Leading with Presence to Communicate New Ideas

You have a powerful presence, influential, a creative leader of highly engaged and motivated creative and innovative employees. With the creative innovations you have, you want to sell your idea results to your clients. How can you communicate these ideas to others?

Your great ideas will go nowhere without the great communication you provide. Beyond just presenting to executives in your organization, you need to lead with presence to communicate new ideas to prospective clients outside your organization. Knowing what to say and how to say it are just as important as how you dress, walk and stand when talking to others you want to buy your ideas.

“The goal is to provide inspiring information that moves people to action.”

Guy Kawasaki

With inspire confidence and empower listeners, your presence holds your audience for you to communicate your new ideas for your prospective clients to buy from you. Sparking your prospective clients with thought-provoking ideas needs you to use your presence when you communicate new ideas to them. Your effective performance needs to have your prospects sitting at the edge of their seats listening to how your idea can help make things more efficient in their operations.

Delivering a presentation ultimately means delivering a performance. Making a connection with your audience is hugely important when presenting. This means having good eye contact with your audience.

You know how to generate ideas, create those ideas and produce those ideas for business breakthrough results within your organization. In taking your ideas to the next level in communicating your ideas to prospective clients, you need to demonstrate your presence not just in the way you walk and stand, as well as in how you speak and talk about your idea.

Bringing your passion and enthusiasm in while you talk about your ideas does essentially get people’s attention.

Framing your idea in terms that resonate what your prospective clients need is how you wake up others in getting them to

Using emotion to wake-up your audience to getting them to understand why your idea matters to their needs is of big importance.


“Audiences forget facts, but they remember stories. Once you get past the jargon,

The corporate world is an endless source of fascinating stories.”

-Ian Griffin

Make your idea as relevant as possible. This makes sure your prospects can achieve the results you mention. The more your idea rescues your prospects from struggling the way they do currently the better. Paint a precise picture of what the problem, challenge or difficulty others experience, the more the will consider your idea.  You want to show that the current status quo is unappealing to your prospects. They are not getting the results they want.

Once prospects can get behind your idea, work with them to influence at least 10 percent of their employees. The reason for the 10 percent is because researchers found that groups of people of 10 percent are big decision-makers that will get the majority of employees to adopt their belief and the idea.

“It always comes back to the audience you’re trying to reach, and the way they think about their problems and desires.”

Brian Clark

As a business leader, you can’t escape the need to communicate. Harness your exceptional communication skills to deliver confident and successful presentations. Inspire others as you get buy-in by connecting your unique ideas for effective and efficient work environments.

“Communication works for those who work at it.”

John Powell

The Brilliance of Ridiculous Ideas

Let’s talk about brilliant ideas that meet the ridiculous, or is it ridiculous ideas meet brilliance!

“An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.” – Buddha

You may ask yourself “Why Didn’t I Think Of That?”

Coming up with an idea isn’t really the hard part. You may have a lot of good-to-great ideas since you have a lot of potential.

Think for a minute that everyone has million-dollar ideas, but people rarely act on them.

Once in a while you may come up with a brilliant idea. After some time you may think that’s really ridiculous, and then let go of the idea altogether. Your idea either gets rejected by others, or you don’t concentrate on it and it fades or disappears.

“You have to have an idea of what you are going to do, but it should be a vague idea.”

– Pablo Picasso

Now let’s think about the idea of Brilliant Meet the Ridiculous.

This is where ridiculous ideas are actually brilliant when you really think about them.

Think back on some ideas that were ridiculous yet brilliant. These include:

  1. Wearing a robe backwards without tying it known as a Snuggie.
  1. Taking a rock and yes people paid money for it known as a Pet Rock.
  1. Initially, a spring was slinking away became a children’s to known as Slinky.
  1. And yes, there is even a pillow that has arms to hold you while you are sleeping.

