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The Lightbulb Podcast

Join Guernsey girl, Martine, for a weekly creative chat where she shares resources, actionable ideas and the occasional knowledge bomb (!) This podcast is for artists, makers and creative business owners interested in marketing, social media, business and technology. The Lightbulb Podcast is available to download and subscribe to in iTunes and other podcast directories.
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May 27, 2016

The one where I celebrate an 80's classic and get a bit deep about putting people in boxes.

Orla Kiely

Cath Kidston

Imposter Syndrome by the BBC

Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon

Show Your Work by Austin Kleon

May 21, 2016

The one where I invent a new word (appmazeballs) and get excited about apps for creative learning.

Here are some of the apps and links I mention in the show:

The Creative Me podcast is now available on iTunes and lost of other podcast directories. Whoop!

ME Box update - June boxes ship next week and the sign up window for July opens on 1st June 2016. 

Skillshare (iOS and Android)

Audible (iOS and Android) (books mentioned: "The Storyteller's Secret" and "Talk Like Ted" by Carmine Gallow, "#AskGaryVee" by Gary Vaynerchuck, "The Creative Habit" by Twyla Tharp, "Big Magic" by Elizabeth Guilbert and "#GirlBoss" by Sophia Amaruso.

Pinterest (iOS and Android)

Anchor (iOS)

Li.st (iOS and Android)

May 14, 2016

The one where I share the InstaLove, try to speak Japanese and get familiar with a bloke called Danny. 

Here are some of the the links and resources mentioned in this episode:

Makelight

Beautify Your Instagram course

Emily Quinton on Instagram 

Japanese watercolour set

Art Before Breakfast by Danny Gregory

May 5, 2016

The one where I realise accountability partnerships don’t always involve group hugs.

The podcast episode where I realise accountability partnerships don't always involve group hugs…CLICK TO TWEET 

Show Notes

It’s episode two. It feels like I’ve never been away from the microphone. Today’s episode topic is accountability. But before we start, this is the plan for the podcast moving forward:

Podcasts will be released weekly and will last 10 to 15 minutes. The content will be actionable. Topics will include creativity, business without buzzwords and tech.

The podcast isn’t on iTunes yet, but it will be as soon as I have three episodes. It will also be on Stitcher and other podcast directories.

Accountability Partner

If you’re like me, you love a good business blog, podcast or book/audiobook. Particularly if it also covers creativity and productivity. If this is you,  you will have probably come across the term “accountability partner”. The term makes me cringe a bit as it sounds like there are group hugs involved. Is it just me?

I need to learn to not judge a book by its cover or an idea by its slightly cheesy title. Accountability partnerships are interesting and useful things – I’m in one.

Let’s rewind a moment though and look at what an accountability partner is. The term originated in religious circles. People would pair up together to help each other do good things. It was a support mechanism.

Here’s a definition: “Accountability partner” as defined on Wikipedia (so it must be true).

My Accountability Partner

My accountability partnership has nothing to do with religion or bad things. The principle is similar though. We are two busy people with business goals who check in with each other monthly.

Shinybees (Jo) the lovely lady behind The Golden Skein is my accountability partner.

How Our Meetings Work

We chat every month via Facetime and it lasts about an hour. We have a Google Docs agenda and space for action points. When I set action points I don’t use SMART (prefer “specific and realistic”).

Using Google Docs the whole process is structured and focussed. Structure works well for me – that’s why Workflowy runs my life.

Asking For Help

One of the reasons I thought the idea of accountability partnership was a bit strange (before I was in one) is that I’m uncomfortable asking for help. Rather than reflect on this too much (it’s a short episode) I’m simply going to recommend this:

The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer

Amanda Palmer’s TED talk

It’s helped me a lot.

Drop Me a Line

Let me know if you start an accountability partnership or if you have questions martine@martineellis.com. Thanks for tuning in.

May 1, 2016

Show Notes

I've got the strangest case of deja vu. I'm recording another podcast.

iMake Podcast

Previously I hosted the iMake podcast, which was all about creative lifestyle topics such as knitting and cooking. My island home, Guernsey, was also regularly mentioned.

Last year I made the difficult decision to wind up the podcast. This was mainly because I was moving on to new things and the podcast's theme didn't fit. Time was also an issue; producing a podcast takes a lot of time.

It was a hard decision but I know it was the right one.

Missing Podcasting

But there were things about podcasting I really missed. In particular the community element.

I didn't miss the administrative elements like typing up show notes and uploading files.

What About Another Show?

A number of my iMake listeners asked me if I'd consider recording another show in the future. I said yes, if I could find a way to cut down on the time it took. The podcasting process would have to be carefully streamlined.

After a great deal of thought, I think I've found a way. I'm kicking an idea around...

An Idea

Should I create a brand new podcast about creativity, technology and small business?

Creativity and technology are two of my favourite things. Sharing my experience as a small business owner could also form a part of the show. I have recently launched a stationery subscription business called ME Box.

Like Voicemail

A short but regular podcast schedule could work. It would be a bit like me phoning you up and leaving a voice message. If I left a message on your answerphone it would be un-edited, straight to the point, relevant and personal. This could work well for both of us.

I'm not saying I am starting a new podcast, I am just thinking about it. But if I did, I'd call it Creative Me.

Surface Pattern Design

I have decided to try and re-train as a surface pattern designer and to support this aim I am studying The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design.

Creative Me

It looks like I have started a new podcast. Let's call the episode Déjà Vu. I plan to provide you with top quality, actionable content. Here's a resource for you today if you are looking for humorous business advice: The Middle Finger Project (bad language warning).

Cheerio

That's all from me, I hope you'll tune in next time (since there is going to be a next time!)

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