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Hashtag Authentic - for small businesses, bloggers and online creatives

Sara Tasker

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Hashtag Authentic - for small businesses, bloggers and online creatives
Hashtag Authentic - for small businesses, bloggers and online creatives

Hashtag Authentic - for small businesses, bloggers and online creatives

Sara Tasker

20
Followers
28
Plays
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Want to find an audience online for your creative work? Hashtag Authentic is a weekly podcast exploring the secrets to online success for dreamers, makers and creatives. With practical tips and inspiring stories, Sara Tasker of 'Me & Orla' (Instagram: @me_and_orla) guides you through the lessons and strategies she used to grow her 300k+ audience and six-figure business online. Tune in every Wednesday for analysis and interviews with trailblazing creatives, for an insider's view of all things Instagram, blogging, social media and beyond. Hashtag Authentic will equip you for the online world, dose you up on inspiration & information, and help you find your online tribe.

Latest Episodes

Staying happy and sane online, with Fiona Thomas

My guest this week, author and journalist Fiona Thomas, credits social media with triggering anxiety in the midst of an episode of deep depression - and then helping her find her way back to herself. In this week's conversation, we talk about the importance of boundaries, self-worth, productivity, Instagram, mental illness and community, and how we can weave them all together to stay happy and healthy online.

48 MIN2 d ago
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Staying happy and sane online, with Fiona Thomas

Dignity in the doing, with Annabelle Hickson

Annabelle Hickson describes herself as an "accidental florist", which gives her far too little credit for the magic she's made happen in both her career and her life. Educator, author, photographer and podcaster, she lives on a pecan farm in rural Australia and shares to the world via social media. In this week's conversation, she talks us through how she weaves beauty out of the things that she finds on the roadside - both literally, and perhaps a little bit metaphorically too.

39 MIN1 w ago
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Dignity in the doing, with Annabelle Hickson

Ten things to do when it feels like you're failing

This week I'm talking about something that must be familiar to every creative and entrepreneur. It happens when your inbox is quiet; when somebody else lands that big deal or opportunity you always wanted; when you can't stop looking at everyone else's follower counts. Fear of failure hits us all sometimes, and it's easy to spiral in to panic. In this episode I share 10 practical and intentional things you can do to understand your fear, and use it to build forward momentum.

14 MIN2 w ago
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Ten things to do when it feels like you're failing

Dreaming about what you're really good at, with Chupi Sweetman

By the age of 21, Chupi Sweetman had been a cookbook writer and landed her dream job as a fashion designer for Topshop. But she still had bigger dreams. She's now best known for her eponymous and massively successful jewellery company, and - as you'll hear in this conversation - is every bit as sparkling and enchanting as the things she creates.

55 MIN2 w ago
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Dreaming about what you're really good at, with Chupi Sweetman

Using Instagram to figure out your dreams, with Naomi Bulger

Today I'm introducing you all to a woman I could not live without! Naomi and I met when she was a student in my very first Instagram class. Later, when I advertised for a virtual assistant, she applied for the role from her home in Australia. I interviewed her via Skype, realised what an amazing skill set and talent she has, and she's been a vital member of the team ever since. In this episode,​ we talk about the role Instagram has played in her career journey, and in helping her find the work she really wants to do.

38 MIN3 w ago
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Using Instagram to figure out your dreams, with Naomi Bulger

Lessons learned from taking time out

In this quick solo episode, I catch up on where I've been over the summer, what prompted my extended break and dig into some of the reasons why seasons of rest still feel so terrifying to many of us.

14 MINSEP 23
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Lessons learned from taking time out

LIVE in Edinburgh, Sara Tasker and Dominique Davis in conversation

Dominique Davis is a powerhouse of creative content and imagination, with a captivated Instagram following of over 500k. We met up in Edinburgh with a live audience to talk about fun, Photoshop, and how to stay sane as an Instagram dependent businesswoman when they keep on screwing with the algorithms.

78 MINSEP 23
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LIVE in Edinburgh, Sara Tasker and Dominique Davis in conversation

LIVE in London, Sara Tasker and Dolly Alderton in conversation

Dolly Alderton is a journalist, podcaster and Sunday Times bestselling author. Following her whirlwind year, we caught up in Waterstones Tottenham Court Road to discuss lessons learned, social media addiction, the magic of twitter and fiction vs non fiction.

66 MINSEP 23
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LIVE in London, Sara Tasker and Dolly Alderton in conversation

#PODSTRIKE

http://www.podstrike.net/

3 MINSEP 20
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#PODSTRIKE

LIVE in Manchester, Sara Tasker and Laura Jane Williams in conversation

Things we talk about in this episode: Reading from Hashtag Authentic's introduction How I started out on Instagram by seeking beauty in an uncompromising environment My previous job, working in speech therapy for the NHSWhy communication is central in everything I do Why I believe it's ok to create a 'highlight reel'Why visuals are the best communication tool My chronic illness (dysautonomia), and how this impacts on my workWhat my average day looks like Spoon theory My initial vision in setting up my business, and my career path The need for a new wave of honest marketing and business Why I don't need a digital detoxHow to start out on Instagram from scratch (audience question) Why there will always be an Instagram community for you, no matter what your interest (audience question) My future dreams and ambitions (audience question)The importance of not being soley led by what your audience wants Who inspiresme (audience question)Why going "off piste" in search of inspiration brings...

