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THE SECRET TO UNLOCKING YOUR CREATIVE POTENTIAL        – Is far easier than you think! Last week I facilitated an Art Masterpiece team building workshops with a high profile client in Melbourne. Opening the event I asked the participants the dreaded question, “Who here considers themselves to be creative?” To which I heard nothing but crickets. Now this response wouldn’t normally surprise me however I considered this company to be operating in a particularly creative field. When I probed a little further I found that the majority of staff did not consider themselves to be creative for in their words, “they could not draw!” They held strong to this belief and we where about to partake in a 3 hour art workshop… yikes! We pressed along as I guided them through a series of activities where their skills scaffolded allowing each participant to stretch and strengthen their right brain and creative ability. 2 hours in and the very same staff members now proudly displayed amazing, expressive works of art and a creative confidence exuded from their being. Asked the same question again “Who here considers themselves to be creative?” and the answer was an resounding “I do!” Admittedly throughout this process there was quite bit of drawing involved and yeah the ability of the individuals mentioned was less than crash hot but big stinking deal! Drawing is simply the ability to make a mark on something, and is absolutely no indicator to one’s creative ability. Creativity is a frame of mind, a way of looking at the world not an measure of ones artistic talent.   We need to dispel this myth that “I can’t draw a life portrait so that means I’m not creative”, and accept the reality that just by being human you innately are!  Granted you may have closed that possibility a long, looooooong time ago but regardless, the fact is you are! Just take a look at a group of kindergarten students anywhere between the age of 4 and 6 every child of that age pours creativity, if your a parent you know the truth of this statement, and guess what… We where all children once. When we embrace this truth we give ourselves permission to think creatively, exercise innovation and intern drive opportunities for growth be it for our department, our organisation, our business or our personal lives. Creative is the key to future progress   Time and time again I see countless individuals flex their creative muscles and reconnect with their ability as I guide them through our Art Masterpiece Workshop. If you think your team may need some guidance to unlock their...

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Creative Team Building Lands in Wollongong What to do on the beach on a beautiful sunny day in local Wollongong? Take part in a creative sand sculpting team building event of course! I had the pleasure last week of doing just that. We had a fantastic group of 90 energetic people from a non-profit organisation who were taking part in their annual national conference. They came from all over Australia and after some serious planning, they were keen to de-clutter their minds and attack a project in a fun and relaxing way. Not sure what they would actually be doing, the group descended on the beach and were greeted with this amazing sand sculpture: After a demonstration from our professional ‘sandologist’, the group was split into ten teams, and asked to create a sculpture based around the theme ‘Under the Sea’. The energy the participants showed over the next couple of hours was amazing. They worked really well as teams, a great effort bearing in mind that it was the first time some of them had met each other. Themes were well-thought out, jobs and tasks were assigned to people and then the serious fun began – creating their masterpieces. At the end of the day, we had nine fabulous sculptures lining the beach front at Wollongong. The final creations were judged and the winners announced. Locals and tourists wandered amongst them, taking pictures and chatting to the teams about their creations. The company had a great afternoon of fun and creativity. So next time you’re looking for ideas for your team, consider one of VisualFunk’s fantastic creative team building programs. Best wishes, The Creative Team Building Team  ...

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How To Be Creative – Think Like An Adult But Act Like A Child So, you want to know “how” to be creative? Well; there’s certainly no instant textbook or magic 30-minute course you can attend and suddenly you become creative! But think more about it – children are creative aren’t they? When you watch children ‘playing’ they are actually creating, using their imagination, using both left and right sides of their brains, they might be playing with a car and suddenly it transforms into the most powerful rocket ever seen taking off from Earth! Or your two years old has painted the Harbour Bridge on New Year’s Eve complete with the best fireworks ever, yes, mum that’s really what it is(!) This is creation. But where did yours go? Around the age of eight or nine, children are taught (by adults) to become more structured in their play, drawing, storytelling, and thinking. We don’t judge a small child’s drawing, we tell them how wonderful it is (even when it isn’t!). But slowly we encourage the children with a certain aptitude for drawing (for example) and discourage those who aren’t so good. Kids that can and kids that can’t. So is it really surprising by the time those children turn into adults their creativity dwindles? Adults who are trying to be creative face a lot of creative barriers along the way: there are rules about what’s allowed and what isn’t. Those rules are there for a reason, but they can and do inhibit your creativity. Rather, use your natural curiosity, intelligence, and logic. Look at mundane daily things in a new way, with a new perspective and constantly ask questions.  Children (constantly) ask questions; not just “can I have an ice block”, but “how does that work?”, “what happens if I do this?”, “what is that person doing?” and my favourite “why?”. Do we ever say “that’s a silly question”? no, we explain, encourage and explore with them. Until – they reach a certain age, yep you guessed it around eight or nine. So, when trying to be creative, think like an adult, but act like a child. Question everything, use your imagination, remember your childhood and all the things you created then. Then you’ll be...

