How Innovators Adapt During Times of Crisis
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Today's webinar hosted by @centricindiana was great, with a level of non-hyped expertise about the pandemic that I found refreshing and inspiring. There are a LOT of challenges still to overcome, but we're also seeing adaptation and collaboration. The way forward leads to "operating", and finally - eventually, we will get there - THRIVING. Opportunities and need are huge right now. Share your innovations! You will be supported and celebrated!
Organized by Centric Indiana, a 501c3 nonprofit that connects, educates and celebrates Indiana’s innovators. Centric’s mission is to increase recognition of the state of Indiana as a global center of innovation by equipping individuals and organizations with the critical thinking skills and cultural frameworks needed to drive innovation forward. Centric fosters a community of individuals who are passionate about helping each other, their companies and their communities succeed.
Survive and Thrive COVD educational webinar series
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I digitally scribed last week's “Survive & Thrive CVD19" Education Zoom call, an interactive, facilitated discussion with Daron Fender Spot On Productions. He had a lot of real life video ideas that companies are using to help drive business in this new CVD19 work-from-home environment, plus a lot of creative ideas from call participants on what they're doing to pivot and be successful.
Future (free) webinars will cover podcasting, social media and more.
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Today I listened to the calm and compassionate wisdom of Ilise Benun of Marketing Mentor, who coaches small creative businesses. I've been following her for years. She shared a video on her blog," What I'm Doing Right Now" and I did a digital drawing* on my iPad.
* Note: In my drawing I am practicing several methods I've been learning from Brandy Agerbeck's 90-day online class, The Agerbeck Method, as I develop my own style and incorporate it into my workflow
Like all of us, Ilise has no idea where this is all going, but advises us to focus on our mindset. Here's several areas she touched upon:
1. Be grateful. Heck, I know how work from home, I've been doing it for over 20 years. And I'm a creative introvert, so I know how to entertain myself. I'm grateful for this experience. I'm also grateful for the community of visual practitioners that is stepping up to help all of us. On Friday I posted a comment in a FB group about learning zoom and combining it with digital scribing and I had *two people* message me to jump on a call right away to teach me how to do it. And I have another friend who was willing to practice with me in advance of an upcoming gig.
2. Be flexible. Every event for the foreseeable future is cancelled. All my in-person graphic recording work has dried up. I'm worried. But I'm also willing to try working remotely. It will entail learning a new skillset (online tech tools) which is scary - but do-able.
3. Be proactive. Ilise suggests I reach out to my clients to offer creative solutions - and not wait for them to tell me what they need.
4. Be helpful. I'm scared. I'm not sure how to act right now. I want to help my clients and be supportive, but what is the right tone to take? One of them is a nonprofit that focuses on making health data accessible in his state. He's consumed with pivoting to be COVID-19 relevant. Will I be "bothering" him if I reach out? Or worse, will I sound exploitative? Hey wait. I'm a creative expert. I'm a communications professional. I know my clients and my market. I'm sure I can help them problem solve, and advise on what to say, how to say it, and when.
Finally: Be calm. Fear is contagious. Breathe. Be the voice of reason during these Crazy Times.
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