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Episode 54 – Self-Publishing a Book: Tip #12 Graphic Design

9/16/2017
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If you don’t have “design eyes”, please seek professional graphic design and book layout assistance for your book. In this episode I talk about how I approached graphic design for my picture book – and that ONE illustration that was driving me nuts. We drew it so many times! See the picture and my book […] The post Episode 54 – Self-Publishing a Book: Tip #12 Graphic Design appeared first on Taku Mbudzi.

Duration: 00:09:08


Episode 53 – Self-Publishing a Book: Tip #11 Celebrate Small Milestones

9/16/2017
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You’ll be elated when you finally publish your book, but don’t forget to celebrate the little milestones along the way. Friendly FYI…these tips are from a 2016 video series I filmed after self-publishing a children’s book in Australia. Watch this video on TAKU TV at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-i8JSLu-2U. (Tips start at 2:00 in the podcast episodes). The post Episode 53 – Self-Publishing a Book: Tip #11 Celebrate Small Milestones appeared first on Taku Mbudzi.

Duration: 00:05:30


Episode 52 – Identity Crisis: Am I African, Australian or Just Taku?

9/10/2017
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Ok, false alarm – there’s no crisis. I know who I am. I’m proudly Taku: African and Australian. Listen as I discuss my identity with my writer friend Ghina Makari Cane. She’s writing a book about what’s it like living in/with two cultures. This piece was part of the radio story she produced for our […] The post Episode 52 – Identity Crisis: Am I African, Australian or Just Taku? appeared first on Taku Mbudzi.

Duration: 00:13:31


Episode 51 – Being the Underdog, Instagram and Raising Happy Kids

9/7/2017
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Last year, I filmed my close friends for a fun little series on TAKU TV. I was experimenting with video editing and testing ideas for vox populi-style interviews. Listen as dancer Rita Nita talks about being the underdog in the dance industry; hear photographer Heather’s thoughts on social media and find out what architect Tom […] The post Episode 51 – Being the Underdog, Instagram and Raising Happy Kids appeared first on Taku Mbudzi.

Duration: 00:13:18


Episode 50 – Snorkelling, Silence and Scaring my Mama

8/26/2017
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Silence. ‘Twas a little awkward when Mama tried to scare me out of snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef. I love her to smithereens, but she’s always great inspiration for my stand-up comedy. Link to my snorkelling pics and the Instagram post that inspired this episode: https://www.instagram.com/p/BYIng4vnlX6/?taken-by=takuspeaks Snaps of Snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef This […] The post Episode 50 – Snorkelling, Silence and Scaring my Mama appeared first on Taku Mbudzi.

Duration: 00:15:11


Episode 49 – Lessons from MC’ing TEDxMelbourne’s Open Mic Night

8/12/2017
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When you really want a ticket to a sold-out event, volunteer to MC it. Yep, that’s what happened and in this episode I explain how I got involved with TEDxMelbourne’s Open Mic event last Wednesday. The speech competition was won by Laura Youngson, who talked about playing soccer on Mount Kilimanjaro. She now gets to share […] The post Episode 49 – Lessons from MC’ing TEDxMelbourne’s Open Mic Night appeared first on Taku Mbudzi.

Duration: 00:33:27


Episode 48 – Self-Publishing a Book: Tip #10 Focus, not Facebook

8/3/2017
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You’ve got to be very disciplined with your time on social media when you’re writing and self-publishing a book. Too many distractions! At one point I went off Facebook for 3 months and that’s when I made significant progress with my book tasks. Friendly FYI…these tips are from a 2016 video series I filmed after self-publishing […] The post Episode 48 – Self-Publishing a Book: Tip #10 Focus, not Facebook appeared first on Taku Mbudzi.

Duration: 00:05:08


Episode 47 – Self-Publishing a Book: Tip #9 Mix with Writers

8/3/2017
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Writing books and self-publishing aren’t easy things. Please don’t suffer in silence! Try to hang out with fellow writers and creatives who provide moral support for you. (You won’t feel so crazy or alone). Friendly FYI…these tips are from a 2016 video series I filmed after self-publishing a children’s book in Australia. Watch this video on […] The post Episode 47 – Self-Publishing a Book: Tip #9 Mix with Writers appeared first on Taku Mbudzi.

Duration: 00:06:09


Episode 46 – Google Review to Interview with My Local Printer Guru

7/31/2017
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Fact: I’ve never written a Google review. This episode is my way of reviewing the new printer I’ve found. Listen as I chat to Keenan Archer about $800 business cards, how to find a good printer, logos, printing-on-demand, small business and much more. Honestly, from a technical writer point of view, speaking to him about […] The post Episode 46 – Google Review to Interview with My Local Printer Guru appeared first on Taku Mbudzi.

Duration: 00:39:57


Episode 45 – Pitch Your Podcast to Nova + Acast’s Podquest Competition

7/25/2017
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Nova’s Podquest Competition Deadline: 4 Aug 2017. In this episode I discuss how to apply for the Podquest Initiative by Nova Entertainment and Acast. It’s open to aspiring podcasters in Australia and you’d be mad not to apply if you have a cool story to tell. Submit your podcast idea and you could win $5000 […] The post Episode 45 – Pitch Your Podcast to Nova + Acast’s Podquest Competition appeared first on Taku Mbudzi.

