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Phil Cooke Podcast

Jul 6, 2022

Struggling to meet deadlines? Break the myth of the eureka moment with Phil Cooke’s 10 tips for being creative on demand. These proven techniques will ramp up your creativity, whether you are a filmmaker, director, writer, pastor, teacher or coach! Find out how to deliver breakthrough ideas when you need them most.


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*More About This Episode* Ideas on a Deadline – 10 Ways to Be Creative on Demand

Here’s Phil’s 10 tips to ramp up your creativity:

1. Make the decision that deadlines matter. Make a commitment to stick to them! Professionalism – on time and on budget.

2. Get organized. Does your desk look like a nightmare? Develop a system for capturing ideas so you have access for them when you need them the most. Creative ideas are the most fragile things in the world! Write them down.

3. Learn to say no. Create the margin for reflective, creative time by saying no to certain projects or people.

4. Start with clarity. Are you missing the mark? Seek clarity before you begin a project. Ask the right questions to know what your client or boss is expecting. Don’t assume; ask.

5. Recognize the power of creative extensions:

-Design your workspace

-Light a candle

-Take a microbreak

-Work with inspiring people

6. For the best ideas, go to the source.

7. Understand the power of a good walk. It’s a proven technique that can open up your creativity.

8. Hold back the flood. Don’t start a project too early; give it time.

9. Consider the role dreams play. Creative connections can happen overnight. Start writing them down.

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10. Find the place, schedule a time, and show up. Recognize the “holy trinity” of creativity. Find a creative place where you can focus well and show up every day.


Stop believing the myth that you need a eureka moment. True professionals get to work and understand that you can be creative on demand.