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The Artist at Work
24 minutes | Jun 30, 2021
34. Let's get meta: Podcasting about podcasts
Coming at you a day late this week, we're here to chat about podcasting, now that we're basically old pros (we aren't). Cliffs Notes: Our origin story (again); the awkwardness of the earliest days; tools and processes on a tiny budget; the social component; setting aside weekly time, even if we're not always "on"; our personal gateway podcasts; what we've learned about ourselves; the content actually being relevant; and our own recs (see below!).ShowmanceUhh Yeah DudeYou're WelcomeBusiness WarsModern LovePop Culture Happy HourStrategy HourWorking It Out
48 minutes | Jun 22, 2021
33. Please welcome Catherine Saunders to the pod!
This week we're thrilled to share our conversation with Catherine Saunders from All the Best. We cover confidence, growing up with (and into) creativity, the weirdness of social media, the blissfulness of staying in your own lane, zig-zagging paths, vulnerability, flexing your creative muscles, finding your niche and so, so, so much more. It was such a treat to get to chat with her - this is a good one!Follow Catherine on Instagram at @catsaunders.
21 minutes | Jun 15, 2021
32. How do you talk about what you do?: An exercise in value propositions
Cliffs Notes: Continuing our redefinition tour; how to communicate what you do, and how that's different from the other people who do it; how your value prop evolves along with you and your career; audience, audience, audience; selling your value to your existing organization vs. selling your value as your own organization; turning a page-long cover letter into a sentence or two; the gift of realizing you don't have to be a pro at everything; poor fits (as a candidate and a hirer) - but also being fine with a not-perfect job because you want to, you know, pay your rent; learning more about ourselves and our paths, even in our terribly advanced years; a live exercise. (And, there's a worksheet to help you go through it on your own. Fill it out and let us know what you think!)
13 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
31. How bad is being "bored," really?
Cliffs Notes: Reframing the bad feelings around being "bored"; untangling boredom and guilt from one another; allowing yourself space to protect yourself when big things do come along; rethinking how to use down time; misidentifying boredom/silence/anxiety/distraction; being OK with our discomfort in silence; an emotional guidance scale we can all use; one of us being totally unable to access the word "fulcrum" for a very uncomfortable several seconds; the inherent luxury of boredom; permission to play, the past year doing a number on us and craving more slowness than ever.PLUS: A lil' call to action at the end. Maybe we host a little happy hour or Zoom event or Clubhouse thing or whatever where we convene the small community of our listeners to talk, together, in real time (gasp) about being bored. What do you think? Let us know on Instagram: https://instagram.com/artistatworkpod
17 minutes | May 25, 2021
30. The scam of "professionalism"
Cliffs Notes: The elitism and exclusivity of our concept of "professionalism" and how it's (maybe?) evolving; emotional sweatsuits and Northwestern ones; getting in trouble for whatever being "too authentic" is; the necessity of silliness and how it helps to build culture; the truths and untruths behind "workplace experience"; being able to have fun while producing; making your process accessible vs. keeping it a secret; slipping into bad corporate habits; setting examples as teams and individuals to create inclusive spaces; the work being more important than how we talk about it.Extras: The slide in question.
31 minutes | May 18, 2021
29. Please welcome Kristen Becker to the pod!
Join us for a conversation with Kristen Becker, Angie's college pal and a career creative based just outside of Cincinnati. Kristen takes us through her career as an artist - from corporate to freelance - and shares tons of advice about what to do throughout all phases of your creative journey while still paying the bills. Learn about figuring out if, when and how to leave a corporate career for a freelance one; managing a complicated schedule with multiple stakeholders; zeroing in on your niche; building networks as a solo practitioner; finding the tools that work for you; continuing to explore new opportunities as a lifelong creative; and much, much more.You can find Kristen at kristen-becker.com.
