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7 Reasons Why Messy People Are Creative

7 Reasons Why Messy People Are Creative

We have long suspected that messy people have a little more oomph in the “creativity chamber,” or at least that is what I always tried to convince my mom. No longer am I alone in trying to convince her of this. There is actual science to back me up! Study these reasons and have them at your disposal for the next time your mom (or anyone else) gets on your case about being messy. I’m going to give you 7 Reasons why messy people are creative.

Spoiler: One of the reasons is not going to be that we write articles that say we are more creative and therefore we are. I debated it, but it seemed that it might not be as convincing…

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They Try New Things

We can be honest amongst ourselves for a minute here, right? Ok, so there are day I return to my room and it’s like I don’t even recognize it. It looks like a whole new environment every day depending where I leave off doing what I’m doing. What I’m getting at is what is trying a new smoothie flavor when we show up to this everyday? Nothing. And that is just what the study by Kathleen Vohs, PhD, of the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management found when they studied it.

They Know How To Improvise

Sometimes we misplace things. No shame in that. We have skills to get through it. Missing the tape, quick grab that twine and rig it up to the window like the MacGyver you were born to be. Studies proved our abilities to improvise by testing what a group of “neat” people and a group of “messy” people did with ping pong balls. They were graded and team messy pulled the win!

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They Aren’t Easily Cowed Into Decisions

We are independent thinkers. This was illustrated in the study when the researchers suggested an independent donation to charity from the test subjects. The neater group was more likely to donate to charity. Typical. I mean sure charity is a good thing, but we do things because we thought of them. We don’t need to be asked.

They Know That Life Can Be Short

We live it up sometimes. This was proven when researchers had the subjects pick out a snack after the experiment. The choices were an apple and candy. No brainer, right? Apparently neat people actually took the apple. What? I don’t get it either. We know that you have to take some joy here and there. Also if I make it through a research study, I get to have a reward.

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They Have The Likes of Albert Einstein On Their Team

We all know the saying (or do now): “If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, then what are we to think of an empty desk?” This came from the man himself: Albert Einstein. I’m pretty sure he knows what’s up and he agrees with our way of life. (See mom, Einstein)

They Have Steve Jobs To Aspire To

We probably could have guessed this, but Mr. Jobs had quite the disaster area for an office. Makes sense. This handy phone gadget sure does help organize at least part of my life.

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They Have to Be Able Communicate Effectively

What they call madness, we call methodical. They say Tomato, we say Potato- you know? We have a way of organizing that allows us to function optimally. Our system may not work for anyone else. That is a little thing we like to refer to as job security. Kidding. We have to be able to communicate our ideas and methods clearly to others because we know that they will not be able pick up on our system without assistance. Especially if they are one of the “neat.”

Please check out these links for more information in regards to the messy creative genius theory.

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Last Updated on December 2, 2018

7 Public Speaking Techniques To Help Connect With Your Audience

7 Public Speaking Techniques To Help Connect With Your Audience

When giving a presentation or speech, you have to engage your audience effectively in order to truly get your point across. Unlike a written editorial or newsletter, your speech is fleeting; once you’ve said everything you set out to say, you don’t get a second chance to have your voice heard in that specific arena.

You need to make sure your audience hangs on to every word you say, from your introduction to your wrap-up. You can do so by:

1. Connecting them with each other

Picture your typical rock concert. What’s the first thing the singer says to the crowd after jumping out on stage? “Hello (insert city name here)!” Just acknowledging that he’s coherent enough to know where he is is enough for the audience to go wild and get into the show.

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It makes each individual feel as if they’re a part of something bigger. The same goes for any public speaking event. When an audience hears, “You’re all here because you care deeply about wildlife preservation,” it gives them a sense that they’re not just there to listen, but they’re there to connect with the like-minded people all around them.

2. Connect with their emotions

Speakers always try to get their audience emotionally involved in whatever topic they’re discussing. There are a variety of ways in which to do this, such as using statistics, stories, pictures or videos that really show the importance of the topic at hand.

For example, showing pictures of the aftermath of an accident related to drunk driving will certainly send a specific message to an audience of teenagers and young adults. While doing so might be emotionally nerve-racking to the crowd, it may be necessary to get your point across and engage them fully.

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3. Keep going back to the beginning

Revisit your theme throughout your presentation. Although you should give your audience the credit they deserve and know that they can follow along, linking back to your initial thesis can act as a subconscious reminder of why what you’re currently telling them is important.

On the other hand, if you simply mention your theme or the point of your speech at the beginning and never mention it again, it gives your audience the impression that it’s not really that important.

4. Link to your audience’s motivation

After you’ve acknowledged your audience’s common interests in being present, discuss their motivation for being there. Be specific. Using the previous example, if your audience clearly cares about wildlife preservation, discuss what can be done to help save endangered species’ from extinction.

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Don’t just give them cold, hard facts; use the facts to make a point that they can use to better themselves or the world in some way.

5. Entertain them

While not all speeches or presentations are meant to be entertaining in a comedic way, audiences will become thoroughly engaged in anecdotes that relate to the overall theme of the speech. We discussed appealing to emotions, and that’s exactly what a speaker sets out to do when he tells a story from his past or that of a well-known historical figure.

Speakers usually tell more than one story in order to show that the first one they told isn’t simply an anomaly, and that whatever outcome they’re attempting to prove will consistently reoccur, given certain circumstances.

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6. Appeal to loyalty

Just like the musician mentioning the town he’s playing in will get the audience ready to rock, speakers need to appeal to their audience’s loyalty to their country, company, product or cause. Show them how important it is that they’re present and listening to your speech by making your words hit home to each individual.

In doing so, the members of your audience will feel as if you’re speaking directly to them while you’re addressing the entire crowd.

7. Tell them the benefits of the presentation

Early on in your presentation, you should tell your audience exactly what they’ll learn, and exactly how they’ll learn it. Don’t expect them to listen if they don’t have clear-cut information to listen for. On the other hand, if they know what to listen for, they’ll be more apt to stay engaged throughout your entire presentation so they don’t miss anything.

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