Women Who Create / Els Pontin. This week I am super happy to introduce Els Pontin to the Women Who Create Things interview Series! I was introduced to Els through a peer and have been lucky enough to work with her as my creative business coach for the last year and let me tell you it has been life changing. I’m sure you will love this weeks post!
Tell us a little about your background…
Hello! I’m Els and I’m a Creative Business Coach.
I help creative women entrepreneurs move from a lack of vision to clear, purposeful action – to build and grow brilliant yet balanced businesses. For the last fourteen years I have worked from within and led businesses – everything from boutiques to internationally acclaimed, globally admired technology companies.
Despite this successful career path, I wasn’t following my purpose. I wanted to spend my every waking hour working on the things that made me and others thrive – that created energy rather than depleted me. This started a journey of self discovery, transforming my skills and superpowers into a coherent plan! That plan turned out to be coaching, and last year I qualified as a Professionally Certified Coach with iPec (Institute of Professional Excellence in Coaching)
Do you have creative habits or rituals within your work that help you stay focused and happy?
Absolutely! Firstly, the space in which I work and create needs to be clear of anything that isn’t beautiful or clutter free.
That being said, I’m sometimes best working with ambient noise such as a coffee shop or outside in the sunshine. It makes me get far less cabin fever.
What two things can’t you live without?
Cheese. And prosecco. Oh god…and dark chocolate! (Sorry! I know it’s supposed to be only two but I just can’t chose!)
What is your biggest source of inspiration?
The people around me. Usually inspiration strikes when someone tells me they’re stuck on something, or, when they tell me they’ve spotted something I must read.
What is the meaning of craft to you?
A handmade, non mass produced expression of love, that is unique and special. Something that has memories stitched within it, and a story behind it. My most favourite day crafting was a willow wreath making course in Somerset one Christmas. It was magical.
If you could collaborate on a creative project or idea with anyone… who would it be & why?
I would partner with Amy to invent an incredible retreat for brilliant, talented creative women, who want to craft, laugh, eat great food and plan for success in their businesses.
Do you have a favourite piece of equipment that inspires your day to day process?
My iPhone. It’s attached to me most of the day.
What is the best thing about running your business?
The freedom! No more doing what someone else tells you to do. The ability to create from scratch.
What is your proudest creative moment in your journey so far?
Standing on the same stage Steve Jobs stood on over in California with the Global training team I’d been selected for and had spent three weeks with. I will never forget that moment. It was a moment that showed me just what I was capable of, and that nothing, absolutely nothing will hold me back ever again.
If you are feeling the sparks of inspiration after reading Els post perhaps this is the push you need to take some action and drop her a line! If like me you run a small creative business but are a little bit stuck, demotivated or lack a future plan I cannot recommend working with a creative business coach enough.