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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 ...
 
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If you avoid the money conversation with clients, today’s short episode is for you. In it, I share a simple way for solopreneurs and other creative professionals to change the way you think about money. This reframe will make it easier to talk to prospects and clients about it, to get their budget and to quickly weed out the ones who can’t afford y…
 
If you feel exhausted from day after day of Zoom meetings, this episode is for you. Communications coach, Eleanor Handley, and I delved into the psychological aspects of what Zoom is doing to us and how we can use it to our best advantage. We’d love it if you write a review, subscribe on Apple Podcasts and sign up for Quick Tips from Marketing Ment…
 
What role does integrity play in business? And how can you demonstrate yours to your clients? That’s the topic of today’s episode with veteran creative professional and photographer, Michael e. Stern. We’d love it if you write a review, subscribe on Apple Podcasts and sign up for Quick Tips from Marketing Mentor.…
 
If you’re tired of 5-figure funnel fantasies, pointless lead magnets and the barrage of heartless, automated content, you’ll love my conversation with Lisa Mullis of Paraphrase Communications, who respectfully disagreed with my recent rant to “forget funnels.” You’ll also learn a better way to use automation to delegate some of your marketing, with…
 
Pitching yourself as a guest on the podcasts that your ideal clients listen to is one of the advanced content marketing strategies many Marketing Mentor coaching clients are using. And it can be very effective – when you do it right. In today’s episode, I chatted with copywriter, Francis Nayan, who pitched himself for my podcast and it worked. List…
 
In part 2 of my conversation with marketing strategist, Elke Giba, we talked about what it’s like to close a 10 year old business to take a full time job and the importance of keeping your personal brand alive, especially on LinkedIn. (Listen to Part 1 here) If you like what you hear, we’d love it if you write a review, subscribe on Apple Podcasts …
 
Want to know what it’s like to be an in-house marketer who outsources to creative professionals. In today’s episode, Elke Giba, shares her experience of being on the other side of the table after 10 years of self-employment. 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 from Ma…
 
Is it cheating to hire someone to help you with writing or design if those are the services you offer? And should you tell your clients if you’re not doing “all the work?” If you want to grow your creative business, you’ll need to learn how to delegate -- not everything, but certain things. That’s what Melanie “the Marketer” Deardorff and I discuss…
 
What is a designer who coaches? What kind of coaching can a designer offer? In today’s episode, Sandra Koenig of BrandingHarmony.com shares her experience as a Brand Coach, just one example of the types of coaching many creatives are pursuing as they transition from doing the work for their clients to becoming more of a strategic partner to their c…
 
What happens to your creative business when a crisis in your personal life takes everything you have? In today’s episode, Jeanine Davis of JL Davis Design shares what she’s learned about how to take care of your clients, your marketing and, most important, yourself, when life happens. If you like what you hear, we’d love it if you write a review, s…
 
Do you need a budget? In today’s episode, Ean Murphy of Moxie Bookkeeping and Coaching answers that question and more. She breaks down all the financial jargon so everyone --- especially creative professionals -- can understand their money and keep more of it. If you like what you hear, we’d love it if you write a review, subscribe on Apple Podcast…
 
Strong client relationships are the sign of a healthy business. But how strong are your relationships with your clients? And how would you know? That’s the topic of today’s episode with veteran creative professional and photographer, Michael e. Stern. We’d love it if you write a review, subscribe on Apple Podcasts and sign up for Quick Tips from Ma…
 
You were off to a great start. First quarter of 2020 was almost over and this was going to be your year! And then, well, you know what happened. Now your plans to launch or grow your creative business have been derailed. How should you respond? Is all lost? Of course not. Here’s my take on how to handle the inevitable obstacles that test your resol…
 
If you’re wondering how to handle your money at this moment, whether you have a lot or a little, today’s episode with Galia Gichon of Down To Earth Finance will help. Galia is a personal finance expert specializing in artists, entrepreneurs and freelancers and today we talk about how to strengthen your finances, no matter where you are on the spect…
 
This is the perfect time to be self employed and the perfect time to chat with someone who’s been a successfully self employed creative for even longer than my 32 years. Michael e. Stern has seen it all and persevered through many many ups and downs. Today we talked about how he knows which clients to give up on and which ones deserve perseverance.…
 
Whether or not you consider yourself a blogger, there are lots of reasons to use a blog for content marketing, and you don’t even have to do it all that often. In this chat with Melanie the Marketer, (that’s Melanie Deardorff), we discuss why it’s worth making time for, even if you don’t like to write. And if you didn’t hear my recent semi-controve…
 
Get ready to breathe a sigh of relief because I don’t think creative professionals and solopreneurs need any fancy CRM (customer relationship management) software to keep track of your clients and prospects. In this chat with Melanie the Marketer, (that’s Melanie Deardorff), we discuss the simple strategy we both use instead. You may remember Melan…
 
Is a billboard an affordable marketing tool for a design firm or copywriter? Don’t laugh it off. I spoke with Bart Bradshaw, host of the Built to Stay podcast, who educated me all about the latest in outdoor advertising. It’s not as expensive as you think and depending on your niche, it could definitely make you stand out. Listen to our companion i…
 
If you’re someone who relies more on your intuition than your reason, this episode is for you. I spoke with Dr. Gleb Tsipursky, author of a new book called, Never Go With Your Gut: How Pioneering Leaders Make the Best Decisions and Avoid Business Disasters. We talked about one of my favorite topics, mental blindspots and cognitive biases, especiall…
 
If distraction prevents you from reaching the goals you truly want to achieve, this episode is for you. I spoke with Nir Eyal, international best-selling author of a new book called Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life. We talked about the simple yet powerful changes you can make to control your mind and use your time …
 
If you’ve had trouble picking a niche, this episode is for you. I spoke with Pamela Slim, business coach and author of the best-seller, Escape from Cubicle Nation and her latest book, Body of Work. We talked about how to develop the language to attract the right people and repel the wrong people to your business. If you like what you hear, write a …
 
If you love writing, writers and words, this episode is for you. I spoke with Jennie Nash, founder of Author Accelerator and author of the new book, Read Books All Day & Get Paid For It, about the opportunity to become a book coach and her upcoming free online Business of Book Coaching Summit. If you like what you hear, write a review, subscribe on…
 
If you suspect your marketing is still just too much about you, this episode is for you. I spoke with Adam Fairhead of Fairhead Creative and BuiltForImpact.net about his new book, Marketing Isn’t About You, and about how to use personalized videos to get the attention of the clients you want to serve. If you like what you hear, get a free download …
 
If you don’t have clarity about the unique value you bring to your ideal clients, this episode is for you. I spoke with Lisa Mullis of Paraphrase Communications about the “Value Framework” she uses to help her clients package and position their “high value offers.” If you like what you hear, read her guest blog post where you can download her Value…
 
If you’re tired of coming up with new marketing ideas all the time and you want a simple system that (almost) runs on its own, this episode is for you. I spoke with Susan Harper of Conference-Creative.com about her “marketing machine,” which is generating enough work for her to outsource her marketing! If you like what you hear, write a review, sub…
 
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