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The Celebrant Survival Podcast
37 minutes | Sep 26, 2022
How will the cost of living crisis affect your celebrant business?
In this episode, Claire and Natasha reflect on the inescapable news about the shape of the economy and the rising costs of living, and they look at how this might affect us a celebrants. There is not one country that isn't experiencing some form of inflation or rising prices and living costs, and with many only just back on their feet after the pandemic, it's understable that some may be worried. Claire and Natasha look at ways that we can keep our celebrant businesses running as usual, and taking action to make sure that our businesses stay afloat during a period of uncertainty.
28 minutes | Sep 12, 2022
Three SEO myths that are blocking you from SEO success
In this episode, Natasha wants to get you feeling much better about SEO, especially because there's so much good that can come from it when you make yourself best friends with it. But the thing about SEO is that it gets a bad rap and most people end up thinking that SEO is confusing, difficult, unmaneagable and complicated. But Natasha's here to tell you that it's not true! In this episode Natasha explains why all celebrants need to get onboard with SEO and why it's a good move for all small business owners. And she also debunks three big myths about SEO that do more harm than good. If you're feeling a bit iffy about SEO but know you want to have a better grasp of it, then this episode is for you! Want to get further stuck in to SEO? Check out our resources. Our live SEO webinar workshop with Justine Coombs https://www.celebrantscollective.eu/celebrants-collective-live-sessions/ Our SEO 101 for Celebrants https://www.celebrantscollective.eu/seo-101-for-celebrants/
58 minutes | Aug 29, 2022
Natasha's Mexican Marriage Extravaganza
There one where feathers were ruffled. Come and join Natasha and Claire as they talk about Natasha's Mexican wedding. Find out what kind of bride Natasha was and about the engagement that led them on the path to marriage in the first place. This laugh out loud episode (aren't they all?) will leave you in no doubts that Natasha was unapologetically herself and did not steer away from having their day, in their way!
54 minutes | May 9, 2022
Claire's big fat white wedding
In this episode, Natasha interviews Claire about her wedding day. Claire casts her mind back to her special date in August 2000 where she shares her wedding journey and how she got married in the way that she did. They talk about the decisions made and whether Claire has any regrets about how they got married. Claire also spills the beans on what she would do now if she renewed her wedding vows, as well as dicussing the way that her own wedding has shaped her as a celebrant.
48 minutes | Apr 25, 2022
How Claire works with her funeral clients
In this latest episode Claire is in the hot seat again and this time she is talking about her funeral process and how she works with funeral clients. In this episode Claire talks about: Where she gets most of her funeral enquiries from. What she does once she’s in touch with funeral clients. Where she has meetings with her clients and what she says and does in her meetings. The things she is SUPER mindful of when meeting with clients. How she keeps herself organised with her work process and the software she uses. What she does on the day itself and how she carries out the funeral service, manages music etc. How she receives payment for her services. This is a great listen if you’re new to the funeral celebrant industry or you’ve been in the industry for a while.
54 minutes | Apr 11, 2022
How I work with my wedding clients from start to finish by Claire
In this episode, it's Claire's turn to share her process of working with her wedding couples from start to finish. She talks about where most of her enquiries come from to how she responds to them. She also walks through the process of turning couples into clients. Claire then talks about her ceremony creation process and what she does on the big day and beyond! It's such a great listen, whether you're a new or more experienced celebrant. And don't worry funeral celebrants, Claire's going to share how she works with funeral clients in an episode of its own.
58 minutes | Mar 28, 2022
How I work with my clients from start to finish by Natasha
In this episode, Natasha shares her working process with her wedding couples from start to finish. What she does when she gets an enquiry and how she moves the couples through the process of becoming clients. Then, once booked in, she talks about her ceremony creation process and script-writing process, finishing up with what happens on the day and thereafter. Sharing how we work as celebrants can help other celebrants to see how their own processes work and to decide whether there's room for improvement. Enjoy!
33 minutes | Mar 14, 2022
How to choose the right celebrant training for you
In this episode, solo host Claire talks all about celebrant training and the things you should look out for when you're looking into training as a celebrant. She looks at the pros and cons of the different types of celebrant training and gets you thinking about all the questions you should be thinking and asking! This is a must-listen to episode if you're thinking about training as a celebrant sometime soon! And of course, if our celebrant training stands out for you, you can get more information about it, here.
42 minutes | Feb 28, 2022
How to elevate your systems and processes for better business success
In this episode, solo host Natasha talks all about systems and processes. No, not in the boring way that makes you yawn and want to hide under your duvet, but in a fresh and fun way, which will inspire you to tidy up your processes and elevate your business success. Natasha helps you to break down your step by step processes from enquiry to booking and beyond, to see what's not working for you, what is working for you and what more you could be doing. With your business processes making up the backbone of your celebrant business, this is a must-listen-to episode. Enjoy! In this episode, we do touch on software systems and as always our big recommendation is 17hats. Boy, do we love it. And we know you would too! If you use this link, you'll get a 50% saving! Win-win.
54 minutes | Feb 14, 2022
Five top tips for giving your celebrant creativity a boost
In this episode, Claire and Natasha talk all about celebrant creativity, in particular, five top takeaways that attendees from their 2021 creative workshop took away with them. These five tips will help you to think about the different ways that you can unlock and tap into your creativity and how you can boost your creativity to new levels. They also talk about this year's Creative Celebrant Workshop, which you can find all the info about here.
