After opting against going to University, against his families wishes, Bhavik borrowed £300 to buy his first camera. His family living room because a photo studio and a business was born. 5 years later, that vision has grown into a video production agency hiring 5 people with global brands for clients and the hard work is paying off.
His motivation to grow the business and free up more time for himself - is to free up time for “giving back” projects, like the work he does with CAREeducation in India and performing his music.
As a shy person, being a good self-promoter didn’t come naturally to Bhavik. But as he decided to self-finance the business, instead of getting a business loan or investors, self-promotion has been the key factor is how they have grown so successfully.
What would change if you believe more? If you spoke up more? If you were more confident in what you or your business could do?
Sheyman Addas has dedicated over 18 years advising CEO’s and executives on how to design talent ecosystems that build high performing, innovative work environments fit for the future. Sheyman’s international career includes building and leading HR and L&OD departments from scratch, developing integrated talent platforms and helping companies shape and develop leadership capability.
At the heart of creative success stories are moments when people make key decisions that move things forward in leaps, opposed to tiny steps. This month, Kristina helps us explore the decisions we individually need to make to move forward. As an expert in helping people think clearly about decisions, Kristina shares the behind the scenes journey of building her business , and inspires us with her plans for next 5 years.
Guest speaker Anyesha Minocha discusses how Conscious Action can help business owners and creators think differently about networking and collaboration opportunities. Aneysha tells us about her "rubicon moments" - a point of no return that results in an irrevocable commitment - and how this helped her find the route towards personal truth.
In Birmingham this month we have online sales expert Dave Furness to share insights and lessons on growing your business using online platforms.
Dave loves our monthly theme of learning from failures as it gives a key insight to how testing and feedback has made him so successful!
When is the best time to execute an idea? 💡
‘Be Yourself, Better’ captures presenter/photographer/content creator CK Goldiing perfectly – a brand signature that reflects his commitment to only creating authentic content that is underpinned by his spontaneous interactions with real people. Uniquely charismatic, CK is a distinctive multi-discipline creative who continues to enjoy prestigious features across national & international media platforms – demonstrated most remarkably during his #100Musicians challenge, garnering multi press features; including Red Bull, Creative Boom, national radio & TV.
CK will join us for the evening to deliver a talk and workshop to help us position ourselves, our brand and our message in a compelling and authentic way. Come and join in to get some clever tips on getting press!
Jo Cruse, Managing Director of The Unreasonables (www.theunreasonables.org) tells us her story, how an omnishambles of divorce and depression taught her to choose a life that was more authentic and help others to do the same. Jo shares how this led to a journey from Alaska to Argentina and what she found out on the way.
With over 20 years experience working with creative leaders and global brands, Jamie Anley knows more than most about inspiration and creative leading.
When Jamie kindly offered to give back to the creative and entrepreneurial community, I asked him what he wanted to speak about, he said -
"....If you believe in what you are doing it just works.
We often get held back by thinking our elders had it right and we must do it like them, we can get hung up on advice or sayings that get handed down to us, now more than ever before you must follow your gut and run with your energy”.
A classic caution to all creatives is the archetype of the starving artist. But what if you can make money as an artist?
Our expert speaker is one who contradicts this archetype and proves the latter can be a reality.
Bokani career has twisted and pivoted on numerous occasions. After graduating Bath University with a MSc in Politics with Economics in 2009, she went on to co-found a sustainability consultancy and software start-up – Vertigo Ventures. Exiting Vertigo in 2016, Bokani decided to focus her efforts building her career as an artist and in April 2018, she won BBC 1’s ‘The Big Painting Challenge’.
In this Expert Talk, Bokani discusses how you can become a key-person of influence, how others can see massive value in your work (even when you can’t) and how to take advantage of partnerships and other brands to elevate your own.
Next week in London we are welcoming a digital and social expert Kane D. Ricca. Being born into a family fruit and veg business taught Kane the basics of hard work and making money. Years later, he’s built his own businesses and is here to help us all maximise our digital presence. He’s also a professional Tap Dancer too!🕺 -
How do we use these platforms effectively?
How do we properly connect with our audience?
How many engaged followers do we need to grow our business?
Ian has be fortunate to travel the world with his business, self-build his own home and achieved incredible things in his creative career. Over 25 years, he started and grew a design agency into the international consultancy Creative Action . From making £19,000 in his first year, to become a multi-million pound business, the journey has so much we can learn from.
Now, Ian has simplified his life and work to create a lifestyle brand around what he loves most, interior design, travel and creativity.
As a brand consultant, he will share his experience and the journey he went on with us..!
Perfect is the enemy of getting things done. However many creators feel that their thing has to be perfect before it sees the light of day. For Andy Dunn, the founder of Creators Club, perfectionism has been a burdening mindset that has taken time to wriggle free from.
As Creators Club opens its fourth regional location in Cambridge, founder Andy gives a talk about growing something bigger than yourself, overcoming the perfectionism mindset and how to take advantage of opportunities that present themselves.
Grace Kress is a graphic designer, illustrator and workshop facilitator who is passionate about community engagement and social campaigns. Her portfolio is inspired by fabric patterns, architecture and mapping with a strong focus on visually communicating socially conscious messages. She loves turning complex information into easily digestible visual graphics and aims to inspire action in communities through her work.
