How To Write A Hit Song

John Cashman and his team at Digital Firefly Marketing asked me to provide a story line for an infographic and I’m so glad they did. It forced me to distill the essence of the songwriting process into something simple, including steps you can follow to write your own song. Check this infographic, How To Write A Hit Song, for what I hope will inspire you to at begin or continue…

Great Creative Team Building Ideas

Hmm…I need some great creative team building ideas…do you have any? I get that question all time since I live in the team building arena. And my answer revolves around big picture thinking, rather than suggesting specific programs. I do have some specific favorites, but I think it’s important that you think big picture first. Once you understand what you’re after conceptually, it’s easier to find creative team building ideas…

Creative Team Building Tips

Hmm…a few days ago a client asked me for some creative team building tips. After the fun of our facilitated team building program, they wanted follow up activities to continue the energy we helped this corporate team experience. To my way of thinking, creative team building means two things: The first is to think about the team building environment you create, rather than to just think about creativity. The second…

Three Fun Creative Team Building Activities

Although they can be hard to find, fun creative team building activities do exist. Team building can have strong negative connotations because it’s often uncomfortable. But this doesn’t have to be the case. As a songwriter and pianist who spent the first part of my career behind the scenes, rather than on stage, I can relate to people’s dread of forced group activities. I’m the person who runs out back when someone…

Creative Team Building Resolutions for 2013

My first creative team building resolution for 2013 is to do some creative team building. Okay, I know what you’re thinking…that’s redundant or too simple. But I’m setting up a dilemma here. That introductory statement could set me up for failure. What if you decide your resolution for 2013 is to get in shape? Will you sit down and create a road map to succeed? If you don’t, then you…

Take A Creative Journey

I’m so excited. I know where I’ll be the weekend of April 20th – In a beautiful spot nestled in the mountains outside of Portland, Oregon at The Journey. This weekend retreat will be full of AHA moments, will help you tap into your creative power, and allow you to relax, relax, relax while making some great new friends. I’ll be presenting my program based around Team Building Through Song,…

Creativity In The Real World

I grew up a long time ago, or it seems that way to me. My dad was the generation that found their rewards in job security and bringing home the bacon. Creativity, while not quite a dirty word, was okay as a part of childhood. Something you could express with finger paints or piano lessons, but that you were expected to jettison as you matured and moved into the adult…

Get Right Brained

What does it mean to get right brained? Does it require a BFA in fine art, a film degree or a passion for guitars and bar bands? I don’t believe so. Our clients discover their right brained-ness by diving off the creative cliff with us during our musical team building programs. They discover they are right brain all stars themselves, as they reconnect with their inherent abilities to create and…

Creativity and Insomnia

Yes, you are creative. We all are, but some of us believe we’re not creative because we don’t exercise our creative muscles. You need to use your creativity every day to solve problems, to continue to learn and stay vibrant. As I was tossing and turning around 3:00 AM a few days ago, I realized that something very creative had happened to me. My entire concept of time changed. During…

Harnessing Your Creative Power

This is the promised Part II in my series of action steps you can take to become more creative and to actually use your inherent creative abilities. But first I have to start with a story, as always: I have a sixteen year old son. He’s a great kid but today I’m exhausted because I didn’t sleep well last night. My son acted like a sixteen year old yesterday, (yes,…

Counter Intuitive Creativity

I almost always find myself in a creative mood when I fly. As much as I travel, there’s still something counter-intuitive to me about being suspended in the air 30,000 feet in a metal machine that weighs tons. This sense of vulnerability brought on by doing something counter-intuitive makes me a little emotional and my emotions are the fuel for my creative thoughts and actions. Knowing that I’m going to…