Sometimes, you perceive of yourself as someone who would not know creativity even if it knocked you on the head with a sledgehammer. And sometimes, you just come to the realization that you and creativity just would not mix. It is like oil and water for you and creativity, or so you think.
You must not give up. If you imagine feeling the wrath of Zeus every time you need to be creative, do not put a lid on it. All you need is a technique, a creativity technique.
Creativity techniques make your world a better place to live in. But just like everyone’s common world, these techniques also have bad points. Think of them as a giant tool box, with all you might ever need to build your own house. It has lots and lots of tools but you just have to pick the right one.
The first technique would be the basic model. With this model, you have to think of what it is that really hinders you on your path to creativity, and jot it down in non-technical formal. Show what you wrote to people who have never experienced that kind of problem and ask them for ideas and for their opinions. You can also recommend to them thinking on it overnight or for a few days.
Once they speak up, take down any thoughts and ideas they air out regarding the “real” problem and any solutions that are of high potential. It is very essential that what they expect of your ability to utilize their ideas are put in a realistic perspective. You can develop or re-interpret the ideas they gave you to make them more workable for you. You should not dismiss the notion that the idea might be technically naïve, but still, you can work on it to make it more thought-provoking.
But, of course, if you use ideas of other people, you cannot just use them just like that. You have to give a responsive feedback to whoever helped you to show that what they did is highly valued, appreciated and of productive use. If your helper receives a positive response of how his or her ideas were put to good use, he or she will be very glad and will accommodate your needs again.
Another creativity technique is the face-to-face networking model. This technique can only be workable if you are sure that your relationship with the one who helps you is built on trust. For instance, when your helper offers ideas that are somewhat naïve, you still use these ideas to your advantage and not dismiss them immediately.
However, when worse comes to worse, some ideas can sometimes be too out of place that you and your helper need to talk on it. How could you do that? Simple. You just start a conversation at an informal face-to-face meeting at some bar or wherever it is that you would prefer.
If you do decide to use this personal approach, you must have non-directive listening skills so that your helper’s enthusiasm and interest are maintained. Show him or her that whatever it is that he or she is saying is being considered and well-thought of all the time, because if you do not do so, he or she will forget about offering creative ideas for you and you will find yourself in a muddy heap once again.
Basically, you do not have to carry the burden of creativity on your shoulders. There are lots of creativity techniques out there, you just have to know how to use them more effectively.