with pioneers such as Sir John Whitmore, Sue brings executive coaching and new leadership thinking to charities and nonprofit organisations amongst many; with the aim of addressing some of the greatest humanitarian and environmental challenges of our time. As well as carrying out a number of pro-bono activities as a coach, co-founder and podcast host for Access to Inspiration, She has a successful corporate career behind her, working with British Gas and also having worked with the United Nations. More recently, I’ve had the pleasure to work with Sue on a number of projects including the Coaching in The Workplace virtual conference podcast, earlier this year, for the Association for Coaching. Hear how Sue raised money and qualified to be the first British woman to reach the magnetic North Pole and what her that experience, and her life experience, has taught he so far. [Free chapter download] Risk – all that matters
10 minutes | a month ago
ICP 290 Spotting a Gap In Their Market with Emily and Paul
Which markets and communities are you interested in serving? What is it you are planning to offer? And what is it that people need in those communities that they aren’t getting yet? In today’s short action episode, Paul and Emily, creators of the Parent Guide to GCSE membership community, share their lightbulb moment when they spotted a gap in a market they were already familiar with. You’ll also hear Neil Foley, from the Business Growth Club, about why it’s important to do a bit of research to find out if the gap that you’ve spotted has a market in it.
61 minutes | a month ago
ICP 289 Navigating Parenthood, Career Change and Depression with Emily and Paul - Creators of the Parent Guide to GCSE
“Knowledge beats nagging every time” according to Emily and Paul, creators of the parent guide to GCSE. Spotting a gap in a large market, ex-teachers, Paul and Emily, share their experience leaving the teaching profession to educate parents on how to best support their children going through GCSE. Emily shares her story falling out of love with her teaching career and falling in love; because of a motorbike. Emily shares how they managed a time of depression; leaving her career without a job to go to... Learn how the couple manage their own family whilst running their own dream business community membership model. And their best advice for stressed out parents… Items mentioned in this episode (quick access): [00:42] Introducing this episode on education and mental wellbeing with Emily and Paul. [03:57] How Emily and Paul met - over a motorbike. [05:10] Emily talks about leaving her a career and dealing with her depression. [06:40] Paul shares his side of the story. [09:08] Emily talks about how anti-depressants helped her initially. [09:43] Applying for other jobs. [10:45] Leaving without a job to go to. [11:28] Where and how Emily got started with her new venture. [12:30] How the idea for their business was born. [14:25] Paul shares his side of the story and some of the challenges with teaching. [15:53] Managing cash flow. [16:50] Teachers running their own business. [18:00] Developing confidence selling. [21:03] Emily explains how they support parents towards supporting their teenagers. [22:20] The B2 stealth system. [24:27] Paul describes their success path. [25:25] The challenges for kids taking exams today. [26:26] Mocks are very much like a dress rehearsal. [26:50] Sanity breaks for all. [29:50] Paul describes NEA (what was coursework.) [31:08] Resources for small children vs. teenagers. [31:54] Their active Facebook community. [32:57] How Emily made sense of vague government announcements for parents. [35:16] Teaching skills for life. [38:00] How their members become more independent learners. [38:40] Doing a series on personal finance. [39:54] Emily shares how their podcast has helped them to build up their knowledge. [42:11] How they help those home schooling. The challenges with home schooling. [44:18] Being effective at the desk. [46:28] Emily and Paul’s guidance for anyone looking to make their own career leap. [48:26] Building their website with their founding members. [49:31] Paul talks about “Ask me anything.” [50:18] Emily and Paul’s best advice for stressed out parents. [50:48] Running a competition and Paul’s bespoke revision plan. [52:17] Their proudest achievement so far. [53:42] What’s next for Paul and Emily. © 2020 www.inspirationalcreatives.com | Rob Lawrence | All Rights Reserved
9 minutes | a month ago
ICP 288 Is Now Is A Great Time To Start Your New Business Idea or Venture? (And the Big Risk Not To Take) with Neil Foley
Is now a good time launch a new business, idea or venture? If you’ve got a new idea for a business, enterprise or venture, this short podcast episode is for you. In this short action episode, Neil Foley, from the Business Growth Club, shares his thoughts on when a good time to test out and launch a new business idea or venture is; and when not to launch. We explore some of the more dangerous risks people make when launching a new venture. And what not to do. We also look at what type of motivation is the right type - when you are ready to get started. https://www.inspirationalcreatives.com © 2020 www.inspirationalcreatives.com | Rob Lawrence | All Rights Reserved
61 minutes | 2 months ago
ICP 287 From Corporate Life To Collaboration: Neil Foley on How To Improve Your Luck and Find Your First Few Fruitful Opportunities
Who expected the events of 2020? Here we are 10 months in living with COVID, the shock of lockdown, and all sorts of new challenges and opportunities as creatives… Furloughs, losing jobs, changing careers and new opportunities. So to bridge the gap of a crazy 2020 so far, I invited back on to the show, small business growth expert, Neil Foley from the Business Growth Club, to understand how, for those interested in navigating their own venture, career or business, Where to start and what the opportunities are... I haven’t had much chance to catch-up with Neil since we spoke last year so I though this would be an ideal opportunity to capture our conversation live, so to speak, as I’m really interested to hear his thoughts and how recent events have impacted our world as creative beings and people interested in business, leadership and entrepreneurship. Hear reasons to be optimistic and positive about the future. ...And how the barriers to creating a business in 2021 are breaking down.
