Emmet Audio

Emmet Audio

By Emmet Van Driesche
Welcome to Emmet Audio, the first podcast about spooncarving with a mix of business topics and other things related to working for myself, hustling out a living doing what I love.
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Wooden spoon geek out: improving your consistency
Here are the three main thinga you can do.
07:56
March 23, 2019
134: offering vs. selling
What's the difference? Does it matter?
07:04
March 22, 2019
133- wooden spoon geek out! Sourcing wood
What I look for and some different means of getting it
06:47
March 21, 2019
Bottlenecks and pain in the necks
They are actually opportunities
04:34
March 20, 2019
131- wooden spoon geek out- rim to bowl transition
This is a tricky thing to get exactly how you want it. But once you have a process the whole thing is more controlled. Here is mine.
06:51
March 19, 2019
130- struggling towards balance
How hard to push, when to ignore your body and when to listen to it.
05:52
March 18, 2019
Wooden spoon geek-out- eliminating smudges from your spoons
Why it happens, and the top couple of things you can do about it
04:48
March 17, 2019
126- the allure of the new, or is it paralysis?
It is always tempting to start new things. Here is why not to.
04:57
March 15, 2019
Wooden spoon geek out- undoing a twist
How to realign the handle and bowl of a spoon when they are not in the same plane.
05:49
March 14, 2019
124- the Momentum Threshold
You might not even realize you are below it
09:10
March 13, 2019
Wooden spoon geek out: how thin and delicate can you make a spoon?
And how do you do that without ruining it?
07:16
March 12, 2019
121-wooden spoon geek out: templates
To template or not to template, that is a juicy question
07:28
March 10, 2019
How I price my work
For those of you who haven't heard it before, here is the full story. Pricing is not a team sport. Run your own race.
09:51
March 9, 2019
Wooden spoon geek-out: pushing through failure
What you do when you fail is just as important as what you do when you succeed
06:33
March 8, 2019
Do you have to be fair to your customers?
What does providing amazing customer service look like? Is fairness theost important thing?
06:03
March 7, 2019
117-Wooden spoon geekout: mouthfeel
My tips on getting an eating spoon to feel great in your mouth. Because otherwise what's the point?
07:13
March 6, 2019
Customer service like you give a damn
So often as makers we worry about streamlining our experience. That has it the wrong way around
06:52
March 5, 2019
Wooden Spoon Geek-out- Aesthetics
Dare we talk about this?
05:42
March 4, 2019
114- why you should ask for help (even when you are uncomfortable doing so)
So often, we don't ask for it. And so often we don't offer it fully to others.
05:26
March 3, 2019
Wooden Spoon Geek-out- Rims
Carving clean, even spoon rims is one if the most difficult things. Here is how I do it.
08:57
March 2, 2019
Telling the truth when things aren't working out.
Not enough of this, frankly
03:40
March 1, 2019
111- Wooden spoon geekout: gaining speed
My top points for getting faster at carving
07:37
February 28, 2019
110-Getting your mojo back
What can you do when you're in a funk?
05:13
February 27, 2019
109- how to get a clean knife finish when carving wooden spoons
It's a combination of miisture level and sharpness
05:38
February 26, 2019
108- What is your purpose?
Being able to articulate this keeps you going when you might otherwise stop
07:04
February 25, 2019
Wooden spoon geek-out: how to get the right bowl thickness
Getting the right bowl thickness is so tricky, and makes such a huge difference for the feel ofnthenfinished spoon. Here is how I do it.
07:50
February 24, 2019
106- what sets someone apart from the field?
Skill is rarely enough.
05:55
February 23, 2019
105- accepting help
I often go it alone. But offers of help can be disproportionately valuable
03:23
February 22, 2019
104- Do the right thing (and you know what that is)
It's not about fairness. It's about what you want the dynamic to be going forward
06:19
February 21, 2019
103-Something is Better Than Nothing
Something is better than nothing
05:20
February 20, 2019
102- Pain Modulation
A true story!
05:16
February 19, 2019
100- the power of habit
Celebration! 100!
06:35
February 17, 2019
Everything takes longer
I need this reminder every single day
04:19
February 16, 2019
98- Seeking Balance
Self-promotion vs. contributing to the culture
05:31
February 15, 2019
97-Hygge
Winter is sweeter with a little hygge
05:26
February 14, 2019
Biting off more than you can chew
That's what I did!
03:39
February 13, 2019
Stuff Creeps Up
Without you noticing, dullness sets in
03:19
February 12, 2019
94- Asking for Help
Always a decent option
01:42
February 12, 2019
93- Forgetting to Begin
Sometimes we realize we had a goal and we just kept assuming we would start it tomorrow.
03:07
February 11, 2019
93- In Real Life
Take that idea off the page and actually try it. You'll learn more than you ever imagined
05:17
February 9, 2019
92- Giving a Shit
You won't go far if you don't
07:31
February 8, 2019
91- Obsolete
Revising your website is a thankless task. But somebody needs to do it.
