Deep Dive: Coaching for creatives Podcast
In this episode, Coach Cami talks with Greg Larkin, a recovering Wall Street analyst, an author, and the CEO of Punks & Pinstripes, a private network of executives leading change. You'll hear some of Greg's unusual Wall Street stories, along with his unfiltered opinions of a very well-known pundit. For reference, this is the complete article about Greg's "evil twin" that they talk about in the beginning of the episode. Ask yourself if Greg's evil twin sounds familiar… like an over-active inner critic, perhaps?
Listen in as Coach Cami chats with fellow coach Linda Mordan, as they share: What to remember when you’re in the midst of a dumpster fire? How can you heal your inner child? What are some of the hidden gifts of being a people pleaser? What is “little-t” trauma? How are society’s expectations for men completely unfair? There are some pearls of wisdom in this episode.
In this episode, you will meet the exceptional Nihal Ahmed, founder of the Limitless Institute. Nihal talks about how growing up in India shaped him, and not in the way you might think. Coach Cami and Nihal talk about bedtime stories, the darker side of being politically correct, finding your verb, safe spaces versus brave spaces, finding joy, and more gems. There's a lot to discover in this episode
In this episode, Coach Cami chats with Jessica Best, a data-driven digital marketing strategist, speaker and perfectionist — in her words, "not the cute kind." Jessica talks about how perfectionism shows up for her, the pressures of growing up with the last name Best, and the gifts of learning something new.
The guest for this episode is the multi-talented Stephen Gates. He’s not only a creative, he’s a podcaster, a ADPList mentor (that’s how Coach Cami learned about it), a speaker, a Leo (like Cami), and a fellow enneagram 8. He recently founded CRZY, an independent studio helping companies find new vision and purpose. Stephen has had several very successful gigs as a global design leader for some world-class organizations, from which he very publicly announced being laid off, and not for the first time. His journey has been a fascinating one to witness, and cheer on. The conversation begins with his journey, delves into doubt and imposter syndrome, and meanders through recharging your creative batteries, trust and more.
In this episode, Coach Cami introduces you to ethnographic researcher, Karen Faith. Their discussion delves into empathy (and how it’s quite different from sympathy or compassion), and listening. It's such a buzzword; we all know what it is, but what does it mean to employ it as a practice? Karen is also a TEDx speaker (check out her talk after you listen to this episode), a strategist, and the founder of Others Unlimited.
In this episode, Coach Cami chats with certified high-performance coach, writer, health junkie, the sparkly Kimberly Spencer. The through line in the conversation is being a disruptor. It starts with the concepts of blame and apathy, and moves to the experience of being an enneagram 8, curiosity as a superpower, and the idea of crowning yourself.
In this episode, meet Hannah Austin, an entrepreneur, a coach and podcaster. Hannah and Coach Cami go deep and talk about burn out. Women and professionals all over the world are struggling with fatigue and exhaustion - but it doesn’t have to be this way. What are some of the warning signs and symptoms of burnout? Learn what you can do to begin to heal from burnout, and how to be a better leader — of yourself and others. Get ready for a great conversation!
In this episode, Coach Cami chats about fulfillment with Diana Patel, a speaker, an executive coach, and an entrepreneur. Diana founded Resonant, where she helps leaders cultivate fulfillment in their current roles. She’s also a strategic development partner at Continuing Education Productions where she helps sustain cohesive, high-performance organizations through employee training.
It’s not often that fulfillment and leadership exist together, and Diana is working to change that.
It’s not often that fulfillment and leadership exist together, and Diana is working to change that.
In this episode, Coach Cami chats with Corrie Legge, an actor, voiceover artist and creative coach. Corrie is also a proof positive of how to be successful artist, entrepreneur, and mother—doing it all simultaneously. Corries explains how important creativity is to her overall wellbeing and success. If you’ve ever wondered if you could start a family and a business at the same time, Corrie can help you learn how to stay sane and creative while accomplishing both. Check out the accountability community for creatives that she created, called Your Creative Life.
The story of this episode's guest, Kellan Fluckiger, is so unbelievable that you'll need to hear it directly from him. Kellan went from extremely successful but deeply depressed businessman with some serious addiction problems, to being on a mission to help millions of people reach their ultimate life.
Listen in as Coach Cami gets to know the fascinating Dr. Robyn Odegaard, a former competitive beach volleyball player turned high-performance psychologist, author and coach. They chat about what can happen when you stop listening to your gut feelings (aka “gut knowing”), the act and art of listening, things we wish we had known, and more. You'll enjoy this deep conversation with Dr. Robyn.
In this episode, Coach Cami chats with speaker, business strategist and fellow coach Brian Bogert. Together, they unpack the complex concept of "embracing pain to avoid suffering," and what it can mean for your long term health and peace of mind. They also talk about how—and why—you need to set "bookends" on your goals, and about Brian's amazing story of transformation after losing his arm in a parking lot.
