Welcome to the August issue of Creativity Calling!
The last month of the summer season can produce anxiety in people as they frantically scurry to "get in" activities and events before the arrival of the next season.
The CCA and its certified coaches delight in assisting with such transitions, with helping others see themselves more clearly followed by moving in the direction of their desired dreams and goals. The process begins with a bit of self reflection, and this month it's where our CCA creativity coaches rest their focus.
Melissa shares an insight she gained while tending a bird feeder on vacation, and challenges us to ponder our roles as creators. Denise speaks to the beauty of daydreaming and the benefits it brings to creative endeavors. Quinn offers timely suggestions for optimizing our attendance at the upcoming CCA Creativity Conference, a time set aside for realigning and recharging our creative batteries!
Lastly, Dr. Cathryn Lloyd gives us a snapshot of her creative upbringing and subsequent journey in becoming the very first CCA Certified Creativity Coach in Australia! Congratulations to Cathryn and welcome to our talented team of coaches dedicated to promoting creativity and creative work throughout the world.
With the CCA's International Creativity Conference just 7 weeks away (more information below), we grow more and more excited about meeting you. It's a privilege to come alongside in supporting, encouraging and promoting you! For this conference is designed to celebrate you, assisting you in optimizing what currently exists and unearthing what is yet to be discovered (new ideas, tools and strategies). Can you visualize the quantum leap your creative business takes after attending this weekend event? There is still time for you to register and take your creativity to the next level!
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All the best,
Beverly Down , President & CEO,
Creativity Coaching Association
Call of the Wild
By Melissa A. Rosati
At the end of July, I had the good fortune to spend a week in the Green Mountains of Vermont on a personal writing retreat. My electronic devices served no purpose. No signal. And from a survey of my surroundings, no people. A herd of alpacas, living a half mile away, was my nearest neighbor. I was a digital nude and alone.
In the afternoons, I poured seed into a bird-feeder and waited for customers. An adult red squirrel was always the first one there. Chasing his brethren as well as the birds away, he gorged himself on sunflower seeds. In the distance, I noticed a hawk.
In the evenings, I filled the feeder again, and the scenario was much the same with one exception. The hawk was a little closer.
Feeling sorry for the birds, I started filling the feeder at 6:30 in the morning. Surely, the early bird would beat the squirrel. But that didn't happen. The squirrel was there first. And in the early morning blue sky against the green hillside, the silent hawk glided by just a little closer.
On the last morning of my stay, I filled the feeder and waited on the porch. Perhaps by now, the squirrel would trust that someone would faithfully fill the feeder. There was no reason to live in scarcity and every reason to live in abundance. But something different happened.
The birds arrived. In all colors and shapes, the birds feasted at the feeder for the first time. It was a jovial community meal that lasted close to an hour.
No sign of the squirrel, or the hawk.
Their absence offered a silent space to consider: In my creative life, am I more like the myopic squirrel or the focused hawk?
August is a month of transition. We move from a summer schedule into the intensity of fall and the holidays. August is a good time to reflect on the role we fulfill as a creator in our community, and where we have the opportunity to grow into something more.
Creativity is the quality of your focus.
~ Melissa A. Rosati
, CPCC, is a CCA member based in New York City. You can contact her at www.melissascoachingstudio.com
Keeping the Daydreaming Alive
By Denise A. Agnew
Don't daydream. Don't be unrealistic. Don't have fun.
As children we are sometimes lectured to rein in our creativity, and as adults the admonitions are often equally as powerful. Adults often forget or perhaps we've never known, that in order to create we must daydream and we must open ourselves to possibilities. And by gosh we've gotta have fun.
Whether we're painting, dancing, sculpting, drawing or writing, we have limited ability to create satisfying art if we don't daydream. As children we did it naturally. As adults we often need to relearn how to discover the beauty of daydreaming and the benefits it can have for our creative practice.
Rediscovering daydreaming can be as easy as taking the time to remember our childhoods. As a creative people we can usually recall those blissful moments of staring outside and being fascinated with the world. Play was the ultimate in creativity.
Few things are more exciting than finding that much talked about inner child. Because without that innocence, that piece of us that says it's all right to play, creativity can escape us.
How do we recapture that bliss? It could be as simple as trying this one simple idea:
Take a pad of paper outside wherever you won't be disturbed. It could be a park, your backyard or even your front porch. Breathe deeply and absorb what you're hearing and seeing. Reconnect with the part of you that wants to return to basics. Scribble. Sketch even if you aren't a painter or into drawing. Brainstorm a story idea based on what you see around you even if you aren't a storyteller. Color outside of the lines. No idea is too strange. No picture is too ugly. This is your recess. Children don't know they "can't" do something until they're told they can't. Remember what it was like before someone told you "no."
