HOW TO BECOME A CONFIDENT CREATIVE WORKSHOP LEADER (EVEN IF YOU'RE AN INTROVERT LIKE ME)

How many times have you heard yourself say, if I was more confident, less of an introvert, more experienced..blah blah blah then I would be leading creative workshops and a more successful creative entrepreneur?

As a pretty introverted and timid kid, growing up I believed that confidence Was something people were born with. Now I know that its not something we just have, its something we create. Here I am sharing my three tips for portraying confidence as a creative workshop leader.

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OUTLINE YOUR CREATIVE WORKSHOP IN 4 EASY STEPS WITH MY T.A.S.K METHOD

Ever sit down to finally outline your creative workshop idea only to end up staring at blank page for hours, feeling frustrated because you just don’t know where to start? Then this blog post is for you, I am going to walk you through my 4 step process to outline an ah-may-zing and of course impactful & profitable workshop.

Plus I’ve created a free worksheet for you too, to make it as easy and fun as possible.  

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5 MINDSET HACKS YOU NEED TO KNOW FOR SUCCESS AS A CREATIVE ENTREPRENEUR

There are so many mindset blocks that hold female creative entrepreneurs back from launching their own businesses and from leading art and craft workshops. These invisible blockages can really hold us up from seeing the success we want and that we are actually able to achieve.

Often times when we are faced with a big task, no matter how much we really want to conquer it, we find excuses to delay us, we put up our own barriers and roadblocks because subconsciously that’s easier than facing the fear. 

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8 STRATEGIES TO FORM A NEW HABIT TO SUPPORT YOUR CREATIVE BUSINESS

Entrepreneurship is a game of growth, there are always new levels and challenges we need to rise up to. There was a time when I had lists of all these new things I wanted to implement and I would try them for a few days and then they would kind of fizzle out. It wasn’t until I made a conscious decision to form them into a habit that they stuck and became second nature. 

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THE DO'S AND DON'T'S OF LEADING CREATIVE WORKSHOPS

As a newbie workshop leader I know you’re probably wondering what ‘should I be doing?’ or ‘am I doing this right?’ or ‘what’s more important this or that?’.... You dont know what you don’t know right!? I’ve been through the years of trial and error and know what works and what doesn’t as well as what is important and what isn’t so important, so I have put together a list of the main do’s and dont’s when it comes to leading a successful creative workshop. 


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LEAD YOUR FIRST CREATIVE WORKSHOP LIKE A PRO USING MY C.R.A.A.F.T FORMULA

Unfortunately, just because you are really good at your craft it doesn’t mean you will necessarily be really good at teaching it others, but just like you honed your skills to learn your craft you can totally do the same with learning to lead creative workshops. In this blog post I am sharing my CRAAFT Formula for leading creative workshops. In the 10+ years that I have been leading workshops and mentoring others with leading theirs I have realised that there are always 6 key areas that need to be developed and planned for.

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5 TIPS FOR PREPARING TO TEACH YOUR FIRST CREATIVE WORKSHOP

So you’re ready to start teaching a creative workshop, but if you’ve never run a workshop before, you’re probably wondering where to even begin planning and teaching one?!

You’ve probably got questions like, how many people should I have in each workshop? How do I actually teach? How do I get people to sign up?

I remember having all these questions myself way back in the beginning, so I’ve put together my 5 top tips on how to prepare for leading your first creative workshop.

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6 LESSONS LEARNED FROM LEADING CREATIVE WORKSHOPS

I have been  leading creative workshops online and ‘in real life’ for a little over ten years now, I have made all the mistakes and experienced all the nerves, but no matter what goes wrong it’s always such an amazing experience, being able to share my knowledge with others in such an intimate and creative setting is truly an honor, every time. 

For those just thinking about leading creative workshops it can seem daunting (I promise it’s not anywhere as near as scary as it might seem!) so thought I would share the 6 main lessons I have learned along the way. 

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FINDING CONFIDENCE AS A CREATIVE ENTREPRENEUR WITH GUEST BLOGGER MADDIE BLANCHARD

For many of us, confidence doesn’t come naturally. It’s a tricky thing - too much of it and you come across as arrogant or narcissistic. Too little of it, and you may be seen as a push-over or filled with self-doubt. But if you can find the sweet spot where you can be confident, but remain humble and open to healthy critique, then you are set up for success in your business.

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RUNNING A CREATIVE BUSINESS AS AN INTROVERT

If you’re reading this you’re probably a lot like me. I am a passionate human with big dreams, craving community, connection and creativity.

I have wild aspirations to leave my creative mark on this world, I have literally made it my mission to impact and heal the world with creativity... one workshop at a time. 

I am a creative but also an introvert and a Gemini. I am constantly conflicted in pursuit of my mission. I am an entrepreneurial paradox at times!

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THE ULTIMATE CREATIVE WORKSHOP CHECKLIST

There is a lot that goes into planning a workshop and its not just about the topic that you will be teaching. 

When you’re first starting out it feels like there is literally 543.975,000 things to think about and you’re sure there other things to plan for that you don’t even know about yet!

If you don’t want to wing it and you want to be as organised as possible then you need to get your hands on my ultimate 30 point checklist, it covers everything you need to think about and plan for from, pre-workshop planning, the day of the workshop, during the workshop and after the workshop.

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10 HABITS FOR SUCCESS

Success in business can be a challenge if you don't have the discipline to do what needs to be done on a daily basis. Keeping focused, motivated and taking action on the activities that will push the needle forward in your business is often a struggle for creative brains, but the key is to focus on developing your strengths not on eliminating your weaknesses.

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THE 3 NON CRAFT RELATED HANDOUTS YOU NEED FOR EVERY WORKSHOP

There is more to running a creative workshop than teaching your craft. As creatives we often turn a blind eye to the admin type tasks that need to be done, because they’re just not as much fun to do as making demo materials and pretty handouts!

But if you want your workshop and future workshops to be successful and high level for your participants then there are 3 handouts I recommend you create to support you and give you an extra layer of confidence.

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3 WAYS TO KNOW IF YOUR CREATIVE WORKSHOP IDEA IS A GOOD ONE

Worrying that people won’t buy or show up to your workshop is common and actually very valid fear. But here’s the thing, too many people think that whether people will show up or not must remain a big mystery until the day of the workshop, it doesn’t. You do not have to guess if there is a market for your workshop topic and you definitely shouldn’t.

Validating your workshop topic idea before you get too deep into the planning stages means that you wont be wasting valuable time, energy and money on creating a workshop that no-one wants to buy tickets to.

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5 STEP PLAN TO DOUBT YOUR SELF DOUBT

Self doubt is perfectly normal, our brain is hardwired to question and analyze everything we do but we must learn to recognise that we have the ability to move past our own self doubt. We can stop standing in our own way as soon as we accept that self doubt is just a tiny piece of our own puzzle and we stop letting it define us and limit us.

There is a lot of airy-fairy and intangible advice out there about overcoming self doubt so I have put together a very actionable 5 step plan for you to start seeing results right away. So grab your journal and get ready to ask yourself some big questions…

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THE ACTIONABLE SELF CARE BLUEPRINT FOR CREATIVE ENTREPRENEURS

You’re so busy in your business being the multi-passionate, multi-tasking, all singing, all dancing creative, that self care has completely dropped off your to do list.

Burnout, loss of productivity, anxiety, impostor syndrome, negative self talk, comparison paralysis....welcome to the side effects of neglected self care that will impact big time on you and the success of your business.

You’re a 9-5 superhuman, a side-hustling creative, who loves helping others, putting your big brave ideas out there into the world.

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