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The unsexy truth about your business: Personal Responsibility {Podcast}

Personal responsibility.

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Whether you're a maker building your business or a teenager fighting with your parents, there is one key to making changes: Personal Responsibility. It's not sexy or exciting, but it's true!
In today's episode we'll talk about the importance of taking responsibility in growing your craft business and how to stop being confused and start taking action.

Instead of looking online or in books for the answers, you accept responsibility by:

  1. Defining what you want
  2. Finding the answers
  3. Taking action

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How to listen

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  • You can listen to it using the player above or download it.
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Be Yourself

Be Yourself. Here's how, on TaraSwiger.com

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The number one piece of advice I received before doing the (scariest project of my life) CreativeLIVE class? “Be Myself”
Which is ironic, since that's exactly the advice I give to crafters who are struggling to talk about their business and work. In fact, a whole section of my workshop includes pages of questions for you to figure out what that really means, for you. But how do you do it? How do you “be yourself” in your business?

In today's episode, I'll share how the heck I figured out how to Be Myself, and how it totally changed the way I think about things.

How to Be Yourself (Even when you're a nervous wreck.)

  1. Get clear on what you love.
  2. Show up and be present.
  3. Decide connection matters.

How are you being yourself in your business (and life?) How are you hiding yourself?

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How to listen

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  • You can listen to it using the player above or download it.
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An Introvert’s Guide to Travel {Podcast}

Introvert's Guide to Travel

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Travel, and especially FLYING can be really exhausting, especially if you're an introvert who gets worn out by being surrounded by people, bright lights and load noises. Today I'm flying to San Francisco to teach this live 3 day class, so I'm recording my personal Survival Guide to Flying, from the airport at 4 am.

We'll talk about how you can: 

  1. Give yourself plenty of time.
  2. Let go of your plans. Just go with it.
  3. Make yourself comfortable.
  4. Remember your humanity.

Links to items I mentioned in this episode:

Do you have a travel tip for Introverts? Share it in the comments!

How to listen

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  • You can listen to it using the player above or download it.
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The Power of Practice {podcast}

Power of Practice
“How do I get comfortable talking about my work?”
A client asked me this a few weeks ago and my answer surprised her. In order to get comfortable sharing your handmade business – you practice! Don't worry if you don't sound natural and comfortable yet, you'll get there with practice.
In this episode I talk about how I practice – before a craft show and before a class (it's kind of embarrassing), and we talk about the three things you MUST be doing in your handmade business.
To figure out WHAT to say when you talk about your work and find the most effective actions in building a business you'll love, join me in my (free!) class with CreativeLIVE here.

How to listen

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  • You can listen to it using the player above or download it.
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How to pick your goal

Set your goals for the rest of 2014 with the Explore Your Enthusiasm podcast, on TaraSwiger.com

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Happy Middle of the Year!

How's your 2014 going? Have you come closer to your goals for the year? Or have you forgotten all about them?
Either way, this is a great time to reset your intentions for the rest of the year and make a new map.

But where are you going?

In this episode you'll hear my favorite ways to set a good, clear goal that will bring you to a business you really want. I also share an embarrassing story about getting lost, and the importance of not just setting your destination, but paying attention the entire way there (with regular review!)

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How to listen

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  • You can listen to it using the player above or download it.
  • Subscribe or listen via Stitcher (or subscribe in whatever you use for podcasts – just search “Explore Your Enthusiasm” and it should pop up!).

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The Power of Community

Find community aboard the Starship, on TaraSwiger.com

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Having a community of supportive, encouraging and whip-smart fellow business explorers completely transformed my business. In today's episode, I share a bit about how my business has been shaped by the communities I was a part of and what led me to create a community of other makers + writers, aboard the Starship. If you're feeling lonely or down, listen in as I share my secret mission and how it involves you.

 

Note: The Starship closes THIS Friday, 6/27/14, at 4 pm. To learn more, check it out it here.