Try this whenever you're feeling creatively stifled and discover how much easier it is to access the beauty of daydreaming.
~ Denise A. Agnew is the author of over 60 novels. Denise is also a paranormal investigator, Reiki Master and CCA Certified Creativity Coach. Visit Denise's websites at www.creativepencoaching.com and www.deniseagnew.com.
Getting the Most out of a Conference
By Quinn McDonald
Attending a conference in your field lets you mingle with your tribe and fill up your own problem solving well, the one you drain when working with clients.
Preparing emotionally for a conference is as important as packing your suitcase. How do you keep your satisfaction high from first day to last? Here are some tips for making your next conference successful.
- Read the conference agenda carefully. If you are looking for hands-on learning and the conference is largely lectures, adjust your perspective before you leave. Knowing what to expect will help you know how to participate.
- Check out the presenters. Visit their websites; follow them on social media. Get to know their expertise and style. Their presentation will sound familiar if you know about their ideas.
- Prepare questions. It's easy to set your expectations high; anything less will then seem disappointing. Write down relevant questions in the weeks before the conference. Getting your question answered from speakers and other attendees will help spark new directions for your business. One new idea a day is the sign of a great conference.
- Wear temperature-adjusting layers. The perfect-temperature hotel hasn't been invented. You may feel cold when you sit still, hot during activities. Wear layers that are easy to adjust. Tops that unbutton, hoodies, scarves, or shawls layer well and are easy to pack.
- Plan for your dietary needs. The conference planners can't know your dietary restrictions. Check with the conference organizer early to know what food will be served. Bring your own snacks if you need to eat between meals. Check out the local restaurants online and note the addresses of those that match with your diet needs.
- Monitor your emotions. In a new environment, you may feel uncertain, competitive, or tired, particularly if you traveled through time zones. Hearing new ideas can cause your inner critic to nag you. Manage your emotions with breathing, taking a break, or eating a healthy snack.
- Be kind. On your way out of a talk, say something kind to the speaker. A kind word goes a long way for both the speaker and you. And it models expert-level coaching behavior.
~ Quinn McDonald
is a writer, trainer, and CCA certified creativity coach who helps her clients through changes and re-invention. Her website is QuinnCreative.com
Congratulations to Cathryn Lloyd,
CCA's Newest Certified Creativity Coach!
Creativity--the heart of human endeavour
by Cathryn Lloyd
I've had a long relationship with creativity. My parents supplied me with art materials. Nothing flash or expensive--simple art materials that enabled me to express myself. Consequently I created work without being overly precious. I did at high school and went to art college. Whether self-employed or working for others I have strived to work creatively. I hold a belief that creativity is the heart of human endeavour regardless of the work we do. This thinking informs and flows through the work I do with individuals, teams, and organisations.
I have throughout my work intuitively engaged with others in a coaching style. However, I knew it was time to discover more about this profession and hone my coaching capability. I asked myself how would I go about doing this in a way that was meaningful and creative for me? In doing my research I came across the Creativity Coaching Association and a new world opened up. The idea that creativity could be at the heart and soul of coaching aligned perfectly. The CCA became the right place for me to deepen my understanding of coaching, develop my coaching skills, enable me to reflect on what creativity means to me, and how I could help others understand what it means to them.
The investment has paid off. I have new skills and thinking about coaching particularly when creativity is involved. There is a lot at stake when people bring their heart, soul and creativity to their work. Equally there is a lot at stake when people are unable to bring their creativity to their work.
In learning and understanding what it means to coach it's impossible to not reflect deeply on one's own life. I love that creativity can be front and centre in the coaching conversation and everything else is part of that. I love that coaching can help others courageously explore and use their creative capacity, find purpose and gain creative confidence--regardless of the work they do. This is inspiring and meaningful work. Most recently I became Australia's first CCA certified creativity coach--how exciting is that?
~ Dr. Cathryn Lloyd
holds a Doctorate in Creative Industries. She is the Founder/Director of Maverick Minds a consultancy that designs and facilitates creative learning experiences for individuals, teams and organisations. Contact Cathryn firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit www.maverickminds.biz
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Creativity Coaching Association Announces 3rd International
Creativity Conference September 25 - 27, 2015
Views of Lake George Courtesy of Carl Heilman II
3rd International Creativity Conference, "Creativity: Let it Be Life!™ convenes September 25 - 27, 2015, in beautiful Lake George, New York. Creative people from all over the globe will come together to learn, have fun and create community.
Go to www.creativityconference2015.com
to learn more.
New CCA Coaching
Begin on August 13!
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.
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