What you will learn:
We feel most purposeful, most clear-minded, and most alive when we are creating. Technological proliferation has expanded the potential for creators like never before. For very little comparative investment, musicians can do live performances for online audiences, photographers and videographers can create beautiful media, and writers can share ideas and conduct interviews in real-time. Truly, we’re in the middle of a golden age for creativity. But if that's true, why doesn’t it feel that way? While the tools used to generate creative output are more widely available, as society becomes increasingly connected and dependent on these tools -- there is less time available to let our minds wander, purposefully. The result is a sort of creative paradox, where it is both easier and more challenging to foster creative expression. In this course, Bill Connolly explores the innate and varied benefits of creative thinking, including its impact on personal identity and growth, its ability to breed empathy, and its potential to help solve big global problems. Through third-party research, personal anecdotes, and experience working with creative leaders across a wide spectrum of entertainment and broader industry, Connolly will uncover a set of techniques for participants to reignite the creative spark that is so often extinguished as we enter adulthood.
This course is not just for "artists," it is for anyone who would like to find simple ways to express themselves at home and at work.
About the instructor:
Bill Connolly is a writer, marketer, and comedian. He is the author of three books: "Mindspace: How to Live a More Creative Life in the Age of Distraction," "The Success Disconnect: Why the Smartest People Choose Meaning Over Money," and "Funny Business: Build Your Soft Skills Through Comedy." He frequently writes and speaks on topics such as soft skill development, personal & career growth, content strategy, and creative expression. He has presented or taught workshops at organizations like New York University, Allstate Insurance, and The Hearst Corporation, and his work has appeared in top media outlets such as The New York Times, Digiday, Fast Company, and Forbes.
Twice named "Best in Fest" at the Burbank Comedy Festival, Bill has hosted hundreds of live comedy shows in New York City, Los Angeles, and Boston, where he currently lives with his wife and golden retriever. By day, he leads partner marketing and community for Monotype, a leading design firm, and by night, teaches in the Communications school at Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts.
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Suggested Length:60 min(Flexible)
# of Employees: Flexible
Delivery: Live via Zoom
- Keynote Followed by Q&A
- Lecture with Discussion
- Interactive Workshop
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