Duration: 00:14:37


Episode 44 – What I’m Still Learning about Forgiveness

7/24/2017
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Today’s one word is forgiveness. This morning I wrote a list of the people I need to forgive and I was shocked by how long it was. Not good! Listen as I read a blog post I wrote about forgiveness in December 2014. I haven’t read the post since I posted it ages ago and […] The post Episode 44 – What I’m Still Learning about Forgiveness appeared first on Taku Mbudzi.

Duration: 00:33:05


Episode 43 – Self-Publishing a Book: Tip #8 Know Your Reader

7/19/2017
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I wrote ‘Multicultural Me’, a children’s book about friendship, because I wanted to make it fun for kids to talk about cultural diversity in Australia. Who are you sharing your story, your imagination, your knowledge, your heart with? It’s absolutely fine if you’re your own audience too! Friendly FYI…these tips are from a 2016 video series […] The post Episode 43 – Self-Publishing a Book: Tip #8 Know Your Reader appeared first on Taku Mbudzi.

Duration: 00:06:29


Episode 42 – Self-Publishing a Book: Tip #7 Read and Write More

7/19/2017
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Support your fellow writers – buy their books and read their work. Also, try experimenting with your writing, especially when you need a break from your book. Everything you read and write adds to the creative development process of self-publishing your book. Friendly FYI…these tips are from a 2016 video series I filmed after self-publishing a […] The post Episode 42 – Self-Publishing a Book: Tip #7 Read and Write More appeared first on Taku Mbudzi.

Duration: 00:05:38


Pit Stop Episode 41 – The Little Podcast That Could

7/19/2017
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I’m celebrating 41 episodes of my little podcast. Yep! Check out my happy, joyful, not-holding-back-at-all photo on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/p/BWoZ1ONlRZC/?taken-by=takuspeaks. I’m proud, grateful and excited by what I’ve been learning through this podcast. Thank you all for listening, wherever you are in the world. You are making me smile so much. See my full smiley collage at http://taku.com.au/little-podcast-that-could/ […] The post Pit Stop Episode 41 – The Little Podcast...

Duration: 00:17:27


Episode 40 – JoYOLO Radio Story Chapter 1 (Full)

7/17/2017
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Missed my radio story on PBS Radio today? Grab a cuppa! Here is Chapter 1 – A Different Dance, full and uninterrupted. Friendly note: it’s a work of fiction and includes some strong language here and there. Story synopsis: Joy loves words and comes from a poor single-mum family. Yolanda loves dance and comes from a […] The post Episode 40 – JoYOLO Radio Story Chapter 1 (Full) appeared first on Taku Mbudzi.

Duration: 00:37:24


Episode 39 – JoYOLO: My Radio Story Sneak Peek + Sound Effects

7/15/2017
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JoYOLO is my new radio story airing on PBS 106.7FM. In this episode I share a sneak peek of Chapter 1 and what inspired the whole story. I also discuss the five fun sound effects I used in producing my radio story. (Time stamp – 17:30) Tune in to all of Chapter 1 this Monday […] The post Episode 39 – JoYOLO: My Radio Story Sneak Peek + Sound Effects appeared first on Taku Mbudzi.

Duration: 00:29:00


Episode 38 – Tea is for Taku + My Teapot Greeting Cards

7/4/2017
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Breaking news: my favourite tea mug has cracked. And yes, I’m being a little emo and dramatic about it. Listen as I share why I love tea so much and why I can’t write without it. I also share tea-drinking memories from my childhood in Zimbabwe and why I’ve started making teapot greeting cards in […] The post Episode 38 – Tea is for Taku + My Teapot Greeting Cards appeared first on Taku Mbudzi.

Duration: 00:22:25


Episode 37 – Six Creative Minds Chat about Comparing Ourselves to Others

7/2/2017
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Major mojo killer: comparing yourself to others. I ask an author, a dancer, an actress, a radio broadcaster and a pottery teacher to share their thoughts on this topic. I’m currently producing a radio story, something quite new to me, and I’ve had to remind myself that I’m exactly where I need to be. It […] The post Episode 37 – Six Creative Minds Chat about Comparing Ourselves to Others appeared first on Taku Mbudzi.

Duration: 00:29:44


Episode 36 – Podcasts I Love: S-Town, Serial, The Moth and More

6/25/2017
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S-Town creator Brian Reed is coming to Melbourne. OMG! I can’t wait to hear how he made his record-breaking podcast. 40 million downloads and counting! In this episode I review S-Town, Serial by This American Life, The Moth and other podcasts on my playlist. Find links to these podcasts at: http://taku.com.au/serial-s-town-moth-podcasts My totally biased […] The post Episode 36 – Podcasts I Love: S-Town, Serial, The Moth and More appeared first on Taku Mbudzi.

Duration: 00:18:37


Episode 35 – Self-Publishing a Book: Tip #6 Motivation

6/20/2017
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Making money shouldn’t be your main motivation. So why do you really want to write a book? Why do you need to write a book? Friendly FYI…these tips are from a 2016 video series I filmed after self-publishing a children’s book in Australia. Watch this video on TAKU TV at https://youtu.be/gIVTHg0wX3M. (Tips start at 2:00 in […] The post Episode 35 – Self-Publishing a Book: Tip #6 Motivation appeared first on Taku Mbudzi.

Duration: 00:05:00

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