A Creative Conversation

Creative Conversation's gorgeous graphics

Creative Conversation’s gorgeous graphics

Recently I was fortunate enough to attend a workshop generously funded by the City of Ballarat for creative businesses. It was held in the award-winning Annexe at The Ballarat Art Gallery, and was presented by Susan Nethercote of “Creative Conversation” Australia. Susan  happens to be a dear friend of mine (and we’re also second-cousins!) so I’ve seen all the love she’s put into this new business, and I must say, it is very impressive! Susan knows what she’s talking about when it comes to running a small business – she has been running successful urban designer clothing label Manque for over 13 years (if you don’t know her label, check it out, as her clothes are awesome – “urban designer clothing for REAL women”). She is passionate about helping others in their creative quests, and is a natural when it comes to speaking to an audience – she’s very authentic and engaging.

Susan keeping it real

Susan keeping it real

The workshop was called “Holistic Business Mapping” and was essentially about creating a business plan, but not in the traditional sense. As the name might suggest, it was really much more about using our intuition to help map out not only the future of our business and how to make a living, but also about creating a life we love. There was so much content crammed into the one-day workshop that I left feeling exhausted, inspired and excited! After attending the Big-Hearted Business conference earlier this year (and my eyes being opened to a different way we can ‘do business’) this was the perfect practical follow-up for me –  a whole day dedicated to thinking about the future of my business/life, and setting actionable goals to get where I want to be.

Creative Conversation Mapping Exercise

My result of the Creative Conversation Mapping Exercise

Susan had thoughtfully made a special folder for each of the 24 attendees, including the four topics that we covered over the day, complete with custom-made dividers, inspiring quotes, notes, blank paper, exercise sheets, and lists of resources/links/further-reading. Susan is a very organised and motivated individual, and she explained her love of lists and folders (YES! Embrace the inner nerd!), so to have this folder to keep all our business-plan info together is a great gift!

Creative Conversation Show-Bag

Creative Conversation Show-Bag

We also all received a little show-bag which included business-cards and flyers of all the attendees on the day. This was such a great idea as we can now all follow, support and encourage each other’s endeavours too. The creative conversation can now continue…

If you’re a creative type and are running a business, you might be interested in signing up for the Creative Conversation newsletter, or following the Facebook page. Then you can be kept in the loop about future workshops and also the coaching services on offer.

Tell me, are you a goal-setter? Do you have big dreams? What drives you and keeps you motivated? I’d love to hear in the comments below!

Talina x




  1. artistsattheendoftheworld on December 9, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Looks great! Thanks for sharing. I think supporting each other is a huge part of it. Like you have done here, when you love something someone is doing- spread the word and the love, it makes such a difference! : )

    • Talina Edwards on December 9, 2013 at 9:18 pm

      Thanks Amy! So very true… I’m all for “sharing the love”! And I can learn a lot from you, as you do such an amazing job of promoting fabulous artists around Ballarat! x

  2. Kristen on December 9, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    How fabulous! Running off to look at her pages now xx

    • Talina Edwards on December 9, 2013 at 9:16 pm

      Creative Conversation would be really helpful for you too Kristen! x

      • Kristen on December 9, 2013 at 9:41 pm

        I’m finding myself nodding and agreeing with a lot already!

  3. Dorothy Krajewski on December 9, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    I can’t wait for the next one, so I can attend. Sounds like a fab day!

    • Talina Edwards on December 9, 2013 at 9:15 pm

      I think you’d really enjoy it Dorothy!

  4. Carolyn FILMER on December 9, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    Oh yes I am. Nothing feels as good as achieving a goal :)

    • Talina Edwards on December 9, 2013 at 9:14 pm

      Thanks for your comment Caz! I love crossing things off the to-do list and achieving goals too! x

  5. Brigid O'Carroll Walsh on December 9, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    This sounds wonderful – and much better than a biz plan with a straight up and down accountant. I hope all that planning is successful for you. Looking forward to catching up with you and some others above on Wednesday.

    • Talina Edwards on December 10, 2013 at 2:09 pm

      Thanks Brigid – it’s much more of business-planning from a woman’s perspective, not the traditional patriarchal model. See you at lunch x

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