Tips for using mind maps in brainstorming

Mind maps are brilliant ways to untangle our minds and get thoughts and ideas onto paper in a format that is simple and engaging. They can be used for tasks at home or for business projects, no matter the size of the organisation, and work by encouraging participants to unleash their thoughts in a creative way. Read on for great tips on using mind maps as a brainstorming method.

Guide to running an effective event

Whether you are considering to throw a music event, conference, company celebration or exhibition, you will need a great deal of resources and planning. Given that events are so wide ranging and can be customised to fit any need, the best practices for effective event planning also vary widely. Guest blogger Susan Roan shares some tricks and tips to ensure your next event has a long-lasting buzz!

Reverb* Podcast

#9 – USA Independence

In episode #9 Iko Akoh and Richard Lalchan discuss USA independence – the US perspective on life as an independent artist. This episode also features two great tracks by Nathan Earl and Rachel Joy.

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#8 – Spreading the word

In episode #8 Iko Akoh and Richard Lalchan discuss the importance and practice of marketing and branding. Featuring two evocative tracks by Ben Thomas Brown.

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#7 – We’re better together

In episode #7 Iko Akoh and Richard Lalchan discuss the emergence of creative communities bringing artists together and the advantages they offer for independent artists. This episode also features two impressive tracks by HipHop artist Baliva.

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#6 – The Under-appreciated Artist

In episode #6 Iko Akoh and Richard Lalchan discuss whether the under-appreciated artist and the issues this raises in making a living from music. This episode also features a couple of stupendous tracks by Light Falls Forward.

Reverb Live 2014

ReverbLive2014 – The Review

Jessie Smith reviews our ReverbLive2014 Podcast event which took place on December 5th at Ziferblat London featuring Hanna Willow, Nadine and My Northern Sky.

Insight Podcast

#16 Crowd Funding with Anthony O-Thomas

In Episode #16 we chat to Anthony Ogunbowale-Thomas about his crowd funding platform GoodFruit, how it differs from others and what it would be like if the Suffragettes had had a crowd funding platform.

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#3 – The big break

In Episode #3 Iko Akoh and Richard Lalchan discuss platforms to assist independent artists in ‘breaking out’ and we take a listen to two beautiful tracks by Matshidiso Mohajane.

Get your spark back - Image by Evan Sharboneau

5 ways to get your spark back

Have you ever wondered where your creativity, well, went?
I used to be the same. Now I know when I’m missing my spark, I take action and, as I now work for myself, I have found this knowledge immensely useful!

Here’s five ways to get your spark back when it’s gone away


Khartomb and back again

A John Peel Session, a minor cult single and a few gigs later in 86 the dream fizzled out. But how did Ian Christie get his side project back on the road?

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#37: All on my tod

In our thirty seventh episode Richard is all on his own and decides to chat about Creatives Hub Live, community manager and stuff.

Image credit: BLW Photography, used under Creative Commons license. Edit by RMlalchan

Pushing Through the Fear

So often we let irrational fears prevent us from accepting opportunities. Why? We don’t have to and can push through as Richard Lalchan shares in this post.

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#33: Risk Taking Envy

In our thirty third episode Richard is joined once again by last years co-host Claire Meredith to discuss relationships –family and creativity.

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#32: Its bigger than you

In our thirty second episode Richard is joined by Deborah Henry-Pollard from Catching Fireworks to discuss how to maintain your creativity.

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Can you find 15 minutes a day?

We make all manner of excuses to convince ourselves we can’t do what we love. One of them is ‘I don’t have enough time’. I’m telling you that’s not true.

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#29: The Write Words

In our twenty ninth episode Richard is joined by Rachel Goldberg from MySpecialPA to discuss using the write words -especially in emails.

Deborah Henry-Pollard speaking at CHLive! Jan 2014

CH Live! London January 2014

January 2014, our third CHLive! took place, and it was a corker! Creatives from different disciplines joined together to kickstart their creative lives. Read on for more.

Avoiding Procrastination

Overcoming procrastination

You’ve made a plan and know what to do, so you just have to get on and do it. Except you’re stuck. What’s happening when we procrastinate, and how do we overcome it?