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Hear that voice in your head? The one that nitpicks all your new ideas? That's your monkey. And we're gonna shut it down! SHUT YOUR MONKEY: The Podcast is going to give you a weekly dose of moral support and practical advice. With intelligence, wit, and compassion, best-selling author Danny Gregory and his weekly guests will delve deep into your head and pull that monkey out. We'll explore creative blocks, missed deadlines, tantrums, procrastination, perfectionism, and all the old monkey tri ...
 
The Business of Writing Podcast is where the best creative minds of our time share how they’ve built thriving businesses around their writing skills. It’s time to kill the myth that writing doesn’t pay—on this show you’ll learn how to make words work for you. We’ll be going deep into the art and science of great writing, the business acumen you need to make your business thrive, and writers of all kinds will share hard-earned insights you won’t get anywhere else. So if you want to master the ...
 
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If you are an empathetic person, this episode is for you. Melanie the Marketer shares her ideas about how empathy allows her to put herself into anyone’s shoes in any industry, especially her clients’ customers, which can also eliminate the need for a niche. And if you like what you hear, we’d love it if you write a review, subscribe on Apple Podca…
 
In this special bonus episode with Jennifer Barrett, Head of Content for Fidelity, financial journalist and author of “Think Like a Breadwinner,” and Lisa Mullis, a veteran copywriter and designer, we laid the foundation for the Fireside Chat that Jenn and Lisa will have in real time at HOW Design live in Boston, on Monday May 23. They’ll share mor…
 
In this new episode in the “Where are they now?” series, I reminisced with multi-disciplinary artist, Ilena Finocchi, originally featured in 2001 in my first book, Self Promotion Online. She shares her most effective marketing tools and, more important, the attitude that’s allowed her to avoid the “starving artist” syndrome. And if you like what yo…
 
In this episode with Communications Coach, Eleanor Handley and Show Director of HOW Design, Amy Conover, we talk practical strategies for presenting yourself with confidence, whether one-on-one, in front of a group or in an interview with a client or for a new job. This is part of a short series highlighting speakers at HOW Design Live in Boston, M…
 
If you want to use content marketing to position yourself as an expert OR if you’re a copywriter who’s not quite ready to put yourself out there, this episode is for you. Donna Jones explains how the PR tool, HARO, can help in both situations. If you like what you hear, we’d love it if you write a review, subscribe on Apple Podcasts and sign up for…
 
Are you having trouble keeping track of all the new features on LinkedIn? Not sure which ones to take advantage of? In my chat with LinkedIn Trainer, Beth Granger, she answered all of my latest questions about new (and old) features on LinkedIn. And if you like what you hear, we’d love it if you write a review, subscribe on Apple Podcasts and sign …
 
If you’re a "passionate practitioner" with the “good” problem of too much work, this episode is for you. Today’s guest, Sarah Durham, founder of Big Duck, has recently reinvented herself as a coach for “accidental entrepreneurs,” and shares insights into growing a creative business and so much more. If you like what you hear, we’d love it if you wr…
 
If you struggle with your email newsletter, this episode is for you. I talked with the very funny Michael Katz, a marketing consultant who specializes in email newsletters for professional services providers, all about Linkedin’s new newsletter feature and the perennial question (from writers and non writers alike): what the heck should you write a…
 
If you’re sick of writing proposals that go nowhere, for prospects who seem really excited, then crickets, this episode is for you. Web designer, Mary Maru explains how she uses her qualifying process as “a gate and a magnet,” a way to keep out the prospects who aren’t a good fit, while attracting the ones who are. If you like what you hear, we’d l…
 
If you can’t bring yourself to reach out to strangers, even though you know it’s the best way to get the best clients, this episode is for you. In this conversation, Chris Haviland, a scientist and copywriter, outlines in detail the 4-step campaign she’s using to fill her pipeline with clients and projects she loves. So if you like what you hear, w…
 
If your emotions are a bit out of control, this episode is for you. By popular demand, it’s Part 3 of my conversation with Kelly Campbell, Conscious Leadership Coach for agency owners and host of the Thrive podcast. We picked up the conversation about what I call “fake feelings.” I even gave an example of my own. So if you like what you hear, we’d …
 
How do you know when to trust yourself and what are the right decisions for your business? That’s just one of many topics covered in Part 2 of my conversation with Kelly Campbell, Conscious Leadership Coach for agency owners and host of the Thrive podcast. And if you like what you hear, we’d love it if you write a review, subscribe on Apple Podcast…
 
