How can I help?
I'm Dane Sanders.
I consult & speak on creativity, productivity & getting your best work to market. I help artists make their way in business & I help businesses create art. I wrote two business books for creatives & I'm the founder at Fastermind.co.
Built to serve creatives
Speaking and Consulting
Want to work with me?
I've spent the majority of my life immersed in making money from the things I've made. With earned degrees in business and philosophy, a decade plus as an educator and the experience of contributing to and helping build several ventures, I have experience as a business owner, author, public speaker, podcaster, coach & consultant. In the process, I've worked with & for some great companies, including Adobe, WHCC, Pioneer Nation, Engage! & Random House.
What animates me most though, is catalyzing individuals & organizations toward the signature difference only they can make. If you're looking to motivate your tribe and raise the bar of your business, let's talk.
Click here to contact me with questions about me speaking at your next event or my coaching and consulting services.
Transform Your Creativity Business
Fastermind.co creates individual and small group experiences that empower owners to transform their business from the inside out. Our results-driven tools work especially well for highly talented professionals who feel like they are leaving money on the table.
If you're interested in increasing your return-on-talent, check out Fastermind.co.
Remarkable conversations with creatives in business.
As host of the Converge Podcast, I get to connect with creatives who make really interesting things, and when they can, profit from those things, often in ways that might surprise you.
Past guests: Seth Godin | Gretchen Rubin | Michael Hyatt |Ann Handley | Starlee Kine | Brad Montague | Tamara Lackey | Chris Guillebeau | Jeremy Cowart | Chase Reeves | Sarah Greene Carmichael | Tara Gentile | Lisa Congdon | Todd Henry | Buster Benson | Jay Allison | Kohl Crescilius | Josh Kaufman | Jeff Goins | Scott Stratten | Ryan Holiday | Erwin McManus... and many others. These people are fantastic.
Our annual conference designed specifically for creatives in business.
There's no shortage of great content to learn from. But how do you get from knowledge to implementation? You don't just want education. You need results.
That's what motivated us to create the GO Summit. We call it GO for short and we host the conference each January in beautiful Southern California. Not a bad place to launch your year. It's built specifically for creatives looking to maximize the return on their talents, through real-world business training from some of the best educators in business.
Affordable business coaching for creatives.
Why do some businesses stand out while others feel invisible? Look to any professional athlete or Fortune 500 CEO and it's obvious: The best in the world work with a coach to create separation from the pack. The challenge is a) it's often cost prohibitive to get a great coach and b) it's hard to know if it's really worth it.
In response, I personally recruited and trained a small army of fantastic business coaches. All of our coaches are business owners themselves. We offer 1:1 Coaching as well as small group Fastermind Coaching groups. That experience, in combination with a fierce commitment to keeping our clients accountable, has turned into a powerful medium for success.
Fast Track: A business book that starts with the creative first.
I wrote my first business book to photographers, since that's the trade I came from. But, you don't need to be a shooter to benefit from the ideas. It's actually about who you are as a creative, regardless of the type of creativity business you're running.
More specifically, if you are aiming to start a venture with your name on the store front, you'll be best positioned to maximize the return on your talent when you begin with who you are uniquely. It turns out that those who get their creativity engine calibrated first, gain an unfair advantage in the marketplace. In addition to helping you discover how to do just that, the book also includes a business "DNA Test" to give you a custom report on your natural strengths as an artistic entrepreneur.
Fast Track Photographer is available wherever fine books are sold.
Business Plan: Build a successful creativity venture from the ground up.
Once you've figured out who you are as a creative (see above), you need to decide where you're going. That's what this unorthodox business planning book is all about. It was written specifically to complement Fast Track Photographer.
The book also includes a Business Stress Test (bST) you take online to give you a real time snapshot of the current health of your business, as well as customized marching orders on what to do next.
Fast Track Photographer Business Plan is available wherever fine books are sold.
Keynotes & Interviews
How to Solve the Freelancer Problem
Engage15! at Four Seasons, Orlando
Good Balance and Un-Balance
The Photo Report with Braedon Flynn
Bringing Your Business to the Next Level
Connecting Things Southern California
Kind words from trustworthy people
"Every once in a while, a book comes along that elegantly captures what you need to know to transform yourself & your business. This is that book. Read it. Study it. Hurry... If you are a photographer, I beg you to buy Dane's book, which has such useful advice on how to make a living living in world where everyone has a camera. Dane Sanders has given you a priceless gift."
"Dane has a typical extrovert's gift of a great & comfortable stage presence combined with a typical introvert's introspection & depth. He's more like your favorite teacher than a business speaker, because he has unique passion, energy & clarity of mind."
On Dane's Coaching
"Hiring Dane Sanders was one of the best decisions I have made for our company. He’s provided me with the tools I need to be an effective leader & change the culture of our team. His emotional intelligence is exceptional & his guidance insightful."
On Dane's Speaking
"Dane has been a driving force, bringing people together in our community for many years. As the Director of Education for WPPI I am proud to have him as a staple for our conference programming. All that & I love to hang with him!
Braedon Flynn Photography On Dane's Coaching
"As entrepreneurs & business owners, sometimes we're our biggest obstacle in the way of growth. What Dane is great at is getting you out of your own way & helping take your business to the next level."
On Dane's Coaching
"Dane Sanders has been instrumental to the amazing growth we've seen in the last six months. Every session I feel challenged to think beyond the expected. Though he asks uncomfortable questions, they yield the results I'm looking for."
On Dane's Speaking
"Dane Sanders is talented, entertaining & compelling. He has a way of making the uncommon, common (& the common - uncommon). He inspires listeners to achieve their life's ambitions."
On Dane's Coaching
"I hired Dane on the recommendation of a few colleagues and am so glad I did. He is perhaps the best investment I've ever made in my business in five years."
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