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I created ‘Creative Slurp’ podcast to teach you a bunch of skills, inspire you and empower you to take action – the three key ingredients to success in business (or life, tbh).

Hear from some of the business people and experts I admire, get oodles of marketing tips from my experience in marketing and mindset tips from my work as a leadership Coach. 

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Latest episodes of Creative Slurp Podcast:

Aug 09, 2023

Should you QUIT social media for your business?

In the social media 'time suck zone'? News flash: You DON'T have to be on social media for your business. In this episode find out how to know if you should quit social media for your business - and what you could do instead.

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Jul 26, 2023

Keeping the passion for your business with Ceramicist Sue Pryke

Meet Sue Pryke - an award-winning ceramicist at the top of her game, with more than 20 years of ceramics design under her belt. Sue still has so much passion and excitement about her craft and business - which is a joy and an inspiration to see. in this episode we talked about Sue’s story, the importance of teaching creativity to kids, collaborating with chefs, what it’s like to see your face in Ikea, and the power of the Great British Pottery throwdown (on which Sue was actually a judge). Enjoy!

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Jul 12, 2023

The importance of not taking things personally in business with Rosie Greener from Good Daze Jewellery

Meet Roșie Greener, the founder of Good Daze jewellery - an independent brand that celebrates love, humour and positivity. Rosie started her jewellery brand several years ago after becoming disillusioned with her job designing for a corporate company. She’s now living the dream and running her brand full-time. in this episode of Creative Slurp podcast she talks about her journey, the importance of market research, feeling like an imposter in business and how she made her dream collaborations happen. Rosie’s mantra is not to take things personally in business, and I think that’s brilliant advice. I really loved her honest and practical advice around building your business, and I think it's great reassurance that there is no shortcut to success in business, you just have to keep going, and good things will follow. I hope this episode inspires you as much as it did me, enjoy 🙂

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Jul 05, 2023

Three tools that transformed my life and business

Want to transform and improve your life, your business and EVERYTHING? Then self-awareness is a game changer. Since I started to learn more about myself, I found I was better equipped to create a life that I love, a life that was truly aligned with me. If you don’t truly know yourself, how can you hope to create a life and business that’s fulfilling and suited to you? So, in this episode, I take you through three amazing tools that can help you find out more about yourself, the way you view the world, your values, your beliefs and preferences. They are: Personality profiling tools/self-awareness tools Journalling - especially free writing Coaching From my experience, I’ve found that these tools are mind-glowingly effective at really helping you to know yourself better and see past the blind spots that we all have. Find more information about these tools and how they can help you in the episode.

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Jun 28, 2023

Using design to change a city with Birmingham Design's Luke Tonge

Introducing Luke Tonge - graphic designer and co-founder of Birmingham Design. Luke’s a self-confessed introvert, yet he’s managed to co-create a festival that’s helping to change the perception of a city - which is no mean feat. In this episode we chat about the importance of community, defining yourself and how to be braver in your business. Enjoy!

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Jun 21, 2023

Creating a profitable product business with Catherine Erdly

Meet Catherine Erdly. She's a retail expert, with years of experience working with big brands and working out the secret to make them more profitable. Now, Catherine works with small businesses to share what she's learned through her Resilient Retail Club and her book, "Tame your Tiger'. In today’s episode, we talk about the practical things you can do to improve the profitability of your business, when you should (and shouldn’t) offer discounts and so much more. If you have a small product business, you NEED to listen to this episode.

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Mar 10, 2023

Creativity as a Mental Health Tool with Illustrator Liz Harry

Ever wondered what it takes to make your dream creative business your full-time gig? Illustrator, Liz Harry has done it. In her own words, she carved a career out for herself, doing the things she loves - creating products she designs herself, making fun props and taking part in some dream collaborations with iconic brands. If you’ve seen Liz’s work, you’ll know she’s passionate about mental health - a theme that runs throughout her brilliant work. In this episode of Creative Slurp she talks about her creative journey, her obsession with creating and how she uses creativity as a tool to help with her mental health, following burnout. I loved chatting with Liz, who was so generous with her stories and advice, and I hope her story inspires you as much as it did me. Enjoy.

