WHEN: SUNDAY 23rd November 2014, 9.30 am – 5.30pm.

WHERE: Origini Cafe, 213 Barker Street, Castlemaine, Victoria.

COST: $279.  **EARLY BIRD TICKETS ARE $249 UNTIL 31st OCTOBER** This includes a custom designed folder and study materials valued at $55. Lunch, Morning and Afternoon tea fully catered by Origini.


ENQUIRIES: email susan@creativeconversation.com.au

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Holistic Business Mapping:  An Intuitive Approach to Business for Creative People is a one-day workshop that introduces an entirely new and exciting way for creative business people to conceive, plan and build their business.  It provides an alternative approach for those who find traditional business planning tedious and confusing and approaches it rather through the creative person’s most precious gift- their intuition.

The workshop is conducted by, Susan Nethercote, a successful fashion designer in her own right at manquedesign.com.au, and the director of Creative Conversation.  It will take place in her large and stunning studio located in her beautiful 1850’s home in Ballarat Victoria.

Susan’s extensive experience as a creative professional, combined with her training as consultant, coach and facilitator, has inspired her to create this program which is designed to fast-track creative professionals to manifest their own success by sharing the many secrets she has learned in her own business  journey.

Susan has learned through 14 years of experience that a business should be an authentic and harmonious expression of who you are, and what you’re about in the bigger scheme of things. She believes that businesses built on that foundation are more satisfying and sustainable in the long run. They also tend to be a lot more fun! She has implemented many of the unique techniques that she teaches in her own business to great success and is thrilled to be able to share this with others in her new workshop.

Susan also knows that traditional business planning can be an enormous challenge for right-brained creative types such as herself, so she devised a whole new approach that we call Holistic Business Mapping.

It’s ‘Holistic’, because she understands that you are not just designing a business, but a huge chunk of your life – so it is important to take all the things that matter to you into consideration when you plan your business.

And it’s ‘Business Mapping’, because we don’t just write it down! We employ a series of creative, intuitive, and intellectual techniques to find and bring together all the different pieces of information to create a map of where you are headed in your business. It really is heaps of fun and connects you a vaster range of techniques to make your business what you really want it to be than you ever thought possible!

Holistic Business Mapping is designed to assist creative people in making a ‘living’ business plan that is completely relevant to your business and your life (we like to call it ‘realistic’, crazy huh!). It is a plan that you keep on making-for the life of your business.  And Susan will show you how.

We will de-mystify and de-complicate all the main areas of a traditional business planning, and leave you by the end of the day with a clearer understanding of your creative business, where it is headed, and how you can most actively grow it. That’s one of the reasons we call it a map. The other reason is because it is an adventure, and Susan likes to treat it as such!


  • The Heart of the Matter– Getting clear on what your creative business is about, how it fits into your life and what most matters to you in building your business.
  • Putting Yourself Out There and Finding Your People– Discovering the most authentic marketing methods for you.
  • The ‘M’ Word– And this means ‘money’.  We will tackle some of the big stuff- like what is holding you back from making more.
  •  Making it all Happen– Planning and taking action, removing fear of failure roadblocks, and time management for creative types. Susan’s secret recipes for what has worked for her and awesome planning sheets.

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“I loved everything about your workshop.  I had an inkling beforehand that I would connect with your approach to business, and I was thrilled when that feeling was confirmed and exceeded.  Your intuitive approach to business planning just makes so much sense to me – it was something I was already developing in my business, but sometimes felt unsure about as it didn’t seem the ‘normal’ way.  To have someone with your experience and intelligence outline in such a clear and heartfelt way how it can (and should be done – because it works) was so confirming.  On top of that – you showed me many new ideas that have inspired me to go even further in this direction.  I truly believe you have tapped into something very powerful and pure in your approach to building both a business and a life that is successful in all dimensions; financially, emotionally and spiritually.  In my bones I feel this is the way forward not only for my business, but for the business world in general.  I don’t know about you – but I find whenever I implement even a few of these ideas in my business I get an overwhelming response from everyone I work with – from clients, to consultants, to contractors.  Everyone wants more of what we are giving – warmth, care, whole-hearted, intuitive business practice – that nourishes everyone involved.  Thank you for being you and doing what you do.  It makes me so happy to know you are in the world working on this stuff – so that I and others can learn and grow from your experience and expertise” Samara Greenwood, Principal Architect, SGArch.

“Believe in Yourself” is something we often hear and Susan’s intuitive approach to business actually designs a layman’s approach on how to achieve that.  In turn, this allows you to fulfil your dreams or purpose in a way that is challenging, enthusiastic, motivational, and positive with tools to keep those essential components flowing in everything you do.  I honestly found elements of this workshop to be ‘light bulb’ moments that have been business-changing and, in turn, life-changing for the better.  Some people have the ability to read and empathise with individuals and nudge and inspire them for the better, with nothing but that individual’s best interests at heart.  Susan is one of those remarkable people.Highly recommended!”  Rachel Grose, Jewellery Designer.

“The whole workshop was an activity of generosity. The information was comprehensive, real, and practical and covered so much . It was clear it was real and based on your experience from running your own successful business. And the food was great too. I couldn’t believe you’d made the soup!  Your attention to detail is incredible.  I have a list of things to do now, and a direction to go in. The mind mapping exercises were fabulous and applicable to so many situations. The information  that up came was a great surprise.  And really useful!  So all in all  it was a ripper Susan. Thank you for everything! I really loved it. I feel I’ve got real direction now.  It won’t happen quickly but I know it’s going to happen.” Anna Taylor, Artist.