12 minutes | 2 months ago
ICP 286 Why You Must Get Started Now and Not Worry About The Competition (with Neil Foley)
What’s the #1 to be thinking about when putting a new idea or service out into the world? For many creatives, entrepreneurs and new business owners, knowing which is the right market for their product, idea or service can be critical to early and ongoing succeeding. Knowing your niche… Yet many owners and creatives are stuck figuring out which the right niche and then, when that’s identified, what’s the right price to sell their offering? One option is to look at the competition. Yet this seemingly easy at-a-glance research can immobilise even the most tenacious business owner or creative…. Why? Because they become worried about the competition. In this short action episode, we explore how to find the right niche, experiment with pricing and why you don’t need to worry about the competition…
44 minutes | a year ago
ICP 285 The No B.S. Way To Creating A Small Business That Matters in 2020 with Neil Foley of the Business Growth Club
Starting a small business can be both tough and exhilarating. Being technically gifted as a master craftsman/woman of your trade is a good place to start. Yet knowing how and when to start is better… And it pays to get help. In this episode, you’ll hear why it’s a good idea to get feedback early on. And how the right kind of mindset can impact your success when starting out. I introduce you to one of my closest business mentors, Neil Foley. Neil shares his best advice with you, from his many years experience, as an advisor, coach and owner, to many businesses. Neil kindly answers the frequently asked questions often asked by aspiring business owners: Revealing why pricing is often about confidence and how offering discounts can hurt both you and your business. (And why you shouldn’t worry about the competition…) This interview was recorded live at JMS Studios in Hethersett, Norfolk, England. www.inspirationalcreatives.com/podcast/285-neil-foley www.businessgrowthclub.net
13 minutes | a year ago
ICP 284 How To Grow Your Creative Business Consistently and Persistently (with Aaron Nace)
In this short action episode you’ll learn: How consistency and persistence can help you to achieve your creative aims The one thing that has kept Aaron and his business going What a creative business is really about What to do if your ideas are not working In this short action episode, Phlearn.com founder and photographer, Aaron Nace, shares his wisdom when it comes to creating a life and business you want. Hear how consistency and persistence can support you towards reaching your creative aspirations and lifelong ambitions. And what not to do when your ideas aren’t working. https://www.inspirationalcreatives.com/
34 minutes | a year ago
ICP 283 Aaron Nace (part two) on Founding A Fun Way To Learn Photoshop with Phlearn
In this interview, part two, chat with Phlearn founder, Aaron Nace, we explore pictures of friends, (dressed as clowns) to politically inspired, visually stimulating, images… And telling stories with composite photos of cuddly creatures playing hide-and-seek with kids… Aaron is clearly someone who enjoys his life, his work and his photography. As the founder of Phlearn, Aaron has not only created a world-class professional teaching platform for students around the world interested in Photoshop and Lightroom skills; He’s created a great place to work for himself and other creatives. With over 600 tutorials and 1.8 million subscribers on YouTube, and counting, today, the Phlearn platform reaches folks through the power of video and tutorial in 149 countries from their base in Chicago. In this episode, we explore more of Aaron’s journey, as a photographer and as an entrepreneur, and why he is so passionate about making his life and workplace a fun and exciting place to be everyday. https://www.inspirationalcreatives.com/podcast/283-aaron-nace
32 minutes | a year ago
ICP 282 How Podcasting Has Changed My Life In The Last 5 Years
Since launching five years ago, in November 2014, the Inspirational Creatives podcast has grown to over 100,000 downloads with a small yet highly engaged audience dedicated to creating, and leading, a more meaningful life with purpose. To celebrate, host, founder and creator (curator) of Inspirational Creatives, Rob Lawrence, shares how his podcast has changed his life in the last five years and what the power of a podcast can do. Get the new Inspirational Creatives app here.
