Podcast Episode 16 – The Courage to Stand Up to Design Clients

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Episode #16: Blake Howard on the courage to stand up to clients

Blake Howard, co-founder of Matchstic.com, thinks courage is one of the most important character traits of our time. And that it takes courage to have the hard conversations with design clients, sooner rather than later. In this HOWLive podcast with Ilise Benun, founder of Marketing-Mentor.com and Partner for HOW Design Live’s new Creative Entrepreneur program, you’ll get a taste of Blake’s session, “A Call to Courage,” and find out how to find the “emotionally healthy” clients who respect your work and are a delight to work with.


About Blake Howard:

HowardBlake_ResizedHeadshot_HOWDesignLive_2016HDLBlake is the Creative Director and Co-Founder of Matchstic, a branding firm he started at the ripe old age of 22. A Nashville native and University of Tennessee graduate, he made the move to Atlanta just after college with a suitcase, computer, and a dream of starting a business.

Now, a lover of all things Atlanta, Blake is constantly seeking new ways to better his community. Several years back, he initiated Matchstic’s On the House program, which donates design time and talent to local non-profits in need of branding. He also currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Atlanta Mission and is the organizer for the Atlanta Chapter of Creative Mornings, a monthly breakfast lecture series for the creative community.



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