Beth

About Beth Nyland

Beth refuses bland and boring. She's a communicator, leader, advisor, teacher, illustrator, and entrepreneur who gets results through creativity, good questions, and active listening. She’s also a daily practice junkie who takes on insane creative challenges, like writing a poem or drawing a picture every day for a year.

Convergent thinking? Divergent thinking? Creativity calls for both.

By |2021-05-28T19:32:04+00:00May 28, 2021|Categories: Creative Confidence, Creativity|

When it comes to creative thinking, I identify as divergent. I can practice convergent thinking, which is to say that I am capable of analyzing practical alternatives and choosing one that seems best. If I lacked this skill, I’d never know what to eat for dinner. But, as my husband will attest, I would rather list [...]

Mashups aren’t just for Mondays

By |2021-04-13T22:11:35+00:00March 31, 2021|Categories: Creative Confidence, Creativity|

If my self-imposed job title weren’t already so long, I’d add the words “Daily Practice Junkie.” Since last month’s article on consistency and surprise, I passed the one-year mark for workouts. Yep. I’ve exercised for at least 30 minutes a day, every damn day, for more than a year. I’ll pause while you gasp and applaud [...]

Consistency + Surprise

By |2021-02-26T12:49:02+00:00February 26, 2021|Categories: Creative Confidence, Creativity, Everyday Communication|

“Three and one!” That’s my fitness instructor, calling out a change in tempo as we lift weights to music. We’ve been doing bicep curls “two and two” … down two counts, up two counts. Now it’s time to adjust the rhythm. Why? Because our bodies adapt. Do the same move long enough, and your muscles become [...]

Is it smart or shameful to manufacture Q&A?

By |2021-01-29T21:33:16+00:00January 29, 2021|Categories: Creative Confidence, Presenting|

Dear Corporate Poet & Cutter of C.R.A.P.: After all these months of practice, we’re finally pretty comfortable with virtual meetings. Everyone has figured out how to join a call on almost any platform, most have full command of the mute button, and only a handful are still reluctant to turn on the camera. In small groups, [...]

My first draft of this article was a mess of Post-It® Notes

By |2020-11-30T17:13:04+00:00November 25, 2020|Categories: Creative Confidence, Creativity, Writing|

If you write at work, your first draft need not look anything like the final product. Rather than jumping into a full page or screen, start small. Bit by bit and with surprising speed, you can build strong messages with Post-it® Notes. In many ways, seventh grade was unkind to me. I was puny, bookish, acne-prone, [...]

A creative entrepreneur’s pandemic journey: an illustrated tale

By |2020-10-29T14:23:48+00:00October 29, 2020|Categories: Creative Confidence, Creativity, Everyday Communication, Learning, Visual Communication|

(inspired by Laura Numeroff, one of my favorite children’s book authors; illustrations by yours truly) If you give a creative entrepreneur a moment—say, a few months of no travel and reduced client demand due to a global pandemic—she’s going to get an idea. Maybe even a bunch of ideas, thanks to her relentlessly creative partner-in-brainstorming. Let’s [...]

Monotony got you down? Take up this boredom-busting challenge.

By |2020-09-30T15:17:51+00:00September 30, 2020|Categories: Creative Confidence, Creativity, Everyday Communication|

I poured one last cup of tea, propped my iPhone against the empty teapot, kicked my feet up on my desk, and FaceTimed Jill. For weeks on end, we’d been in one virtual meeting after another, simulating “eye contact” and making creative progress with clients, collaborators, family, and friends. We finally had a moment to [...]

Words to say & stifle: a cheat sheet for workplace conversations

By |2020-08-30T15:57:52+00:00August 31, 2020|Categories: Everyday Communication|

Things are a mess right now. I’ll spare you a detailed description of “these challenging times” and instead offer a litany of key words so your creative brain can fill in the blanks: division, unrest, virus, politics, restrictions, distance ... But wait, there’s more. In the midst of everything, you’re trying to do good work. Or [...]

Torch these trigger phrases in these trying times

By |2020-07-30T13:08:59+00:00July 30, 2020|Categories: Everyday Communication|

The other day I was lacing up my shoes to take my favorite podcast for a walk. The episode was one I’d started earlier, having left off at a commercial break. So when I pressed play, an advertiser began: “In these challenging times ...” Nope. Before tying the other shoe, I grabbed my phone and tapped fast-forward [...]

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This Sliding Bar can be switched on or off in theme options, and can take any widget you throw at it or even fill it with your custom HTML Code. Its perfect for grabbing the attention of your viewers. Choose between 1, 2, 3 or 4 columns, set the background color, widget divider color, activate transparency, a top border or fully disable it on desktop and mobile.