In the spirit of the New Year, we are kicking off our first #ConnectChat of 2016 with some creative inspiration! Creativity is the cornerstone of problem solving, regardless of whether or not you consider yourself to be the “creative type.” It involves taking chances and learning how to get out of your own perspective.
As content creators, there’s always the pressure to set the bar higher, so we sought the help of Laura Ryan, creativity expert and business consultant at LAMA Innovation, for her advice on how can writers, brands and other innovators can resolve to be more creative in 2016:
“New Year’s is a time for fresh starts and doing things better. In 2016 resolve to be more deliberate in your creativity practice. Here are three new habits to cultivate in the New Year: 1) Make sure you have time to just think; take walks. 2) Learn to be more accepting of risk, begin by taking a low-stakes risk, and move up from there. 3) Learn to accept failure and mistakes as part of the creative process. Celebrate mistakes and do an honest post-mortem so that you learn from each one.”
For more expert tips from Ms. Ryan, join us on Twitter next Tuesday, January 12 from 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. EST for our #ConnectChat on “How to Push Your Creativity in 2016.” To submit a question for Laura, simply join the chat using the hashtag #ConnectChat or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
About Laura Ryan
Ms. Ryan is the president and founder of LAMA Innovation Inc. (www.lamainnovation.com). She holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University and a Master of Science degree in Creativity and Innovation from the International Center for Studies in Creativity at Buffalo State College, SUNY, furthering her education as a creative problem solving and strategic planning facilitator. In addition, Laura hold certificates in Six Sigma, Lean Practices, Polarity Management, and FourSight. Laura began her career as an engineer with United Technologies working domestically and in Europe. She has an entrepreneurial spirit that has led her to start several companies. Ms. Ryan’s most recent experience has been in facilitating strategic planning and training in deliberate Creativity for several clients including PepsiCo, ComEd, Ingram Micro, Unifrax, and UBMD Pediatrics.
Having worked extensively in Asia and Europe, Laura is the founder and principal in Creativity-International (www.creativity-international.com), serving organizations and teams from around the world who want to learn a common language and process for deliberate and sustainable innovation. Recent clients have included: Tunghai University, NIPA Korea, Universidad de La Sabana, University of Dammam, and King Saud University.