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Shut Your Monkey

Hear that voice in your head? The one that nitpicks all your new ideas? That's your monkey. And we're gonna shut it down! SHUT YOUR MONKEY: The Podcast is going to give you a weekly dose of moral support and practical advice. With intelligence, wit, and compassion, best-selling author Danny Gregory and his weekly guests will delve deep into your head and pull that monkey out. We'll explore creative blocks, missed deadlines, tantrums, procrastination, perfectionism, and all the old monkey tricks. And we'll leave you super-charged, inspired and ready to start making your best work. Based on the new, life-changing book — available everywhere.
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Hear that voice in your head? The one that nitpicks all your new ideas? That's your monkey. And we're gonna shut it down!

SHUT YOUR MONKEY: The Podcast is going to give you a weekly dose of moral support and practical advice. With intelligence, wit, and compassion, best-selling author Danny Gregory and his weekly guests will delve deep into your head and pull that monkey out. 

We'll explore creative blocks, missed deadlines, tantrums, procrastination, perfectionism, and all the old monkey tricks. And we'll leave you super-charged, inspired and ready to start making your best work.

Based on the new, life-changing book — available everywhere. Click to find out more!

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Jun 24, 2016

This week we’ll discuss how unreliable the monkey’s advice can be and why you should ignore much of what it says. And then we’ll get some much more reliable and useful advice. We’ll talk to Ilise Benun, the author, speaker and founder of Marketing-Mentor.com, who has been helping creative people improve their game for thirty years. 

What’s your experience with your monkey? How has it affected you, and how have you overcome it? Record your Monkey Tale at dannygregory.com/monkey.

This podcast is brought to you by Sketchbook Skool, online art klasses that inspire you how to be creative—no matter what your monkey tries to tell you. See what it’s like to take a klass, and use the promo code MONKEY to save 20 percent off your first kourse. Take that, monkey…

Jun 17, 2016

In this week’s podcast, Shut Your Monkey author and host Danny Gregory talks with the author Karen Salmansohn. Karen has sold over a million copies of her wonderful and hilarious self-help books, books like How to Be Happy Dammit, The Prince Harming Syndrome, Instant Happy and The Bounce Back Book.  She’s a contributor to Oprah, Psychology Today, The Huffington Post, Lifetime TV, a relationship expert for match.com, and a radio host on Sirius. We had a sprawling, wonderful chat that was eye-opening and monkey-scaring.

 

Monkey of the Week: The Fuggedabout-it. It’s that voice that says: "Tomorrrow's another day. So's next Thursday." What can we say in response?

What’s your experience with your monkey? How has it affected you, and how have you overcome it? Record your Monkey Tale at dannygregory.com/monkey.

This podcast is brought to you by Sketchbook Skool, online art klasses that inspire you how to be creative—no matter what your monkey tries to tell you. See what it’s like to take a klass, and use the promo code MONKEY to save 20 percent off your first kourse. Take that, monkey…

Jun 8, 2016

In this week’s podcast, Shut Your Monkey author and host Danny Gregory talks with the novelist Jonathan Carroll. The conversation is freewheeling — from how to start a novel, to day-jobs to the benefits of self-criticism, how to make your creative self your friend to the pleasures of handwritten manuscripts. 

Here's an example of a second draft of his manuscript for Bathing the Lion.

Carroll 2nd draft

He also pointed me to this great video of Francis Ford Coppola showing the manuscript for The Godfather.

Monkey Tale: Liz introduces us to her purple monkey

What’s your experience with your monkey? How has it affected you, and how have you overcome it? Record your Monkey Tale at dannygregory.com/monkey.

This podcast is brought to you by Sketchbook Skool, online art klasses that inspire you how to be creative—no matter what your monkey tries to tell you. See what it’s like to take a klass, and use the promo code MONKEY to save 20 percent off your first kourse. Take that, monkey…

Jun 3, 2016

In this week’s podcast, Shut Your Monkey author and host Danny Gregory talks with Todd Colby, the poet, artist and former member of Drunken Boat. They'll discuss the creative process and the role of discipline and preparation in keeping the monkey at bay. 

Monkey of the Week: the Paranoid. It’s that voice that says: "They’re laughing and sneering, because no one likes you. Or trusts you. Or admires you. And they can’t wait to see you screw up." What can we say in response?

Monkey Tale: Lenore has a revelation in the shower about who her monkey really is.

What’s your experience with your monkey? How has it affected you, and how have you overcome it? Record your Monkey Tale at dannygregory.com/monkey.

This podcast is brought to you by Sketchbook Skool, online art klasses that inspire you how to be creative—no matter what your monkey tries to tell you. See what it’s like to take a klass, and use the promo code MONKEY to save 20 percent off your first kourse. Take that, monkey…

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