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Teaching Creative Confidence

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What it's like to be creative and to teach creative people? This is a presentation that I made in the creative meetup of Digitized. It's a mixture of all the things that inspired me on developing my creativity. From podcasts, videos, books and quotes of important people. Because creativity starts from inspiration.

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Teaching Creative Confidence

  1. 1. TEACHING CREATIVE CONFIDENCE LENA LEKKOU WHATIT’SLIKETOTEACHCREATIVITY?
  2. 2. CREATIVE HUMAN KIND HII’MLENA:) HII’MLENA:) T E A C H I N G C R E A T I V E C O N F I D E N C E | L E N A L E K K O U | C R E A T I V E M E E T U P , D I G I T I Z E D 2 0 1 9 LENA LEKKOU
  3. 3. # d i g i t i z e d 1 9 @ l e n a l e k k o u W H A T I S
  4. 4. T E A C H I N G C R E A T I V E C O N F I D E N C E | L E N A L E K K O U | C R E A T I V E M E E T U P , D I G I T I Z E D 2 0 1 9 CREATIVITY I f w e g i v e a 4 y e a r o l d k i d t o o l s t o d r a w , b u t t h e k i d g o t s t u c k a n d d o n ’ t d o a n y t h i n g , w e a r e g o i n g t o w o n d e r w h a t h a p p e n e d ? I f t h e s a m e t h i n g h a p p e n e d t o a 5 0 y e a r o l d w o m e n a n d t h e w o m e n g o t s t u c k , w h y w e t h i n k t h i s i s s o m e t h i n g o r d i n a r y ? What is happening to our life that they are taking away these freedom? T E A C H I N G C R E A T I V E C O N F I D E N C E | L E N A L E K K O U | C R E A T I V E M E E T U P , D I G I T I Z E D 2 0 1 9
  5. 5. T E A C H I N G C R E A T I V E C O N F I D E N C E | L E N A L E K K O U | C R E A T I V E M E E T U P , D I G I T I Z E D 2 0 1 9T E A C H I N G C R E A T I V E C O N F I D E N C E | L E N A L E K K O U | C R E A T I V E M E E T U P , D I G I T I Z E D 2 0 1 9 From a place for an experience becomes a thing that you can tell that something is good or bad. CREATIVITY
  6. 6. T E A C H I N G C R E A T I V E C O N F I D E N C E | L E N A L E K K O U | C R E A T I V E M E E T U P , D I G I T I Z E D 2 0 1 9T E A C H I N G C R E A T I V E C O N F I D E N C E | L E N A L E K K O U | C R E A T I V E M E E T U P , D I G I T I Z E D 2 0 1 9 W h e n c h i l d r e n f i n i s h e d d r a w i n g t h e y r i p i t o f f , t h e y d o n ’ t m a t t e r w h a t w i l l h a p p e n t o i t , i f a n a d u l t f i n i s h w i t h h i s d r a w i n g w i l l b e a n x i o u s a b o u t w h a t t o d o w i t h i t What’s the last time you were doodling? Why are we so afraid of drawing and why most people think they can’t draw? CREATIVITY
  7. 7. T E A C H I N G C R E A T I V E C O N F I D E N C E | L E N A L E K K O U | C R E A T I V E M E E T U P , D I G I T I Z E D 2 0 1 9 “Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn't really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That's because they were able to connect experiences they've had and synthesize new things .” Steve Jobs CREATIVITY
