The Accidental Creative
By AccidentalCreative.com - Todd Henry
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The Accidental Creative podcast shares how to build practical, everyday practices that help you stay prolific, brilliant and healthy in life and work. Host Todd Henry (author of the books The Accidental Creative, Die Empty, and Louder Than Words) interviews artists, authors and business leaders, and offers tips for how to thrive in life and work. Listen in and join the conversation at AccidentalCreative.com.
||CleanOff The Clock (with Laura Vanderkam)||Annie Dillard once wrote "How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour, and that one, is what we are doing." However, many of us struggle to find a good balance with our time.||5/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanExactly What To Say (with Phil M. Jones)||Have you ever been in a big client pitch, a challenging company meeting, or a conversation with a peer and been at a loss for the right words? What do you say in those difficult situations to improve your odds of success? This episode features Phil M.||5/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy Empathy Is Essential (with Michael Ventura)||Every so often, a word becomes so common in the marketplace that it begins to lose its meaning. I believe that empathy is one of those words. On this episode, SubRosa CEO Michael Ventura shares insights into how to leverage empathy to thrill and deligh.||5/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChoose Wonder Over Worry (with Amber Rae)||How much time do you spend worrying every day? For many of us, the answer is "too much". When you worry, you disengage parts of your mind and perspective that are necessary for creative brilliance. On this episode,||5/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOne Way To Spark Unique Ideas For Your Project||You need great ideas consistently in order to do your job. But, where do those ideas come from? You can't just sit there and stare at the problem. Instead, it sometimes help to have a few tools to pull out of your toolbox when you need to be brilliant..||5/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFive Myths About Creative People||There are several myths that exist about highly creative people, and they can seriously affect how teams are led, how client interactions happen, and how we collaborate with one another. If you believe any of these five myths,||5/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGetting To The Best Idea (with David Moldawer)||Ideas are often plentiful, but great, concise, well-presented ideas are rare. Sometimes you need another person to help you shape your work into something that can achieve maximum impact. David Moldawer is just such a person. He's an editor,||5/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Finish (with Jon Acuff)||There's so much discussion about how to get started, how to overcome creative block, and how to find your motivation, but you know what's rarely discussed? That's right - how to finish when things get hard.||4/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFriend Of A Friend (with David Burkus)||Networking. Just the word can sometimes bring chills to introverts like me. We tend to think of networking as "slapping palms" and "swapping business cards" and the whole thing often feel a little... swarmy. However,||4/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Give Feedback About Creative Work||Have you ever presented a project and been told something like "yeah, that's just not working for me"? Not very helpful, right? How you give feedback is really important to a team's culture. On this episode,||4/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFind Your Creative Voice With These 10 Questions||We must actively search for our creative voice, and clear a path for it to emerge. It is uncovered, not manufactured. We may not even like what we discover at first, but by embracing it we will position ourselves to occupy the unique space for which we.||4/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUnsafe Thinking (with Jonah Sachs)||You're probably really skilled at what you do. However, this can be both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, you can take shortcuts that help you create more value faster for your clients or organization. On the other,||4/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Eliminate 90% of the Tension On Creative Teams||Many of the e-mails and questions we get at Accidental Creative revolve around one question. Actually, it’s one question asked from two different perspectives: How can I get them to understand me? - The them in the question is either “my manager”||4/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Plan Your Day In 10 Minutes||If you were going to purchase a house or a car, you would probably step back and consider how you're going to re-organize your finances to ensure that you're preparing yourself properly and will use your money effectively. However,||4/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Keep A Creative Project On The Rails||No matter how well things go in the course of a project, there are always ways in which you can go off the rails. This is especially true when you're leading other team members or a client through a complex web of decisions. Sometimes,||4/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Coaching Habit Revisited (with Michael Bungay Stanier)||When you think of the word "coach", what image comes to mind? Someone standing on the sideline barking orders at everyone? The master strategist standing in an empty room with a whiteboard full of plans? How about this one: the great listener?||4/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean5 Ways To Shake Up Your Creative Process||Over time, this pressure to produce every day can cause us to fossilize around bad habits. We get into a rhythm – the bad kind – that causes us to move mindlessly through our days without much thought for our process.||4/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPush Through The Second Wall||There are two walls that creatives hit when engaged in making something meaningful. The first wall, and the most obvious one, occurs before or very early in the process. It’s what causes us to shrink back from engagement and to instead seek something||4/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMake Your Contribution||Is passion important? Surely. Is it the most important factor in doing great work? I have my doubts. Some of the most effective contributors throughout time have been marked by two characteristics: they were (a) reluctant, but (b) resolved.||3/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGreat At Work (with Morten T. Hansen)||What separates top performers from everyone else? Is it really just a matter of hustle and multi-tasking, or is there something else going on? Today's guest Morten T. Hansen has spent several years studying top performers and he's discovered that there.