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The Creative Warriors podcast primarily benefits the solopreneur seeking growth, efficiency and profitability from their business. As the name implies, it targets makers and their ongoing battles for success. Although intended for writers, designers, photographers or others often found working in the communications disciplines, the podcast is also resourceful for consultants, crafters, authors and speakers.
For entrepreneurs who often feel alone in their quest to conquer the “trading time for money” career conundrum, Creative Warriors provides camaraderie, community and inspiration.
Host Jeffrey Shaw is a professional photographer of 30-plus years, and more recently, a certified business coach. Accordingly, he draws on his experiences as both a service provider and a counselor to entrepreneurs piloting their individual journeys. His Creative Warriors podcast alternates between long-form interviews with authors and influencers, and shorter, philosophical takes that encourage listener interaction through his website or Facebook group, Creative Warriors Unite.
Name: Creative Warriors Podcast
Host: Business coach and photographer Jeffrey Shaw
Source: Creative Warriors Unite
Genre: Business development and self-fulfillment
Motto: Go forth to create, serve and be prosperous.
Length: 45-minute episodes and alternately, 5-10 minute musings titled “Talking Stick,” a metaphor for passing the discussion and interaction baton
History/In the Can: 300-plus recordings
Format: Stand-alone episodes featuring a contemporary topic, author or influencer addressing business strategy, management or problem-solving
Presentation: A combination of interview, discussion and narration
What can be learned: How to achieve and build on success; cope with challenges; get unstuck; change your mindset; find and implement tools to streamline business operations, especially time-stealing administrative tasks
Where to start: Scan Creative Warriors in iTunes for topics or authors of interest, read reviews or program notes, and see the Top 10 episode listing here. The podcast’s web site includes a helpful summary of each program and a list of related resources.
Whether you’re a veteran or a newbie tasked with marketing yourself and your services, the Creative Warriors podcast will help you appreciate what’s working and understand what may be holding you back. Through host Jeffrey Shaw and his guests, you’ll be equipped with the common-sense knowledge and readily-available resources to pursue a meaningful and rewarding livelihood.
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Byron Ginsburg provides content writing, media outreach and marketing consulting services to individuals and organizations seeking to raise their visibility, recognition and revenue.