When dealing with how to improve your creativity, it’s easy to become all misty-eyed and dispense advice such as “Think outside the box! Find and express your authentic self” that, while well-intentioned and essentially true, is about as useful as hearing “Be a better person!”. Ok, yes, I agree, but how do I actually get there?
While working on this topic with Dave Birss for his upcoming TEDx talk, we tried to tackle the question from
outside the box a different angle and ask: “What challenges does one face when working on their own creativity? How can we concretely practice being more creative and overcoming these challenges every day?”
Thus the following experiment was born: We were to draw a self-portrait every day for a month with our weak hand. Continue reading
How many presenters do you stop listening to some 30 seconds after they start talking, certain that you won’t be missing out on anything important? On the other hand, when was the last conference where you sat without moving a muscle, soaking in the words of the speaker, your phone or tablet not lighting up every 10 seconds or so? And when did this happen with the majority of talks at an event you attended?
What if you’re the organizer – can you get your speakers ready, whether you’ve got two months, two weeks or two days to prepare them?
oh take your time, dear, we can wait
To put it bluntly, one of the most useful, yet least used techniques in public speaking is the pause. Yet not only are most people unaware of the concept, oftentimes they’re even actively avoiding using a pause at all costs. Why?
There is no audience.
No, really. It may seem convenient to call the group of individuals in front of you an “audience”, but they are, first and foremost, people.
I stress this seemingly obvious fact because there’s a tendency to see the audience as anything but human: Continue reading