by Laura West
Wouldn’t it be cool to create a card deck for your clients?
One they could use daily for inspiration, motivation, instruction or guidance?
I created one a few years ago called the JoyShift cards. I still use those cards with my clients, at retreats and even as a fun way to network.
Card decks are a great way to share your wisdom and have an impact. Not only does drawing a card provide a cool experience, it offers a way for the user (your client) to get just the right content at just the right time in small easy to receive nuggets – the opposite of overwhelm! And they are fun to use.
If you have always wanted to have your own card deck… well, know you can stop dreaming about it and actually create one!
You need to meet my colleague and a dear friend, Marcy Nelson-Garrison. She is a product mentor and she knows how to make your card deck idea happen. She’s sharing how to create your own deck in a 4 part training called The Card Deck Class.
by Laura West
I’m down in Sarasota, Florida attending and presenting at the Florida Creativity Weekend. I’ll be leading two workshops this weekend. One is on Doodling for Business and the second one is Practical Creativity for Business.
This week I was working on my workshop designs. For the Practical Creativity workshop I’ll be talking about how creativity shows up in business, what blocks our creativity and why we need to purposely cultivate an environment of creative thinking.
One of the exercises I’m taking everyone through is about the power of shifting your perspective. Specifically, getting insights from unlikely places and applying them to an everyday situation.
I created over 50 Wisdom Cards for this one exercise. Wisdom Cards are 5 x 7 cards you make with big interesting photos on them. I find the most amazing photos from National Geographic (don’t tell my Dad that I cut them up! He’ll have a heart attack!), Architectural Digest and Fast Company… and of course, O magazine.
I wanted to share my Wisdom Cards with the members of a program I’m in. They were asking all sorts of questions so I posted a picture of one card and asked them to think about a problem or opportunity. Then look at the picture and see how it makes you feel or what thoughts or ideas come up. How can you apply the feelings, thoughts or ideas to your situation?
Well, earlier I had just posted to this group how frustrated I was feeling about my marketing. I am feeling uninspired and like I’m walking through mud sometimes. (Yes, we all go through periods of this – even a creative marketing coach!) I love my coaching but the marketing was feeling hard and quite frankly, irritating.
So, I’m looking at the photo of the Wisdom Card I chose for the group.
Creativity – strangely, creativity often gets put into a box. People think it means artistic or gifted.
Actually everyone is creative. And you are creating all the time.
You create new programs, articles, email responses, you inspire meetings and visions (or not).
Learning more about creativity is about adding to your toolbox new tools to be able to access new ideas, perspectives and mindsets. If you want to grow your business or your career you have to look at doing things differently than you’ve done in the past.
I have a great suggestion for how to immerse in creativity for your business and life. I’m speaking at the upcoming Creativity Weekend in Sarasota, Florida. I’m leading two workshops: Practical Creativity for Business and Doodling for Business. Sound fun, inspiring and like it would wake you up? Details for registration can be found here: Florida Creativity Weekend