This month, we welcome Daniel Tuitt to share his experience around Building Relationships, focused on ‘structured serendipity’ - a fascinating topic and a whole new way of thinking about selling, networking and building relationships. ⠀
✏️ Daniel’s professional and personal mission is to support the creation of new value for businesses and communities across different industries using the intersection of both technology and human-centred approach to solve problems. ⠀
💡 Daniel writes, talks, lives and inspires all things creativity, technology, business models, ecosystems and co-innovation. ⠀
Andy Dunn is a Learning and Development specialist for Creators and Leaders, an innovation coach and the founder of Creators Club.
For over 10 years Andy has coached and trained over 4000 people, from senior business executives, young social leaders, creative entrepreneurs and business owners. He’s works with global brands like Adidas and Santander, through to leaders in Education. Helping people ignite their creative spark and make things happen is Andy’s passion.
He is also the author of Feeling Lost & Finding My Way, a yoga enthusiast and recently took up swing dancing for fun. Andy is from Newcastle and lives in London.
Is creativity a curse or an asset? That's the question that fastest-selling franchise creator and CEO of BLAM! has asked himself and posited to us at Creators Club.
Grant delivers a practical talk that will give you the tools to stay focused on and accountable to your creative projects. Other insights include apps to stay motivated, ways of using social media to help learning and strategies to help you prioritise important and creative work. Watch the above video and find out how being a maniac can make you a successful entrepreneur.
Chris became an accidental entrepreneur 22 years ago, after his young career as a big city lawyer came to a grinding halt. As one of the 5 partners, he built an investment banking recruitment business, personal generating 2.75 million pounds in revenue in his last 3 years in the business. But in 2010, he decided the money wasn’t enough and the environment was fulfilling anymore. -
Since that time, Chris has been running Flowcoacher, supporting individuals and organisations to achieve better results by creating in a state of completely focused motivation in which creativity and happiness join forces.
Chris will join us at Creators Club this month to share some practical steps to achieving a state of focused flow.
Creativity, design and self-awareness will be some of the themes he will explore, empowering you to uncover your unique golden gift of flow, for yourself and to help your serve your mission in 2019.
Shamash is a co-founder of the Museum of Happiness. He is also author Mindfulness for Dummies and founder of Teach Mindfulness and Happier World Conference and loves ‘Kindfulness’. He has sold over 100,000 books on Mindfulness, opened a new, permanent Museum of Happiness in UK's largest homeless hostel in Camden, London and taken Museum of Happiness to Nepal, Singapore, and Sydney.
Victoria is a co-founder and works full-time at the Museum of Happiness. She was a senior mentor at NCS The Challenge - the UK's leading charity for young people. She gives talks, keynotes, and workshops on happiness & well-being, and loves gratitude.
An in depth talk from "Love Your Postcode" owner, Bobby Singh, Birmingham born and raised. Bobby shares his inspiring journey from building his business up from the ground to a national entrepreneurial success story. His motivation is ferocious with a sound balance from his faith and beliefs. Bobby reminds us to be ambitious with our thinking and remember what is really most important along the way.
Olympic Stadium explorer Bill Agar shares his astonishing journey around the world to visit all 28 Olympic Stadiums, 5 continents, 18 countries, and 25 cities. His eight-year quest taught him about what it really takes to achieve long terms goals and what we sometimes lose along the way. These powerful lessons will make you think differently about how you set and achieve long term goals.
Nic Whitfield is a coach, trainer and facilitator focusing on leadership and team development for Future Foundations. His experience ranges from leading expeditions in Antarctica to managing the performance of the English Rugby League team. Australian-born and now based in England, Nic tells us his journey to discovering authenticity in his own life and how that has informed his work helping people be the best they can be at whatever they choose, so that they feel good about themselves and others.
Eugene Hughes - founder and Managing Director of global training organisation Artgym - tells us his journey from Ireland to the UK via the USA and two weeks living on just water in the Sahara. Eugene also introduces the Artgym Archetypes series and challenges us to consider whether we can decide everyday if it's best to be a warrior or a gardener; and does it help if you dress up!
Confidence is one of the most coveted and necessary attributes and skills needed for anyone, especially creatives. But how can you build your confidence when you don’t have any?
TEDx Speaker, TV & Radio Journalist and Magazine Editor Mary Fenwick has had a long career full of experience and valuable perspectives on topics as varied as journalism, governance and psychology. In her Expert Talk Mary discusses the difference between confidence and authenticity, how her confidence has changed over her career and how you can learn from innovators in psychology to help your own wellbeing.
Kemi works as a wellbeing consultant and coach, coaching entrepreneurs to obtain a better quality of life. After twenty years’ of stress and strain of climbing the corporate ladder in the advertising industry spanning Europe and Asia, she questioned how organisations tackled mental health and stress amongst employees, so she changed tack and got qualified as a Psychotherapist and a Wellbeing coach. She now has the pleasure of helping others and seeing clients achieve their ideal life.
Having difficulties getting to the creative good place? Too many distractions or things getting in the way?
Positive Psychologist researcher and Filmmaker, Anya Pearse, shares her personal, unique take on life and explains how living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) has forced to become really adept at making creative decisions. In this talk, we learn how not to become a victim to spiralling anxieties, how to avoid burnout by giving yourself permission and exploring what activities enable people to de-stress. Watch this video to find this out and more!