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Feb 22, 2023

3 easy ways to get out of a rut in your business and life

Feeling stuck? If you keep getting the same results in your business or life and are sick of it, it can be hard to know how to shake things up and feel like you're heading in a positive direction again. I've been there too! Here are three tools/easy ways of climbing out of that annoying rut and help to feel some momentum again - without feeling overwhelmed.

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Feb 15, 2023

Using great PR to survive a recession with Rosie Davies-Smith from PR Dispatch

When the going gets tough do you a) Curl up in a ball under the duvet or b) Put yourself out there even more? In this episode of Creative Slurp Podcast meet Rosie Davies-Smith - founder of PR Dispatch - she believes that to survive a recession we should all be making our businesses even more visible, using the power of PR. Find out about Rosie’s business journey from budding textile designer to PR guru and how she overcame problems with postnatal insomnia. Plus fill your glasses with some juicy PR tips you can use in your business. Enjoy!

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Feb 08, 2023

How to seriously UP your product photo game with photographer Holly Booth

Ever felt your product photos might be holding you back? Upping the quality of your product photos can be a game changer. In this episode of Creative Slurp Podcast, top product photographer, Holly Booth gives oodles of top practical tips on how to create great product shots. She also tells us the story of her business - find out how listening to customers, being part of communities and not being afraid to innovate has helped her succeed in business. Enjoy!

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Feb 01, 2023

How to stop going around in circles: start a reflective practice

Have you ever felt you’re going around in circles, and not learning from your mistakes? Do you feel stuck, and you know you’re not getting anywhere? Reflective learning could be the answer - a proven way to dig deep, to learn in a deeper way and find solutions to your trickiest problems. Find out how in this week's episode of Creative Slurp Podcast.

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Jan 25, 2023

How to create your own small business niche with Lucie Sheridan from Rubbish Portraits

Have you ever wondered how to make your business stand out from the crowd, but still do what you love? You’ll love this episode’s guest. Lucie Sheridan created her business, Rubbish portraits because she wanted to create some consistent income from being an artist. So she created a ‘portrait booth’, from where she draws guests in just three minutes at events. As well as giving people a fun and easy way to pay for her artwork, it's also has worked as a brilliant marketing tool - creating a memorable brand around her. In this episode, find out Lucie’s top tips for making it as an artist, and why she’d never give up her mundane admin job! Enjoy 🙂

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Jan 18, 2023

Can a pen and paper change your life? With publisher Alison Jones

Can a pen and a scrap of paper change your life? Alison Jones thinks so. Over 30 years in the publishing industry she’s helped hundreds of authors to publish their books and knows a bit about getting your story down on paper. And she’s also just published her own book - which shows you how to use the power of writing to help you solve problems and transform your life. She believes exploratory writing is a simple but much-overlooked tool that could get you extraordinary results in the areas of self-mastery, creativity, focus, solution finding and collaboration.

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Nov 30, 2022

12 Productivity Tools to help make 2023 your best year ever

If you're serious about making 2023 your best year ever, you need to get savvy and find a way of becoming as productive as you can. Learning some great productivity techniques (as well as about yourself) will help you achieve more and stress less in the coming year. In this episode, I take you through 12 proven productivity techniques that will spur you into action and have helped me achieve so much over the last few years. This isn't about being perfect, it's about being a bit better and using the tools in a way that fits you. I hope you find one or two useful tools that you can use to help move the needle in your business.

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Nov 22, 2022

Gut instinct and listening to your customers with textile designer Poppy Treffry

Poppy Treffry is an award-winning Cornish textile designer that started her business in an attic with a 1930’s sewing machine and car boot sale fabric in 2003 and now has a well-established business employing an army of sewers across rural cornwall. I really enjoyed our chat and Poppy’s obvious passion, not just for craft, but also business. I can’t wait to share her story with you, as well as tell you how her customers came to the rescue during the pandemic. This is a lesson in following your gut and going for it - enjoy! You can find out more about Poppy here: https://poppytreffry.co.uk/

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Nov 15, 2022

The SEVEN golden rules of social media in your business

Social media can be so overwhelming when you start a business - which channels to use? What to post? How to actually get results? Should you use paid ads? And what's actually the blinkin' point anyway? So, in this podcast I've put together my top 7 golden rules of social media, to make sure you get the benefits of socials, without it sucking the life out of you. I've also created a handy-andy FREE downloadable checklist and guide, to make it super easy to implement these golden rules - just go along to thevictoriabrown.com/social to grab your copy.