22 minutes | May 11, 2021
28. The Sliding Doors episode
Cliffs Notes: What would you be doing if you weren't doing whatever this is? Creativity always finding you, and vice versa; situational praise; high school accomplishments not being the best indicator of how you'll grow up (imagine that!); wishing for a class on dental insurance; being attracted to the *idea* of a career rather than that career itself; hitting a professional peak at 18; the influence of good Neighbors; a lesson from Professor Neeson; discrediting the skills that we don't get paid for; The Ballad of the Lifelong Learner.
15 minutes | May 4, 2021
27. "Strong" isn't good, "weak" isn't bad: Reframing strengths and weaknesses
Cliffs Notes: Reframing a gross narrative about craving "power" and "strength" at the expense of others' comfort and safety; "weakness" not being inherently bad; moving past fairytales; the beauty of embracing the gray; ~*~*stop the tape to write down three of your own strengths and weaknesses~*~*; turning our own "strengths" and "weaknesses" on their heads, and encouraging our listeners to do the same.
15 minutes | Apr 27, 2021
26. The seven questions of highly effective collaborators. Or something.
Cliffs Notes: Missing (or not missing) "traditional" teamwork as we've gone remote or gone solo; mistaking fear of collaboration with pride; making sure everyone has enough of their own lane to work in; our collaborative gifts; working together vs. working against each other, even when you have the same goal; the danger of corporate land grabs; delighting yourself as much as you do your audiences; and seven critical questions to help you be a more thoughtful collaborator.SEVEN QUESTIONS FOR BETTER COLLABORATION:1. Could I repeat back what this person is saying to me?2. Am I waiting to speak because I want to talk about myself, or because I want to thoughtfully respond to what my conversation partner is saying?3. Am I taking notes? Who's the subject in those notes - me, the other person or the project?4. What can my doodles tell me?5. What is the problem we are all trying to solve?6. What will I accomplish by saying "no"?7. Am I being respectful of others' time and resources?
24 minutes | Apr 20, 2021
25. Advice about advice
Cliffs Notes: The worst career advice we've gotten, "one size fits all" doesn't fit anyone, corporate Band-Aids, situational vs. strategic advice, returning the gift to the feedback store, bad advice we have given on this very podcast, thoughtful consumption, curiosity and asking good questions, platitudes not being advice, the smell of the school book fair, good advice from unexpected sources, owning mistakes, how to sniff out trusted sources.
37 minutes | Apr 13, 2021
24. Please welcome Adam Sonnett to the pod!
This week we're chatting with Adam Sonnett, President of Openfield and Angie's college bud. We'll cover what edtech even is, the different directions your degree can take you, bumps along your career path (and forks in the road), writing your own job description, the power of failure, designing for your audiences, really understanding what your clients need, advice for the folks at home.Find Adam on LinkedIn and learn more about Openfield on their site.
19 minutes | Apr 6, 2021
23. A deep dive on motivators
Cliffs Notes: Nine types of motivators, being motivated by guilt and fear, external vs. internal motivation, being left alone, trusting adults to act like adults, the best form of collaboration there is, setting team members up for success, recognizing others’ motivators that feel weird to us, audience awareness, demotivators, personal vs. professional motivators, thinkers and doers.
16 minutes | Mar 30, 2021
22. Resources that are *not* social media
Cliffs Notes: A quick chat about specific resources – not Instagram accounts or Facebook groups or LinkedIn connections – that we've found pretty useful both recently and over our careers. What we consume that helps us to create; specific podcasts, classes, writers and podcasters; a public callout of Emily for still not having started her Substack; chronicling our Weeks in Consumption from here on out (join us!).
31 minutes | Mar 23, 2021
21. Our ups and downs with social media
Cliffs Notes: Looking at our history with social media use, starting with reflections on SXSW; being deliberate about channel use; slideshow parties from another era; social media for business and networking; celebrating a birthday on LinkedIn; high sensitivity & social media do not always mix; social media and its relationship to your creativity; a brief detour to talk about sausage; showing up, regardless of audience size.