  8. 8. T E A C H I N G C R E A T I V E C O N F I D E N C E | L E N A L E K K O U | C R E A T I V E M E E T U P , D I G I T I Z E D 2 0 1 9 o Creativity is self-expression o Everyone is creative. And by that, we mean everyone has the potential to be o “I am pretty good at coming up with ideas quickly — lots of them—some good, most bad .” T E A C H I N G C R E A T I V E C O N F I D E N C E | L E N A L E K K O U | C R E A T I V E M E E T U P , D I G I T I Z E D 2 0 1 9 CREATIVITY
  9. 9. T E A C H I N G C R E A T I V E C O N F I D E N C E | L E N A L E K K O U | C R E A T I V E M E E T U P , D I G I T I Z E D 2 0 1 9T E A C H I N G C R E A T I V E C O N F I D E N C E | L E N A L E K K O U | C R E A T I V E M E E T U P , D I G I T I Z E D 2 0 1 9
  10. 10. I recommend reading this book ASAP! I found this book accidentally and made me happy : ) https://www.amazon.com/ Creative-Process-Illustrated- Advertisings- Ideas/dp/1600619606 THE CREATIVE PROCESS ILLUSTRATED
  11. 11. “For me, the process begins with just filling my head with stuff. Devouring media, soaking up the world around me—words and images and music and life. Not because I have a particular assignment that I need them for, but just because I enjoy it. Then, when I sit down to think about ideas for a client, I’ve got all this stuff bubbling around in my head. There’s all this stimuli in there for my thoughts to bounce around on.” CHRIS ADAMS
  12. 12. “Ideas just kind of happen for me. Great ideas are already out there, you just have to find them. So I just spew and spew thoughts, write them down, and then the trick is figuring out which ones are any good..” DAVID BALDWIN
  13. 13. “Ideas come in different sizes. Those big ideas are good ones because they hold the greatest potential to solve big problems. The search for the best idea among myriad possibilities is a journey creatives must be willing to make.” DUSTIN BALLARD
  14. 14. “The part I love in the process is when you crack the idea and suddenly all of the possibilities come flooding forward, unfolding, growing. It’s like a mental orgasm mixed with a sense of relief.” ROSS CHOWLES
  15. 15. “Ideas do not come out of thin air. Ideas only come out of combining other ideas. So the secret to coming up with ideas is to learn about lots of stuff.” TOM CHRISTMANN
  16. 16. “I like to do my thinking in stimulating places, not my office. I like having motion, distractions and things to look at to spur on thought fragments.” IAN COHEN
  17. 17. “The truth is that ideas don’t come to me. The cheeky little bastards always make me come to them. Sometimes they’re hiding under the stairs. Occasionally, they’re on a short vacation to Wisconsin. Often they’re hanging out at the neighbors’. But… I’ve found they’re rarely where I look. To paraphrase John Lennon: ‘Ideas are what happen when you’re busy thinking other things.’” DAVID T. JONES
  18. 18. # d i g i t i z e d 1 9 @ l e n a l e k k o u A N A L Y Z I N G
  19. 19. T E A C H I N G C R E A T I V E C O N F I D E N C E | L E N A L E K K O U | C R E A T I V E M E E T U P , D I G I T I Z E D 2 0 1 9 THE PERSONA o E n e r g e t i c b u t q u i e t o P l a y f u l & D i s c i p l i n e d o S t r o n g I m a g i n a t i o n o I n t r o v e r t a n d E x t r o v e r t o H u m b l e o P a s s i o n a t e o C u r i o u s a b o u t l i f e o P e r f e c t i o n i s t
  20. 20. # d i g i t i z e d 1 9 @ l e n a l e k k o u D I S C O V E R
