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Take Five with Susan Mumford

Susan Mumfordis a game-changer in the 21 Century art world. She’s an entrepreneur, mentor, speaker and author. While running a gallery in Soho, London, she founded theAssociation of Women Art Dealers(AWAD), a non-profit trade network with London, New York and Virtual chapters. Several years later, she started a social enterprise calledBe Smart About Art, which helps art world professionals thrive in a changing industry. The organisation’s motto is: “Art is your life. Make it your living.” In late 2015, her first book was published:

Guilty Pleasures

During a recent coaching session, a client spoke of her "guilty" pleasure, which was watching “Eastenders”. She felt that instead of watching this, she "should" be reading, exercising, working, doing house work, anything other than sitting watching a soap on the television.  Even though, she added, it was usually the only television she watched.

We established that she really enjoyed the programme and got extremely involved in the storyline. She loved that she had followed these families for years.

Thank You!

Imagine this: you buy a lovely gift and take time to wrap it up beautifully.  When you give it to the recipient, they throw it back into your face.  Doesn't feel very nice, does it?  Makes you think that next time, you won't bother.

That is also how it can feel when you try to give someone a compliment, some generous words about an accomplishment, an attitude, a piece of work, and they say, "oh, it was nothing", "really? I thought I botched it", "oh, you did all the work", or they go into a long winded, highly detailed explanation of all the difficulties they had to go through, whilst our genuine smile fixes into a rictus.

One Action at a Time Revisited

I often speak about doingone action a dayto get towards your goal.  This helps to keep a project moving, on the radar and feeding your inspiration.  This is a useful practise as it makes a seemingly huge goal become more realistic and wears away at it, like water on a stone.

I was talking with a client recently who was doing just this - baby steps every day, during which the project was become more formed in her mind, she was making contacts, doing research, etc.  However, although she was seeing progress, she wasn’t feeling quite as excited about it as she thought she would.

Take Five with Judith Holder

Judith Holderhas an impressive track record as a Producer/Executive Producer of network TV since the 1980s.  Twice BAFTA nominated, her career includes originating such landmark television as sending Joanna Lumley to a desert island, reuniting the children fromThe Sound of Musicand having Victoria Wood look at the diet industry.  She both wrote and produced theGrumpy Old Womenseries for BBC2, wrote theGrumpy…spin off books, and with Jenny Eclair co-wrote the threestage showswhich have been international hits.