Sixty Minute Interview with Tad Hargrave

tomarI was recently interviewed by my colleague Tomar Levine on Inspired Entrepreneurs on The Creating Calm Network.

Here is the link to the program where you can listen to the interview. We spoke for an hour about the topic of why some marketing, even in the ‘conscious business’ scene, feels gross to many people. We got to get into some territory that was new for both of us and that I don’t get a chance to talk about that often.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/creatingcalmnetwork/2013/09/04/inspired-entrepreneurs

creativity in business

Kaspa and Fiona of Write Our Way Home

A few weeks ago, the good folks at Writing Our Way Home sent me an email wondering if they could interview me about creativity.

Heavens. I don’t know how much I really have to say on this though it harkens a bit to a post I wrote a few days ago on finding your voice) – but I said, ‘yes!’ and answered their questions anyway.

The intro follows below . . .

Thanks Tad, it’s great to be speaking to someone whose work we feel a great sympathy for. It’s been fascinating for us to think and learn about ways of engaging with the world about Writing Our Way Home, without resorting to traditional marketing and turning them (and us) off… On to the questions:

What drives your creative work?

I like making things. I’m going to define creative work as ‘creating things’. Making something knew that wasn’t there before. In my case, that’s going to be workshops or ebooks and such. Soooo . . . I think laziness is a big part of it. Once I make a product I don’t need to keep repeating myself. I can just send them to a resource to check out, ‘go read this ebook.’ or ‘watch this video’. that feels really good.

also the process of making these things forces me to really learn it. to refine and articulate what I know in a way that other people will ‘get it’. that helps me whenever i’m working with a client or teaching someone.

What would you say to yourself if you could go back in time and meet yourself at the beginning of your creative career?

 

To read my answer (and answers to the rest of their provocative questions – CLICK HERE)

tad hargrave is in a funny youtube video

Nothing to do with marketing yourself – but I’m in a funny youtube video. Click here or watch below.

 

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the meaningful work project features me

So, I’m going to be participating in the Meaningful Work Project in Alberta. And, in the ramp up, they’ve featured me on their site. Rather nice of them – and a smart thing to feature participants and faculty to build excitement.

Here’s a blurb about them:

How can we make money and change the world? How can we create communities of practice that encourage creativity and innovation? The Meaningful Work Project offers an opportunity to share stories and collectively work toward solutions.

And you can read their profile of me when you CLICK HERE.

 

 

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I’m on the cover of a magazine!

So. I’m on the cover of one of the leading holistic magazines in Ottawa.

Cooler than this. For once in my life, I’m on the cover with Dan Millman (spoke to him on the phone once – very nice man).

How did this happen?

Hubs! The whole reality of hubs never ceases to amaze me; how much easier it is to build a business through partnerships and relationships than going it alone.

One of my clients Arria Deepwater connected me with a woman named Heather Garrod from Ottawa who runs a business called Planet Botanix. Heather decided she wanted to fill my events for me and spread the word. And somehow Tone magazine got wind of this – and now I’m on the cover. It comes out Monday.

I’ve never done anything like this – ads or used holistic magazines and so I’m curious what the response is going to be.

Excited!

Heather has almost single handedly filled the Ottawa events already.

Having never been to Ottawa before to lead workshops I figured I’d be lucky to get 20 people out. You know – first time in town etc. But Heather already has 35 people registered for Nov 27th and three people signed up for Nov 28th and we had to find a bigger space that can hold 50 people per day.

So, the first day is almost full and the article hasn’t even come out yet. Woot!

 

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Coverage in the Winnipeg Free Press

I just had a nice little article written about me and my fall tour! Here it is . . .

If Edmonton entrepreneur Tad Hargrave were to appear on TV’s The Apprentice, he’d probably get fired faster than you can say, “What’s up with Donald Trump’s hair?”

At least we’re assuming The Donald wouldn’t be too keen on someone whose approach to doing business was inspired by buskers — and who considers a potluck dinner a networking tool.

To read the rest of the article CLICK HERE.

 

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How to Organize Sales Pages to Avoid Overwhelm – Mark Silver

Mark Silver is my favourite person in the world of marketing these days. Brilliant man. So I was incredibly flattered when he featured me (something he tells me he rarely does) in a post about sales pages on websites.

To read the article – click here.

 

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Tad Hargrave and Jessie McPhee Performing at Pecha Kucha

Me and Jessie McPhee performing at Edmonton Next Gen’s Pecha Kucha #7 event at the Citadel Theatre. Basically, we were given 20 random slides that had nothing to do with each other. Each slide stays up for 20 seconds. We got a suggestion, “head shaver” and had to tie every slide into that. There were 9 planned presentations before us and we closed the night with a ‘made up’ one. Fun!

 

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Alberta Venture Magazine Features Tad Hargrave

Recently, Alberta Venture magazine did a feature on me. Which I thought was really very sweet. And, my oh my, it was generous. Name spelled correctly and nothing taken out of context. Woot!

To read the article – click here.

 

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