Step Up Create

Lead your creative life

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The Step Up Create Podcast

This is a podcast for people of all creative persuasions, whether your inspiration comes from designing businesses painting pictures or watching Netflix, we’ll be discussing issues through honest open conversations, and hopefully having some fun doing it.

E13 - Tapping the creative volcano with Cyril Moulin Fournier

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E13 - Tapping the creative volcano with Cyril Moulin Fournier
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In this extra creative life episode, Katie speaks with Cyril Moulin Fournier, who uses his learnings from being abducted by Boko Haram to demonstrate how to unlock the human potential to face adversity and uncertainty.

E12 - Creative Book Club "Against Creativity" by Ali Mould

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E12 - Creative Book Club "Against Creativity" by Ali Mould
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This month our Creative Book Club reads “Against Creativity” by Ali Mould. This was a book we choose because it seemed to have such a different approach to most creativity books, and it did not disappoint. Whether or not you agree with the key message of the book, you will find ideas that will make you question your own role in the so-called Creative Class.

E11 - The creative adventure with Toby Carr

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E11 - The creative adventure with Toby Carr
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This week Katie talks with her brother Toby about his creative life so far. Toby takes us on his journey through sea kayaking the shipping forecast, using his persuasion skills to go to a seal sanctuary in the dark, climbing trees in Rutland, his professional creative experience in architecture and teaching and more. We delve into how to live a creative life, what a creative process looks like and how creativity can feed your soul.

E10 - The healing power of stories and writing

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E10 - The healing power of stories and writing
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This time we’ve added a feedback element after our stories so you’ll hear about the importance of careful, succinct characterization at the beginning of the story; developing connection with the audience by focusing on those who might find it easier to empathize and the need for a clear inflection point or pivot in the story.

E09 - How to live creatively (without necessarily creating)

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E09 - How to live creatively (without necessarily creating)
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Katie Annice Carr delves into the mindset needed to take life with a pinch of creativity, connecting ideas from The Leadership Circle, Carol Dweck, Gestalt Therapy and more. This is far from a definitive guide, it’s designed to make you think about what a creative approach to life might look like for you.

E08 - How to create your ideal job with Carole Viaene

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E08 - How to create your ideal job with Carole Viaene
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In this month’s Creative Life episode, Katie Annice Carr speaks with recent author, coach and career activist, Carole Viaene about how to create your ideal job, whether you want to hone the one you have or find a new one. We talk sustainability, health and limiting beliefs.

E07 - Creative Book Club "Messy" by Tim Hartford

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E07 - Creative Book Club "Messy" by Tim Hartford
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This month our Creative Book Club reads “Messy: How to be creative and resilient in a tidy-minded world” by Tim Hartford. In this episode Katie pick out the many ideas in the book that made her think and shares both the ideas and their impact on her. It is more of a word association game than a book review.

E06 - Jest: Humour in Storytelling & Business

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E06 - Jest: Humour in Storytelling & Business
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This week we’re talking about humour in business and storytelling while also trying out our own stories inspired by the word “Jest”. What role does humour play in professional relationships? Why is it worth including some in your professional interactions and how might you go about doing that?

E05 - Dealing with frustration in a creative process

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E05 - Dealing with frustration in a creative process
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While dealing with a big creative frustration of our own, we thought we’d talk about frustration and the creative process. It’s inevitable that we become frustrated at some point in a creative process. So, why do we need it? How can we deal with it? And how does it help us to develop new and better ideas?

E04 - The Joy of Creativity

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E04 - The Joy of Creativity
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This week we chat with Naila Qalqili, Art Therapist and Coach, Joy and Kindness Expert, Director of the Laughter Therapy School of Barcelona. We talk about the pleasure of losing yourself in creativity, giving yourself permission to be wrong and the importance of making room for joy.

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About the show

This is a podcast for people of all creative persuasions, whether your inspiration comes from designing businesses painting pictures or watching Netflix, we’ll be discussing issues through honest open conversations, and hopefully having some fun doing it. Our aim is to inspire you to lead your life and your business with creativity and play.

We’ve got four different types of episodes for you to look forward to. There are solo episodes where I’ll look at one aspect of creativity, and leading your creative life, there are guest episodes where I’ll be interviewing and normal person leading a creative life, there are find and raise your voice episodes with me and Vishal Thacker, about the importance and challenges of telling our own stories. And there’s a monthly book club episode, where we’ll focus on one book and examine the content and issues it raises.

Meet the Hosts

Creativity School

Katie Annice Carr

Artist, certified coach, seasoned facilitator and business school lecturer, I’ve long had one foot in the business world and the other in the arts I help clients around the world harness the power of the expressive arts for their life and business.

Vishal Thacker

I help founders, entrepreneurs and young startups be a positive force of change to the collective, through the power of their stories. I also help future leaders define how they will participate in the system.