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Nov 08, 2022

Overcoming your money blocks as an artist with Krystle McGilvery

Meet Krystle McGilvery - Chartered Accountant and Fine Artist - she’s passionate about helping people overcome the mindset blocks they have about managing their money and giving business owners the financial tools they need to survive and thrive. In this conversation, we talk about practical and simple ways business owners can make managing their finances easier and Krystle’s experience of being diagnosed with both ADHD and Dyslexia late in life. This is such a great listen if you’ve ever struggled with money in life or business, and Krystle is living proof that you can be good at both finance and art! Enjoy. Find out more about Krystle on her website: https://www.krystlemcgilvery.com/

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Nov 01, 2022

The ups and downs of creative business with Illustrator Lisa Stickley

Introducing the wondrous Lisa Stickley - a creative who's wonderfully authentic and true to herself. She’s an illustrator who delightfully describes herself as a professional colourer-inner. She’s had so much business success - being stocked in household names like Harrods, Liberty, Paul Smith and Burberry, amongst others. She’s so generous in sharing her experience of when it all went wrong and she walked away from her business and name. She also talks about how she was affected by her dyslexia diagnosis as an adult and losing her Mum during lockdown. We talk about imposter syndrome, the importance of tenacity in business andbeing true to yourself. And she also talks about her love for lidos! I just loved her honesty and humour despite everything that has happened and think you’re going to love listening to this…enjoy! Find out more about Lisa at her website: https://lisastickleystudio.com/

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Oct 25, 2022

How being brave transformed my business

Do you feel stuck in a rut? When was the last time you did something a bit out of your comfort zone? It may be that you just need to make a few bold moves in business, and in life to try to change things up a bit. I recently realised I was playing too safe, and decided to be braver. Here are three ways I became braver and how it transformed by business and personal life. It could transform yours too.

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Oct 18, 2022

How to find your TRUE Creative Calling with Kerry Lyons

Are you REALLY satisfied in your Creative Career? Are you doing the thing you always really wanted to do, or are you compromising somehow? Kerry Lyons is a Creative Business Coach - her goal is to help everyone find their true Creative calling - because in her experience, many creatives end up in other creative roles that aren’t quite the perfect fit for them. In this episode, she tells her story and gives tips on how to get back on the right creative track if you’re finding yourself unfulfilled. As a creative myself, I found this whole topic fascinating and I hope you do too.

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Oct 11, 2022

Making your website better with Aime Cox-Tennant from Studio Cotton

Ever felt so frustrated with your website that you want to jack it all in and start again? If you’re getting no visitors and your SEO seems broken, then it can be frustrating, but don’t give up just yet. According to my guest today - the amazing Aime Cox-Tennant from Studio Cotton, there ARE things you can do to make your website better - even if you do want to chuck your laptop out of the window. In this week’s episode, Aime talks about her lovely business journey, gives loads of great website tips and the power of storytelling in your business.

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Oct 04, 2022

How to tell stories that sell

Have you ever been told to use 'storytelling' and 'stories' in your marketing, but no one's actually told you HOW? This episode demystifies the art of storytelling in social media, emails and websites, to show you the three different types of stories you should be telling to help you sell more in your business. Enjoy! To find out more about storytelling, check out my PIck and Mix 'Stories that Sell' Workshop, on Weds 12 October: https://thevictoriabrown.com/pickandmix/

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Sep 28, 2022

3 ways to BOOST your Christmas sales

Don't just leave it to chance! Did you know there are things you could be doing RIGHT NOW, to help boost your sales this Christmas? In this short episode, I go through the 3 key things you should be thinking about to have a bumper Christmas period, and how to put them into action. Enjoy and happy festive greetings!

