Managing ENERGY & Being More EFFICIENT at "Networking"

“Be solid in who you are and play the long game.”

If your goal is to connect with more people in order to grow your business- this episode is FOR YOU. We want to get our work out into the world,  so “who you know” is super important (we cannot grow alone) however HOW you show up is just as important. Imagine being in front of the people you want to lock arms with but you are not in the right energetic state.

Today we are with Gregg Clunis from Tiny Leaps Big Changes and Rich Cardona from Leadership Locker to get into the mindset of two super high-achieving people (who have personally really helped me level up) to discover their thought processes in networking and how they are able to “full show up” and make the most out of each interaction.



  • Energy management and intentional networking
  • Weaving habits and routines into the “conference life”
  • Meeting people in the “right” way and...
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CLARITY & Your Brand Positioning | Nathan Holritz


“Don’t make excuses- look for solutions.”

If there is one thing that comes up almost more than ANYTHING with creatives I work with...it is the topic of clarity. When you are a multifaceted creative the thought of putting yourself in a box or in a corner can sound unappealing. However, as our guest this week Nathan Holritz shares, becoming crystal clear on who you serve and how you serve them will help you be less busy, have better relationships, and heck...just have more fun.  



  • Gaining clarity and simplifying our brand position
  • Finding a variation of your passion that serves a market
  • How clarity can help you be less busy, more successful, and enjoy your work



Connect with Nathan Holritz: https://www.nathanholritz.com/

Show Notes and Previous Interview: https://www.heatherparady.com/blog/nathanholritz


Nathan Holritz is an entrepreneur based in Chattanooga, TN. Formerly a...

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Build a BIG Brand for a SMALL Business | Jeremy Slagle

“Brands often want to be all things to all people- Your best success is going to be to create something that is your own path.”

How do you stand out in a SEA full of people who are doing what you are doing? Jeremy Slagle says it starts with STORY. So before you start making a logo and deciding what your branding colors are going to be, you need to go to the farmer’s market, pull out a notebook and ask some deep questions. Say what? Yup. Today you are going to learn a few practices that will help your small business have a bangin’ brand.




  • Before you make your logo-- DO THIS!
  • Incorporating YOUR STORY while still making our client/audience the focus
  • Best way to get AUTHENTIC feedback from your target audience (and what questions to ask!)
  • What are things you can do to separate your brand from the “next guy”



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How to Make Selling More Interesting & Fun | Tom Stern


“People want to be awakened. And if they don’t move on and let them go to sleep”

Afraid of selling? Don’t be ashamed! You can be honest around here. What if you looked at it as performance art though? What if you could see selling like it was a game and something you could have fun with? Today’s guest Tom Stern says there are a few tools that will not only help you sell...but help you have fun doing it.

Connect with Tom: https://tomsterncentral.com/




  • Viewing sales as performance art (and how to make it fun!)
  • What is at the root of our anxiety around selling?
  • Reframing “what is at stake” when we sell




Tom Stern is a successful executive recruiter who works with many national and international companies, including Accenture, Bain & Company, Coca-Cola, Sony Pictures, Sutherland Global Services, NBC Universal Studios, and many more.

In addition to running Stern...

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Communicate Better Without Fear | Linda Raynier

“If you doubt yourself, people will doubt you.”

Today we are revisiting an episode with Linda Raynier who is a wildly successful YouTuber teaching career strategy and communication skills to ambitious professionals.

I wanted to uproot this conversation from a couple of years ago because the principles Linda shares are GOLD to us as creatives because we have to sharpen the skill set of communication and owning our space in every room we walk into. Ready to break free from intimidation and OWN your gifts?


Connect with Linda: http://www.lindaraynier.com

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/LindaRaynier



  • How do we get comfortable with who we are when surrounded by people who intimidate us?
  • How do we start mastering our physical presence in addition to the words we say?
  • What advice do you have for people who have invested in one career and now want to pursue something different without it all being a waste?



