Mellow Brick Road
By Robert Gerrish: Author, podcaster, presenter and work-life lover
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Mellow Brick Road is an exploration into the world of the creative entrepreneur. In each show, Robert Gerrish talks with others who are designing, creating and enjoying their lifestyle-led ventures. After starting, growing and selling Australia's largest community of very small businesses, Robert is back flying solo and committed to helping others do the same.
||CleanHow a deadline helped Jane Harper realise her dream||While Jane always had the idea she’d like to switch from journalism to being a fully fledged fiction writer, she’d never really developed plans to turn her dream into reality. That is until a deadline popped up and she decided to give it a go....||25 10 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUsing personal projects to fuel commercial work||In a rather noisy café, I chatted with Samantha Mackie about her very creative life. Sam's take on business is really interesting and perhaps reflects the transition she feels she's in.||19 10 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe strengths of good leadership||Mild mannered, Rob McKelvey spends much of his life guiding and influencing the big end of town. I love that his gentle and considered approach is in such demand and I like his take on creativity and how it's growing in his life.||3 10 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe joy of creative curiosity||Way too much about me in this episode, due largely to the absence of a guest. You can be reassured that it's a short show and with a bit of luck you'll find something interesting. Either way, don't hold back if you've any commentary or thoughts to share||20 9 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA funny approach to business||Carl Sherriff uses the power of cartoons to engage and connect with business audiences and not surprisingly, he’s an entertaining guy to hang around with. His is not the easiest concept to sell, but over the years he’s learned some good strategies.||5 9 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhen you overcome a challenge, you learn a new skill||When we confront and beat obstacles in our creative journey, we develop knowledge that can benefit others. Danielle Storey has a knack for turning her wisdom into new opportunities and sources of revenue.||23 8 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFinding your people||When Anne George uprooted and moved to Melbourne, she left her network and confidence behind. By necessity, she pushed through and used her creative storytelling skills to get things moving.||16 8 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe lock-up and leave lifestyle||Triet Trieu has 3 young children and runs his business from a van. When life gets hectic he locks the door and puts his family life first. But he has plans and they sound pretty good to me.||9 8 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThriving in multicultural Melbourne||Sumi Sivalingam moved from Malaysia to Australia with two young boys and was determined to establish a solid business. She has certainly succeeded and is loving her work.||1 8 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIt’s ok to pivot and it’s ok to stop.||The creative brain constantly whirrs, so it's inevitable we'll have new ideas and want to follow new directions. Monica Davidson sees no problem with this and nor should we.||27 7 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBattlers, failures and getting naked||In the course of whizzing around promoting my new book, I've come across a few somewhat suspect opinions regarding what it's like running your own ship. As far as I'm concerned, it's by far the most fun I've ever had (aside from other things that are...||13 7 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe art of honouring your audience||I’m forever banging on about loving your customers and yet I know I can be pretty shoddy. I forget to follow up, forget to say thank you and certainly don’t ‘over deliver’ anywhere near as much as I know I could and should. Unlike...||29 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWho gives a damn?||If there's one thing that freaks out startups of all ages, it's finding and growing a solid customer base. And while failure statistics are often exaggerated, the main cause of things heading south is an inability to flog our wares. Here are a couple...||14 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMaking a mark in the inner city||While redundancy can be traumatic for many, for some it’s a release. One such person is Ingrid Thompson. While she may not have known quite where she was headed, she had no doubt it was going to be good. Her approach to finding her path was unusual...||1 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy Mike Staniford traded a harbour view for a brick wall||After an impressive career, latterly as creative head of a global branding and design consultancy, Mike Staniford walked away. With no desire to scale to that lofty corporate position again, he loves his new life. These days he spends much of his time..||18 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"How did I end up here?"||Ah, the plaintive query of the accidental entrepreneur. The person who is at the helm of something that has evolved while they weren’t really paying attention. A common issue, let's fix it!||3 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow a great love for babies birthed a business||On a recent trip to London, I caught up with one of my lifetime besties, Pauline Crawford. A few years ago, she merged her training as a dancer and her natural talents as a teacher to start the ideal little business. Here's her story.||18 4 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLearning more about the older entrepreneur||As I warm up for the launch of this new podcast, I figured it was good to invite input from someone who has worked in this area for a while. Author and seniorpreneur advocate, Jill Weeks had some good pointers for me.||28 3 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIntroduction to the Mellow Brick Road podcast||In this brief intro I tell you a little about myself and my intention for this podcast. I really hope you subscribe to the show and that it helps you design, create and grow your own sharp, little business.||11 2 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Mellow Brick Road Rocks My Creative Mind
Starting out a small creative business myself, I'm loving the simplicity and diversity of this podcast. From artists to accountants, every guest has something to expand my knowledge.
Apart from the practical knowledge, it's the different perspectives and philosophies that are so exciting — to know that there's not one way to 'do business', but there's a whole spectrum of business people and businesses, and they can all have a place within a wider, awesome small business ecosystem.
Robert's hosting is fantastic too — all dry humour and curiosity, completely devoid of the buzz words and ego you could naturally expect from someone with his knowledge and background. I get great enjoyment from listening to Mellow Brick Road and look forward to using it as an ongoing tool for my own business, The Good Outfit.
Celebrating the lifestyle business
In a world where it feels as though to be successful in business, you're supposed to be drowning in busy-ness, it's such a breath of fresh air to listen to a podcast that celebrates the lifestyle business! Thank you!
Food for your brain and soul
I love how this podcast explores - and proves - the notion that work and business don’t have to compete with enjoyment and life. The guests show that is is possible to do meaningful work that you enjoy AND that funds your lifestyle. Always fascinating guests and a very soothing and inspirational tone. Love it!!
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