TED Tuesday: Creativity in Speaking

VIDEO: Ted Tuesday: Creative Speaking Creativity – for some, so natural and for others, torturous.  Often when I assign a project, I tell students that I would like some evidence of creative thought.  This frequently results in looks of horror.  I get questions and comments like, “I didn’t think this was a creative class” or  “What exactly do you want us to do?” and, my personal favorite, “How many points will I lose if I’m not creative?”    (Heavy sigh!)
Of course we have many creative folks learning and teaching in New College – it’s the nature of our disciplines. But, I get a strong sense that some people are just plain afraid to be creative – perhaps, they have lost their “creative confidence” as David Kelley addresses in today’s Ted Tuesday speech.   Creativity is a critical part of learning and doing. Creativity solves pressing social problems, builds new bridges between people and ideas, and exposes us to new ways of being.  But when we are not in the habit of thinking creatively – those opportunities are diminished. 

Creativity can be defined in the following ways:
From Human Motivation, 3rd ed., by Robert E. Franken: “…the tendency to generate or recognize ideas, alternatives, or possibilities that may be useful in solving problems, communicating with others, and entertaining ourselves and others.”

And from Merriam Webster’s online dictionary “ The ability to produce something new through imaginative skill, whether a new solution to a problem, a new method or device, or a new artistic object or form. The term generally refers to a richness of ideas and originality of thinking.”

So, as you approach this week and all the tasks you must tackle – take the time and take the chance to approach it creatively. You may be surprised at what can happen and the “points” you may gain!
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