In this episode, Coach Cami chats with her guest, award-winning writer, speaker and fellow creative Terri Trespicio, about the creative process and how we somehow always manage to beat ourselves up inside it. Learn ways to tame that nagging inner critic, what it means to become a sovereign person and to own all your choices, among other things. An expert on not following your passion, Terri’s TEDx talk, Stop Searching for Your Passion, has recently surpassed 7 million views, and her upcoming book, Unfollow Your Passion, gives countless examples of why “follow your passion” is just plain bad advice.
In this episode, Coach Cami and her guest, Jarrell Alvarez, discuss during an ADPList group call some great networking ideas and tips. Jarell is a product designer at Copperleaf Technologies, a freelance writer at Medium, a fellow volunteer mentor at ADPList, founder of the community called Vancouver Design Check-in, and has recently started a small coaching business. Together they discuss how unnerving it can be to meet new people and try to talk about yourself without bragging or selling yourself short. And what happens when someone ignores your honest questions or rejects your vulnerability? Where do you find the confidence to be authentic, and still make progress?
In this episode, Coach Cami explores the role of play as a strategic tool for better problem solving. Think play is something that should be reserved for after work, or for weekends with friends? Think again! My guest is Ben Warsinske, a certified LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® Facilitator, who works with leaders and their teams to engage, enrich, energize, and empower company culture transformation through play. He’s great at using play to unlock and unblock creativity.
In this episode, Coach Cami chats with her coach and mentor, the renowned Peleg Top. The conversation is all about self love: what it is, what it isn't, and some very practical applications that you can use starting now. Peleg also shares his "Nine Ways of Being" that can help you picture how self love can operate in your life.
In this episode, Coach Cami dives into the topic of your inner critic. Are you constantly nagging or berating yourself for what you should do, or what you haven’t done? It just might be your inner critic! We all have one, but it can sometimes be hard to recognize it… much less make it work for you instead of against you. This session will provide strategies you can use to identify your critical inner voice and turn it from your enemy to your creative ally. This episode was recorded during an ADPList group session with attendees from all over the world.
In this episode, Coach Cami chats with Paula Blackmore-White about having those difficult conversations, whether they be about inclusivity and ally-ship, or the crucial topic of making your needs known. Paula is the Manager of People Development at Benevity, and is reimagining what leadership development looks like. Paula’s path included coaching high-performance athletes and developing national-level coaches for both Canada and the US, as well as leadership development roles at lululemon and Apple. Her purpose now is to spark a-ha moments.
In this episode, Coach Cami chats with agency owner, fellow good juju spreader, and podcaster, Justin Ahrens. Justin is a force for good in the world, and as the founder of Rule29, an agency just outside of Chicago, he has relied on good juju for smart business decisions. Their discussion explores how good juju can be incorporated into a business setting, and what it can do for—and mean to—a business. They go deep and get vulnerable.
In this episode, Coach Cami and her guest, career strategist and host of the Future Proof podcast, Valerie Zaric, talk through a variety of subjects centered around what it means to future-proof yourself and your career. They talk about the benefits and challenges of freelancing, your relationship with money (a can of worms!), what it means to be vulnerable, and much more.
This episode was recorded during a live online webinar with ADPList called "Intentionality for Creatives," with participants joining from all around the world. Coach Cami and her guests, Product Design Manager Irina Belova, along with UX Designer and webinar chat-keeper, Jarell Alvarez, explore intentionality, and what that means for anyone in a creative role. Are you the driver in your life, or are you just along for the ride? From how you approach your day, to how you format your portfolio, to how you plan your career, intentionality plays a huge role. But how intentional are you actually being? Learn methods to put to use right away in creating, then living, the life you want.
This episode was recorded during a ADPList group session, "Showing Up How You Are" with participants joining in from around the world. Coach Cami and guest Damon Brown discuss what it means to show up as you are, and how bring your full self to maximize your potential. Damon was a co-founder of the platonic connection app Cudlr, as is currently an author, an entrepreneur, and a coach. Listen in and discover what it means to be fully present, how you can impact the world from where you are now, and what resources you already have and may not even be aware of.
This episode was recorded during a live online workshop Coach Cami led with ADPList participants from all around the world. Join Coach Cami and her guest, recovering perfectionist and fellow mindset coach Keri Clarke as they explore myths of perfectionism. Is there such a thing as "healthy perfectionism"? Can it drive you to be more successful? Is perfect even attainable? What's the difference between perfectionism and healthy striving? Attendees will learn to recognize the symptoms, the costs, and the source of perfectionism, and learn ways to overcome this self-limiting, all-or-nothing belief that anything less than perfect is unacceptable.
In this episode, Cami and her guest, entrepreneur and self-proclaimed nerd, Kylie Woods, explore the idea of leadership and what it means to be a leader—even if you have no one reporting to you. Kylie is the founder (and leader) of Chic Geek, a non-profit that's building gender diversity in technology, and has grown to be a community of over 10,000 women and allies in technology. Learn from Kylie ways you can explore becoming a leader in your own life.
This episode was recorded during a live online workshop Coach Cami led with ADPList participants from all around the world. Join Cami and her guest, fellow coach and creative, meditation instructor and ordained Tibetan Buddhist, Ericson Proper, as they dive into the subject of your inner critic. What is your inner critic, and how can you change that critical inner voice from your enemy to your creative ally? You will learn to identify that critical inner voice, identify self-limiting stories, and learn a powerful meditation technique to help transform that inner voice your creative ally. Get comfy, grab some paper and something to write with, and prepare to dive deep.