  21. 21. T E A C H I N G C R E A T I V E C O N F I D E N C E | L E N A L E K K O U | C R E A T I V E M E E T U P , D I G I T I Z E D 2 0 1 9 THE DEMONS o I n s e c u r i t y o “ A m I o v e r q u a l i f i e d o r u n d e r q u a l i f i e d ? ” o F e a r o f n o t b e i n g e x p e r i e n c e e n o u g h t o h a v e a v o i c e o “ M y w o r k i s n o t b e h a n c e - r e a d y ” o F e a r o f f e e l i n g u n c o m f o r t a b l e L e t ’ s n o t u n v e i l a l l t h e d e m o n s r i g h t n o w …
  22. 22. “Eventually a good idea will come if I keep working at it. Sometimes that work takes a couple of hours. Sometimes it’s a couple of days. Sometimes it’s a couple of weeks. But in the end, the result is the same—a good idea.” MIKE HEID
  23. 23. # d i g i t i z e d 1 9 @ l e n a l e k k o u S H O W M E
  24. 24. T E A C H I N G C R E A T I V E C O N F I D E N C E | L E N A L E K K O U | C R E A T I V E M E E T U P , D I G I T I Z E D 2 0 1 9 THE PROBLEM o T h e I n t e r n e t ( y e s , t h e i n t e r n e t ) o T i m e M a n a g e m e n t & D r e a d f u l D e a d l i n e s ( o f c o u r s e i t ’ s t i m e ) o E g o s ( y o u k n o w w h o y o u a r e ) o N o p o s i t i v e f e e d b a c k ( o r n o f e e d b a c k a t a l l ) o D o n ’ t t a k e c r i t i q u e s ( … ) o V i c t i m i z i n g y o u r s e l f ( f o r e v e r y f & ^ % i n g l i t t l e t h i n g ) o D e f e n d i n g y o u r s p e c i a l t y ( o h h h h h t h a t … ) o J u s t b e i n g a n e x e c u t e r ( I f e e l y o u ) o B u r n o u t , N o e n e r g y , N o I d e a s
  25. 25. T E A C H I N G C R E A T I V E C O N F I D E N C E | L E N A L E K K O U | C R E A T I V E M E E T U P , D I G I T I Z E D 2 0 1 9 o W e p r e s e n t t o t h e w o r l d a g l o s s y i m a g e o f w h o w e a r e a n d w h a t w e d o a n d h i d e t h e b e a u t i f u l m e s s t h a t m a d e u s o W e m a y h a v e i m a g i n e d f a n t a s t i c i d e a s , b u t u n l e s s w e h a v e a w a y t o s h o w t h e m t o o t h e r s , t h e v a l u e o f o u r i d e a s w i l l n e v e r b e k n o w n . t h e s e t w o a r e t h e m o s t i m p o r t a n t p r o b l e m s , r i g h t ? THE PROBLEM
  26. 26. # d i g i t i z e d 1 9 @ l e n a l e k k o u S H O W M E
  27. 27. T E A C H I N G C R E A T I V E C O N F I D E N C E | L E N A L E K K O U | C R E A T I V E M E E T U P , D I G I T I Z E D 2 0 1 9 THE SOLUTION o F i n d y o u r i n n e r s t r e n g t h ( y o u ’ v e g o t t h i s ! ) o B e l i e v e i n y o u r i d e a s ( y o u ’ v e g o t t h i s ! ) o “ H a v e n o f e a r o f p e r f e c t i o n , y o u w i l l n e v e r r e a c h i t ” S a l v a d o r D a l i o E m b r a c e F a i l u r e ( f a i l u r e s a r e g o o o o d ) o C h a l l e n g e y o u r s e l f a n d t r y n e w t h i n g s ( s t a r t w i t h w h a t y o u w i l l e a t f o r d i n n e r ) o S h a r e y o u r w o r k w i t h t h e r e s t o f t h e w o r l d ( w e w a n t t o s e e i t )
  28. 28. T E A C H I N G C R E A T I V E C O N F I D E N C E | L E N A L E K K O U | C R E A T I V E M E E T U P , D I G I T I Z E D 2 0 1 9 THE HABIT You need to fuel your curiosity and add it on your daily agenda. You have to make Creativity your daily habit !
