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5 Tips for Using the Language of Creativity More Intelligently

5 Tips for Using the Language of Creativity More Intelligently

The language and words you use are powerful, and they help you set directions and goals for both yourself and the people around you. I would like to share some of my thoughts about how to foster creativity in your team and organisation. Today, all organisations need to be innovative, and creativity is relatively cheap to invest in compared with recruiting new staff, IT, buildings and other assets.

When working, I’ve observed that many teams are stuck in unproductive patterns, which results in objectives not being met due to poor communication and lack of knowledge about sharing and supporting new ideas. Staff members are hesitant to be creative and it is not the individual’s fault; it is a flaw in the culture and a lack of awareness of how creativity, ideas and innovation work.

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To use the language of creativity well you need to know how to express yourself. Here are some top tips to make the creative juices flow better:

1. Be positive about new ideas.

Say things such as: “please tell me more”, or “I like your new take on this, it sounds brilliant”. The people you speak to will automatically tell you more and the conversation will continue to flow.

2. Ask more questions.

In general ,when we ask a number of questions it makes people think, which can help you to take your idea or project to the next level.

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3. Avoid using too much jargon.

Words that are hard to define and are used all the time make people feel insecure. Many are not aware of this themselves, and they sit and agree with everyone as if they understood the problem, and the idea will not develop as well as it could.

4. Use storytelling when communicating a new idea, project or change.

We don’t like to listen to facts about why we must do something, but we love to listen to stories, so pass your message on as a tale instead.

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5. Go out for a walk to discuss your idea, problems and opportunities.

When we move our bodies, we release a protein called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) which works as a fertiliser for our brains and helps us build new connections between our neurons and synapses. If you are walking and talking, you will be able to see new solutions more quickly, and you’ll also come back to the office feeling refreshed.

If your organisation is looking into how it can grow and reach a new market, it is likely that the ideas that come up will be out of your comfort zone. If you are not aware of how to handle new ideas, you might kill them by mistake. If you do the same thing in business year after year, that may not satisfy your customers. When growing you need to be creative in developing new solutions that keep clients coming back for more: creativity is a real business advantage and your clients will notice this when working with you.

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In most people’s day jobs, creativity is about how you create something together as a team when working on a product or project. It’s not about a single person’s artistic work—most of us are not designers, artists, or writers—although I believe that artists and writers may be better at listening to what their target market wants, and the better they are at collaboration, the more successful they will become.

Your language and behaviour will matter for everyone in your team, so raise your awareness, as it’s your team’s collective muscles that will make the change happen. If part of the team is only using some of their muscles, new ideas are not likely to grow.

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Last Updated on January 18, 2019

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

Some people will have a rain cloud hanging over them, no matter what the weather is outside. Their negative attitude is toxic to your own moods, and you probably feel like there is little you can do about it.

But that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

If you want to effectively deal with negative people and be a champion of positivity, then your best route is to take definite action through some of the steps below.

1. Limit the time you spend with them.

First, let’s get this out of the way. You can be more positive than a cartoon sponge, but even your enthusiasm has a chance of being afflicted by the constant negativity of a friend.

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In fact, negativity has been proven to damage your health physically, making you vulnerable to high levels of stress and even cardiac disease. There’s no reason to get hurt because of someone else’s bad mood.

Though this may be a little tricky depending on your situation, working to spend slightly less time around negative people will keep your own spirits from slipping as well.

2. Speak up for yourself.

Don’t just absorb the comments that you are being bombarded with, especially if they are about you. It’s wise to be quick to listen and slow to speak, but being too quiet can give the person the impression that you are accepting what’s being said.

3. Don’t pretend that their behavior is “OK.”

This is an easy trap to fall into. Point out to the person that their constant negativity isn’t a good thing. We don’t want to do this because it’s far easier to let someone sit in their woes, and we’d rather just stay out of it.

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But if you want the best for this person, avoid giving the false impression that their negativity is normal.

4. Don’t make their problems your problems.

Though I consider empathy a gift, it can be a dangerous thing. When we hear the complaints of a friend or family member, we typically start to take on their burdens with them.

This is a bad habit to get into, especially if this is a person who is almost exclusively negative. These types of people are prone to embellishing and altering a story in order to gain sympathy.

Why else would they be sharing this with you?

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5. Change the subject.

When you suspect that a conversation is starting to take a turn for the negative, be a champion of positivity by changing the subject. Of course, you have to do this without ignoring what the other person said.

Acknowledge their comment, but move the conversation forward before the euphoric pleasure gained from complaining takes hold of either of you.

6. Talk about solutions, not problems.

Sometimes, changing the subject isn’t an option if you want to deal with negative people, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be positive.

I know that when someone begins dumping complaints on me, I have a hard time knowing exactly what to say. The key is to measure your responses as solution-based.

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You can do this by asking questions like, “Well, how could this be resolved?” or, “How do you think they feel about it?”

Use discernment to find an appropriate response that will help your friend manage their perspectives.

7. Leave them behind.

Sadly, there are times when we have to move on without these friends, especially if you have exhausted your best efforts toward building a positive relationship.

If this person is a family member, you can still have a functioning relationship with them, of course, but you may still have to limit the influence they have over your wellbeing.

That being said, what are some steps you’ve taken to deal with negative people? Let us know in the comments.

You may also want to read: How to Stop the Negative Spin of Thoughts, Emotions and Actions.

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