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Real Talk with Tian

Real Talk With Tian, hosted by Tian Connaughton of TianConnaughton.com and the creator of Pattern Partnership, is a podcast about the realities of living a creative life. I am a business-woman currently making a living as a designer, tech editor, course creator, and author. This podcast is for designers, makers, artists, and creative. In each episode, I will share tips, advice, insights, and things I’ve learned the hard way so you don’t have to.So join Tian with the real talk on Thursdays. Don’t forget to subscribe so you never miss an episode!Website: https://www.tianconnaughton.com/

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PGME Student Spotlight - Interview with Jessica Clement

Welcome to this bonus episode of the Real Talk with Tian podcast, where we’re talking to Jessica Clement. We get into her journey from academia to knitwear design, and why Pattern Grading Made Easy, the course has been so valuable in getting her to the next level in her design journey. Stay tuned. Real talk starts now. COURSES Tian Connaughton - Courses Pattern Grading Made Easy: How to grade like a pro! Live course with community and weekly Q+A - Pattern Grading Made Easy (live) Self-study at your own pace - Pattern Grading Made Easy (self-study) One-on-one Coaching with Tian Tian Connaughton - Coaching Website: TianConnaughton.com Instagram: @TianConnaughton

38mins

17 Mar 2020

Rank #1

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S2 E10 - How to navigate running a creative business during the COVID-19 pandemic

Welcome to episode 10, Season 2 finale of the Real Talk with Tian podcast. In this episode, I’m sharing 5 practical tips for maintaining and even scaling and growing your creative business during these uncertain times...and beyond.  We didn’t see this coming. When I started planning season 2 of this podcast back in late 2019, I had planned to end the season another way, completely different. Maybe it will be a bonus episode later or in the next season. But with the pandemic and these stay at home orders, we are all facing uncertainties in our lives and in our business. In life, like you, we’re all just doing the best we can. But in business, we can do so much. So, in this episode, I want to share with you some strategies for how you can navigate running your creative business during the COVID-19 pandemic.  BOOKS: Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to tell your story in a noisy world by Gary Vaynerchuk Unlock Your Inner Designer: How to start designing Pattern Launch Plan: Sell more patterns consistently without being sleazy COURSES Tian Connaughton - Courses Pattern Grading Made Easy: How to grade like a pro! (self-study) - Pattern Grading Made Easy (self-study) One-on-one Coaching with Tian Tian Connaughton - Coaching Website: TianConnaughton.com Instagram: @TianConnaughton

17mins

16 Apr 2020

Rank #2

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S2 E9 - Interview with Dominique Trad

I have a pretty good idea of what it's like stitching and designing in the US. But what is it like around the world? I have questions! So, today I'm talking to Dom Trad, a knitwear designer located in Australia, about her journey.  This conversation gets really deep and touches on a lot of great topics. It's one to not miss. Stay tuned. Real talk starts now. Find Dominique Trad on: Ravelry: https://www.ravelry.com/designers/dominique-trad Ravelry Group: https://www.ravelry.com/groups/domknit Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dominiquetrad/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DominiqueTradDesigner COURSES Tian Connaughton - Courses Pattern Grading Made Easy: How to grade like a pro! (self-study) - Pattern Grading Made Easy (self-study) bit.ly/patterngradingselfstudy One-on-one Coaching with Tian Tian Connaughton - Coaching Website: TianConnaughton.com Instagram: @TianConnaughton

1hr 3mins

9 Apr 2020

Rank #3

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S2 E8 - Diversifying your income during times of uncertainty

So, how are you? Seriously, how are you? I wasn’t sure if I was going to do an episode this week or skip it in light of all that’s happening. There is so much uncertainty, I didn’t want to add to the noise. But in the end, I decided to record this episode because maybe you're feeling unsure about your business and if it will survive. You’re wondering if you should still be selling... is that even appropriate.  These are unprecedented times. There are so many uncertainties with full-time jobs, schools, let alone a fledgling business. But this is the perfect time to be of value to your community. This is the perfect time to go out and serve the heck out of your community. Now is the time to start focusing on what you can control and that is how you show up in the world for yourself, your family, your audience. In this episode, I’m sharing some actionable steps you can take right now to reclaim control. Stay tuned. Real talk starts now. COURSES Tian Connaughton - Courses Pattern Grading Made Easy: How to grade like a pro! (self-study) - Pattern Grading Made Easy (self-study) bit.ly/patterngradingselfstudy One-on-one Coaching with Tian Tian Connaughton - Coaching Website: TianConnaughton.com Instagram: @TianConnaughton

8mins

2 Apr 2020

Rank #4

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S2 E7 - Interview with Ana Campos