40 minutes | Jan 31, 2022
Episode 40: Why making mistakes can be good for your celebrant career
In this episode, Natasha runs through three of her most horrific, heart-stopping mistakes that she's made as a celebrant and what she's learnt from them all. She also talks about why it's important to reframe mistakes and to use them as a learning opportunity to make changes and improve your way of working. There may be a lot of perceived perfection out there but this episode shows that nobody is perfect, all celebrants make mistakes and talking about it and normalising it is the best way to deal with them.
43 minutes | Jan 17, 2022
Episode 39: Ten guiding principles that all celebrants need to know for ceremony creation
In this solo-hosted episode, Claire talks through ten awesome principles that celebrants should take on board when it comes to being a celebrant and creating ceremony. These guidelines can be absolute game-changers for giving you a great foundation as a celebrant or for bringing some clarity and focus to your practice if you feel a little out of sorts. These guiding principles make up a whole module of our celebrant training course, so whether you're thinking about training to be a celebrant or you're a celebrant already, you're in for a big treat!
37 minutes | Jan 3, 2022
Episode 38: How to create your year in your own way
In this very first episode of 2022, Claire and Natasha look at the year ahead and how they prepare themselves personally and professionally. They share their top tips for starting the year off gently and intentionally, and they also chat about why they think resolutions and radical change are not the best way to kick start a new year. Listen to this episode if you want to get focused on your year ahead without feeling overwhelmed.
44 minutes | Nov 29, 2021
Episode 37: Why we think it's important to end your year in this way.
In this episode, Natasha and Claire talk about the importance of ending the year on a high by acknowledging what has happened in the year. It's all too easy to see one year end and another begin, without tuning into the key events of your year and how it all panned out for you. Claire and Natasha share their top tips for bringing their year to an end, for reviewing their business and honouring everything that's happened. Helping to pave the way for an awesome new year of doing what you love.
34 minutes | Nov 15, 2021
Episode 36: Celebrating Worlds Celebrants Week 2021
In this episode, Claire and Natasha whip themselves up into a frenzy as they get ready to celebrate the first ever World Celebrants Week (November 15th-21st). Because celebrants need a whole week, right? They look at the aims of the week, what it means for celebrants and they outline ways that the week can be celebrated by both individual organisations and celebrants alike. And don't worry if you listen to this episode past the date, you'll still be able to pick up some good social media prompts for raising awareness of celebrancy on your own social media platforms, at anytime of the year. Please excuse the strange scratching sound of Claire's earring rubbing on her headphones for the first 9 minutes.
39 minutes | Nov 1, 2021
Episode 35: Refining and defining what you do and how you work as a celebrant
In this episode, Claire and Natasha look at our roles as celebrants. Although traditionally, celebrants peg themselves as wedding, funeral and baby-naming celebrants, we are in fact first and foremost celebrants. This means we have so much scope to define and refine our offerings to whatever it is we choose to do. Not what we think we must do. From their own experiences, Claire and Natasha discuss why they don't do baby namings, and for Natasha, funerals, and how they have refined their own roles to include the things they love to do and importantly, don't like doing. They also look at celebrants' wider working practices and how it's within our own power to shape and define how we work as celebrants to be as fluid and functional as possible.
63 minutes | Oct 18, 2021
Episode 34: Industry awards: Hard yes? Or hell no?
In this latest episode, Claire and Natasha chat about celebrant awards and take a look at the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to industry awards. They chat about their own experiences of awards, as entrants and judges and the emotional rollercoaster that awards can take you on. They also discuss the nature of awards in general and how they can be a good thing on a personal, business and industry level but they also get into the 'dark' side of awards. The negativity, the comparisonitis, the lack of integrity, and other factors that can rub the shine off of awards. It's a cracker of an episode that leaves no award stone unturned. So tune in now to listen.
44 minutes | Oct 4, 2021
Episode 33: Why you need to stop doing random marketing and get yourself a plan with Heidi Thompson
In this episode, we welcome back Heidi Thompson from Evolve Your Wedding Business as she shows celebrants why marketing your business without a plan is a recipe for disaster. Heidi's no-nonsense plan of action will help you to have a better understanding of your own marketing needs, where you're going wrong and how you can put it right. And don't be put off by the idea of a marketing plan, as when you hear Heidi's idea of one, you'll realise it doesn't have to be as complicated as you think! Heidi is going to be presenting a free webinar on this at the Book More Weddings summit this coming October 18th. You'll be able to learn from her and over 20 other wedding educators who'll be sharing their business gems for growth without overwhelm. Grab your free ticket here.
65 minutes | Sep 20, 2021
Episode 32: A celebrant chit chat with Natasha J
In this episode, Claire gets to grill Natasha! You'll hear all about Natasha's idyllic childhood which set her on course for celebrancy and how she took the leap into the celebrant world itself. From London to Mexico to Spain, you'll find out what drives Natasha to do what she does and what she's really passionate about when it comes to being a celebrant and her work with Claire at the Celebrants Collective.
57 minutes | Aug 9, 2021
Episode 31: A celebrant chit-chat with Claire B
In this latest episode Natasha puts her old BBC journalist hat back on as she interviews co-host Claire. From the hot-seat, Claire shares a slice of her past, her life pre being a celebrant and how much of her past life is still very relevant now as a celebrant. She even gives advice to her newly trained self! Claire also chats industry stuff too, what she likes, what she doesn't like and what she can't wait to see happen! Enjoy this episode!
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