  29. 29. “But the beauty of these things is that they are just that: blank slates. Chances for originality. Chances to create movements. Opportunities to make a difference. Opportunities to fail. For me, the process of creativity is messy, chaotic and disorganized.” ANDY AZULA
  30. 30. # d i g i t i z e d 1 9 @ l e n a l e k k o u W H A T I T ’ S L I K E T O
  31. 31. T E A C H I N G C R E A T I V E C O N F I D E N C E | L E N A L E K K O U | C R E A T I V E M E E T U P , D I G I T I Z E D 2 0 1 9 TEACHING o E m o t i o n a l E n g a g e m e n t o M o t i v a t i o n o I n s p i r a t i o n o E x p e r i m e n t a l o B l e n d e d L e a r n i n g o “ y o u e x p e c t f r o m y o u r t e a c h e r t o p u s h y o u t o g o o f f b o u n d a r i e s a n d t a k e r i s k s i n a s a f e e n v i r o n m e n t ” o H o w t o r e m o v e C r e a t i v e B l o c k s Goals of a creative teacher
  32. 32. T E A C H I N G C R E A T I V E C O N F I D E N C E | L E N A L E K K O U | C R E A T I V E M E E T U P , D I G I T I Z E D 2 0 1 9 Needs of a creative teacher TEACHING o E m o t i o n a l E n g a g e m e n t o M o t i v a t i o n o I n s p i r a t i o n o E x p e r i m e n t a l o “ Y o u w a n t t o l e a r n a l s o f r o m y o u r s t u d e n t s ” o “ Y o u w a n t y o u r s t u d e n t s t o c h a l l e n g e y o u w i t h d e m a n d i n g m o r e k n o w l e d g e a n d c h a l l e n g e y o u ” o “ Y o u w a n t t o f e e l p r o u d o f s t u d e n t s ’ a c h i e v e m e n t s "
  33. 33. # d i g i t i z e d 1 9 @ l e n a l e k k o u W H A T I T ’ S L I K E T O B E A
  34. 34. T E A C H I N G C R E A T I V E C O N F I D E N C E | L E N A L E K K O U | C R E A T I V E M E E T U P , D I G I T I Z E D 2 0 1 9 NON-STOP o E m b r a c e C h a n g e s a n d d o n ’ t g e t s t u c k i n t h e p a s t o T h i n k O u t s i d e t h e B o x a n d l e a r n s o m e t h i n g n e w t h a t i t ’ s a b i t d i f f e r e n t f r o m y o u r w o r k o B e i n g a L i f e l o n g L e a r n e r m a k e s y o u S m a r t e r i t c h a l l e n g e s y o u a n d y o u n e v e r k n o w w h a t d o o r t h a t m a y o p e n u p o B e c o m e a W a n d e r e r a n d a W o n d e r e r o K e e p y o u r B r a i n A c t i v e , n o t p a s s i v e o E x p o s e Y o u r s e l f t o t h e c r e a t i o n s o f o t h e r c r e a t i v e p e o p l e o G e t o u t t h e r e a n d E n g a g e w i t h t h e W o r l d A r o u n d U s !
  35. 35. EMBRACE IT! INSPIRATION INSPIRATION T E A C H I N G C R E A T I V E C O N F I D E N C E | L E N A L E K K O U | C R E A T I V E M E E T U P , D I G I T I Z E D 2 0 1 9 EVERYWHERE INSPIRATION COMES FROM
  36. 36. #NEVER STOP LEARNING #NEVER STOP LEARNING #NEVER STOP LEARNING #NEVER STOP LEARNING #NEVER STOP LEARNING #NEVER STOP LEARNING #NEVER STOP LEARNING #NEVER STOP LEARNING #NEVER STOP LEARNING #NEVER STOP LEARNING #NEVER STOP LEARNING #NEVER STOP LEARNING #NEVER STOP LEARNING #NEVER STOP LEARNING #NEVER STOP LEARNING #NEVER STOP LEARNING #NEVER STOP LEARNING #NEVER STOP LEARNING #NEVER STOP LEARNING #NEVER STOP LEARNING #NEVER STOP LEARNING #NEVER STOP LEARNING #NEVER STOP LEARNING #NEVER STOP LEARNING #NEVER STOP LEARNING #NEVER STOP LEARNING #NEVER STOP LEARNING #NEVER STOP LEARNING THANK YOU! And of course I have a small surprise…. As a good teacher I neeeeed to give you homework : ) @ L E N A L E K K O U
  37. 37. Useful Links ▪ https://www.linkedin.com/learning/creativity-and-learning-a-conversation-with-lynda- barry/creativity-and-learning-a-conversation-with-lynda-barry-film?u=76178842 ▪ https://www.creativeconfidence.com/book/ ▪ https://www.amazon.com/Creative-Habit-Learn-Use-Life-ebook/dp/B000SEOWBG ▪ https://www.netflix.com/gr-en/title/81090128 ▪ http://thecrazy1.com/episode82/ ▪ https://www.amazon.com/Creative-Process-Illustrated-Advertisings- Ideas/dp/1600619606 All images used where from the awesome Unsplash

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