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Sep 20, 2022

How to get better photos with 91 Magazine Editor, Caroline Rowland

Meet Caroline Rowland - editor of the amazing independent and award-winning 91 magazine - a gorgeous publication focused on interiors and creativity. Find out how Caroline ended up publishing her own magazine, after growing up in Northern Ireland and working as a picture editor for the Financial Times. We chat about having a career in publishing and how to make sure you have great images for your business. Find out more about 91 Magazine and order your copy here: https://www.91magazine.co.uk/

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Sep 14, 2022

Mural painting, working freelance and lockdown with illustrator and artist Michelle Abrahall

Ever wondered what it's really like to be a freelance artist and illustrator? Michelle Abrahall spills the beans and gives her top tips on avoiding imposter syndrome, keeping accountable as a creative and talks about how lockdown changed her business. Listen now for the real talk on what it's like to be a creative in such an unpredictable world.

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Sep 08, 2022

5 ways becoming a mentor can help you grow

Have you ever wondered whether you should mentor someone else? Maybe you don't think you have the time to help someone right now, and maybe you don't realise all the wonderful benefits you can get yourself, as a mentor. In this episode of Creative Slurp I talk about my journey as a mentor - from sceptic to supporter, the five BIG benefits to becoming a mentor for you and your business and the common myths around mentorship. And for a limited time, Enterprise Nation, in association with the UK Government and The Association of Business Mentors are offering FREE mentor training as part of their Help to Grow Management Scheme. Find out how to apply in the episode notes or in the podcast episode. http://www.thevictoriabrown.com/mentor

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Aug 31, 2022

Watering cans, pineapples and being more curious with artist and designer Julie-Anne Pugh

Have you ever wondered how a pineapple grows? Or why most watering cans are really boring? Artist and Surface Designer, Julie-Anne Pugh has! Now known for her colourful hand-painted watering cans, in this episode we chat about the importance of curiosity, human connection and joy. And she tells me all about her amazing art installations, giving away eggs during lockdown and painting her doorstep with uplifting messages. Learn more about Julie-Anne (including why she wants to be on Blue Peter, in this episode!

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Aug 23, 2022

5 steps to overcoming imposter syndrome

Have you ever suffered from imposter syndrome? Did it stop you doing something you really wanted to do, but were too scared/didn't think you were good enough to try? Hands up - I have! And so many times. But now I'm so much more aware of it than I used to be, I've come up with different ways to deal with it, so that it doesn't stop me from progressing my business and my dreams. Here are my 5 steps to overcoming imposter syndrome so you can walk the path of your wildest dreams...

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Aug 16, 2022

What moving from Brazil to New York taught me about business and upcycling with Wardrobe School's Vania Soucy

Can you imagine moving to a completely different country with hardly any money, not speaking the language and needing to find work? That's what happened to Vania Soucy. She arrived in New York, from Brazil, without being able to speak English that well and not knowing what she would do for work. With a background in sewing, she realised she could buy bags of second-hand clothes cheaply and upcycle them to sell on. Before long she got really good at it and created a successful business. Now she's teaching others to do the same, and help save the planet by recycling clothes with her online sewing school - Wardrobe School. Listen to this episode of Creative Slurp to find out what kept her going and how she did it...

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Aug 09, 2022

What I learned from my 30-day Art Challenge...

If you're a regular listener to this show, you'll know that at the end of June I set myself a challenge - to draw or paint for 30 days. Now, if you're an artist (or even if you're not) you may think this is no big deal. But...for me, it was. Even as a creative I had been telling myself for 25 years that I couldn't draw or paint, and would even feel like an imposter walking down the art aisle in the craft store. I decided a few weeks ago that enough was enough. I needed to address this limiting belief that was slowly oozing its toxicity into my mind and normalise drawing and painting for myself. In this episode find out what I learned about drawing and painting, but mostly what I learned about myself and why I love 30-day challenges so much for overturning limiting beliefs.

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