Posts Tagged ‘idea’



How Well Does Your Idea Resonate?

The dictionary definition of “resonance” is: “Vibration caused by a relatively small stimulus, the intensification and enriching of a musical tone by supplementary vibration, or a quality of evoking response.”   When it comes to your ideas – do they create a vibration in the room?  Do they cause a response?  Too often, when we share or pitch our ideas, nothing happens. Then we tell ourselves that Read the full article »

What Overwhelms You?

This blog is about how to get your story out there.  It’s designed for filmmakers, writers, pastors, musicians, business and nonprofit leaders – anyone who has an idea or story burning in their heart that they need to share.  But one of the greatest obstacles to getting your story out there is becoming overwhelmed with the process.  It happens to me when I’m balancing too many things, and get the sneaky suspicion that there’s something important to do that I’ve forgotten about. It usually comes when I haven’t been paying attention to my priorities, am over-stretched, and not taken a close look at my to-do list. When that happens, I usually get a wave of Read the full article »

You Can Overcome the Chaos

Right now we’re in the middle of the greatest crisis of our lifetime.  Media companies are shutting down almost daily, and people who were industry leaders a year ago are now looking through the classifieds.  Churches, ministris, and non-profits are no different.  If you’re in that boat, and while it may look like there’s no hope, let me remind you of something really important.  The following companies all have one big thing in common:
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Are You REALLY Open to New Ideas?

Are we REALLY open to new ideas? We like to think we are, but how often to we reactively defend the status quo – especially when someone pokes a hole in our past decisions? I work with clients for a living, which means I spend a lot of time looking at organizations and challenging them with new ideas. I try to do the same thing when it comes to this blog. But far too often, instead of at least considering new ideas, some people at the organization reflexively dismisses them without Read the full article »

Is Pitching Your Dream Project Making You A Jerk?

Someone pitched me a project the other day. He had obviously worked very hard on it and was very passionate. But he made one serious mistake: He let his passion spill over into annoyance and then arrogance.  After giving me a long speech about his credentials, and why his experience justified me listening to the project, he then went into a diatribe about what was wrong with people in Hollywood and why they haven’t responded to him. I understood his frustration, because after all, I’ve been out here for Read the full article »

Disrupt Something, and Think the Unthinkable

When was the last time you shook up the thinking at your office? If it’s been too long, then maybe it’s time to start thinking the unthinkable, seeing what nobody else can see, and breaking a few rules. We are all creatures of habit, and it usually takes a jolt to shake us out of our rut. I know – I wrote a book on the subject. But climbing outside the rut is exactly where we need to be.  So start tomorrow.  Think of the projects you’re facing at work, and then think of the most Read the full article »

Is Your Big Idea Easy to Understand?

People come to share their “big idea” with me all the time. They’re excited, pumped, and can’t wait to tell me their great idea for a movie, a nonprofit organization, a book, a new product, or company.  The problem is, it takes forever. Try as they might, they just can’t explain their big idea in a short, simple conversation. For some reason they feel obligated to tell me the history, the background, the competition, the mistakes, the failed tries, the alternatives, what other people think, and Read the full article »

Where Did You Find Your Last Great Idea?

There’s something about the shower that makes ideas explode in my head. Once that water hits my face, for whatever reason, the ideas start popping. Driving is similar, as well as sitting in church, on a plane, or in a waiting room. Whenever I can’t move, my brain kicks in. Why does it matter? It matters because knowing where your ideas happen is the key to making them happen more often.  How about you? When do your best ideas happen? Listening to Read the full article »

A Silly Idea Might Be The One That Saves You

I’ve been in too many creative meetings where someone tossed out a wacky idea and got slammed for it.  “Bob, what a stupid idea.  That will never work.”  “It’s too expensive.”  “That’s nuts – what are you thinking?”  You’ve heard the lines before.  The problem is, when you slam someone’s idea – especially early in the process, here’s what happens: Read the full article »

Are You Creating or Consuming?

I fly a lot – way too much for normal people. As a result, I get to see the extremes of human behavior. I joke that I’m a magnet for crazy people on airplanes. Usually, if there’s a wacky passenger on board, they’ll set next to me. As a result I’ve seen every weird habit, OCD trait, and activity you can imagine. On my last flight I sat next to a guy who had to wipe down his knife and fork for 2 minutes before he could use them.  But the thing I see most often are Read the full article »


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