July 2017 Newsletter
Fun Summer Workshop in DC! Details below.
Happy Summer! I've been doing client workshops and coaching, and enjoying the Shenandoah mountains this summer...and now feeling ready for another public workshop. :-)

Due to the number of inquiries I receive for this workshop, I'm excited to bring back an updated version of Creative Facilitation Using Improv & Storytelling next month! It is a full day workshop in Washington, DC on August 26th. Ten years ago almost nobody outside of the improv community had heard of Applied Improv, and now it's one of my most requested business, leadership, and trainer training workshops. Delighted how times have changed! Scroll down for workshop details.

If you want to creatively design your unique signature business, product, workshop, or service offering, or get in touch with more of your creative self, I offer a 30-minute free, no obligation consultation to see if and how Creative Emergence Business Coaching might be able to support your creative life and work. I also now have a coaching FB page here.
Creative Facilitation Using Improv & Storytelling
Workshop in DC - Saturday, August 26
Special Summer Dive-in Discount Rate thru Aug. 7

I'm excited to bring this updated version to an old favorite! In this workshop you will learn and experience a variety of Applied Improvisational Theater and Applied Storytelling approaches that will enliven your programs, accelerate participant learning and deepen your presence, confidence, and flexibility as a facilitator; be more at ease creating, improvising, and adapting in the moment;   learn accessible, fun, purposeful activities; and cultivate and trust your own creativity. Leave with improv and story-based activities for warm-ups, energizers, group activities, individual & group storytelling, creative thinking and ideation, team/community building, breaking down interpersonal barriers, and more.

Unlike other workshops in my Creative Facilitation Series, this one is focused specifically on applying improv and story, and has several new activities in the mix. If you've taken another workshop in the series, and would like to know how this will be different, please call me at 434-995-5077. I'm offering a special pre-early bird dive-in rate for the summer.

For more information and to register, go to

Creativity Links

Every issue I include some of my recently tweeted links - articles, videos, quotes, and other creativity-related links of interest. Join me at @CreatvEmergence.

1.   How to Free Your Creative Spirit, According to a Radical Nun - Artsy Net:
2.   A teenage TED speaker's mom on how she encourages her sons to innovate
      - TEDtalk: http://bit.ly/1FRouzL
3.   Creativity's bottom line: How winning companies turn creativity into business value
      and growth - McKinsey & Co.: http://bit.ly/2rpQQiH
4.   How Does the Brain-Body Connection Affect Creativity? Walking promotes divergent
      thinking - BigThink: http://bit.ly/2sXq9Wj
5.   Leadership is Collective and Exists in the Space In-between - Medium:
6.   "Weird Design" - simpler to work outlandish idea back to reality than to make a boring
      idea better - Medium: http://bit.ly/2rtnhRy
7.   The Elements of Value - come with great  "Elements of Value Pyramid" that address
      functional, emotional, life changing & social needs - HBR: http://bit.ly/2bgh6sH
8.   The Creative Process, Trusting Your Intuition & More with Sarah Jones. Brilliant,
      entertaining video - worth watching: http://bit.ly/2u2xlAH 
9.   6 Signs You May Be an Infinite Player - Fractal Enlightenment: http://bit.ly/2uwfxOV
10.  Art is an Amazing Way to Teach Your Brain About Mindfulness - Bigthink:
11.  Improvisational comedy program helps hospitalized kids heal - San Fransisco
       Chronicle - http://bit.ly/2rbuMLf
12.  The 21st Century Business - changes outlined in this Future Perspective represent
       a disruption to way most businesses operate. Kantar Futures: http://bit.ly/2uszHcX
13.  There are 11 types of jokes, according to the founding editor of The Onion.
14.  "Can Improv Save The Planet? Alan Alda and Tina Fey Say Yes...And" - Medium:
15.  You Have the Power to Physically Reshape Your Brain - Futurism:
16.  Team Creativity - You can't manage creativity, you create conditions for it - HBR:
17.  Why play is essential to the design thinking process: http://bit.ly/2rVpNMZ
18.  The Five Types of Imposter Syndrome and How to Beat Them - FastCo:
19.  What Neurodiversity Is And Why Companies Should Embrace It - FastCo:
20.  How Improv Helps Television's Best Comedy Writers - Splitsider: http://bit.ly/1E1Fpf8

Arts-based Engagement for More Creative Ideas and Solutions

Love this quote. It's one of the reasons I use arts-based processes in my work - it helps us bypass the habitual-linear-sequential, left-brain dominant conscious thinking to access more our ourselves, and our creativity, insight, and intuition...and hear the voice of our  "inner creator." By going into the non-linear part of our consciousness first, we mine the fertile playing field of our 'right-brain' imagination to get novelty and the unpredictable, then after we spend some time there exploring and unearthing, we bring it back to the 'left-brain' to make sense out of it, organize it, structure it, and create actionable steps from it. And we can discover new and forgotten parts of ourselves and bring them to life.

