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Joanna Pieters asks highly successful creatives: why *do* we create? We talk about the real stories behind the public success, how to get your work noticed, how to get people on side, how to build a tribe, and how to create more of the work that you believe in. You’ll also discover the latest thinking on innovation, brain science and creative productivity. Whether you want to revolutionise your job, inspire your team, complete a novel or start a business, the Creative Life Show gives you the practical tools, the inspiration, resources and motivation to unleash your most powerful creative expression. Get more resources, inspiration and motivation at www.creativelifeshow.com.

The Creative Life Show Joanna Pieters

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Joanna Pieters asks highly successful creatives: why *do* we create? We talk about the real stories behind the public success, how to get your work noticed, how to get people on side, how to build a tribe, and how to create more of the work that you believe in. You’ll also discover the latest thinking on innovation, brain science and creative productivity. Whether you want to revolutionise your job, inspire your team, complete a novel or start a business, the Creative Life Show gives you the practical tools, the inspiration, resources and motivation to unleash your most powerful creative expression. Get more resources, inspiration and motivation at www.creativelifeshow.com.

    Creativity, spirituality and money, with David Nichtern

    Creativity, spirituality and money, with David Nichtern

    David Nichtern is a Emmy-winning songwriter and composer, serial entrepreneur, and one of the world's leading teachers of Buddhism. So what does it really mean to bring together creative spark, practical business-building and a profound spiritual practice? And what do you do when you have to choose one at a time?
    David Nichtern joins me to answer some of those questions, and we also get to meditation - how *do* you fit it in? - starting vs completing things, harmony and dissonance, and the power of habits to create focus.
    This is a wonderful, inspiring conversation from a man who has spent his lifetime teaching and inspiring others to fulfil their spiritual, financial and creative goals.
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    • 39 min
    Taking charge of your future, with Kay Hutchison

    Taking charge of your future, with Kay Hutchison

    'I took myself right out of this life and started again - basically putting myself back together'.

    What do you do when your brilliant life goes off the rails? Kay Hutchison had the high-powered TV career and the lifestyle to match, when she realised it was all wrong. 

    Kay launched into a journey of personal discovery that went from from sound-baths to yoga, writing to silent retreats, as well as facing some difficult truths about her past. One result was writing her first book, while another was setting up her own small publishing and media business where she can be 'herself' rather than return to the corporate world that was her home for so long. 

    This is a great listen if you ever feel that life is running you, and that you need some kind of a change.

    I've worked with so many bright, creative people who've found themselves trapped in a corner that they never expected. The way out for you may not be yoga, voodoo or writing, but you'll come away believing that deep within you is a creative power that you can use to get your life back on track, and more determined to go and find it. 
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    • 32 min
    Love your superpowers, with Marianne Cantwell

    Love your superpowers, with Marianne Cantwell

    From the outside, Marianne Cantwell looks like a classic 'laptop lifestyle' entrepreneur, travelling the world with her business. But it's her much less common approach of embracing empathy, sensitivity and an inner voice that has made her the founder of a loyal and enthusiastic tribe - Free Range Humans - a sought-after speaker and bestselling author.

    Marianne shares the story of how, after her first book was a huge, unexpected success, she expected to find herself thrilled and energised. But she found herself sinking into brain fog and apathy, with nothing to say and nothing to write. She talks about the journey to rediscover herself, to recognise 'depression' for what it was, and how it transformed her business and life

    Marianne is - like me - an ENFP and HSP, highly sensitive person. That means we have sensory systems that take in a huge amount, whether in our environment or other people's emotions, but need to manage our energy with care and mindfulness. We have a terrific conversation about what this has meant for Marianne, and in particular, during a bout of depression.

    We also talk about the joy of being HSP, how we handle big events, enthusiasm, collaborative working, and Marianne's 'work-arounds': finding a way of doing something that isn't the usual, but brings so many more rewards.
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    • 31 min
    Fun, fearlessness and founding a joyful business, with Harriet Kelsall

    Fun, fearlessness and founding a joyful business, with Harriet Kelsall

    21 years ago Harriet Kelsall was making jewellery on the side of her day job in IT. Today she’s founder of her highly successful bespoke jewellery company (where she still finds time to design), as well as in-demand creative business mentor and Chairman of the British National Association of Jewellers. She’s been a driving force behind Fairtrade gold, and is the author of an award-winning book on How To Start A Creative Business.

    I adored talking to Harriet. She’s fun, bright and endlessly positive. She’s also dyslexic, which, she says has been a big advantage in her journey.

    We talk about:
    * The early days of her company (and why her first ring had a rabbit on it), and how she found a niche which no-one else was in.
    * The most important question to ask if you want to launch or grow your creative business
    * How dyslexia has given her a huge advantage in her life and business
    * Finding a vision that’s inspiring and realistic
    * Harriet’s ‘embarrassing’ writing process (my tip: I suspect a lot of creatives will relate to this!) and her unorthodox route to getting her book published.

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    • 39 min
    How to reinvent yourself, even when you feel you've failed, with Judy Apps

    How to reinvent yourself, even when you feel you've failed, with Judy Apps

    Judy Apps is a successful consultant and writer, helping people to communicate, and I wasn't expecting her story of years of what felt like failure and lack of direction. She tells the tale of her early career studying opera, and how an audition in Italy sent everything off the rails. We explore how nothing in your life is ever wasted - and how the directions you thought you'd given up on can provide the threads for you to weave something more magical and effective than you ever thought possible.

    As creatives, we HAVE to be able to communicate with people around us to get our work known. But the very idea can fill us with horror. Judy dispels myths about networking, meeting people, and shares how we can communicate more authentically and effectively.


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    • 41 min
    The joy of multiple passions, with Polymath author Waqās Ahmed

    The joy of multiple passions, with Polymath author Waqās Ahmed

    This is for you if you have way more interests, skills and things you want to do that the rest of the world can really get their head round. Waqās Ahmed spent five years researching extraordinary people to write The Polymath, a book that flies the flag for living a life of multiple areas of skill and interest.

    Being a polymath, he says, may be the single best way to personal fulfillment. What's more, in a world of AI, the ability to see and join links between apparently unrelated fields will become ever more important.

    Waqās shares his own journey of turning his career upside down, rejecting the traditional job he'd found himself in to follow his passion for painting. That in turn opened up opportunities that took him around the world as a political journalist, art curator and now book author.

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    • 39 min

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