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Creative Cafe - Sept. 4, 2012

Written by  John Keeran
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Last Tuesday was our Creative Cafe #5, and we had 3 newcomers, Celene, Paul, and Lynne. (Janet returned from a first time visit the week before.)

TUESDAYS THRU DEC. 18th - Dr. Jaitly and I will be continuing our Creative Cafe mini-workshops every Tuesday through Dec. 18th. We will play the Creativity Game from 7-8pm and then have a helpful topic during the last half hour. The topics will repeat for two consecutive weeks, so attending twice per month (Tuesday #1 & #4, #2 & #3, etc.) will allow you to hear each topic. Our next Creative Cafe will, again, be at Poor Richard's Bookstore: 

     DATE: Tuesday, Sept. 11th 

      TIME: 7-8pm "Creativity Game"; 8-8:30pm "Efficiency - It's the Law!" 

      PLACE: Poor Richard's Bookstore (320 N. Tejon St.) 

PLEASE RSVP!! (Carol RSVP'd for the 11th, and Janet has a standing RSVP.)

PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE - The benefits from playing the Creativity Game come with continued practice, just like learning a musical instrument. If you can only "STAY to PLAY" from 7-8pm, your thinking power will benefit. Our topics during the last half hour are also very useful, and if you can stick around, we promise to be fast with our topic and get you out by 8:30pm.

MEET NEW PEOPLE - You are always MORE CREATIVE within a group than alone -especially if everyone is "TURBO-CHARGED" with the techniques we teach in Creative Cafe. As of last Tuesday, we have had 20 different people playing the Creativity Game over the past month or so. Over 90% would recommend or "likely" would recommend these mini-workshops to others. Since changing our format last month, 12 newcomers have attended our mini-workshops, and 100% would recommend these mini-workshops to others.

BRING A FRIEND - Creativity benefits from diversity. Bring a friend or your spouse to get everyone's creativity into high gear. BUT PLEASE RSVP!

YOUR CREATIVITY IS READY TO EXPLODE - Once again, when our newcomers played the Creativity Game without knowing our techniques, most players are finding only a handful of relationships. (Celene, though, is a natural and found 11.) Yet, after learning our techniques, that number frequently doubles. To us, that proves that YOUR innate creativity is bubbling right below the surface and only needs a nudge to break out and free itself! We don't teach creativity, we REAWAKEN creativity! Plus, as we've seen over and over, when your creativity is merged with the creativity of others, a "creative frenzy" emerges, and the ideas can flow in torrents.

FEEDBACK - The feedback continues with the recurrent theme of "SHUT UP & PLAY MORE!" But last week we played the Creativity Game for the whole hour and a half! We skipped the TOPIC in order to keep playing. Targeting and solving a specific issue or problem is clearly the most popular feature (Round 5 - Blueprint Analogies). Even so, regular practice of Round 2 (BELLIES) is necessary to strengthen and enhance the ability to see options and opportunities. However, there are more rounds of the Creativity Game with additional benefits ...

ROUNDS 3 & 4 - On Sept. 18th & 25th, I will be introducing Rounds 3 & 4 of the Creativity Game. Round 3 forces you to "break rules", an essential part of true creativity. It forces you to re-evaluate what you "think" a situation may be. Though you may think you know what "obstacle" you face, Round 3 says, "No!" And you must re-frame the issue or problem. Round 4 exercises "plotting a path" toward your goal. If you come up with a creative idea, you will likely face, "How do I get there from here?" Round 4 provides practice for navigating from anywhere to somewhere else.

Plan to join us in September!

JAK 719-464-2422

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