The Newsletter of the Creativity Coaching Association
Welcome to the June issue of Creativity Calling!
In this month's newsletter, our CCA creativity coaches offer support, motivation and inspiration to help us achieve the level of success that we desire. Let's take a closer look at how we view and express our creative work.
Change is something positive. Do you view change as creation, which in fact, it is? No more resisting our lives, but instead, consciously choosing where we invest our precious time and energy.
Moving to the next level of success entails making changes and CCA wholeheartedly supports you in that! I find it ironic that, in general, people resist change when it is our true nature—the true nature of all things. The old adage, Change is the only thing we can count on, is so true.
Feel free to forward this newsletter to friends. And check out the websites of the coaches who contributed articles by going to www.creativitycoachingassociation.com, and within our "find a coach" directory, you'll find their profiles along with the profiles of scores of other member coaches. Each one of them would love to assist you in your creative growth!
We hope you'll continue to send us your comments and suggestions for future newsletter topics. We want your input and love your feedback!
All the best,
Beverly Down, President & CEO, Creativity Coaching Association
Use Your Creativity to Strengthen Your Business
by Lynn Wyvill
If you are doing business in 2009, the same way you did business in 2008, you may not be in business in 2010." That was the statement that got my attention at a chamber of commerce meeting. Another gloom and doom prediction? I don't think so. What this statement means to me is that there is a tremendous opportunity this year to use your creativity to make your business stronger and more responsive to your customers.
It's not too late in the year to take at a look at every aspect of your business—marketing, public relations, communications, pricing, customer base, networking, etc.—and decide if some fine tuning or big changes are necessary.
For example, could you develop new work, package current work in a way that makes it affordable for more customers and still produces good income for you? Is there a product or service that the marketplace needs and you can provide?
Could your work appeal to a new audience? Have you contacted former customers so you can renew your relationship with them? Are you listening to what current customers are telling you about their needs?
Would learning new skills or updating the ones you currently have make you and your work more marketable?
Do you need more visibility? Do you have a current website, even if it's only a page? Would registering on a social/business networking site be helpful? How about starting a blog? Would giving a speech or writing an article help you market yourself? How about offering a workshop? Is there an online group of artists or writers that you could join that would give you more exposure to a wider audience?
This is is a great year to take stock of your business. Even in this economy, there are opportunities. Step back and assess where you are now and where you would like to be. It may be the insight you need to position yourself for success this year, so you'll be going strong in 2010 and beyond.
~Lynn Wyvill is a Certified Creativity Coach specializing in helping entrepreneurs and business professionals develop and express their creativity. She is a writer and speaker who applied her creativity to opening a business presentation coaching business over 10 years ago. Lynn's website is www.grantstreetcom.com or you can e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Creating on the Go!
by Steve Harper
When I was growing up, my father took his sketch-pad everywhere he went. This included the theatre and the movies. Aside from the novelty of the experience, I learned something—that just because you're on the go doesn't mean you need to stop working on your creative projects. Over the years, I've learned to make my art portable, and I've seen many kinds of artists adopt the same principle to suit their work. In this season of travel and warm weather wanderings, I've compiled a helpful list of strategies to help you bring your projects with you.
Change your expectations: Creating on the go may require a different viewpoint than you normally bring to your projects. Artists can work "hands off"—taking the opportunity to visualize the work and imagine new options. Or one can make the choice to work incrementally—by doing your art in short bursts (say 5 minutes at a time) perfect for the beach or the airport. All work can be productive—no matter how brief.
Create a small version of your work: If you're a novelist, this could be an outline or a few pages of your piece. If you're a painter it could be research drawings. Whatever your discipline—build a small version of the work to bring with you. You may be able to make changes to the mini version or simply give yourself the chance to study the project long enough to unearth some new perspective or approach.
Take your materials or your tools with you: As a writer, I travel with my laptop. And I know costume designers who get a boost from carrying around material they are working (or considering working) with. The same may be true of those who work with paper, clay, wood or metal. Pack that stylus or brush and see if it inspires you. Use anything you bring as a catalyst to meditate on the artistic possibilities.
A vacation from your regular routine doesn't have to mean a vacation from your creative work. Wherever you go, you can continue to develop your projects as long as you travel light and stay creative!
~Steve Harper is a creativity coach as well as an actor, writer and teacher. He is dedicated to helping people show up fully in their creative gifts. http://yourcreativelife.net/
by Mavis Penney
Multiply Your Brain Power:
6 Ways to Make a Mastermind Work for You
We all benefit from the power of sharing knowledge. Napoleon Hill's 1937 classic "Think and Grow Rich" settled on the name of "Mastermind" for the concept, as a way to multiply one's brain power, and be successful.
