Creativity

Return On Inspiration – The New ROI

Posted: Sep 3, 2017 by

Is return on inspiration really a thing? Yes, it’s a powerful thing. It’s a way of re-framing how you think about ROI. Chasing return on inspiration will help you create a more innovative culture within your team and within your company. If you learn about ROInspiration® and take time to integrate this into your work life you’ll see tangible return – the kind you can eventually quantify. I’d Never Heard Of ROI I’ve been a full time musician, pianist and songwriter since I was nineteen years old. I was in my mid-forties before I first heard the term ROI. It wasn’t until I began bringing my interactive musical programs to corporate events that I was confronted with this question from… Read more »

How To Be Creative

Posted: Jul 9, 2017 by

One of the things I most often hear my clients say is, “I don’t know how to be creative. I’d like to be but I don’t know where to start – and I don’t know if I even have it.” Like the it is some magic thing that you’ve either got or you don’t. This reminds me of a very old joke. It’s ancient but still relevant. A visitor to New York City needs directions and he asks a passing musician, “Do you know how to get to Carnegie Hall”. The musician answers, “Practice, practice, practice!” The implication and the truism is that creative competency can be acquired and refined through practice; by applying yourself. This sounds pretty dry and… Read more »

Music and Memory

Posted: Apr 8, 2016 by

I’m not great at memorizing a speech. In fact, it’s really hard for me. But I can sing the lyrics to hundreds of songs with ease. And if there’s a new song that I like, I’m usually able to sing the lyrics after hearing that song just a few times. I bet you can too. Music and memory have a powerful link that enables us to internalize information that would otherwise be hard to hold on to. Why is this? It’s because music taps into our emotions and when we connect with something in an emotional way it makes an impression. Allowing ourselves to feel something puts us in the moment and allows us to be present. Being present can also be stated as being… Read more »

Creativity In Business – Not Just An Accessory

Posted: Feb 18, 2016 by

It’s often assumed that the role of creativity in business is something best left to the marketing department. At least it used to seem that way. And while things have changed, many ‘corporate types’ still say they’re not at all creative. The good new is that this is wrong. Most of us are inherently creative and we use creativity in our day to day problem solving. Yes, even if you’re in the accounting department, you’re most likely using a bit of creativity to solve problems. It’s a lot easier now to convince corporate leadership that there’s a bottom line reason to promote creativity in business. Change is about the only constant left. Technology and communication have enabled a business environment in which… Read more »

Unblock Your Writer’s Block

Posted: Feb 15, 2016 by

I’ve had writer’s block and I’ve been procrastinating a lot lately. I’ve also been a bit of a hypocrite because I’m not practicing what I preach. I often talk with my clients about the importance of practicing creativity every day. I counsel to them, “Don’t wait for inspiration, it’s important to show up and do something…anything.” As Picasso said, To know what you’re going to draw, you have to begin drawing. But yesterday, I realized the reason I haven’t blogged in a few weeks is because I was waiting to find the prefect subject line…and it never came to me. I was using the old writer’s block excuse that I just wasn’t inspired. So this morning, I decided to sign-in to WordPress and simply begin to write. A few… Read more »

How To Inspire Creativity When You Are Simply Not Feeling Creative

Posted: Jan 14, 2016 by

Let’s face it, some days you just can’t get off the ground. Especially in the cold winter months, it can seem a very daunting task to muster any level of energy and creativity. With post-holiday work pressures mounting, cold and flu season nipping at your heels and a host of detractors fighting to reduce your creative potential, it is no wonder you might have difficulties getting creative when you need to. However, with years of experience traveling for music team building events and having to bring our top talent and creativity regardless of circumstances, we have developed some tried and true ways to inspire creativity even when we aren’t naturally feeling very creative. Start By Creating Inspiration The truth is, some… Read more »

Behind the Scenes at Kidbilly Music: What Motivates Billy Kirsch?

Posted: Nov 6, 2015 by

Not all of us are so lucky as to possess a “sky’s the limit” creative spirit and intellectual curiosity and then also be able to balance it out with acute business acumen on the technical side. If we’re being honest, not all of us are so lucky as to have even one of those personality traits in abundance. However, for Kidbilly Music founder Billy Kirsch, these two main personal characteristics function as unrelenting drivers that not only motivate him but work to inspire and motivate others as well. To get to know Kidbilly Music inherently means getting to know Billy Kirsch. Inspired to take his passion for music to others, Billy began working in music team building a decade ago!… Read more »

Creative Inspiration

Posted: Apr 16, 2015 by

Creative inspiration…zzz…oh, wake me up. Because if I sit around waiting for creative inspiration, I’m likely to fall asleep. If you click the link above, you’ll find a wikipedia article that defines creativity as something new. But that new something is most often an outgrowth of lots of older pre-existing ideas. As a young pianist, I spent much of my time listening to the great pianists I admired, imitating and emulating their styles. As a beginning songwriter, I spent hours upon hours listening to and then dissecting my favorite songs. Creative people spend years assembling their own personal tool boxes. If you’re a visual artist, that toolbox may be filled with your imitation and inspiration from the masters, Picasso, Monet,… Read more »

Creative Icebreakers and Energizers

Posted: Dec 12, 2014 by

We’re tired of the same ole thing…yawn We’re looking for creative icebreakers and energizers… Everyone’s on their smartphones the entire time… Agreed, me too. I’m tired of the dread I feel when I have to attend a conference, praying I won’t be too bored by the speaker. At corporate conferences, every aspect of an agenda is vital since valuable time and resources are spent to help an organization achieve it’s goals. Agendas are packed with presentations that run the gamut from showcasing new strategic plans to parsing through old data. It’s easy for your workforce to succumb to date overload, boredom or fatigue during a corporate conference. And that’s the last thing you want. Given that context, creative icebreakers and… Read more »

How To Be More Creative

Posted: Nov 10, 2014 by

Let’s demystify what may seem like a difficult challenge, how to be more creative. First demystification; creativity is not a thing, as in person, place or thing (noun). If my mom’s reading this, and she usually does read my blog posts, then I’m already in trouble. Because technically, ‘creativity’ is a noun. But if you think of being creative as a given thing that you either possess or lack, then you’ll doom yourself to creative failure. We’re all inherently creative and we all have the ability to get better at using our creative powers. Don’t tell yourself you’re just not creative. That would be a lie and it’s not fun to lie to yourself. Read on and get some tips… Read more »