Archive for the Creativity Category

Trust Your Sense of Humor

Posted in Creativity, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin' on January 29, 2018 by RobALott

Don’t try to get a laugh from your audience. Instead, give your audience an opportunity to laugh.

Deliver the punchline in the way you find funny.

Be careful not to fall into the trap of delivering the line the way you think the audience will find funny. They’ll sense your over-eager pleading for a laugh and shut it down.

It is actually your sense of humor the audience will key into and get behind.

Trust it.

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We Are All Experts

Posted in Creativity, Got Me Thinkin', Thoughts on Leadership on December 4, 2017 by RobALott

Vic Firth came up with the idea of making a better drumstick while playing timpani for the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The sticks he could buy commercially didn’t measure up to the job, so he began making and selling drumsticks from his basement at home. Then one day he dropped a bunch of sticks on the floor and heard all the different pitches. That’s when he began to match up sticks by moisture content, weight, density, and pitch so they were identical pairs. The result became his product’s tagline: “the perfect pair.“ Today, Vic Firth’s factory turns out more than 85,000 drumsticks a day and has a 62% share in the drumstick market.*

We are all experts at something. And we all have ideas as to how to make that thing better.

So, you’re the expert. You’re the most qualified. Pick yourself, and go do it. Make it better. Make the product better. Make the industry better. Raise the bar.

*ReWork by Jason Fried

If You Are a Creative

Posted in A Note to Directors, Creativity, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff, Thoughts on Leadership on November 27, 2017 by RobALott

If you are a creative who also shows up on time…

If you are a creative who also delivers the project ahead of schedule…

If you are a creative who arrives prepared…

You will get hired more, work more, and be pursued more.

Let’s stop blaming our irresponsibility on our creativity.

Productive Interruptions

Posted in A Note to Directors, Creativity, Nuts & Bolts Stuff, Thoughts on Leadership on November 20, 2017 by RobALott

Prone to distraction?

Prone to procrastination?

Me too.

Try this:

(It’s been working well for me.)

Revenge Isn’t Always Bad

Posted in Creativity, Got Me Thinkin' on October 30, 2017 by RobALott

Revenge isn’t always a bad response. It doesn’t have to be harmful or destructive.

Revenge can be a great source for creativity, a reliable strategy for proving someone wrong, and a forever source to prove your own worth.

Revenge isn’t always bad.

Pay Attention to the Rule Breakers

Posted in A Note to Directors, Creativity, Got Me Thinkin', Thoughts on Leadership, Uncategorized on September 25, 2017 by RobALott

They tend to become the leaders.

(Sorry rule followers.)

Sparking Creativity

Posted in A Note to Directors, Creativity, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff on September 12, 2017 by RobALott

Two legit ways to spark creativity:

1) Get yourself out of routine. Do something out of the ordinary. Go somewhere you've never been.

2) Do something that's so routine, your mind can wander. Delve into a task that's so mindless, your muscles have so memorized, your imagination has no choice but to fill the void.