For a lot of us, running a yarn store seems like glamour, right? And I'm raising my hands because I'm one of those people that as soon as I started crocheting and knitting, I was ready to open a yarn store where I'd play with yarn all day... but I have a feeling that that's not the reality of owning and running a yarn store. Today, we're having a chat with Ana Campos of Circle of Stitches in Salem, MA and the dyer behind Toil of Trouble. Ana shares her behind the scene, the real tea of running a brick and mortar yarn store. Stay tuned. Real talk starts now! Ana Campos Circle of Stitches Fiber-Retreat BOOKS MENTIONED Macunaima by Mario de Andrade Power of the Witch by Laurie Cabot COURSES Tian Connaughton - Courses Pattern Grading Made Easy: How to grade like a pro! (self-study) - Pattern Grading Made Easy (self-study) One-on-one Coaching with Tian Tian Connaughton - Coaching Website: TianConnaughton.com Instagram: @TianConnaughton

45mins

26 Mar 2020

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S2 E6 - Are you ready to be featured?

Folks want to get featured, get highlighted in magazines, podcasts, and social media. I get it! This might be you, but are you ready? Do you have a strong foundation in place in your business to handle all the new traffic and eyeballs that will be coming at you? In this episode, we’re gonna break it all down about all the things you need in place before you get featured. So grab your tea. Real talk starts now. Get the resource: BUILDING BLOCK METHOD 3-Easy Steps To Maximize Your Exposure COURSES Tian Connaughton - Courses Pattern Grading Made Easy: How to grade like a pro! (self-study) - Pattern Grading Made Easy (self-study) bit.ly/patterngradingselfstudy One-on-one Coaching with Tian Tian Connaughton - Coaching Website: TianConnaughton.com Instagram: @TianConnaughton

17mins

19 Mar 2020

Rank #6

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PGME Spotlight - Interview with Bug of Knitcircus Yarns

When I launched, Pattern Grading Made Easy in the fall of 2019, I had no idea, couldn’t have imagined what the course would have become… the knitters, crocheters, tech editors, designers I’d meet… and the supporters who’s reached out. In this bonus episode, I’m talking to Bug, the owner of Knitcircus Yarn, her mission of supporting women, and her giving back to the community by sponsoring a spot in PGME. If you want to hear about her journey to becoming a yarn store owner as a new knitter, her commitment to helping further size-inclusivity, how you can request yarn support for your next design, AND get a sweet coupon code good until April 20, 2020. Stay tuned. Real talk starts now!

39mins

17 Mar 2020

Rank #7

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PGME Student Spotlight - Interview with Marielle Zatar

In this special bonus episode of the Real Talk with Tian podcast, I’m talking with a very special guest, Marielle Zatar. In this conversation, we get into her design journey and being a knitting teacher in the Middle East, then we jump into why she joined Pattern Grading Made Easy, her results from the 4-week course, and making the investment in her business. Stay tuned. Real talk starts now. COURSES Tian Connaughton - Courses Pattern Grading Made Easy: How to grade like a pro! Live course with community and weekly Q+A - Pattern Grading Made Easy (live) Self-study at your own pace - Pattern Grading Made Easy (self-study) One-on-one Coaching with Tian Tian Connaughton - Coaching Website: TianConnaughton.com Instagram: @TianConnaughton

18mins

17 Mar 2020

Rank #8

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PGME Student Spotlight - Interview with Rachael Reese

Hey there, Tian here. I am so excited to share with you this bonus episode of the Real Talk with Tian podcast. We’re talking with Rachael Reese about her journey as a homeschooling mama and knitwear designer, and how the course, Pattern Grading Made Easy has given her her time back, from grading a hat pattern taking her a week to now just a few hours. Keep listening. Real talk starts now. COURSES Tian Connaughton - Courses Pattern Grading Made Easy: How to grade like a pro! Live course with community and weekly Q+A - Pattern Grading Made Easy (live) Self-study at your own pace - Pattern Grading Made Easy (self-study) One-on-one Coaching with Tian Tian Connaughton - Coaching Website: TianConnaughton.com Instagram: @TianConnaughton

27mins

17 Mar 2020

Rank #9

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S2 E5 - Interview with Francoise Danoy

Designing and running a business can start in the most unexpected ways. Sometimes it’s not wanting to follow other’s instructions or maybe it’s a rejection or two that’s led you in a totally different direction than you’d imagined. While your path might be completely different, I want to share with you an amazing designer and coach who’s created her own space in her industry. Stay tuned. Real talk starts now! COURSES Tian Connaughton - Courses Pattern Grading Made Easy: How to grade like a pro! (self-study) - Pattern Grading Made Easy (self-study) bit.ly/patterngradingselfstudy One-on-one Coaching with Tian Tian Connaughton - Coaching Website: TianConnaughton.com Instagram: @TianConnaughton You can find Francoise Danoy: Website: https://www.arohaknits.com/ Instagram: @arohaknits  Book mentioned You were born for this by Chani Nicholas 