There are a lot of brilliant people who talk about ridiculous ideas. Think about any technology you use today, at one point in time was considered well ridiculous.

Start asking thought-provoking questions.

Generate ideas. Just remember, for every 100 ideas you come up with, at least 3-5 are your best.

Be excited about the ideas you come up with and in what you are working on.

Many ridiculous ideas become “cutting edge” then they become the “norm”. Then it’s time for new ridiculous ideas.

“Ideas can be life-changing. Sometimes all you need to open the door is just one more good idea.” – Jim Rohn

So the next time you have an idea that may seem ridiculous…

Be Ridiculous & Create Something Brilliant

Leaders Bringing Out Creativity from Your Employees

“Creativity is putting your imagination to work, and it’s produced the most extraordinary results in human culture.” -Ken Robinson

In today’s winning companies, leaders look for every advantage as possible. Those leaders of creative and innovative organizations know how to take advantage of the opportunities they have in their employees. These resources are of using the creativity and innovation your employees have within them for generating greater breakthrough results.

Creativity is very important to organizations that want to solve new problems, fix current ones and be innovative in their industry. Bringing out the best in your employees for higher performance is what leaders typically want and need to do. So, how do you bring out the best creativity in your employees you may think works the same way? This is not necessarily true.

Various factors are required for creativity and innovation to take place. You cannot command or demand creativity to take place in an instant. It is not an overnight development.

“The role of a creative leader is not to have all the ideas; it’s to create a culture where everyone can have ideas and feel that they’re valued. “ -Ken Robinson

Ask for ideas from your employees. Make sure everyone on your team knows that they ARE paid to think!

Encourage Creative Environments

“You can’t just give someone a creativity injection. You have to create an environment for curiosity and a way to encourage people and get the best out of them.”

-Ken Robinson

If you want your team to be more successful, then you need to create a creative work environment. By allowing your employees to generate, create and produce results, you need to give them to room to breathe and be themselves with you giving them the resources they require to do the job.

Ask new employees immediately for their ideas. This puts them in the position to jump right in after getting to know how the team works. Having the right culture with the right employees can help you break down problems and bring your designs to the next level.

Empowering Your Employees

“Don’t tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.” -George S. Patton

Letting your employees generate, create and produce the breakthrough results needed for the assignment they are given allows them the opportunity to use their own creative thinking skills to work on the problem, challenge or difficulty themselves. By doing so, you put trust in your employees.

Brainstorming Sessions

Allowing your employees to brain storm on their own, let’s them be more open with ideas flowing, and for them to choose the best ideas without any judgments or criticisms from others. In conducting a brainstorm session, each work team can be themselves and effectively … Afterwards, generating practical action plans for arriving at their proposed solutions helps your employees increase their confidence in …

You need a plentiful supply of new ideas in order to choose the best ones for the solution you and your team works with.  Set realistic goals to motivate your employees or let them set their own goals. Acknowledge their efforts to solve the problem, challenge or difficulty they are working on.  As the leader, be open-minded about creativity and the work your employees conduct. Allow them to speak up with regard to their ideas and how it will help.

Encourage Positive Morale in the Workplace

Giving positive feedback or criticism can be in the form of helping your employees improve their creative project or to help either with generating a better idea or even combining ideas to build on each other for greater results.

When faced with a time crunch or nearing a deadline, working long hours, feed your employees! A lot can be said about ordering in a couple pizzas to help get ideas flowing. This is a recognition telling your employees you really appreciate their work.

As a leader, making sure that your employees generate and create the right solutions to the right problem ultimately boost your company’s bottom line.

“The leadership instinct you are born with is the backbone. You develop the funny bone and the wishbone that go with it.”  -Elaine Agathe

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Start Being Creative in the New Year 2016

“May this New Year bring many opportunities your way to explore every joy of life. May your resolutions for the days ahead stay firm turning all your dreams into reality and all your efforts into great achievements.” -Unknown

And the winner of the 2016 Business Creativity Award goes to YOU- for Generating, Creating and producing the Best Business Breakthrough Results from Your Great Ideas. This can be your business.

