Your quest to be more creative starts here

By |2023-02-28T14:24:20+00:00February 28, 2023|Categories: Creative Confidence, Creativity, Everyday Communication, Learning, Life|

How To Be Creative is a theme that surfaces again and again when I sit down to write. Not because people flock to me asking, “Oh Beth, you creative wizard, will you please publish your wisdom?!” Nope, that’s not the spark that lights my blog-posting flame. Most of the time, my creativity-focused posts begin from a [...]

How to turn “I don’t know” into a conversational advantage

By |2022-12-30T18:44:49+00:00December 30, 2022|Categories: Creative Confidence, Everyday Communication, Learning, Life|

As 2022 drew to a close, several of my friends announced that they were stepping away from social media, at least until January. To detox from the digital noise, they chose to disconnect. Stepping away can be good practice for analog conversations, too. In tense situations, sometimes the best response is no response at all. Step [...]

You’re boring. Stop that.

By |2022-08-31T02:56:37+00:00August 31, 2022|Categories: Creative Confidence, Creativity, Everyday Communication, Learning, Life|

When Jill and I started our Story Mode program, we easily landed on our motto/tagline/hashtag: Refuse To Be Boring. This phrase is our “way.” It’s our constant reminder and also an apt description of how we think, act, talk, create, work, relate. It’s how we live. We spend so much time refusing to be boring, we [...]

Do You Have the Right Time?

By |2022-09-26T14:02:29+00:00July 28, 2022|Categories: Creative Confidence, Creativity, Life, Storytelling|

The best writers--creative and business--understand the importance and power of time I’m waiting for the plumber to arrive. Ever since our revered plumber/friend Larry retired, our plumbing issues have either been ignored or a fix has been attempted by me. Never a good idea. There is mold making itself at home on the caulking around the [...]

Stories need struggle. Storytellers do not.

By |2022-06-30T20:47:54+00:00June 30, 2022|Categories: Creative Confidence, Creativity, Life|

“I thought it would be easy.” When Jill and I use this prompt as a warm-up exercise in our Story Mode workshops, the result is always a fascinating variety of struggle stories. After just three minutes of writing, participants share vivid scenes that range from heart-wrenching to hilarious. The loss of an aged pet. A first [...]

Looking for creative inspiration? Try some oatmeal.

By |2022-02-25T21:29:36+00:00February 28, 2022|Categories: Creative Confidence, Creativity, Everyday Communication, Life, Writing|

To know me is to understand that I procrastinate. Procrastination is part of my process. Especially my writing process. When I was in high school, this irritated my mother to no end. Seeing blank pages instead of a book report, she assumed I was wasting time. Doing nothing. Failing to take action. Not true, Mom. Not [...]

Swedish Death Cleaning will make you a better communicator

By |2022-01-31T16:30:11+00:00January 31, 2022|Categories: Creativity, Life, Writing|

Several years ago, people were raving about the KonMari method of decluttering and organizing. Attempting to jump on the bandwagon, I bought The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and started reading. A few pages in, I bailed. Marie Kondo wanted me to touch every possession and ask, “Does it spark joy?” If not, that item must [...]