I was working on a rather mundane project last week when suddenly I was struck with a brilliant idea that stopped my work dead in its tracks. I love it when this happens, even if it sidetracks the work at hand for a few hours. But sparking your creativity is easier said than done. It is usually a serendipitous phenomenon, but I believe there are a few techniques you can use to trigger that creative impulse. Here are over 13 ways I get the creative juices flowing. 1. Doodle. You’ve heard of brainstorming and stream-of-consciousness writing to free your mind and unleash your creativity. But even those activities are limited by conforming your boundless imagination to language. Instead, just take out a blank piece of paper and a pen and doodle away. Draw whatever comes to mind. Just scribble anything and see what appears. 2. Challenge Yourself. People under pressure tend to surprise themselves. Try giving yourself a deadline, say, coming up with 10 great ideas by the end of the week. If your mind understands that there is a deadline to meet, it starts to work extra hard to ensure you meet it. 3. Join with Fellow Creatives. Creative [...]
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For business owners, the need for excellent Powerpoint presentations while soliciting partners is crucial for success. As entrepreneurs, we need to know our audiences before creating presentations to address them, and then we must create a show that will actively engage them. While many of us may display the creative drive to make an interesting Powerpoint, finding the right images, organizing them, and tailoring them to each specific you are trying to reach can be time consuming. As I mention in my book, “How to Start Your Business with $100”, this may be one of those areas it’s best to outsource. Listen to “Who’s Designing Your Podcasts?” for suggestions on creating the best professional Powerpoints you can. So, who will you have design your Powerpoints? Leave your recommendations below! Connect with Ja-Naé on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook ______________ Looking to start a business or own a small business? Please consider buying my book, How to Start Your Business with $100 because it will save you thousands of dollars and you should find what you’re looking for.
Are you an artist (of any medium) looking for creative opportunities and collaborations globally? Would you like your work exhibited or performed in Italy and Boston? The Duane Arts Institute Be inspired with us. This summer, you can take your ideas and work with other artists and creatives like yourself. The Duane Arts Institute, held in Assisi, Italy will enable you to collaborate and create so that you can have your ideas and dreams come true. This interdisciplinary arts program allows for musicians, singers, dancers, writers, composers, filmmakers, visual artists, performance artists, actors, and photographers to collaborate with all the other artists attending your session. For more information, contact: DuaneArtsInstitute @ gmail.com, attention Lynn. Participate in a fun-filled two week session which includes: Each artist receiving one-on-one attention while working on individual and group projects Performance and Exhibition opportunities in Italy and in Boston (fall 2010) Collaboration with every individual attending the program Artist and Entrepreneurial Workshops Excursions throughout the Tuscan Region Sessions 1: July 25th-August 7th (ONLY 3 Spots Left) Session 2: August 8th-21st (ONLY 5 Spots Left) Program Fees Include: Performances and Exhibitions in and around Assisi Performances and Exhibitions in Boston (Fall 2010) Artist and Entrepreneurial Workshops [...]
Are you an entrepreneur? Small Business Owner? Artist or Freelancer? What about a mom entrepreneur? If you are reading my blog, chances are that you fully understand why you are – or would like to be – a self-employed entrepreneur. I offer a list of my motivations in my book, How to Start Your Business with $100. All entrepreneurs can agree on at least a few things: We went into business for ourselves because we enjoy what we do, we believe in what we do, and we want to have a bit more control over our work schedule and professional habits. What some entrepreneurs may not realize is that there are inherent health benefits for the self-employed. I offer a list of four benefits, but want to build this list with your help! Working for yourself reduces stress: By having more control over the clients and workload you assume, you can control your own workload, instead of having some pesky manager stack piles and piles of work on your desk as you watch in horror. Helpguide.org offers a great list of resources to help cope with stress in the workplace; as a self-employed individual you have control over your own [...]
As the co-founder of the Massachusetts Artists Leaders Coalition (MALC), I work to ensure that Massachusetts artists of all disciplines have a voice in public dialogue and key public policy initiatives that impact artists communities and the creative economy. I and other members of the MALC ensure that we have voices representing the creative economy on a local, state, and federal level. When Massachusetts established its Creative Economy Council the opera singer in me was very excited to hear what kinds of support and legislation would be brought forth to support performing and visual arts in the state. Unfortunately, the CEC has focused its efforts on developing the design, videogame, advertising, and film/tv industries, leaving the performing and visual arts left a bit out of the loop. Performing and visual artists contribute directly to the economy, and drive more business, in several ways. For example: A friend of mine hangs art exhibitions in community spaces (coffee shops, bookstores). When those businesses hold small exhibition openings, it brings additional visitors onto their sales floors. On the same token, having a band perform at bars, restaurants, and bookstores can bring additional customers who may not otherwise venture into a business. Hiring an [...]