05:12
February 7, 2019
90- the cost of perfection
The math doesn't add up
06:46
February 6, 2019
89- the advantage of responsibilities
We often see commitments and responsibilities as disadvantages when it comes to pursuing our dreams. I think it can be the other way around
06:31
February 5, 2019
Editing Your Instagram Feed
I find this to be a critical part of how I put my best foot forward.
06:38
February 4, 2019
87- a cut above the rest
In your field, who is doing it better? How clearly can you articulate why?
03:04
February 3, 2019
86-What will you sacrifice?
If you want something, some dream, it will take effort and work to get it. What will you give?
03:04
February 2, 2019
85- Choose Remarkable
...over popular every time
03:16
February 2, 2019
84- Two scenarios to an accident
And how i got burned
02:38
January 31, 2019
83-Extra
Thoughts while shoveling
02:44
January 30, 2019
82-Slow days
Rsther than stopping, slow down
01:54
January 29, 2019
81- the customer experience
Often we focus instead on iurnown experience first
05:08
January 28, 2019
80- Gut Photography
A bit about my philosophy of taking pictures
10:50
January 27, 2019
79- In Control
Working for yourself is always an option. Why are we talking about this more?
04:43
January 25, 2019
78- In Advance
Getting a jump on things feels sooooo good. Why don't I do it all the time?
05:02
January 24, 2019
77: Perseverance
Nothing more to say
01:51
January 23, 2019
76-Life Is Long
Make sure you're trajectory is pointing where where you want to go
03:46
January 22, 2019
75-New Customers ans what they tell you
Does what your offering appeal to someone?
06:26
January 21, 2019
74-Maintenance
Sometimes you don't realize you need it when you really do
04:38
January 20, 2019
73- Being Available
This is an unpopular belief, but part of long term success
04:40
January 18, 2019
72- Time Management
What I learned from the Great British Baking Show
06:17
January 17, 2019
71-Don't Rest On Your Laurels
If you don't evolve and innovate, the attention will go somewhere else.
06:07
January 16, 2019
70- keeping an even keel
This time of year it is easy to feel depressed, and in general being sepf employed is hard on the mood at times. Here is something that helps me
03:59
January 15, 2019
69-Dealing with Rejection
It's an inevitable part of working for yourself. Here are a couple of things to do about it
07:56
January 14, 2019
Crescendo
Building to something creates tension, and tension creates movement
06:46
January 13, 2019
67: Skill, Story, and Attention
More complicated than you think
06:32
January 12, 2019
Finding Your Style
Developing a style that is recognizable as your own is a long-term, never ending process. Here is how it worked for me.
06:57
January 11, 2019
65- Better Bookkeeping
Newsflash: I'm bad at it. But I want to get better
06:19
January 10, 2019
64-Transitioning to Self-employment
Two different scenarios
11:03
January 9, 2019
63- A Scheduling Strategy
How I'm managing a massive to-do list
04:12
January 8, 2019
62- making space
Clearing physical space can pead to mental space, and vice versa
05:32
January 1, 2019
61-The Customer Journey
It's usually anything but short and simple
06:43
December 31, 2018
60-Serendipity
Luck meets preparation
04:24
December 30, 2018
59- habit and inertia
It's a double edged sword
05:13
December 29, 2018
58-The Danger of Pausing
Losing your flow state carries a cost
06:05
December 28, 2018
57-Setting Up Tomorrow
In a very particular way, this general principle can be invaluable for any goal
05:06
December 27, 2018
56-Meta-thinking
Thinking about the business can be one of the most useful things you do for the business
05:26
December 26, 2018
55- Stepping Up
Someone is going to benefit from you sharing what you know. So share it.
05:31
December 25, 2018
54-Gratitude
Nothing else to say
03:25
December 24, 2018
53-Temporary Solutions
You don't know what you will really need until you've done it for awhile. So move fast and cheap and don't spring for the permanent thing right away.
06:34
December 23, 2018
52-Exercises
Deliberate exercises to oush yourself outside your comfort zone have an outsized effect on where we end up
05:07
December 22, 2018
51-Small Bites
Life and business are full of overwhelming moments when a task that seemed straightforward hits a road block. And then another. And then another.
05:32
December 21, 2018
50- Less Perfect
Perfectionism is a limiting factor, holding us back from starting or continuing or sharing what we want to do for feeling it's not ready. It's never ready. Do it anyway.
05:30
December 20, 2018
49- Retrospective
Matt White and I sit down to talk over where we were two years ago when we first met.
07:38
December 19, 2018
48- Transitioning
How and when to transition to working for yourself is such a tricky, and personal, question. Here's my story and thoughts on the matter.
07:53
December 18, 2018
47- Bottleneck
Figuring out what can go wrong is often a matter of finding the bottleneck.
05:39
December 17, 2018
46-Discipline
You don't know if you've got it until you let go.
04:40
December 16, 2018
45- Be Generous
It's easy to be generous with those more powerful or connected than ourselves. It's far more important, however, to be generous to those less connected and powerful than ourselves.
