If you are in business, you need to stand out from the rest of the pack. Finding ways to present creatively is an important key. Don’t believe creativity and business go together? Read Catarina’s post Are Entrepreneurs Artists?
With the idea that getting one’s creative juices flowing can help your business, here are few sites with creative exercises, activities or ideas:
Nothing like a few writing prompts to get a person taking out pen and paper and going with flow! Read Jeri’s latest writing exercise Writer’s Workout: Sentence Sounds. Or if family history stimulates, try Ruchama King Feuerman’s writing prompt. Both of these are writing prompts for fiction or memoirs – if you know of prompts for business writing, that would be useful.
I didn’t know anything about marketing before I started blogging. Then I met some quite creative online marketing bloggers. To market one’s product, one must think in a creative fashion. Or else your product or service will look the same as the next guy’s. Need some good marketing questions? Try this post from Susan Oakes: Marketing Simplicity, Business Growth, Happy Loyal Customers – in which she asks, how do you differentiate your brand simply?
Apps for Boosting Creativity
Got a smart phone? An iPad? There are many apps out there that can get the juices flowing. One of my favorites is EverNote – I can just leave a note to myself when I’m waiting in line and can’t do much else. A good blog to visit to learn more about apps is the Wonder of Tech by Carolyn – see her post, for example, on Amazing Apps for Today, Tomorrow and Beyond. Susan Cooper wrote about the drawing app she uses called iDraw.
Social media, if used properly (meaning, if you follow creative, intellectual people who will stimulate you brain), can be a wonderful tool to motivate. Why not try Atish’s post on How to Host a Google Hangout. Carolyn recently posted about Twitter Chats – in her comment to me, she suggested I start my own. Hmm … WordPress or Business Blogging chat, anyone? I’m looking around for new Twitter chats that might be useful, so if you find a good one, let me know.
Photography Memes and Photoshop Tutorials
I learned a lot about photography by participating in photography memes. Some of the participants are more than willing to share photography tips. These memes, which involve posting a photo related to a theme, come and go, but Thursday Challenge on Spun with Tears has continued for many years now. You can also connect with fabulous photographers by typing #photo in Google+ and see what you find. Comment on the ones you like, and maybe the photographer will start a conversation with you. Regarding Photoshop tutorials, my favorite Photoshop presenters are those of the website Tip Squirrel – love those British accents (and the tutorial directions are clear and direct). For example, here’s a Tip Squirrel tutorial on Photoshop Clipping Masks. I’ve also done some great tutorials courtesy of psdtuts.
CSS – Cascading Style Sheets
Are you a blogger? Do you maintain your own website? Have you ever wanted to style a page a certain way, or color a box in a vibrant color, or use rounded boxes? It’s good to know the basics of CSS to take control over the look of your site, even if you get most of the coding from someone else. You could possibly read the W3 Consortium pages on style sheets. I’ve written a fair amount on CSS on this blog; if you want a useful tip, learn how to Float an Image. Ready for more advanced CSS? Check out An Advanced Guide to HTML and CSS.
Your Turn, Please
How do you get the creative juices flowing? Any blog or site suggestions? What is your favorite creative app, tutorial, writing exercise, marketing question, social media sharing site? Of course, if you have suggestions for boosting creativity offline, that would be helpful as well!