The Creating Pros Podcast

Creating Pros blends creativity with business. Being a professional isn’t about the money you make, the position you hold, your level of expertise, or fame. It’s the motivation and attitude you bring to your work, a desire for always improving, and balancing your creative output with getting the business done.

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Episode 82: The Mindkiller

Tuesday Jun 04, 2024

Tuesday Jun 04, 2024

The phrase "Fear is the mindkiller..." from Frank Herbert's Dune is as popular a quote in sci-fi as in personal development. Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of being on stage with Kevin J. Anderson talking about Dune, and thinking about some of the questions and feedback from other panels that were more oriented towards marketing, and the business of creativity.
The root of most questions boiled down to... fear.
Join me for a dive into the mindkiller.

Episode 81: Improv!

Wednesday May 22, 2024

Wednesday May 22, 2024

Improv is a great tool for inspiring creativity, improving cognitive function, developing social skills, and supporting mental health.
Join me for a chat on the benefits of improv for your creativity, your business, and your life!

Episode 80: Managing Adversity

Wednesday May 15, 2024

Wednesday May 15, 2024

Adversity is just a part of life - it comes to us through business, creativity, and our personal relationships. How do we handle it? How do we face it? How can we learn to manage it? I recently appeared on an upcoming episode of "Amputate to Amplify" with John Register, and got to meet him in person and hear him speak last week. I go into a few takeaways from that talk, and some other thoughts. 

Tuesday May 07, 2024

Knowledge is power, but we can't know everything, even within our own specialties and expertise. What do we do when someone asks a dreaded question where we don't have an answer?
Join me this week to talk about the power of, and next steps to, "I don't know!"

Episode 78: Research Rabbit Holes

Wednesday May 01, 2024

Wednesday May 01, 2024

Creative output requires research. Being a writer often leads down the "research rabbit hole."
How do you collect all that info? What do you do with it when you're done? When is it "enough?"

Thursday Apr 25, 2024

You can't avoid AI generated content anywhere at this point on social media. We see platforms starting to filter AI generated content, but do users care? What does this mean for creators? Has AI finally made social media useless for creators, or is there a correction coming?

Episode 76: The Legacy of D&D

Tuesday Apr 16, 2024

Tuesday Apr 16, 2024

Dungeons and Dragons hits 50 years this year, and launched the modern era of RPGs. Building on thousands of years of gaming and storytelling, This week we celebrate D&D being eligible for AARP, and the influence it's had on society, technology, and creativity!

Tuesday Apr 09, 2024

Perfection is a lie, but how do we know when we've gotten to good enough? And in the world where we compete with AI and and mass produced work, is imperfection the key to creative success?

Tuesday Apr 02, 2024

Change is always a little scary. Whether it's changing jobs, companies, or even starting a business, our mindsets and emotions will both be excited - and anxious. What can you expect to go through your mind, and then once you've made the decision, how can you take the leap off the cliff to your next adventure?

Episode 73: Digital Security

Tuesday Mar 26, 2024

Tuesday Mar 26, 2024

Security basics aren't an option, especially in the digital space. Cybercrime is big business, and only growing. This creates bigger challenges for creators to balance personal safety and security against building brands, marketing, and getting to know your community. This week we touch on some of the basics to keep you secure!


Creating Pros


James P. Nettles

James Nettles is a University of South Carolina graduate and has a thirty-year career consulting for dozens of clients from startups to Fortune 100’s, media contributor, speaker on privacy, futurism, coming disruptive technologies and their impact on businesses and individual daily lives, and is a science fiction and fantasy author.

In addition, having started writing in media and journalism, he has contributed to and written hundreds of articles and now develops content and materials for personal and professional development, technology, privacy issues, and Artificial Intelligence. He also is a science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary fiction author, using his background in cultural anthropology and sociology.

He is also the founder for Author Essentials and Author Essentials Workshops, the Business Track Dean for the Speculative Fiction Academy, and a founder of and the technical director for The ConTinual Convention.


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