Happy New Year- Now that it’s 2016, you already have your goals set, and your creative thinking is in place. What you are missing is the how and where to get started with actually generating ideas for creating and producing innovations.

“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.”

-Oprah Winfrey

The idea for your business to be creative and innovative is for you not just to stay in business, but to thrive beyond your expectation.

The start of the year is a great time to gear up to start your business anew. Of course, you first need to figure out a winning concept. Most likely you have come up with a lot of great ideas to be successful, you now have to take action on them.

The creativity and innovation of your business shows how you can shine through generating and creating ideas that come from your most valued assets- your employees. Your employees can generate your organization’s best ideas as long as you reward and recognize them and of course make use of what they present. On the other hand, when a problem, challenge or difficult assignment comes into your workplace, allow your employees to generate and create solutions to produce the result that is it needs.

Ask Yourself “What’s Next?”

Surpass your goals in 2016 by using hard goals. Essentially, start with success goals you can achieve. Then gradually make your goals more challenging and harder at the same time. This helps your employees prepare for the next levels they need to achieve for success.

There is a huge opportunity waiting for you. Take advantage of it. Don’t wait for the right time. Become creative and innovative now even with starting on small tasks is better than waiting for long periods of time when you think the time is right. Too many people missed opportunities that were right in front of them and are still waiting for their big break.

Change your perspective of how you look at things by doing other things. This helps you not stay focused on something you may get stuck on. The other things can help you think of how to get unstuck on the work you are doing. Think both inside and outside the box, or create a new box and re-start your project for a fresh start.

“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.”

-Edith Lovejoy Pierce

Overcoming Fear to be Creatively Confident

From the time you were a child to now, how creative have you been? If not at all, why not? You are already a creative person filled with ideas that you are not using to your advantage.

The book I recommend is Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All by Tom and David Kelley. These brothers, partner and founder of the IDEO organization look at the idea that people are creative even though many don’t consider themselves being so.

The bottom line is where you may have experienced a negative event when you were a child trying to be creative and innovative when other people made judgments or criticized your work. You then became sensitive to what was said and took it to heart. That may have been enough for you to stop showing how creative you wanted other people to see.

On the other hand, in school when your classmates gradually stopped being creative and innovative, you stopped as well. This is where Gordon McKenzie, a creative director from Hallmark Greeting Cards documented the faded work of creativity in schools had taken place. He observed that children in both kindergarten and first grade felt they were two-handed artists when McKenzie asked “How many artists are in this room?” He found that beginning in fourth grade the number of creatives faded to about 5o percent. Then in sixth grade, the number of creative artists dwindled to only 2 or 3 in a classroom of 25 to 30 children.

Since everyone is creative, most people don’t use their creative thinking in putting out the effort to think of ideas they can work on. Instead, they believe they are not creative and keep that inside themselves as a fear. Fear is the single biggest obstacle people face to creative success.

In order to reduce even eliminate your fears regarding creativity and regain your creative confidence, Stanford University Psychologist Albert Bandura developed Guided Mastery. This problem helps you look at your beliefs, effectiveness and how to improve through gradual successful activities. These creative activities get harder over time. They also address the fears you have and help you move forward. Understand that if you are not confident, your fears will block you from becoming confident.

Creativity and innovation is widely accepted as a driving force behind your business thriving beyond survival mode. Most employers today hire people who are creative and innovative. They must demonstrate this during job interviews with various creative questions asked of them. These go beyond the question accordingly Microsoft asked when they first started with Why is a Manhole Cover Round?”

In understanding Creative Confidence, you will begin to understand how you can create a better you through unleashing your creative potential beyond your expectations.