30 minutes | a year ago
ICP 281 Aaron Nace on Founding A Fun Way To Learn Photoshop with Phlearn
Aaron Nace is an educator and photographer. In 2011 he founded Phlearn to professional teach students around the world, Photoshop and Lightroom skills. With over 600 tutorials and 1.8 million subscribers on YouTube, and counting, today, the Phlearn platform reaches folks through the power of video in 149 countries from their base in Chicago. In this episode we hear how growing up in Hawaii gave Aaron the foundation to become a business owner. And the daily challenges he’s faced with learning to become a leader of creative people in global and inspirational organisation. In part one of this two part interview, we explore his love for photography, all things cooking, and the mindset Aaron had to wrap his head around shifting from employee to employer and entrepreneur. https://www.inspirationalcretives.com/281-aaron-nace https://www.phlearn.com
14 minutes | a year ago
ICP 280 Having Fun With Our Vulnerability And Living With Uncertainty By Letting Go Of Outcomes (featuring John Link)
In this short action episode we explore how embracing our vulnerability supports us towards reaching our creative goals. How? It’s about living with uncertainty and detaching from outcomes. Offering a fresh perspective on uncertainty, British painter and theatre director, John Link, shares his wisdom, in this short podcast, by describing how his painting and his work with actors has allowed him to learn more about himself and our vulnerability as creative beings. Hear how our most powerful weapon can be our ability to embrace our vulnerability. https://www.inspirationalcreatives.com/podcast
48 minutes | a year ago
ICP 279 Embracing Vulnerability: Confronting The Canvas with John Link - Part 2
In this second chat, artist, John Link, describes how vulnerability and a sense of play both motivate and inspire his creative work. Recorded in the heart of Norwich, England, in his studio, John shares how John’s recent ill health and confronting mortality has changed his outlook to life and his relationship to his painting. We begin by talking about the John’s painting and the stories behind John’s paintings. And how, in some sense, we’re all like Shakespearian characters. www.johnlink.co.uk https://www.inspirationalcreatives.com/ www.johnlink.co.uk
8 minutes | a year ago
ICP 278 What Your Creative Process Can Teach You About Human Nature (with John Link)
Our own creative process can reveal to each of us something unique, which we didn’t know already about human nature. When we get stuck with our creativity, often it’s because we’ve stopped asking questions. Questions from a place of curiosity - questions that ultimately lead to a story. Almost all art tells a story. In this short action episode, painter and theatre director, John Link, describes the similarities and differences between these creative disciplines, for him. Hear how your own creative process can lead towards a new story; One that could not only inspire others, yet teach you more about you, and human nature. Items mentioned in this episode (quick access): [00:42] Introducing this short action episode. [02:08] John Link reflecting upon his creative process. [02:43] Confronting a space. Asking questions. [03:33] How filling a space creates a story. [05:15] What creativity can teach you about human nature. [06:18] Summarising this short action episode. https://www.inspirationalcreatives.com/podcast
41 minutes | a year ago
ICP 277 To Be or Not To Be: Confronting The Canvas with John Link - Part 1
How do you navigate a career following your dreams? In this second interview of the "Bringing it Home" series on Inspirational Creatives, artist, John Link, describes the relationship he has with his painting and background as a theatre director. Recorded in the heart of Norwich, England, in his studio, John shares his creative process and what his painting endeavours mean to him: How his painting both challenges and rewards him. It seems there are deep similarities and a deep relationship between acting, director and painting, for John. Hear how he chose to follow a childhood dream of acting, And how he has navigated his creative career ever since. https://www.inspirationalcreatives.com/podcast www.johnlink.co.uk
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