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Hobbyist Creative to Professional | Michael Mueller


“Be true to your craft. Work on your craft. Put it out and the money will come.”

A lot of people TALK about what they are going to create, very few follow through. What is the difference between dreaming of something and actually making it happen? Today we are talking with director, producer, and owner of  M3 Creative about what it takes to go from hobbyist to pro in the creative space. 


Connect with Michael: https://www.m3creative.net/

Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-creative-af-podcast/id1515796443

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/EscobarWorldwide



  • Making yourself valuable in your industry 
  • Networking & finding the right people for your team
  • Staying hopeful in the grind of day to day stuff
  • Difference between high performance and those who quit
  • Cultivating the right energy and attracting the right people
  • How to pick what creative idea to pursue 



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Dangerous Choices in Performance | Joseph Pearlman


“You cannot please and create at the same time.”


Want to make bigger and bolder choices, but feel massive resistance when thinking about “putting yourself out there”? You know deep down that committed decisions and a more powerful resolve will cultivate more dynamic energy in your work, but you are unsure how to get there. Today we are joined by one of LA’s top acting coaches, Joseph Pearlman, who teaches us why the “secret sauce” is committing to your unique personality and making dangerous choices.


 Connect with Joseph: https://www.josephpearlman.com/




  • What is the difference between a choice and a dangerous choice?
  • Honoring your personality and making things “your flavor”
  • Dealing with criticism and standing up for yourself




Joseph Pearlman is a celebrity acting coach and owner of Pearlman Acting Academy (PAA). Voted “Best Acting Studio &...

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Make Your Art No Matter What | Beth Pickens


"All artists are small businesses- and that’s hard to accept."

Beth went to school to be a therapist but decided to go the unconventional path and create her own job title. She is passionate about fanning the flame within artists to “safeguard” their creative practice, grow their businesses...and make their art (no matter what) 

Connect with Beth: https://www.bethpickens.com/



  • How do we know when we are ready to go “all in'' with our art?

  • Safeguarding your creative practice (finding the time, etc)

  • Going for the ask and building your creative business



Beth Pickens is a Los Angeles-based consultant for artists and arts organizations. She is the author of Make Your Art No Matter What (Chronicle Books, 2021.) Her previous book is Your Art Will Save Your Life (Feminist Press, 2018).  Her pamphlets—Making Art During Fascism and On Artists and Hopelessness—were designed and distributed by the...

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James Victore | Feck Perfuction


"You know what the market wants? It wants you."

James is a creative with an opinion...a strong one. He wants you too, to share your opinion and “trust” your weirdness. He says that not only makes great art, but it serves your clients, your audience, and heck...the world too. Today we are going to rethink work and play...and Feck Perfuction.

Connect with James: https://www.jamesvictore.com/



  • Trusting your weirdness (that's what the market wants)

  • How to UNBLOCK yourself from expressing your opinions

  • Is there ever a time where perfection has a place in our work?




Highly regarded for his provocative style, James Victore is a graphic designer, art educator and dynamic high in-demand speaker on creativity. He lectures and teaches regularly around the globe, inspiring people to illuminate their individual gifts in order to achieve personal greatness.

Described as “part Darth Vader, part Yoda,” James is...

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Your Human Design | Erin Claire Jones


You will likely find the most alignment, flow, and success in your life the moment you accept your uniqueness.”


We are REVISITING Human Design today with the amazing Erin Claire Jones who is going to share with us what our “energetic blueprint” can tell us about the way we move in this world, our creativity and flow, and even how we can best work and eat! 

Out of all the self-discovery assessments, there is SOMETHING about Human Design that is gaining massive popularity. Why? After listening to this conversation you will understand how this information can dig into the unique parts of yourself and help you feel more free and alive. As Erin so beautifully says, “You will likely find the most alignment, flow, and success in your life the moment you accept your uniqueness.”


Here's the link to get your Blueprint, a personalized guide to your unique design: erinclairejones.com/blueprint
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