If you want to be in a stronger financial position at the end of this year, today’s episode with Farnoosh Torabi, best selling author and host of the acclaimed So Money podcast, is for you. We talked about how to harness the balance between financial stability and financial freedom, no matter where you are in your career. And if you like what you h…
 
In this short solo episode, I share a few thoughts inspired by a book I’m loving lately, Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals by Oliver Burkeman. It’s both deep and practical at the same time, my favorite combination. Enjoy and I’ll be back with much more in the new year. And if you like what you hear, we’d love it if you write a review…
 
In this first episode in a new series, I looked back with designer, Sharon Bending, who shares how she put her marketing machine in place, grew her business and is now, after 18 years, going "in house" for a brand new chapter of her career. And if you like what you hear, we’d love it if you write a review, subscribe on Apple Podcasts and sign up fo…
 
In my new chat with Terri Trespicio, we tackled confidence and chutzpah, perfectionism and impostor syndrome, practicing in public and a really interesting new idea about “disappearing into the message” (especially useful for introverts). It’s all rooted in Terri’s brand new book, Unfollow Your Passion: how to create a life that matters to you, whi…
 
If you need to be held accountable to achieve your business goals, this episode is for you. I chatted with Nancy Ruzow of Ruzow Graphics, a designer who also runs The Creatives Roundtable, an accountability group that is having a Black Friday Sale. And if you like what you hear, we’d love it if you write a review, subscribe on Apple Podcasts and si…
 
Is your business making you happy? And if not, what should you do? That’s where I started the conversation with Kelly Campbell, host of the Thrive podcast. She shared her own evolution from agency owner to Conscious Leadership Coach for agency owners -- and so much more in Part 1 of our conversation. And if you like what you hear, we’d love it if y…
 
Hate networking? Then this episode is for you. I talked with Susan McPherson, author of “The Lost Art of Connecting,” about the difference between networking and connecting, plus how to approach this essential skill as an introvert. And if you like what you hear, we’d love it if you write a review, subscribe on Apple Podcasts and sign up for Quick …
 
How do you know how much marketing is enough? Too much? Not enough? There’s no foolproof formula but with time you will discover it for yourself. In this wide-ranging chat, Melanie the Marketer shared her “formula,” plus how she uses her hourly rate to ensure profitability. And if you like what you hear, we’d love it if you write a review, subscrib…
 
Are you overwhelmed by all the things you can do on LinkedIn? Not sure what the heck “Creator” mode is? In my chat with LinkedIn Trainer, Beth Granger, she answered all of my latest questions about new (and old) features on LinkedIn. And if you like what you hear, we’d love it if you write a review, subscribe on Apple Podcasts and sign up for Quick…
 
What’s the difference between getting clients via word of mouth and referrals? If you’re not sure, this episode is for you. In my chat with Michael Roderick, host of the Access to Anyone podcast, we define our terms and talk about what makes a brand or a business “referable.” See if yours is. And if you like what you hear, we’d love it if you write…
 
If you struggle with the tricky client situations that come up as a self employed creative pro, this episode is for you. In Part 2 of our chat, Deidre Rienzo shared what she does (and doesn’t do) to attract the best clients and to make her days efficient and productive enough to spend the bulk of her time doing what she really wants to do. If you l…
 
If being an “in demand” creative pro seems like a far-off pipedream, this episode is for you. In Part 1 of our chat, I talked with Deidre Rienzo about how she went from self-doubt and anxiety to mostly moments of confident action. If you like what you hear, we’d love it if you write a review, subscribe on Apple Podcasts and sign up for Quick Tips f…
 
If you suspect you’ve been leaving money “on the table” when negotiating project fees, this episode is for you. In my latest conversation with Jennifer Barrett, author of “Think Like a Breadwinner” (who will also be speaking at HOW Design Live in Nashville, Oct. 19-21), we talked about how exactly to ask for more -- money, that is. If you like what…
 
In This Episode: After 100 amazing episodes, we are stepping away from The Business of Writing Podcast to focus on exciting new ventures and partnerships. In the final episode of this first chapter, Laura and Rachel reveal why they’re making this decision, what we’re doing next, the biggest lessons we’ve learned along the way, and how you can make …
 
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