“Creativity is a great motivator because it makes people interested in what they are doing. Creativity gives hope that there can be a worthwhile idea. Creativity gives the possibility of some sort of achievement to everyone. Creativity makes life more fun and more interesting.” -Edward de Bono

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Courage and Confidence as Your Tools for Creativity

“Courage is the key which unlocks your potential, resisting fear which may try to halt your forward movement. Vibrancy in life will happen when you go after life with determination and courage.”

– Dr Anil Kumar Sinha

What could you achieve if you only had some nerve?

Just like everyone else, you are creative. You have a lot of ideas in your head and want to express them. The problem is you are afraid of what others might say about your ideas or at least about your produced results. Even great leaders lack self-confidence at certain times.

Here is a tip to help you be creative and have a different perspective of what you do, think and feel.

“You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it.” -Benjamin Mee

For obstacles to become opportunities, you need the courage and self-confidence to make things happen. I’m not going to say that it will not be a little difficult at first. You may be scared to create what your idea is. That’s because you don’t like to be judged or criticized.

Maybe in letting this happen, you may be surprised to the find that those who criticize or judge you don’t understand what being creative really is. Most likely they are not creative. The other part of this is that you may find some people are not criticizing you; instead they are giving you feedback you need to look at for a greater creative or innovative result. That is the plus or positive you need to build on your self-confidence.

“Two times the number of confidence added by a dozen of courage is a formula for unstoppable success.”

– Unknown

The idea of having the courage to do things is when you actually take action on your generated idea. This is where you can act “as if” you are confident, think with a positive attitude, speak assertively and take advantage of your strengths, skills and talent in being creative.

The confidence is when you can accept what others say to you and not let it bother you as in bringing you down. Many people have a bounce back resilience and don’t let setbacks hold them back. As a creative person knows that it’s a mindset that takes effort to maintain when the going gets rough.

“Some people tell you what you should and shouldn’t be. Who said you had to obey them? Who made it a law? Nobody. Don’t let anyone else dictate your life. Don’t let people speak for you. Speak for yourself and stand by yourself whatever it takes.”

– Brad D Roza

Essentially, the more ideas you generate get up the courage to take action on them. You will find that your confidence will follow suit. Take actions every day to build your self-confidence as this gives you the courage to generate the ideas you have and want others to see.

“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”

– Aman Dhanda

Leaders Shifting Gears to Hire Introverts

“The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.”

-Carl Jung

Let’s start with the fact that most leaders help their employees produce greater results. It is the creative leader who has employees that generate ideas, create these ideas and produce them as breakthrough results. These creative leaders hire people who are creative and innovative. They do not hire people just to fill a vacancy. This is because their organization is that of being creative and innovative with these types of results.

Building a creative and innovative organization, leaders look to see who will generate and create business results that will help the company thrive beyond survival mode. Shifting from a traditional way of doing business to a non-traditional way requires leaders to do things differently overall. A creative organization will require a culture that is open to new ideas and insight, and where people are encouraged and rewarded for providing novel and groundbreaking ideas.

Every company is different and has different levels of innovation. Organizational leaders have wanted to be creative and innovative for some time and in most respects don’t know how or where to start. All CEOs would love to have people at every level who voice their ideas and take the initiative to implement those ideas. However, there are few people who have the confidence or drive to do so.

“Creative thinking inspires ideas. Ideas inspire change.”

-Barbara Januszkiewicz

In come introverts, those individuals you would not expect who spend more time and thought reflecting and thinking about ideas. In today’s corporate boardrooms, creative introverts might be completely overlooked and go unnoticed. Leaders need to tout all of their employees. Introverts have been found to generate greater ideas for creativity and innovation than most extroverts.

Introverts who are creative and innovative typically are known as “Ambiverts”. These individuals are able to interact well with extrovert. Essentially, an ambivert is someone who has a personality that is in between an introvert and extrovert. They can interact longer with extroverts without recharging these batteries after short periods of time as introverts do in general.