“You are a gifted mentor and inspiration for living life honestly and artfully (no wonder I have always loved your clothes!)  Put simply – your work is brilliant!!  The thorough folders with your generous information summarising a life-time’s work and thought.  The beauty all around us – from you, your work and your space.  The depth of conversation honouring the intangible as our most valuable resource in our creative business. The sharing with other women in an intimate environment – to enrich all of what you offer even further.  The commitment to using drawing in business planning as a direct line to the deeper ideas.” Sue Johnson, Composer and performer.

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“It was a really special day. I want to first congratulate you on creating such a brilliant concept and business – your authentic and passionate vision very much translated into the way you conducted the workshop. Everything from the space to the vibe to the wonderful little touches contributed to creating an environment conducive to sharing and exploring areas which are potentially very personal, vulnerable and challenging. It felt open, safe; the opportunity ours for the taking. Exactly what you need to elicit the thinking that creates meaningful planning and change…[there were] lots of epiphanies and light bulb moments that I know will have lasting impacts. They are rare moments. As Jules said, we kind of signed up on a whim but both had a really good feeling about it. Now we know why!” Sarah Anderson, Creative Entrepreneur and head of social media at ANZ.

“What an uplifting and inspiring experience Creative Conversation has been for me. By the end of the day I felt open to a new & larger world of possibilities for the life that I’ve been dreaming of for years, but have often struggled to believe it would happen for me in this lifetime.   After the experience of the day had settled, a few days later, I went on a gigantic spring clean & whirlwind reorganising of my work space where I run my online business. If you attend Creative Conversation at Suse’s Ballarat studio I guarantee you’ll also be inspired to be more organised – this woman has that down pat! But more than that, I can see my ‘business & life’ relationship clearer than ever before.  The fear, & sometimes terror, of putting my small business into the big world is still there, but I have more clarity on harnessing it when it does crop up, thanks to Suse’s magic. The mind mapping exercises shifted something profound in me too, which I felt when I woke the next day. This ‘something’ has stayed with me since.  I’m enamoured, uplifted & enlightened. Attend Creative Conversation as soon as you have the opportunity – it may change your life.  Emma Jay – owner, Falling For Florin

“The thing I loved most about your Holistic Business Mapping workshop was the dedicated time and space we all created together to dream, think, feel and discuss the lives we want to live and the businesses we want to create. Thank you so much, Susan, for openly sharing your stories and hosting us in your beautiful home+studio, which added even more to that magical experience…I was able to go deeper into my understanding of this [previous mapping] and your approach of intuition-led planning and starting this from a place of meditation was incredibly helpful. Thank you, thank you, thank you!” Michelle Emma James, Architect

“After attending the Holistic Business Mapping Workshop I felt refreshed with an enthusiasm for my business that I’ve not had before.   I was not only inspired, but I had tools to help me use that inspiration to make changes in my business.  I’m very happy that I attended the workshop even though my business is not strictly a creative one.”  Vicki van der Meer, Naturopath.

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And more Love for Holistic Business Mapping:

“I found it really fascinating learning about balancing intuition with structure and strategy and found the parts on working to break negative patterning really helpful… I liked your realness about your own journey…But mostly I loved the part about being audacious!” Lucy Mayes.

“Fantastic, super-professional, I love your graphics and your generosity with the HUGE amount of value in the folder- its pragmatic and useful while at the same time inspiring and big-picture” Janette Wotherspoon

“Fantastic- I was amazed at what emerged and would never have been able to bring that stuff to the surface alone. I wasn’t even aware I was as ready as I am!”  Andrea Hurley

“Thank You. Awesome, Loved it!” Greg Mallyon.

“The meditations and mapping process were awesome.” Michelle Symes.

“Although Susan covered what I’d read in most business plan books for creatives, having a live and passionate person whole drew from her experience made all the difference..Susan was lovely, very real, well organised, enthusiastic and encouraging. Thank you, I recommend this workshop highly”. Ingrid Windbury

“Loved hearing about Susan’s own journey..I love how she thinks!”  Sharon Upham

“It gave me clarity about what my business about and tied everything together. It was energising and positive…It was perfect for me”.Vanessa Dickson.

“Heart and People sections absolutely chockers with gems. I’m taking home so much relevant, practical information…The visualisations wet incredibly evocative and useful. Loved the emphasis on directed attention and energy to the good things over the fears, and more practical ways to make that shift…Thank goodness for this kind of help. So unusual and necessary to find it! There is such a lack of help for people whose brains work in different ways and it is a huge gift to the world to allow some incredible and enriching businesses to unfold that might not have otherwise been birthed. Thank you so much.” Romy Sai Zunde

“It was a really fun and inspiring workshop- thank you!” Bernadette Ryan

“I am a very visual person and visualising my goals and writing them down really helped”. Colleen Filippa

“The mind-mapping exercises were great and pleasurable. Experiential learning is fabulous…The folder is fabulous!” Linda Franklin

“The visualisation process and mapping helped me to give structure to my goals.  The folder is like a really useful kit to work from and take away, reflect on an employ…Susan’s energy and generosity was great”. Amanda Fewell

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