||3/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy Slow and Steady Does NOT Win The Race||It’s not enough to make daily, measured progress on your work if it’s not deliberate progress. If you’re not moving in a meaningful direction, then failure is a likely outcome. While most professionals know this,||3/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean3 Strategies For Reclaiming Margin||Feeling overwhelmed? Yeah, join the club. So many creative pros feel as if they are swimming upstream every day; like they go to bed at night a little farther behind than they were when they woke up that morning. Often,||3/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGet Momentum (with Jason and Jodi Womack)||Have you ever had a goal or an ambition, but you simply couldn't figure out how to get moving on it? Or, have you ever encountered a hurdle that you simply couldn't jump over or go around? Today's guests, Jason and Jodi Womack,||3/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanComplete Your Conversations||An unbelievable amount of focus, time, and energy is spent in many organizations relitigating decisions that have already been made and should have been final. Not only is this a massive sinkhole for the team's resources,||3/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFive Questions About Your Life and Career||Are you exactly where you'd like to be in your life and career? Chances are, you probably aren't. There are things you'd like to accomplish and places you'd like to go, but sometimes you feel stuck. On this episode,||3/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCraft, Comparison, and Creativity (with Dave Barnes)||Dave Barnes is a Nashville-based singer/songwriter and recording artist. His songs have been recorded by dozens of artists, and he earned a Grammy nomination for song of the year for God Gave Me You, as recorded by Blake Shelton. On this episode,||3/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Deal With A Crushing Workload||Workloads and expectations are increasing. It’s not a cliché, it’s a fact. It’s the single biggest (confidential) complaint that I hear when spending time with companies. I was speaking at a conference in Florida,||2/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAsking The Best Questions (with Jordan Harbinger)||As a creative pro, it's your job to advocate for your client, your company, or your audience. That means refusing to settle for less than the best, and pushing until you get the results that you're striving for. On this episode, Jordan Harbinger,||2/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean6 Rules For Chunking Your Time||A time chunk is simply a dedicated amount of time, an hour or two if possible, to immerse yourself in the important, but not urgent work on your plate. Rather than relying on the non-time-committal nature of a task list,||2/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMake The Most Of Your Meetings||Meetings are necessary to a healthy team, but when you spend most of your day in meetings, it makes it challenging to accomplish any of the real work for which you’re accountable. Worse, when meetings are stacked one after the other,||2/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Questions We Avoid||In many ways, the quality of your work is defined by the questions you ask. Those who ask the best questions ultimately get closest to the heart of the situation, and in many cases ultimately win. However, you are also defined by the questions that you.||2/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDo What Only You Can Do (with Jen Gotch)||When you are growing a business, it's tempting to allow yourself to get pulled into the million little things that demand your time. However, there is something that your business needs from you that only you can do,||2/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTruth, Lies, and Body Language (with Mark Bowden)||Have you ever been in a business pitch, a conversation with a peer, or an argument and thought "I wonder what they're really thinking?" On this episode, Mark Bowden, author of Truth and Lies: What People Are Really Thinking,||2/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean25 Questions That Will Help You Get Unstuck||No matter how talented and driven you are, sooner or later you're bound to feel stuck. When you'e at a standstill, the worst thing you can do is to keep staring at the problem and digging yourself deeper into a rut. On this episode,||1/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGain Focus With These Three Questions||If you want to accomplish much of anything, you need to focus. You have a finite amount of attention to allocate to problems that matter. However, many creative pros struggle with questions about what they should focus on,||1/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYour Customer’s Secret Language (with Jeffrey Shaw)||Who is your ideal customer? If you're a freelancer, a small business owner, or even someone designing or writing within an organization, this is a critical question. But you can't stop by identifying that customer,||1/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJonathan Willis on Passion Projects||Jonathan Willis is a globe-traveling photographer. His work has been featured by some of the biggest brands in the world, and he's dedicated himself to becoming a true master of his craft. However, over the past few years he's also engaged in a number .||1/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean5 Myths About Creative People||You've probably heard them before. You might even believe them. However, the myths that exist about creative people in the marketplace can affect your ability to engage in and do your work effectively. On today's episode,||1/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat Creative People Need||When you create for a living, you might find yourself frustrated with your management or client and not even know why. When you can't articulate what you need, it's really difficult to thrive. On today's episode,||1/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLying To The Pope||How do you make decisions in your work, about your career, or for your life as a whole? If you don't have a clear framework for making those decisions ahead of time, then you'll be tempted to compromise your values in the moment. On today's show,||1/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThere’s a Bear In Ohio!||If you do creative work for a living, trust is your currency. It's impossible to do great, collaborative, creative work without it. However, there are a number of ways in which we can lose trust and never even know it. On this episode,||1/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFour Questions for 2018||It's a new year, and that means many of us are thinking about how we want to make 2018 our best year yet. Last year, I introduced four questions that you can ask to help you gain better clarity and establish more meaningful goals. On this episode,||1/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTake More Shots||Winning is often a game of percentages. The more shots you take, the more likely you are to eventually hit your goal and create something valuable. On this episode, I discuss how to practice and hone your skills through unnecessary creation,||12/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStaying Creatively Supercharged||Weekends are not only a great time to rest, but also to recreate (as in "re-create" yourself, and to regain your focus and enthusiasm for your life and work.) By instilling a few simple checkpoints, or rituals, in your weekend,||12/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Seven Deadly Sins||As we wrap 2017 and head into a new year, it's natural to look back to consider whether your ambitions for the year lined up with your accomplishments. It's easy to unknowingly settle into ruts without even realize it's happening,||12/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Excited about this series of podcasts!
This is an excellent introduction to the speaker's philosophy of creative development. My only question is, who is this guy, and where can I get his stuff? There's nothing on the website to tell me who you are! I especially like the correlation between personal creative dissonance and organizational dissonance. Gives me a paradigm to view my own business and creative efforts. Can't wait to listen to more! T Myers, 87 Ideas.
A very succint and helpful podcast
I'm an independent animator working on a long project... This podcast really speaks to me... I haven't found the information presented in this podcast anywhere else but it has really helped me stay productive and interested in my current tasks.
A Creative Must!
Whether you have a creative role or not, this is a wonderful podcast. A good motivation for any career....