Creative introverts typically observe their surroundings for anything and everything, as well as question “Why” things are the way they are, and they listen to what is said about things. This helps introverts draw their own conclusion about things. On top of this, introverts do their homework by researching things they think about and want to know about. These findings help introverts think before talking about the things they want to say.

Besides, introverts ask thought provoking questions that help generate ideas for the specific topic or problem of the moment. As an ambivert, these introverted individuals are able to express their ideas without judgments or criticisms. This is what helps them be courageous enough to have the self-confidence to be creatively confident in working with a team of people who work very well generating and creating ideas for solving the problems, challenges and difficulties they are assigned to work on together.

“Creative risk taking is essential to success in any goal where the stakes are high. Thoughtless risks are destructive, of course, but perhaps even more wasteful is thoughtless caution which prompts inaction and promotes failure to seize opportunity.”

-Gary Ryan Blair

Welcome introverts/ambiverts into your workplace for being on your team to generate and create solutions you need to move your organization’s needs going forward.

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Rekindle Your Creative Side

“Clean out a corner of your mind and creativity will instantly fill it. –  Dee Hock

Tossed back into the closet collecting dust just might be your creative thinking from your past. Most likely you were given a problem, challenge or difficulty to solve and need to use your creative thinking skills. Besides thinking back to when you used your creativity last and what made you stop stayed on your mind for some time.

If you have an idea, keep it to yourself at first. Use a notebook and write down your thoughts, opinions and ideas about it. When you feel comfortable, ask other people about your idea.

Don’t seek perfection. Most ideas that are generated don’t come out perfect at first. They need to be worked on a little before it can start to be created and produced.

If you fear rejection, judgment, or even uncertainty, maybe your idea needs to be worked on a little. Working in a company that is creative and innovative, there are many people who can work with you to help smooth out the rough edges. They may even give you feedback that will not hinder you, instead help you bring out more of yourself within your idea.

Finally, take a risk. Make it a small one. Talking with other people about your idea may be a risk for you. Expect the unexpected. Have a back-up plan that shows you are taking a calculated risk if your first part does not work.

There is more to these specific areas mentioned above. This is just a taste of what you need to think about in order to begin shifting your thinking skills to the next level of being creative.

Welcome being more open for greater creative ideas and opinions.

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Rejuvenate Your Creativity

How are you fueling your creativity? To help better understand where creativity comes from and more importantly how creativity impact you, here are some creativity tips to help you move forward with your creative thinking skills.

“Shutting off the thought process is not rejuvenating; the mind is like a car battery — it recharges by running.”  -Bill Watterson

These tips will help you re-think your creative thoughts, opinions and ideas for you to get back to generating and creating ideas

Expect to Have Ideas

The first step is to get rid of the belief you have of yourself such as “I’m not a creative person”. Drop any preconceived notions that ideas are reserved just for a privileged few. That’s often enough to have ideas start coming to you.

Spend Time with Creative People

Spend some time being with people who are creative. In doing so, you may find something within you that sparks your creative inspiration.

Be Spontaneous –Do the same things too many times, and your mind wears down and loses its edge; therefore, stimulate your thinking with new experiences. Try out that new restaurant down the block, or better yet, try cooking a new recipe yourself; vacation to an interesting, foreign place; listen to a new genre of music; check out a play at a new theatre company; or, even, take a different route to the office! Any change to the ordinary will give your mind a much-needed jolt of energy.

Experiment with Trial and Error: Become a Kid Again

Take a piece of paper and some crayons and draw whatever you want. When you are finished, ask yourself,  “What did I draw and why is it important to me?” Maybe trying a new recipe for dinner and call it an “ED”, or Experimental Dinner. As an experiment, here is the simplest thing you can do. Paint a wall of a rainbow. Or you can use crayons to draw a rainbow. See how you like it. If you have children or grandchildren, put your rainbow picture up on your refrigerator. See who comments and what they say about it.

