What you'll need for your creative session
As any creative will know, the process you go through to get the results you desire can be both exhilarating and exhausting. When you're doing everything by yourself all of the time, you can burn out very quickly as well as spend a lot of time second-guessing and doubting yourself. If you've found yourself in this space, then take a moment to consider the concept of a creative session.
What you'll need:
- Yourself and at least one other person
- Your preferred method to take notes (i.e. laptop / pen and paper)
- Your beverage of choice: coffee, wine, etc
- Your snack of choice
- A meeting place (cafe, someone's living room, a park)
- An open mind
I've always loved the idea of having a creative session. I always thought it'd involve a group of people coming together to discuss where they're wanting their projects or business ideas to go, and then, in a way, crowdsourcing ideas on how to make sure they're covering all their bases. You know that feeling of brainstorming with someone else and their ideas are so different to yours because their brain works in a different way? They're fantastic ideas, but you probably would never have thought of them on your own. And of course an idea takes on a life of its own when you've got multiple people throwing their thoughts in.
I participated in my first creative session a few weeks ago and it was so productive and so much fun! It was just the two of us: myself and Briar from Weddings by Briar. We caught up and discussed photo shoots, the usability of our websites, and what sort of content we're aiming to produce for our ventures. Even though both of our directions are very different, there were plenty of similarities in our experiences. It was very beneficial and we're already working on the best time to do round two!
For a very effective creative session it's probably a good idea to note down a few things you at least want to get some feedback on, whether it's what platform you're considering using for your website, or how to reach the audience that you're hoping to engage. Having a starting point that acknowledges what you want to achieve will help the running of your session. It helps to avoid any of those awkward patches where you're trying to think of what you want to get feedback on. Sometimes those quiet patches work throughout the creative session, as it gives everyone a bit of a breather to keep ticking away at working on their own stuff, but you don't want the meeting to start out quiet and awkward. That'll just end up with a whole lot of uncomfortable people wondering how to make their escape.
At the end of the day, for a creative session to work, it needs to be fun and inspiring. Throw away all those ideas you have about what meetings are like based on the types of meetings you experience in your everyday life at work. Turn the Yarns Creation Station playlist up, get creating, and have a blast!