You need great ideas consistently in order to do your job. But, where do those ideas come from? You can’t just sit there and stare at the problem. Instead, it sometimes help to have a few tools to pull out of your toolbox when you need to be brilliant. On today’s show, I share a simple mothod called a “Stimulus Dive” to help you spark new and non-intuitive ideas when you need them most.
There are several myths that exist about highly creative people, and they can seriously affect how teams are led, how client interactions happen, and how we collaborate with one another. If you believe any of these five myths, it can create chronic issues on your team. And, if you are perpetuating any of them, it can seriously curb your effectiveness as a creative pro.
Ideas are often plentiful, but great, concise, well-presented ideas are rare. Sometimes you need another person to help you shape your work into something that can achieve maximum impact. David Moldawer is just such a person. He’s an editor, and a writer, and he helps authors simplify and communicate their very complex work in a way that it can be received. On this episode, we talk about how to find your voice as an artist, a common fallacy that prevents us from success, and how to best position yourself for creative success.
There’s so much discussion about how to get started, how to overcome creative block, and how to find your motivation, but you know what’s rarely discussed? That’s right – how to finish when things get hard. Today’s guest Jon Acuff has written the book on the topic, and he’s here today to discuss his creative process, and some core principles for finishing challenging long-arc goals in your life and work.
Networking. Just the word can sometimes bring chills to introverts like me. We tend to think of networking as “slapping palms” and “swapping business cards” and the whole thing often feel a little… swarmy. However, today’s guest David Burkus is here to tell us how to think differently about networking, and how we can leverage both our strong and weak ties to help us accomplish our professional goals. His new book is called Friend Of A Friend.
Have you ever presented a project and been told something like “yeah, that’s just not working for me”? Not very helpful, right? How you give feedback is really important to a team’s culture. On this episode, we share three key principles for giving feedback to others about creative work.