37 minutes | Mar 16, 2021
20. Please welcome Maureen Boyle to the pod!
An action-packed, advice-filled convo with Angie and Emily's former boss and current friend, Maureen Boyle. Learn how she built an impressive career in marketing after a serendipitous parental mandate, how she leads teams, what makes a good brainstorm, what to do to remain interested and inspired, what the future of experiential marketing might look like - and a whole lot more. You can connect with and learn more about Maureen on LinkedIn and at maureenmktg.com.
12 minutes | Mar 9, 2021
19. Quick tips for getting yourself creatively unstuck
*Micro Machines voice* We've got a shorty for you this week, so listen at half speed if you want to savor it. (We also talk pretty fast to get it all in.) We're talking about the tips and tricks we use when we're in creative ruts or having trouble solving problems. We share a few helpful hints, talk about our recent revelations and practices regarding journaling... and do it all in a clean 12 minutes.We'd love to hear from you about how *you* pull yourself out of a funk, creative or otherwise. Let us know on Insta!
34 minutes | Mar 2, 2021
18. Please welcome Anne Wynter to the pod!
Cliffs Notes: It's our second-ever guest, writer Anne Wynter. Get insights on The Artist's Way, Anne's journey as a forever learner and content creator for a wide cut of audiences, working in the theater scene, the actual processes behind writing children's books, blocking out chunks of time for creativity, bringing characters to life, finding writing classes wherever you go, going to other spaces to get your work done.Preorder Anne's book, "Everybody in the Red Brick Building," which arrives in stores in October 2021.Anne's websiteAnne's insta
10 minutes | Feb 23, 2021
What even IS career coaching? A Solo Mini Cast from Angie
Let’s support Austin! Central Texas Food Bank (Emily's donation page) Good Work Austin Austin Disaster Relief ---------This solo episode is Angie only. This week we are taking a break from our regularly scheduled content and focusing on Career Coaching. I’m realizing there is a bit of mystic, mystery or just plain ol’ confusion around what a few things… What does a career coach do? What it’s like working with one? And why or who might even consider working with one? We break down those questions super simply to provide clarity. Simply put, you’re ready for a coach if this sounds like you… I feel stuck in my current role. I know I'm ready for the next thing, but not sure what it is. I keep getting passed over for promotions. What am I doing wrong? I want to change industries but I’m feeling scared of taking that leap. I was recently laid off and I'm rethinking my career path or what I should do next. My workplace doesn't offer professional development and I'm looking to grow. Angie's Contact Info:Instagram Email: firstname.lastname@example.org --------- Check out Angie’s first online course, Emerging Leaders that just launched yesterday! It’s for those looking to develop their leadership and management skills. Use promo code TAAW10 to save 10%. This course is for you if you’re… 🌟 A high-achieving junior to mid-level professional looking to do some self development work to prep you for the next step 🌟 Someone who was thrown into leadership due to downsizing, restructuring, COVID (or any other strange 2020 thing) and needs help calming the chaos and overwhelm 🌟 A current manager who feels in over her head and wants some direction, guidance and support 🌟 A corporate employee who is looking to make an upward pivot and take on more responsibility and peopleLearn more here!And remember, use promo code TAAW10 to get 10% off!
27 minutes | Feb 16, 2021
17. Speed round: Tools we love
Cliffs Notes: Quick recommendations of 12 tools we love to help us work more efficiently and effectively - especially in a weird time. (We're not gonna give them away in the show notes.) Bonus: What we've learned *doesn't* work for us. What are your tool recs? Let us know on insta!
27 minutes | Feb 9, 2021
16. You've gotta have friends
Cliffs Notes: Celebrating our friendships for Valentine's Day, a nod to Marilu Henner, our origin story, giving new acquaintances the straight story, starting a job and going all in, work friends as sports teammates, the tools we use to keep our people close, mourning transactional connections, how our friendships have changed as we've gotten older, activity-based interactions, missing the huge Diet Cokes at the movies, a little bit of advice.
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