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We recently had great time producing our  teambuilding event Your Evening, Your Rules for 120 participants for a large Telecoms organisation in Melbourne.                           As with all VisualFunk events, we believe that if you do creative things, creative things (and great things) happen and this was exactly the case. It turns the usual conference evening on its head by putting participants at the heart of the action and they take charge of the evening and its success. If the team doesn’t make things happen, the evening doesn’t happen.                           Working with some brilliant creatives the evening saw everyone initially move in different directions to create a special part of the evening. These included: Working with an artist and florist to create art to theme the room and floristry for table decorations, along with sculpted napkins! Working with chefs to create a four course meal and then serving it to everyone Learning Salsa dancing to entertain the rest of the team Creating 130 signature cocktails to share with the team Working with a professional musician to perform three songs to entertain the rest of the team later that evening (and with great results).                           The night ended up with a filled dance floor to Nutbush City Limits being belted out by a team member on vocals (where had she hidden that talent?) along with support on the Electric Guitar and vocals by the VisualFunk team.                           This was a great event for VisualFunk as we were able to flex some creative muscles.  The client was a delight to work with as they had big ideas and we were able to work together to produce an evening that was innovative and a whole lot of fun.                           What the client said: “In the lead up to the event, the conversations and development of the evening was great. Communication and sharing of ideas was open, you were very accommodating to our changes and instilled a level of confidence in your ability that I knew would just come off on the night.  On the evening, your guys knew what to do, were well prepared and again you were very accommodating of last minute changes we needed to make. The evening… the feedback has been nothing short of fantastic and I think everyone had...

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I think that we all have a creative knot. Something that in all of us, is tied up, tight and potentially stopping us fulfilling our creative potential. Stopping us expressing ourselves and coming up with some great ideas and then acting upon them. It’s a knot that can be really tight. Untying this not is the key to tapping into your creative mojo and all the good things that can happen. So what helps you to unlock this creative knot? I am writing this in the middle of a 5 hr plane ride and I find that this is where I unlock my knot. It’s usually after a wine and about an hour into the trip. The realization hits that there are no phone calls, no email, no messages. I am feeling relaxed. adidas nmd I am usually watching a movie and then I start to feel really inspired. Not just inspired, but over the top of inspired. I feel like my mind becomes a flowing river if ideas, thoughts and images. Things are happening. I get my creative flow on and I stay in it. cheap mu legend redzen I always keep my notebook handy and jot down, draw and play with the river of ideas. The more you unwind the creative knot, the easier it is to keep it that way and to keep harnessing that wonderful creativity that we all have. Think of it like fitness. To get fit you have to unlock the knot of motivation. You have to get off that couch. You need the will power to keep the exercise going after 2 minutes when you get puffed. You need to push yourself hard. The more you untwist the knot, the easier it is to keep it untwisted. You get your fitness charging and then you don’t want to let it go. It’s the same with you creativity and your self-expression. Once you untie the knot and start expressing and acting on your creative talents, the easier it is to keep it going and not have that knot reappear. Whilst untying the creative knot sounds like a very slippery use of a metaphor, finding the right environment, mood, situation, stimulus, energy to untwist your creative knot is essential. It’s different for everyone but once you find it, it gets easier to stay creative and fulfill the great potential that we all have. I don’t want to do a 5 hr plane ride every day so it’s important to put into your day those little things that untie your creative...

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