Personal success tips from C hoch 3 trainers
Until 9 November, it is again possible to network at C hoch 3, the free creative industry coaching service of the Creative Industries Austria. We have selected four trainers according to their personal tips for
Creative workers in demand.
The C hoch 3 Creative Industries Coaching is intended to offer creative professionals the opportunity to learn from one another, to further develop their business models, and to enter into professional cooperations. This is to be achieved through mutual exchange and with the support of experienced trainers. "C hoch 3 is not a classic course with fixed lectures. What is important is the exchange with other entrepreneurs and individual support," explains Michaela Binder, one of the C hoch 3 trainers. During the training, the participants decide for themselves which topics they want to discuss and which know-how they want to share in the group. This involves both business management and legal or personal questions. For each group and federal state, 20 selected creative professionals have the opportunity to participate in six workshop days and some meetings in small groups over a period of several months, during which cooperation projects can be developed. Interested parties can apply here until 9 November. We have asked four trainers to introduce themselves and give some tips and tricks for making progress in the creative industries.
Tip: Still on the right track?
Very important is the exchange with other people and feedback on one's own business model and entrepreneurial personality. Peer-to-peer training, i.e. learning from each other, has great added value. The disease of all creative entrepreneurs is that you always question yourself. Individual entrepreneurs often lack partners with whom they can discuss whether they are still on the right track and whether certain ideas should be pursued further. A view from outside often helps here.
Michaela Binder completed the C hoch 3 coaching herself three years ago and now works in the field of communications consulting. She is also well networked in Salzburg as a self-employed person. As a final project at C hoch 3, she developed a network for creative people in Salzburg.
Tip: Business management skills are important
Do you master the most important business management tools? Because there is a great need to catch up on these basic skills. I don't just mean hourly rate calculation, because that doesn't help many creative people, such as fashion designers. Do you know exactly which services/projects/products make money and where money needs to be added? Do you know how certain measures, such as price reductions, affect your results? Can you translate your corporate strategy into concrete results and action plans? Can you depict scenarios so that you can get a feel for the effects on your business? If you can answer these four questions clearly with yes, then you are well positioned.
Tip: Going Offline
Turn off Facebook and your mobile phone consciously and regularly. Leave your desk and go out into the fresh air. The subconscious is much more effective than the conscious mind at solving problems and finding ideas.
Paul Sintinger is an independent coach and offers stress and strain coaching, accident coaching, coaching for managers and employees, company health management as well as lectures and workshops on the topic of stress management. At C to the power of 3, he is enthusiastic about the possibility of accompanying creative people in their efforts to be successful with their entrepreneurial personality and ideas.
Tip: You'll be all right? Business relationships and cooperations must be cultivated.
When projects run unevenly, cooperation with cooperation partners and clients becomes more and more difficult and the unwillingness to work is greater than the desire, then it is time to pause and reflect. Points of conflict must be addressed, relationships should be formed with as much dedication as the creative works.
Tip: Self & all the time?
This should be more of a warning than a motto. Health and balance between the areas of life are an important basis for a successful company. If you don't have holidays, weekends and evenings off, you are doing something wrong. Perhaps the hourly rate is then too low or the cost of living is too high. A good calculation is the basis for a successful and at the same time not overtaxing entrepreneurship.
Marie-Theres Zirm is a trainer and expert with a focus on cooperation, development of the entrepreneurial personality, sharpening of business ideas as well as coaching and support of founders. With her agency cardamom she advises companies, in 2007 she developed the coaching approach C hoch 3 together with her husband Christian Heuegger-Zirm. Since 2008 she has been active as a C hoch 3 trainer in several federal states and she is also the Austria-wide network representative.
Tip: Being worth something (to yourself) - knowing your own value
Selling one's own creative output is a great challenge for many creative entrepreneurs. It requires a self-confident and clear appearance towards customers and cooperation partners. This includes knowing what your creative work is worth and what I am asking for in return. To do this you also need to know what you can and cannot do. For creative entrepreneurs this means being able to remain true to themselves and their own values.
Tip: Invest in the development and maintenance of your own network
Many creative entrepreneurs are lone fighters and often reach their limits due to limited time and creative resources. Larger and more complex assignments cannot be handled alone. A functioning network with other creative companies opens up assignments and opportunities that could never be handled alone. A network can also have the advantage that I can be called upon for projects and assignments that I do not have to acquire myself.
Gabriele Adelsberger is founder and managing director of the agency Die Beraterinnen, based in Innsbruck, where she offers management consulting, consulting and supervision of teams, coaching of executives as well as coaching and consulting for self-employed people.
You are creative, eager for knowledge, independent or would like to become independent? You want to develop yourself and your network? Then apply now until November 9 here for the creative industry coaching C hoch 3 of the Creative Industries Austrialearn from other participants, get tips from experienced trainers and become part of the creative industries network!