 

How to listen

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  • You can listen to it using the player above or download it.
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Just Say No: How to say it {PODCAST}

Just say no

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Tired of saying “yes” when you want to say no?

In today's episode you'll learn:

  • How to get comfortable saying no.
  • 4 ways to say say no
  • My exact scripts for getting more time, avoiding aggressive askers, and saying no.

This is the second part of a three-part (free!) mini-class on Saying No (for fun + profit). Part 1 is here, Part 2 is today's podcast, and Part 3 is a worksheet (to apply this to your own business), only available if you sign up below.

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      The FREE worksheet is available if you sign up below!

 

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Press + Productivity with Mei Pak of Tiny Hands {PODCAST}

Mei Pak of Tiny Hands on TaraSwiger.com

 

Today I'm happy to be talking to Mei, of Tiny Hands jewelry about how to get great press and be productive. Her work has been featured on Park's + Recreation, in the Huffington Post, Daily Candy, Everyday with Rachel Ray…and lots more!

 

 

 

 

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We talk about:

  • How exactly she got her work worn by the lead character of Parks + Rec
  • Good press builds
  • Mei's Golden Rule of approaching the press: Know The Editor
  • Connect and pitch the press (exactly how she got on Cool Mom Picks)
  • Her explorations into rocking Facebook
  • What she's enthusiastic about = Craftivity

BONUS: You'll get free shipping when you use this link to her shop!

 Links to what we talk about:

If you're wondering what great press will really DO for you, I've written about that here. 

How to listen

  • You can subscribe to it on iTunes (If you do, leave a review!)
  • You can listen to it using the player above or download it.
  • Subscribe or listen via Stitcher (or subscribe in whatever you use for podcasts – just search “Explore Your Enthusiasm” and it should pop up!).

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What you “should” have done. {PODCAST}

How to get perspective when you're frustrated by slow growth...or just not being where you "should" be. Podcast on TaraSwiger.com | Explore Your Enthusiasm

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Inspired by your response to last week's email, let's talk about how to deal with the frustration of what you “should” have done already – the business you should have, the progress you should have made, where you should be. The best way to deal with this frustration: Perspective. In today's episode, I'll share a few ways to get perspective:

  • The truth about how long it takes for other people.
  • A birthday-inspired list of what you've done.
  • Review your own goals.
  • Dedicate yourself to taking action. (Make a map, if you don't know what to do.)

 

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Your Turn!

What have you accomplished this year? How has this shifted your perspective? 

 

Navigating an art career, with Claudine Hellmuth {PODCAST}

Claudine Hellmuth Interview on Tara Swiger's podcast

 

Yay! Today I'm thrilled to have my very first podcast guest: Claudine Hellmuth!

Claudine's an author, illustrator and designer, who's been featured in The New York Times, The Martha Stewart Show, HSN, HGTV and more! I first picked up her first book waaay back, 10 years ago! I was delighted to talk to (and learn from!) someone who's navigated many opportunities and options(licensing, publishing, etsy shop)  in her art career and how she gets it all done.

 

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We talk about: 

  • The path to her first book deal
  • The truth of licensing deals
  • The importance of celebration in your art career
  • The difference between making for committee and making what you love
  • “People buy your joy”
  • How Claudine spends her days (and the productivity “rule” she breaks)
  • Being the World's Best Boss
  • What we're enthusiastic about! (It may surprise you!)

Links we discussed: 

 

You can find more about Claudine, her work, and her blog at CollageArtist.com.

(Don't forget – if you love the show, leave a review on iTunes and Instagram or tweet what you do while you listen and tag it with #exploreyourenthusiasm)

Listening to an interview with Claudine Hellmuth at TaraSwiger.com

How to listen

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  • Subscribe or listen via Stitcher (or subscribe in whatever you use for podcasts – just search “Explore Your Enthusiasm” and it should pop up!).

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