Not to mention, it changes the way we feel. It literally creates an energetic spaciousness, and that is liberating. I have a full-day workshop, Nonverbal Creativity, I've done a few times. After introductions, we did not talk again until the end of the day, in the last hour - not even during lunch or breaks. The only talking is periodically introducing the next activity. It integrates the wisdom of the silent retreat with whole-brain creative practices. No voiced evaluations, apologies, analyzing, hiding behind words, etc. That freed up participants to just engage without fear of judgement. It was uncomfortable at first for some, but then everyone got into it once they felt safe in the "flow" of their creative energy. Each time what struck me is that when we introduced talking back in at the end, it took a few minutes to get back, and someone would comment on how freeing it had been, their surprising insights, or how they weren't ready to come back. One participant said, "I feel like the magic is broken." once the talking started.

We're socialized to start figuring out something first from left-brain thinking. Arts-based engagement adds an added dimension of creativity to it. By first diverging with in the "right brain" then converging with the 'left brain" (in quotes because it's not exactly that binary) we discover new options and choices for our work and lives that we previously couldn't have imagined. Creativity is expanded by leaving our linear-dominant habitual thinking and processing, and entering into the nonlinear imagination, engaging it, then coming back to make it real. The creative process of taking something abstract and making it concrete generates novel ideas, solutions, and directions. And it's something you can do at home by yourself anytime. It just needs space, time, and non-distracted attention.
Creative Emergence Coaching 

Creative Emergence Coaching is a whole-brain coaching process designed to accelerate your personal, professional, and business development. Using a variety of whole-brain approaches designed to bypass the habitual thinking/being patterns and engage you into new territory, we focus on discovering and/or structuring your purpose, passion, creativity, and aliveness into an income-generating business or work...or creating anything new: your signature approach/model/process/methodology, workshop, product, or service. We start wherever you are and go from there to create what's next in a fun, soulful way. Contact me for a FREE, no obligation 30-minute discovery consultation to see if this approach is right for you. 
Creative Facilitation Train-the-Trainer Workshops
for Organizational Departments or Teams

In addition to the Creative Facilitation series of public workshop I've been offering for many years, I also offer in-house train-the-trainer workshops for leaders, managers, trainers, coaches, and facilitators in organizational departments such as organizational development, training and development, human resources, sales, or marketing - and anyone else who wants to facilitate and generate more creativity from their staff or team. The workshops aren't one size fits all - they are all individually customized to maximize learning, engagement, and relevance. Call me at 434-995-5077 or email me for more information, or to set up a time to discuss how this might work in your organization. 
Our Services

The Center for Creative Emergence is a creativity consulting, facilitating and coaching company dedicated to integrating inspired creativity, meaning, organizational culture and business for a happier and more productive work life and a richer bottom line.

Services include creativity and emergence coaching and facilitating, whole-brain corporate and public workshops, conference presentations, creativity events and Quantum Leap Business Improv.  

Creative Emergence Coaching clients include Entrepreneurs who want to discover their calling, develop their signature approach, products and services, or create their new future story; Leaders who want to draw out and focus the creativity of their work force; Pioneers who are forging new territory or creating new models; Facilitators who want to create new programs or workshops; Business Partners and Teams who want to co-create or establish a creative work culture.  

Organizational Clients have included Dominos, John Deere, PBS, Panasonic, Deloitte, Microsoft, GEICO, RAPP, Kaiser Permanente, Federal Executive Institute, Inova Health System, NetImpact UVA, Teach for America, Hands On Network, National Institutes of Health, The World Bank, USGS, Invest Northern Ireland, Heritage Company, Service Employee International Union, Clean Currents, Center for Nonprofit Advancement, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration among many others.

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