Creative Tools For The Digital Diva

Connie Harryman

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What can a digital diva do when she is facing a problem and she is stuck? This frequently happens to all of us. Has this happened to you? Here are some creative tools you can apply to inspire your imagination.

Tool #1: Reframe your challenge.

The question you ask drives your solution; therefore, invest more time in thinking about how to reframe your problem.

You can begin by thinking about how you phrase your question regarding the problem before you. Let us begin with a simple math question. What if we asked this question: "What is 4 + 4?" In this case the answer is clearly eight and there can only be one correct answer.

Now how might we ignite your imagination? Ask this question instead: "What two numbers equal eight?" The equation looks like this: ? + ? = 8

You successfully opened up your mindset to allow it to contemplate many different possible solutions.

What is half of eight? Zero is one answer. Can you figure out how this is possible?

Instead of thinking of eight as a logical number, think of eight as a visual symbol. Now take a pair of scissors and cut the eight in half horizontally. Now half of eight is equal to zero. It could also be equal to a circle.

The next time you are presented with a question that seems to have an obvious answer, do not simply grasp at the obvious. This is an opportunity for you to think about how you might reframe your challenge and change your perspective.

Reframe the question to ignite your imagination. When you do this you open yourself up to a wider range of possible solutions. The end result is a better solution. Remember, how you frame the problem will drive the solution.

Tool #2: To become more creative; become more observant.

The more knowledge and experience you have, the deeper is the well of your imagination to allow you to create solutions. How do you gain knowledge? Be observant!

Once upon a time, long, long ago we walked outside without carrying some type of digital device with us. Today we scurry about while speaking on our smart phones. Even when we stop, we are oblivious to the world around us.

I dare you to go outside and take a walk without any digital devices. Look up and observe. Sit still and listen. Reflect upon what you see. You will be astounded by the new knowledge you gain. A solution might be right in front of you.

Tool #3: Create a physical space that fosters creativity.

Are things bolted down in your space? Do you live in a cubicle farm? Fanciful and colorful furniture that can be moved around creates a sense of fun. You also send out a message that new ideas are welcome.

Implement simple low cost ideas such as using different colored pens to emphasize important points while you write. Include colorful graphics and images in your presentations. Play music to create the mood you want while you work.

Create prototypes so you can fail fast and learn quickly with a minimum investment of resources. Doing these things stimulates your imagination.

Tool #4: Connect and Combine to leverage the resources surrounding you.

Imagine that you are young and you do not have much money. Now imagine your name is Palmer Luckey.

At age 16 he went online and scoured junkyard sales for bits of VR (virtual reality) hardware. He combined these bits and pieces of castoff junk to complete a prototype of a VR headset. He dreamed of creating a bridge between the real and virtual worlds. He called his new product, the Rift.

At age 19 he obtained seed capital and founded his company, Oculus VR. He collaborated online and took advantage of crowdsourcing to develop several prototypes for his company.

To finance additional prototypes, he turned to crowdfunding and began a campaign on Kickstarter. He intended to connect with other VR enthusiasts and raise $250,000. In exchange he offered each $300 donor a Rift prototype. He did not offer equity.

Within one month, Luckey connected with 9,522 VR enthusiasts to raise $2.4 million on Kickstarter. Palmer Luckey and Oculus VR then came to the attention of Mark Zuckerberg.

During January 2014, the now 21 year old sold Oculus VR to Facebook for $2 billion. His company consisted of little more than a prototype. Palmer Luckey is bringing virtual reality to the masses.

He put together the innovations of others and adapted. He leveraged the resources surrounding him by connecting and combining them. To become unstuck, you can emulate Luckey's can do attitude.

It is time for you to look around. What resources can you connect and combine?

Summary:
There are several creative tools digital divas can apply to become unstuck.
1. Begin by investing time in how you reframe your challenge.
2. Place your digital devices aside and observe the world around you.
3. Create a colorful physical space to foster creativity.
4. Connect and combine to leverage the resources surrounding you.

About the author:
Connie Harryman is a long term supporter of WITI. She is a featured contributor to Lifestyle Entrepreneur Magazine, a blogger, CEO, and international speaker. Her mission is to develop your organization's creative thinking. You are invited to connect with her on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/ConnieHarryman and follow her on Twitter: @CreativeConnie.

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