29mins

12 Mar 2020

Rank #10

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S2 E4 - Saying Yes

There is a time and place for saying yes and in this episode, I’m talking about saying yes to opportunities and my year of yes. A lot of great things came from that year, but I also lost a lot as well and today I’m sharing my experience and all I learned like finding boundaries. Stay tuned, real talk starts now. Need help taking that next step? Need clarity on your message to attract your ideal customer? Get the support you need to reach your creative goals.  BOOK Year of Yes by Shondra Rhimes COURSES Tian Connaughton - Courses Pattern Grading Made Easy: How to grade like a pro! (self-study) - Pattern Grading Made Easy (self-study) bit.ly/patterngradingselfstudy One-on-one Coaching with Tian Tian Connaughton - Coaching Website: TianConnaughton.com Instagram: @TianConnaughton

10mins

5 Mar 2020

Rank #11

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S2 E3 - Interview with Rebecca McKenzie

What is the next step on the fiber journey for an obsessed knitter? For many, stitching is enough. Then there are those who want to take the craft to the next level, which is designing. When it comes to designing, there’s a lot to consider. There are many questions. So today, we are talking to an amazing knitwear designer who is really making a big splash in the industry, and today, we’re going to learn about her journey. Real talk starts now! Need help taking that next step? Need clarity on your message to attract your ideal customer? Get the support you need to reach your creative goals. COURSES Tian Connaughton - Courses Pattern Grading Made Easy: How to grade like a pro! (self-study) - Pattern Grading Made Easy (self-study) bit.ly/patterngradingselfstudy One-on-one Coaching with Tian Tian Connaughton - Coaching Website: TianConnaughton.com Instagram: @TianConnaughton Rebecca McKenzie  https://www.ravelry.com/designers/rebecca-mckenzie Instagram @Raginpurlwind Books The girl on the bridge by James Hayman Nerds in shining armor by Vicki Lewis Thompson Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman

45mins

27 Feb 2020

Rank #12

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S2 E2 - How to recover from a failed launch

Today's real talk is about marketing and promotion for creative business owners. Yes, we're tackling the question I've been getting a lot lately from markers, creatives, and designers just like you. And that question is, 'I'm marketing like mad and I'm still not getting any positive results. What am I doing wrong?' If this is a question you have, stay tuned. Real talk with Tian starts now! Need help taking that next step? Need clarity on your message to attract your ideal customer? Get the support you need to reach your creative goals. COURSES Tian Connaughton - Courses Pattern Grading Made Easy: How to grade like a pro! (self-study) - Pattern Grading Made Easy (self-study) bit.ly/patterngradingselfstudy One-on-one Coaching with Tian Tian Connaughton - Coaching Website: TianConnaughton.com Instagram: @TianConnaughton

19mins

20 Feb 2020

Rank #13

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S2 E1 - Interview with Sunne Meyer

In this episode, we’re talking to Sunne Meyer about her creative journey, working with Bluprint, and how Bluprint is working to support independent designers and makers. Want to learn how you can work with Bluprint to get kits created for your knit and crochet designs? Keep listening. Bluprint website Find Sunne Meyer Instagram @Sunnelite  BOOKS Thread of Life: A History of the World Through the Eye of a Needle by Clare Hunter The Art of Gathering by Priya Parker Need help taking that next step? Need clarity on your message to attract your ideal customer? Get the support you need to reach your creative goals. COURSES Tian Connaughton - Courses Pattern Grading Made Easy (self-study) COACHING Tian Connaughton - Coaching Website: TianConnaughton.com Instagram: @TianConnaughton

33mins

13 Feb 2020

Rank #14

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S1 E10 - Q+A

In this episode, I’m answering your questions, about failures, how to land clients, biggest lessons learned. Before signing off for Season 1, I just want to remind you that you don’t have to feel confident to start. You just have to be brave. Don’t forget to subscribe to be notified when Season 2 is ready, starting in Fall 2019. I hope you were able to take away something from this episode and this season. If anything I talked in this episode resonated with you, reach out on Instagram (@KnitDesigns by Tian) and leave a comment in the post for this episode.  To book a one-on-one coaching session, go to TianConnaughton.com/coaching Copies of my books can be found here>>> TianConnaughton.com/books Unlock Your Inner Designer: How to start designing Pattern Launch Plan: Sell more patterns consistently without being sleazy Did you enjoy this episode? Rate, review, hit subscribe and share with 5 of your crafty friends that you think need to hear this. I can’t wait to talk to you again soon. Bye for now.

42mins

15 Aug 2019

Rank #15