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A podcast about how business owners in the creative industry balance the art with the business.

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A podcast about how business owners in the creative industry balance the art with the business.

    EP.39 - ’ Improving your sales in your creative business’ - Ian Genius

    EP.39 - ’ Improving your sales in your creative business’ - Ian Genius

    We often don’t want to talk about it – but as creative business owners most of us would like to increase our profits through closing more sales. But how on earth do we do that without feeling grubby!?
     
    My guest for episode 39 is Ian Genius and he believes improving your sales in your business is not about old school techniques and it’s not giving the hard sell. It’s about educating your clients so they make a better choice, getting tangible with numbers and not getting in our own way.
     
    This episode is packed full of gems that you can take away and action in your business and ultimately will re frame what it means to sell.
     
    Our conversation explores:
     
    Focussing on the solution that solves your client’s problem
     
    What having effective conversations in our business actually means
     
    Working out the ROI of your services and using that information to secure more work
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    You can connect with Ian on LinkedIn and through his website at www.iangenius.co.uk
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    This episode is sponsored by The Creative Collective – the online networking group for creative businesses. You can sign up here for free! https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-creative-collective-tickets-299305188877
     

    • 45 min
    EP.38 - Kindness is always ROI positive - Michael Coltham

    EP.38 - Kindness is always ROI positive - Michael Coltham

    For episode 38 we have the warm, funny and sage like music composer Michael Coltham!
     
    We have a brilliant conversation and touch on these topics:
     
    Why everybody needs a battle to fight, an adventure to live and a beauty to save
    Learning to love the anxiety that comes from a blank sheet of paper
    When to bin your bad ideas and start again
    Running a value based business
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    You can connect with Michael online here:
    @michaelcolthammusic on Insta
    www.blacklabmusic.co.uk
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     This episode is sponsored by The Creative Collective – the online networking group for creative businesses. You can sign up here for free! https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-creative-collective-tickets-299305188877
     

    • 45 min
    EP.37 - A battle to fight, an adventure to live and a beauty to save - Creative Collective Mastermind session

    EP.37 - A battle to fight, an adventure to live and a beauty to save - Creative Collective Mastermind session

    For episode 37 of Squaring The Circle we have another, but very different Creative Collective Mastermind session. We recorded this during Mental Health Awareness week in May with the focus on how we support ourselves with regards to mental health but it just so happened that for the first time it was an all male group. Even with the seemingly progressive attitude towards mental health, I don’t think it is any secret that men still find it tough to chat openly about the subject. So we saw this as an opportunity to share our thoughts, the difficulties we face and coping strategies we use.
    What you’re about to hear is a searingly honest conversation where we all put down the barriers and lend a listening ear to one another. We were hesitant about releasing this episode due to how private some of the shared thoughts were – but feel it is only with these kind of chats – gradually the dial is moved and the mental health stigma can be worn away.
    A huge thank you to Martin Whiskin, Michael Coltham, Matt Read, Simon Wells, Quinton Quayle, Sean Anthony and Nick Field for contributing to what I hope is a valuable conversation.
    Our chat explores:
     
    How we manage our mental health
    Getting lost in the process of life
    How being employed and self employed alters your mental health
    Using a community to aid your mental health
     
    *Also, a quick warning – due to the nature of the conversation - attempting suicide is mentioned and discussed*
     
    If you're struggling with your mental health at the moment the below charities are set up to help:
    https://www.mind.org.uk/
    https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/
    https://mentalhealth-uk.org/
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------This episode is sponsored by The Creative Collective – the online networking group for creative businesses. You can sign up here for free! https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-creative-collective-tickets-299305188877
     

    • 50 min
    EP.36 - Making a living through touring, not Spotify - Good Habits

    EP.36 - Making a living through touring, not Spotify - Good Habits

    Fresh from Glastonbury!!!! For episode 36 we have the wonderful duo of Bonnie and Pete AKA Good Habits! 
     
    We have a chat that touches on these topics:
     
    Making a living purely from touring
    The song writing process
    Life on tour as a couple
    Seeing a band as a micro business
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    You can connect with the band on Insta @goodhabitsband or www.goodhabitsband.com
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    This episode is sponsored by The Creative Collective – the online networking group for creative businesses. You can sign up here for free! https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-creative-collective-tickets-299305188877

    • 50 min
    EP.35 - Your community is everything - Corrie Legge

    EP.35 - Your community is everything - Corrie Legge

    For episode 35 I’m joined by actor and creative coach Corrie Legge!
     
    Topics for our conversation include:
    The difference between a goal and a target for your creative business
    The benefits of an accountability partner
    Prioritising your passion projects
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    You can connect with Connie online here: www.creatingwithcorrie.com or on Insta @creatingwithcorrie
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    This episode is sponsored by The Creative Collective – the online networking group for creative businesses. You can sign up here for free! https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-creative-collective-tickets-299305188877
     

    • 45 min
    EP.34 - Sometimes, success is making it through the day - Colin White

    EP.34 - Sometimes, success is making it through the day - Colin White

    For episode 34 I have clothes designer, artist and owner of The Quarter Masters in Folkestone, Colin White.
     
    Our conversation covers:
     
    The art of brevity
    Trusting your instincts
    What you would do if you knew you couldn’t fail
    The benefits of giving up alcohol
     
    The chat also has a mention of Gordan Ramsey’s Kitchen Nightmares – which is something I never thought I would say in the show notes!!
     
    You can connect with Colin on Insta @thequartermasters and you can check out his clothes at www.qm.clothing
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    This episode is sponsored by The Creative Collective – the online networking group for creative businesses. You can sign up here for free! https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-creative-collective-tickets-299305188877
     
     
     

    • 50 min

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