Creator'S Block

    • "What Does a Designer Career Path Look Like?" (Creator's Block, Ep. 60)

      While I was out last week on vacation, Marcella and Jessie-Lee brought in a special, in-house guest -- IMPACT designer Joe Rinaldi -- to talk about a designer-specific challenge. But first, a little background. A few episodes ago, we chatted about the pressure to be creative and what that means to each of us at an individual level.

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    • "Complaining About Clients & Playing the Victim" (Creator's Block, Ep. 61)

      Last week, while I was in the office, I remember saying to someone as a joke, "Our jobs would be perfect if it weren’t for clients, am I right?" We were feeling a little stressed, and we had a good laugh about it. But later on, I regretted saying it -- even though it was said in jest. This may make me sound like Pollyanna, but while I think venting is healthy, especially in a ...

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    • "Even Workplace Gladiators Need Naps, a Minisode" (Creator's Block, Ep. 59)

      Week after week, Marcella, Jessie-Lee, and I talk about topics that help us work smarter and create better. This, however, is not one of those weeks. Last Friday, while having lunch with Kathleen and Jessie-Lee, I got in trouble. You see, at the time, I was about to go on vacation, and I let it slip that I had planned to edit this podcast while I was on a plane to Paris.

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  • "Our Greatest Hits on Collaboration & Feedback" (Creator's Block Podcast)

    … This week, Jessie-Lee, Marcella, and I are deep in the weeds with projects, so we will be back next week with a new espisode. However, we're not going to leave you empty-handed today. Instead, since we're all neck-deep in collaborative internal and client projects, we're going to share with you our 3 favorite episodes that have to do…

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  • "Male vs. Female Leadership Expectations" (Creator's Block, Ep. 58)

    … They Ask, You Answer by Marcus Sheridan IMPACT Website Throwdown Battle of the Sexes: Male vs. Female Leadership We Want to Hear from You! First, subscribe to Creator's Block on Apple Podcasts. Second, have a question or an idea for a future episode of the podcast? Let us know! Creator's Block: Twitter, Instagram Jessie-Lee: Twitter, Instagram Marcella: Twitter, Instagram Liz: Twitter, Instagram Chris: Twitter, LinkedIn Or, you can leave us a comment below! Until next week... …

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  • "How to Handle Feedback You Don't Agree With" (Creator's Block, Ep. 57)

    …, let's talk about this on a different episode.” Well, today is that day. This is that "different episode." Whether we're talking about the first mockup of a website page, an initial draft of an infographic design, or a rough draft of a blog post, we've all been there. We anticipate that our work will be positively received -- or at least we'll get…

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  • "The Flawed Logic Behind Common Creativity Hacks" (Creator's Block, Ep. 56)

    … Here's the thing about being a marketing creative -- whether you're a designer, developer, or content creator. There is this constant pressure to perform. To be creative. To stay creative. To be able to spontaneously produce compelling, engaging, inspiring products for clients out of thin air and on-demand. It's great that our work has given us…

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  • "Not Your Mother's New Year's Resolutions" (Creator's Block, Ep. 55)

    … This time of year is always full of reflection. And looking back, 2017 has been an... interesting year for Jessie-Lee, Marcella, and myself. It's been full of amazing client work and big wins, as well as broken expectations and massive life changes. In short, a lot has happened. But when we scoped out our annual New Year's episode, I wanted us…

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  • "CB Book Club: Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown" (Creator's Block, Ep. 54)

    … Social scientist Brené Brown, PhD., LMSW has a way of sharing her stories and her truth, and being vulnerable that makes you feel a little less alone in the world for feeling the same way. So, when Jessie-Lee and I found out we were going to get to see her speak again at this year's INBOUND conference, as part of her promotion for her new book…

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  • "The Romantic Myth of the Morning Routine" (Creator's Block, Ep. 52)

    … Last week, I shared an article with Jessie-Lee and Marcella about morning routines. But it wasn't the usual enlightened, aspirational fare. Instead of bossing me around with a neverending to do list of how to be the most successful person of all time, it was real and it resonated with the fact that I am the farthest thing from being a morning…

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  • Creator's Block #48: Speaking Creative to Non-Creatives [Podcast]

    … For this week's episode, we were joined by a very special guest -- Vin Gaeta, IMPACT's Creative Director -- for deep dive into something we’ve touched upon before in a number of previous episodes. (Most recently, Episode #40 - When Creative Projects Go Off the Rails.) The idea of "speaking creative" to non-creatives…

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  • Creator's Block #46: 6 Terrifyingly Good (& Bad) Halloween Ads [Podcast]

    … Ah, Halloween. It's a festive holiday filled with goblins and ghouls, tricks and treats, and candy and costumes. For us IMPACTers, Halloween also brings with it a chance for us to judge brands on how well they "get in on the fun" with their advertisements. The results can be boo-tiful, but sometimes they're downright scary…

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  • Creator's Block #45 [Podcast]: Why the Word "Expert" Sucks

    … Every two weeks, Jessie-Lee, Marcella, and I meet to brainstorm ideas for the podcast. Sometimes, we come up with topics based on questions we've been asked or common challenges we've seen just doing our jobs. But then there are those times when one of us comes to the virtual table and says, "Guys, this is what I need to talk about this week…

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