07:26
December 14, 2018
44- Be Quiet
It can be the hardest and best thing
05:09
December 13, 2018
Burnout
How to avoid it and what to do when it inevitably shows up
06:33
December 12, 2018
Repeat customers and what they tell you
The repeat customer is your most valuable resource
05:18
December 11, 2018
41- Saying no (and when to do it)
The importance of analyzing demand and profit to figure out if it's time to start saying no to things
05:43
December 10, 2018
Clarity
Success comes from knowing what it means for you, in this moment, to succeed
05:53
December 9, 2018
39-Staying Motivated
It can be so so hard...
05:12
December 8, 2018
Working From Home
Some considerations to keep in mind when you start to work from home
06:10
December 7, 2018
37-Change
One thing is certain: you cannot just keep doing the same thing, even (and especially) if it is working
05:55
December 6, 2018
Building Your Customer Base
It's a long one, because it's jam packed with good stuff
17:31
December 5, 2018
35-Necessary Waste
In the beginning of a journey, a certain amount of waste can be strategically necessary that would not be tolerated later on
08:06
December 4, 2018
34- Tunnel Vision
The pitfalls of thinking too narrowly
05:40
December 3, 2018
Pricing by reacting
We over think pricing.
07:08
December 2, 2018
32-Trust
And now for a little story....
04:54
December 1, 2018
31-what your website isn't doing (yet)
Longer than usual episode because there are a lot of details to cover.
12:15
November 30, 2018
30-Selling in the Beginning
Keeping your sense of self worth intact in the face of early slow sales is one of the toughest things. Here are some tactics.
06:19
November 29, 2018
29- Get To the Edge
The edge is where the meaningful contributions to the community are.
05:38
November 28, 2018
28- Control Your Supply
Controlling the means of production is one of the strengths of a land-based business
09:11
November 27, 2018
27- Dealing with Imperfection
How do you feel good about your work when, as a craftsperson, you know that some is better than others?
07:33
November 26, 2018
26- The Danger of Double Counting
No, not that kind of double counting!
06:13
November 25, 2018
Build a Community, Not a Following
Social media metrics makes it easy to focus on the wrong things. But in the end, a community is what is going to support you when you need them.
06:35
November 24, 2018
24- The Value of Free
The psychology of free vs. on sale
05:49
November 23, 2018
23- Don't Go All In
It's popular opinion that to succeed at something you need to go all in. I'm here to tell you that's not necessarily true.
06:13
November 21, 2018
22-Permission
No one is going to give it to you. (Except me, right here.)
05:18
November 21, 2018
21- Serving Your Customers
Doing one thing is not enough. Instead, you need to realize the needs of your current customers and address those
06:12
November 20, 2018
20- Product, Service, Education
There are three basic ways to earn money as a craftsperson. You should probably figure out all three.
05:53
November 19, 2018
Your Life
Short episode today guys.
03:50
November 18, 2018
18- Be About More Than One Thing
You don't need to be the best. You just need to be pretty good at a unique combination of things.
05:00
November 17, 2018
Start Before You Are Comfortable
A little pep talk for people feeling out of their depth
05:19
November 17, 2018
The Stories We Tell Ourselves
Sometimes the stories we tell ourselves don't serve us.
05:08
November 15, 2018
15- Keep the Bar Low
We usually start projects with high standards and expectations. Here, I argue that it is crucial to lower these.
05:01
November 14, 2018
14- Now Is the Time
Get off your butt and do that thing you tell yourself you will do in six months. Right now.
05:11
November 13, 2018
13- 5AM
There is time. There is always time. The question is, are you willing to do what it takes?
04:14
November 12, 2018
12- Deliberate Practice
How deliberate practice can help you lean into your thing and really improve.
06:09
November 11, 2018
11- Real Engagement
Thoughts on the value of creating a community through engagement rather than focusing on the metrics
05:32
November 10, 2018
10- So Good They Can't Ignore You
Despite a cold and my dog going nuts at the end, I managed to hold it together on this one...
05:00
November 9, 2018
Selfies
If you are like me, you cringe at the thought of them. But they are surprisingly important to your business.
05:20
November 8, 2018
08- Educate Yourself
Lately I've been shifting my time and attention from entertainment to education, consuming podcasts and books that help me grow towards my goals.
05:24
November 7, 2018
07- Change Your Handle
Why I changed my handle to be my name and why I think that's important.
06:08
November 6, 2018
Taking Product Pictures
My tips on taking decent photographs of products, in this instance the wooden spoons that I carve.
05:19
November 5, 2018
05: Chinking the Gaps
The shift from doing your thing some of the time to doing it most of the time is a delicate transition.
05:10
November 4, 2018
Innovate the Process
Boy I really ended up in a different place with this than what I thought. A great example of how the act of doing something leads you to uncharted territory.
05:08
November 3, 2018
The More You Give
The philosophy and strategy of sharing all your best stuff.
05:07
November 2, 2018
Life is Slow
It is really hard to see your daily actions stack up into results. That is true across the board.
05:06
November 1, 2018
The Value of Small Customers
Diversification is the key on so many levels. Maintaining a broad base of smaller customers and clients is one of the ways to mitigate risk when you work for yourself.
05:10
October 31, 2018
Emmet Audio teaser
Short introduction to Emmet Audio. Thanks for listening!
00:55
October 30, 2018
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