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You may have heard about the Kansas City blizzard last weekend. So much for the first day of Spring! Shoveling the wet, heavy snow on Sunday prompted building a snowman for the first time in years. And of course, the experience turned into a quick video creativity lesson. – Mike Brown

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Most of the US has been pounded with cold and snow the past few weeks. Don’t know about you, but it makes me feel my creative spirit is at a dead end when things outside are cold, bleak, and dark.

So what to do to turn a creative “dead end” into a “live start”?

Here are the ideas I wrote down for myself the other day to break out of my creative doldrums:

  • Be around fun people
  • Spend some fun time with my wife
  • Nap without worrying about losing valuable time
  • Go someplace bright and warm
  • Go someplace dark and warm
  • Finish something (realizing that, unfortunately, blogs aren’t ever done unless you quit them)
  • Find someone who loves something I created
  • Seek out people who have good news to share
  • Appreciate what I have
  • Get worn out from working out and quit eating holiday treats
  • Make a cool handwritten font

That’s what I’ve been trying. Please add your ideas to the list too! – Mike Brown

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Spare a minute to recall what stood out for you last week, looking for creativity triggers in your recollections. If you’re on Twitter, they make for great fodder to tweet as well.

Here are some things from last week on my creative quickie list:

  • Important relearning of the week? When introducing a new idea, deliberately put yourself in situations that require explaining it. It really helps refine messaging much more quickly.
  • Most interesting strategy question of the week? “In ten words, tell me what creates profit in your business?”
  • Most surprising street sign? This one below. Where, but in Kansas City, is there a 10 hour parking sign?


  • A good deed that’s usually appreciated: Invite an introvert to go with you to a networking function. (Or to paraphrase @trmndsblndtte: Help de-flower an introvert!) If you’re an introvert and someone asks you to an event, accept the invitation!
  • Greatest inspirational messages while walking down the street? These from the school at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago.


  • Most innovative job title of someone I met? “Chief Creatologist”
  • Most reassuring development? Encouragement from so many great people. Now to figure out how to engineer it happening every week! – Mike Brown

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Keith Prather and I attended the October 21, 2009 Central Exchange CEO Series luncheon featuring Beryl Raff, Chairman and CEO of Helzberg Diamonds.

It was an interesting talk, especially when she went off script, discussing challenges in her career, how she developed a specialty in turnarounds, and the first meeting with her new “boss,” Warren Buffett.

The first audience question was about what type of atmosphere she feels fosters innovation. Her answer was one where the status quo is challenged all the time and people “talk about ideas.”

There’s your creative quickie: see how often you’re challenging the status quo today (vs. settling for what’s okay or routine) and notice amid the time pressures of business, if you’re avoiding “talking” about ideas.

Don’t rush to “just do something.” Invest time in strategic thinking and challenge your world as it exists today. – Mike Brown

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There are so many situations in everyday life that can be sources of current and future creative inspiration, especially when you have a creative block.

How do you become better at actually capitalizing on their inspirational creative value?

One way is to get an easy-to-use video camera and start capturing situations which provide creative inspiration.

Having a video camera with me nearly all the time this year has not only allowed capturing blatantly creative images, but has also refined my eye for spotting hidden creative moments in more mundane situations.

Figure out which type of video camera works best for you – it could be a Flip, a Kodak (that’s for former BMA board president Jeff Hayzlett!), or your PDA. Find the video camera that allows you to video at a moment’s notice and build an inspiration reserve for when you hit a creative block. – Mike Brown

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Riding the Waves

One night, based on my wife’s question about if and when George C. Scott had died, I followed Wikipedia links to Tony Randall, Jack Klugman, Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Reilly, Gene Rayburn, Bert Convy, Bobby Van, and Elaine Joyce – Bobby Van’s widow. (If you’re wondering, the clear theme was my rabid viewership of mid 1970s CBS game shows.)

Amazingly, it said Elaine Joyce dated J.D. Salinger for several years before marrying Neil Simon – who knew? I really have abandoned my earlier passion for pop culture trivia!

That revelation led to more clicks and discovering this 1951 Salinger quote on literary influences:

“A writer, when he’s asked to discuss his craft, ought to get up and call out in a loud voice just the names of the writers he loves.”

2 Creative Quickies

  • Need a little quirky inspiration? Take a period of your life, pick a starting point, and do some Wikipedia surfing as source for semi-random inputs. You never know what cool places Wikiwaves will take you.
  • Expand on Salinger’s idea and “call out in a loud voice” the creative influences you love. You choose where to do it – maybe it’s a blog, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, etc. Gosh, maybe it’s actually really speaking them aloud. Simply pick the venue and have fun doing it! Mike Brown

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