52 MINAPR 1
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LIVE in Manchester, Sara Tasker and Laura Jane Williams in conversation

Latest Episodes

Staying happy and sane online, with Fiona Thomas

My guest this week, author and journalist Fiona Thomas, credits social media with triggering anxiety in the midst of an episode of deep depression - and then helping her find her way back to herself. In this week's conversation, we talk about the importance of boundaries, self-worth, productivity, Instagram, mental illness and community, and how we can weave them all together to stay happy and healthy online.

48 MIN2 d ago
Comments
Staying happy and sane online, with Fiona Thomas

Dignity in the doing, with Annabelle Hickson

Annabelle Hickson describes herself as an "accidental florist", which gives her far too little credit for the magic she's made happen in both her career and her life. Educator, author, photographer and podcaster, she lives on a pecan farm in rural Australia and shares to the world via social media. In this week's conversation, she talks us through how she weaves beauty out of the things that she finds on the roadside - both literally, and perhaps a little bit metaphorically too.

39 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Dignity in the doing, with Annabelle Hickson

Ten things to do when it feels like you're failing

This week I'm talking about something that must be familiar to every creative and entrepreneur. It happens when your inbox is quiet; when somebody else lands that big deal or opportunity you always wanted; when you can't stop looking at everyone else's follower counts. Fear of failure hits us all sometimes, and it's easy to spiral in to panic. In this episode I share 10 practical and intentional things you can do to understand your fear, and use it to build forward momentum.

14 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Ten things to do when it feels like you're failing

Dreaming about what you're really good at, with Chupi Sweetman

By the age of 21, Chupi Sweetman had been a cookbook writer and landed her dream job as a fashion designer for Topshop. But she still had bigger dreams. She's now best known for her eponymous and massively successful jewellery company, and - as you'll hear in this conversation - is every bit as sparkling and enchanting as the things she creates.

55 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Dreaming about what you're really good at, with Chupi Sweetman

Using Instagram to figure out your dreams, with Naomi Bulger

Today I'm introducing you all to a woman I could not live without! Naomi and I met when she was a student in my very first Instagram class. Later, when I advertised for a virtual assistant, she applied for the role from her home in Australia. I interviewed her via Skype, realised what an amazing skill set and talent she has, and she's been a vital member of the team ever since. In this episode,​ we talk about the role Instagram has played in her career journey, and in helping her find the work she really wants to do.

38 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Using Instagram to figure out your dreams, with Naomi Bulger

Lessons learned from taking time out

In this quick solo episode, I catch up on where I've been over the summer, what prompted my extended break and dig into some of the reasons why seasons of rest still feel so terrifying to many of us.

14 MINSEP 23
Comments
Lessons learned from taking time out

LIVE in Edinburgh, Sara Tasker and Dominique Davis in conversation

Dominique Davis is a powerhouse of creative content and imagination, with a captivated Instagram following of over 500k. We met up in Edinburgh with a live audience to talk about fun, Photoshop, and how to stay sane as an Instagram dependent businesswoman when they keep on screwing with the algorithms.

78 MINSEP 23
Comments
LIVE in Edinburgh, Sara Tasker and Dominique Davis in conversation

LIVE in London, Sara Tasker and Dolly Alderton in conversation

Dolly Alderton is a journalist, podcaster and Sunday Times bestselling author. Following her whirlwind year, we caught up in Waterstones Tottenham Court Road to discuss lessons learned, social media addiction, the magic of twitter and fiction vs non fiction.

66 MINSEP 23
Comments
LIVE in London, Sara Tasker and Dolly Alderton in conversation

#PODSTRIKE

http://www.podstrike.net/

3 MINSEP 20
Comments
#PODSTRIKE

LIVE in Manchester, Sara Tasker and Laura Jane Williams in conversation

Things we talk about in this episode: Reading from Hashtag Authentic's introduction How I started out on Instagram by seeking beauty in an uncompromising environment My previous job, working in speech therapy for the NHSWhy communication is central in everything I do Why I believe it's ok to create a 'highlight reel'Why visuals are the best communication tool My chronic illness (dysautonomia), and how this impacts on my workWhat my average day looks like Spoon theory My initial vision in setting up my business, and my career path The need for a new wave of honest marketing and business Why I don't need a digital detoxHow to start out on Instagram from scratch (audience question) Why there will always be an Instagram community for you, no matter what your interest (audience question) My future dreams and ambitions (audience question)The importance of not being soley led by what your audience wants Who inspiresme (audience question)Why going "off piste" in search of inspiration brings...

52 MINAPR 1
Comments
LIVE in Manchester, Sara Tasker and Laura Jane Williams in conversation