What is a Mastermind?
Hill defined the "Master Mind" as "Co-ordination of knowledge and effort, in a spirit of harmony, between two or more people, for the attainment of a definite purpose." This loosely describes any social group that forms to work toward a particular goal.
How a Mastermind Works.
Hill's concept of the Master Mind has two characteristics, one economic, and one psychic. The economic characteristic, he says, is obvious, that by surrounding oneself with successful people, one can become successful. The psychic characteristic is more difficult to comprehend, he says, but: "No two minds ever come together without thereby creating a third, invisible, intangible force which may be likened to a third mind." The shared information and increased energy in the alliance multiplies everyone's brainpower, overcoming individual weaknesses and benefiting everyone in the group.
So, How Can I Make a Mastermind Work for Me?
- Settle on the definite purpose that you want to work toward. This is what you want to achieve with the help of your Mastermind partners.
- Identify who your Mastermind partners will be. Depending on what you want to achieve, you may need a large number of partners with varied skills to contribute, or you may need a small group. Many successful Masterminds are just two people working together for a shared purpose.
- Determine what the benefit will be for each participant in the Mastermind group, and ensure that each person receives that benefit.
- Set up a plan so that each member of the Mastermind makes a definite contribution.
- Make sure that all participants work in harmony with each other.
- Keep coming back to the purpose of the Mastermind and the plan you have defined to achieve that purpose.
"The co-ordination of effort between two or more people in a spirit of perfect harmony in order to attain a specific objective" is one quick description of a Mastermind. How will you define a Mastermind for yourself?
~Mavis Penney is a visual artist and creativity coach. Visit her at www.mavispenneystudios.com or http://labradorlandscape.wordpress.com
Registration Open for Fall 2009
CCA Creativity Coaching Classes!
" Life is not about finding yourself...
Life is about Creating yourself.
~ E.W. Wilcox
If you've been thinking about becoming a creativity coach, or adding creativity coaching to your existing life coaching, consulting, or therapy practice, we invite you to explore CCA's Certification Program. Our program includes a variety of basic and advanced coaching courses that can be done online or through telecourses in a reasonable period of time. The knowledge and skills you will develop in this program will serve your own work and open up opportunities for you to professionally coach others.
For details, please visit our Certification Program web page for a full explanation of the courses offered and requirements.
Congratulations to Diane Germanowski,
CCA's Newest Certified Coach!
What I Know To Be True
by Diane Germanowski
Today I am a certified creativity coach. I have had thorough training and superlative mentoring, (Eric Maisel, Beverly Down, Diane Reardon, Gail Meekin), and made many good friends. Thanks to all.
I have had the privilege to work with clients from all over the country, participating with them on a very special creative journey. I have learned as much from them, as they, from me.
I share with you what I know to be true. Five points applicable to creativity, and every undertaking under the sun.
Positive Affirmations: Create a short affirmation, particular to you, and repeat it several times a day, at least once in writing. This practice can help control "mind noise" and keep you directed.
Develop Good Habits: Yes, you can develop "good" habits. Bad habits seem to show up and ingrain themselves with no effort. Take the initiative and develop a habit that is beneficial. I have had clients develop better habits for their creating, sleeping, research habits, daily writing, painting...
List 25 reasons that this new habit is worth having. Refer to it often and consciously develop that habit daily.
Ritual: Ritual can define your endeavors. Pick something that is comfortable and will place you in a frame of mind to create. Maybe a deep breath to begin, and end, your defined time. I strike a Tibetan chime, on beginning and ending. The soft reverberation stays and I am often able to "hear" it as my work progresses— refreshing the intent. Ritual can help "bring you to, and keep you at, the table.
Set goals: For many years I had a vague idea of what my goals were but I basically ran on a wing and a prayer. I now have developed goals. A written list. What is the big goal? Then subdivide into daily, weekly, monthly goals.
Work in the Midst: Life is always happening and always demands our attention. Work anyway. Set a schedule. Stick to it.
That is what I know to be true. I leave this list to you as my graduation gift. May they bring you many benefits, also.
~Diane Germanowski is a multi faceted artist and certified creativity coach who focuses on reawakening, refreshing,and recharging her clients creative lives. Diane's web site is www.creativityandmeaning.com or you can contact her at email@example.com
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This is the end of the June 2009 issue. Send us an email and let us know your thoughts and suggestions.
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