In episode 3, join Coach Cami and her guest Sonya Reece as they tackle dealing with imposter syndrome—something all creatives face. You'll learn how to reframe the thoughts that come creeping in unwanted, discover tips for silencing the gremlins, and create new thoughts to help you see what a creative powerhouse you can be (and probably already have been)!
This episode was recorded during a live online workshop Coach Cami led with ADPList participants from all around the world. In this episode, Coach Cami covers setting and reaching your goals. You'll gain perspective on your day-to-day behaviors that might be hindering you; clarify and solidify your goals with that new perspective; and use some imaginative interview techniques to help you create your future self. Combined with the techniques taught in the last half of episode 1, you'll be obtaining your goals in no time!
This brief episode is all about the enneagram, and is perfect if you've never heard of it. Have a listen and learn how this interesting personality test helps you learn a bit more about yourself, and your defaults. Discover how it relates to Winnie the Pooh in the Hundred Acre Wood, and where you might fit in.
This episode was recorded during a live online workshop Coach Cami led with ADPList participants from all around the world. Discover and put in writing what your big, juicy life goals are. Gain perspective on what you've accomplished thus far, map out baby steps for progress toward your goals, and grow confidence for the future. Get comfy, grab some paper and something to write with, and prepare to dive deep.
Cami Travis-Groves shares with us her life journey, what she experienced and what she has overcome. She asks us to share our fears by using very specific language, in different mediums, and in different ways. To then check with different parts of our body to respond to those fears and move forward with another perspective.
As software developers, what can we do to understand our emotions? Does coaching help, and how much does "self-help" actually matter in the workplace to maximize our workplace efficiency? Cami Travis-Groves, a former graphic designer, and now life coach, shares with us her steps to understanding and making sense of difficult emotions in and outside of the workplace.
Imposter syndrome is loosely defined as doubting your abilities and feeling like a fraud. It disproportionately affects high-achieving people, who find it difficult to accept their accomplishments. Many questions whether they’re deserving of accolades. "I'm a fraud, and it's just a matter of time before everyone finds out." Do you ever feel this way? Most creative folks experience doubt and unworthiness at some point. But when your accomplishments result from your knowledge and hard work, yet you feel inadequate, you might suffer from impostor syndrome. How will this session help? - You will be able to identify self-limiting stories that are at the root of imposter syndrome, - You'll learn which inner voice can be trusted and which to ignore, - You'll learn ways to overcome imposter syndrome every time it comes up There are ways to curb these feelings in a healthy, proactive way. And we have Coach Cami to walk us out of this maze.
This event was a proud collaboration between Chic Geek and Calgary UX in celebration of International Women’s Day, a global call to action for gender parity. Chic Geek exists to build gender diversity in technology and Calgary UX is committed to building a diverse design community across all disciplines and industries. This year’s International Women’s Day theme is #ChoosetoChallenge. It’s about making the choice to call out gender bias and inequality. It takes courage, honesty and open-mindedness to do this - skills we also need as designers and human beings. We’ve curated a powerhouse panel to explore how we can achieve candid conversation in design and our relationships. As designers, we’re constantly receiving constructive feedback and giving it. Sometimes it’s really hard. Similarly, in our personal lives, we need to give and receive feedback from people we care about. We’ll explore mindset, emotional resilience, and approaches to conversation that will help you be successful in navigating vulnerable conversations.
In this episode, we learn about inner work for creatives. We all have stories about what is available to us. Most of these stories are based on what we experience early in life. Cami describes her early lessons of cousins and others having limited options, being a waitress and having kids early with no real options. Her own awakening happened as she read a book “Illusions,” which opened her to the reality that life is the creation of our intentions and effort. After this awakening, she chose love over the obvious and embarked on a creative career as a graphic designer, and then a coach helping other creatives look inside and find inner guidance and the courage to create their own vision. Always asking “What If?”
Are you a creative struggling to unleash your creativity? Are you battling with your inner critic? Do you want to move past the “not enough” stories and doubts? Are you ready to claim your most creative and impactful self? Our special guest Cami Travis-Groves answers these and other questions about the inner work of life and leadership.
How do you define "good work"? And what does it really mean to "wear many hats"? The answer to these and many more questions are in this episode of Clients From Hell.
As freelancers, dealing with the ongoing and unknown impacts of Covid-19 is no easy feat. Why do some people seem crushed by the stress of what’s happening, and some people seem unfazed? Is there a sustainable antidote to anxiety? How do you even get through the week, let alone make plans to grow your business? Come take a deep breath, and learn some serious tools for staying sane and relaxed, coping with this level of upheaval and change, and where your business can fit in what’s going to be “the new normal” when The Great Pause is over.
In this 45-minute workshop, Coach Cami will guide you through her detailed formula for pricing your services. You’ll determine the minimum you need to charge to survive, and how to ask for the maximum of what you’re worth, and everything in between — including how and when to negotiate.