You can try going to work a different way, or even trying a different item on the menu of your favorite restaurant. The point here is to be a little daring.

Embrace Your Problem

This one is a little bit of a challenge. Whatever your problem is, understand it to the point that you can re-frame the problem into a question. Then break it down into small pieces. By asking questions about it, you can solve the problem. Start with small situations and gradually work your way to harder ones.

Take a Risk

The tough part for many people is how and where to start being creative. These tips and our first video will start you becoming creative. O.K., I admit it, the hard part is having you use your skills and talent to be creative in your thinking for your ideas to become reality.

If you need help in moving to the next level of your creative success, contact me for creative consulting sessions.

“Creativity is thinking up new things. Innovation is doing new things.” — Theodore Levitt

Believe You Are Creative?

“Creativity is as much about the ability to come up with ideas as it is about the courage to act on those ideas. He calls it creative confidence” -Tom Kelley

Do you consider yourself creative? Many people do not consider themselves as being creative. Typically, you hear “I’m just not creative,” or “I can’t do that”, or “I’m not good enough to do anything like that.”

Believing you are creative begin with you being a leader to take charge of your creativity. This is where you begin showing others that you can be creative and be a leader in generating and creating business breakthrough results.

The problem lies somewhere in your past where you were creative at one time, and then because some told you, “That does look anything like what you said”, you took it personally and stopped being creative. Gordon McKenzie, a former Hallmark Creative Director, went to each grade in schools and noticed the wonderful art work. He asked the magic question to “How many artists are there in the room.”  “Please raise your hands.”

The responses were very telling. In kindergarten and first grade class rooms, every student threw their hand up in the air. In kindergarten, everybody was an artist, two-handed artists: “Me! Me! Me! I’m an artist!”

In second grade classrooms, about three-fourths raised their hands in response. In third grade, only a few students help up their hands, some very timidly. So it went each grade a little worse than the one before it until he finally reached sixth grade. In response to Gordon’s question, most students looked around to see if anyone would admit to being an artist, as if such an admission was a violation of group norms.

In the span of Kindergarten to sixth grade, students had un-learned their naturally tendency to be an “artist.” Why?

The question to you right now is, Are You Creative? In reality, everyone is creative in one way or another. Because you have not been creative or don’t think of yourself as being creative, let’s think for a few minutes.

At home when situations take place, how do you handle them? If you think first about what to do, you are being creative. When problems, challenges and difficulties take place in the workplace, do you react with “Who knows how to solve this?” Or do you think first before reacting or responding. By giving up, you let others know you are not creative.

Instead, most likely you think about how to deal with the situation the best way you know how. Sometimes this is the creative way to actually solve the situation. If you don’t use your creative muscles, your creativity will not be there when you need it most.

“Creativity is contingent on willingness to be judged. At some point, many people lose that. –Tom Kelley

Making Mistakes– If you work for a creative and innovative organization, it’s okay to make mistakes. As long as you learn from your mistakes and don’t make the same mistakes again, you are fine.

Be Curious about Everything. Essentially be aware of the things around you. What triggers an idea for you to work on?

Start looking at things from a different perspective. This view may give you an idea to work on something you wanted to do. It may even if it takes you to do something different without feeling uncomfortable. For example, go to your favorite restaurant and order something different from the menu, or go to a different restaurant. Take a different route to get to work.

“What is the biggest obstacle to creativity? Attachment to outcome. As soon as you become attached to a specific outcome, you feel compelled to control and manipulate what you’re doing and in the process you shut yourself off to other possibilities. Creativity is not just about succeeding. It’s about experimenting and discovering.”

― Gordon McKenzie

Believe you are creative. Studies show we’re all capable of creative genius, you just need to recognize — and hone in on your abilities. Your leadership skills and talent is demonstrated as you use your creative skills and talent to become the “Go-to-Person” in your organization.