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creativepreneurs neutralize negative bias
: Creative Business

How Can Creativepreneurs Neutralize Negative Bias

Stung more by your one-star reviews than delighted by your five-stars? Still obsessing over an unkind remark somebody made years ago though you’ve tons of good testimonials? Hate seeing unsubscribes from your list, even though you know you only want true followers there? You are not alone. This is the much documented “negative bias” alive and kicking in your creative business. But how can creativepreneurs neutralize negative bias? Nastiness and negativity make a bigger impact on our brains than kindness and positivity. This well-known psychological pattern is called “the negativity bias” or “the negativity effect”. Creativepreneurs need to be aware…

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What Is The Creativepreneur Movement?
: Creative Business

What Is The Creativepreneur Movement?

“Welcome to the Creativepreneur Movement!”, announces the banner heading in our closed Facebook Group. What might that be, you ask? Nothing less than a whole new way of working and living for people who (want to) run an online business built around a personal mission or passion. These days, all kinds of people—educators and justice campaigners, health and fitness professionals, cooks and coders, gamers and filmmakers, entrepreneurial movers and shakers of all kinds— are setting up self-run, creative enterprises. Like any entrepreneur, a creativepreneur (CE) invests time, money and energy into growing assets that yield a benefit, and we focus on…

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Morning Flow Practice: Free To Focus
: Creative Business, Creative Practice

Go Creative! Flow Practice Week 46: Free To Focus

Each Monday through Thursday, first thing in my morning (usually 7.30am London time) I facilitate a morning Creative Flow Practice session in our closed Facebook Group: Go Creative! in Business. And each Thursday I share one session from that week here on the blog, so you can try it and see if it’s helpful to you. Creative Flow Practice: Live and Replay A group of us meets live to practice but you can join us anytime, by clicking into a replay from wherever you are, whenever suits you (ideally first thing in your morning too). We take this half-hour or so before the day…

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Go Creative! Morning Flow Practice: Practice Is Always Possible
: Creative Business, Creative Practice

Go Creative! Morning Flow Practice: Practice Is Always Possible

Each Monday through Thursday, first thing in the morning I facilitate a Go Creative! Morning Flow Practice session in our closed Facebook Group: Go Creative! in Business. And each Thursday I share one session from that week publicly on the blog, so you can try it and see if it’s helpful to you. The idea is that a group of us meets live first thing in our morning (7.30am London time) to practice but you can join us by clicking into a replay from wherever you are, whenever it’s “first thing in the morning” for you. We take half-an-hour or…

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creative consumption for creative entrepreneurs
: Creative Business, Power of Creative Intention

Go Creative! in Business Q&A: How Do I Balance Creativity and Consumption?

At this month’s Go Creative! in Business workshop  we had a fascinating question about creative consumption for creative entrepreneurs. (The workshops are an opportunity for you to ask questions and go more deeply into some of the issues explored in my books. Get a monthly workshop reminder here) Here was Angela’s question: I feel like today’s consumerism comes between me and my creative business. Everywhere I go I’m bombarded with messages about great things to do and own that I don’t have. Will I ever have them? Should I work towards them? It’s all so distracting and confusing. Mostly, I feel like…

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book marketing assets and processes
: Book Marketing, Creative Business

My Book Marketing Assets and Processes: Creative Book Marketing 3

Begin your marketing analysis by getting clarity around what you’ve built already and where you’re headed. A marketing asset is something that lets people know you and your books exist and draws money toward you. Marketing assets are constantly being adapted, added to and refined over time, as you produce more products and gain more clarity about your brand and your positioning. They come in different forms: assets, channels and partnerships. An asset is anything that makes money for you. A channel is a way of getting your product to market. A partner is somebody who sells you services that you will profit…

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creative tools for creative entrepreneurs
: Creative Business, Monday Motivator

Week 34: Free Go Creative! Workshop: Applying The Creative Process To Creative Business.

This week is workshop week and our theme this month is “How to Apply The Creative Process to Your Creative Enterprise” It’s all about making your business a success… the creative way. In this workshop (and next month’s), I’ll be proposing a radically different approach that’s worked for me and many other creative entrepreneurs. First, understanding the seven-stage process and how it applies to business, enterprise and money. The seven stages (divided into three phases) are: VISION PHASE Intention -> Choose Incubation–> Germinate Investigation -> Explore   MAKING PHASE Formation -> Draft Elaboration -> Deepen   SUCCESS PHASE Clarification -> Refine…

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core offering
: Be More Creative, Creative Business

As A Creative Entrepreneur You Must Know Your Core Offering

A creative entrepreneur’s core offerings is.. well, core. That’s what I’ve been thinking about this week as my refocus continues. Joanna Penn and I discussed core offerings and how to refocus an author business in our monthly salon for the Alliance of Independent Authors. You can watch the video here. In the past, creatives suffered from lack of opportunity, now it’s the opposite. There are as many opportunities as you can create time for, with the internet, and Youtube, Vimeo, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Amazon, Google… The real challenge is to have something to say, to have the solidity of substance and depth. This is where…

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Week 29 2018: What Are You Making In Your Creative Business This Week?

This week for me is about finishing my poetry non-fiction book, How To Write Haiku. To finish this book I have to overcome two consistent challenges: finding time and staying focused.  (See my facebook author page for more on this). I’m currently planning the Fall Go Creative! Workshops, which will follow up on the Spring session, and I want to focus on your most acute challenges for those. In the forum, I asked the question: What is your greatest challenge, as a creative entrepreneur? Here are some of the answers: Laurie: Ugh. Everyday distractions! Breda: Technology and trying to define a niche….

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creative business workshop
: Creative Business, Events & Courses

Creative Business Success Workshop

It’s workshop week! This month it’s running on Monday (today) instead of Tuesday, as tomorrow I’m off to Madrid for a conference about self-publishing in Spanish. I’ll have more information on that next week… as it’s something we should all be thinking about, Spanish being the world’s 2nd most spoken language. And you know I believe that we all need to publish these days, no matter what business we’re in. Understanding the Spanish market can open up a great raft of readers and customers. From Business Block to Money Flow Part One: How A Successful Creativepreneur Thinks & Works is…

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