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18 03, 2019

The “Comfort Barrier” of creativity

By |2019-03-18T18:13:49+11:00March 18th, 2019|Creativity|0 Comments

Many people experience a creativity comfort barrier. Let me know if you've ever felt the following: Someone asks you to think of something on the spot, or suggest an idea, and you freeze. You say you can't think of anything, and you feel nervous and maybe embarassed. As if being asked to come up with [...]

25 02, 2019

Why do you get your best ideas in the shower?

By |2019-02-25T17:06:30+11:00February 25th, 2019|Creativity|0 Comments

Have you ever struggled to come up with an idea while you were at your desk? Then later on getting an amazing idea when you were doing something relaxing? It is something that happens to millions of people every day. Check out the video above to find out why. But why does it happen? Why [...]

25 02, 2019

What getting hit in the face by a volleyball taught me about creativity

By |2019-02-25T15:50:27+11:00February 25th, 2019|Creativity, Inspiration|0 Comments

I have an embarrassing story to tell you. Watch the video above to hear me tell it in all its horrible detail. A few months ago, I was at a beach in Sydney, and I saw some guys playing beach volleyball. I played volleyball for many years in London (in the amateur league), but hadn't touched [...]

13 02, 2019

How to use a vending machine to improve your creativity instantly

By |2019-02-13T16:58:06+11:00February 13th, 2019|Creativity|0 Comments

Want a short term boost to your creativity, while you get a snack at the same time? In the video above, I show you my simple trick (backed by science) on how to change your everyday habits to make you instantly more creative. It is based on research by Dr. Simone Ritter, which shows that [...]

5 02, 2019

Ugly babies – why all ideas are born imperfect

By |2019-02-05T13:47:17+11:00February 5th, 2019|Creativity|0 Comments

Why is it that even though you think that your idea is amazing, other people aren't as enthusiastic? It might just be because you are suffering from ugly baby syndrome. This is a situation a lot of entrepreneurs and creative people find themselves in, where they believe they have developed something fantastic, but when they [...]

24 01, 2019

Why is Disney relying on remaking old ideas instead of the risk of original ideas?

By |2019-01-24T15:53:09+11:00January 24th, 2019|Creativity|0 Comments

I'm worried about Disney. I fear they are losing their creative edge. And this coming from a company which has won more than 84 Academy Awards over the years, including 26 Oscars for Walt Disney himself. It all began a while back when we went to see the new live-action Mary Poppins film: Mary Poppins Returns. [...]

13 01, 2019

Curiosity killed the ape: are wild or captive orangutans more creative?

By |2019-01-13T12:59:46+11:00January 13th, 2019|Creativity|0 Comments

In the video above, I discuss a fascinating set of scientific studies which investigated if wild or captive animals are more creative. I often ask myself the difficult questions, like how creativity evolved. That's why I was so thrilled to find out about the researchers who have made some startling discoveries about curiosity in animals. [...]

13 01, 2019

How can you prevent other people stealing your ideas?

By |2019-01-13T10:04:32+11:00January 13th, 2019|Creativity|0 Comments

It is one of the most common questions I get asked: Nick, I have a great idea but I don't want to share it with anyone in case they steal it. How can I prevent someone from stealing my idea? Wow, if I had a penny for every time I heard that. In the video [...]

5 10, 2018

Build Your Passion: How to Use ION Thinking to Ignite Innovation

By |2018-10-05T05:22:51+11:00October 5th, 2018|Creativity|0 Comments

Innovations are the unique and useful outcomes of the process of creativity. Creativity begins with the spark of curiosity. This spark can be fanned through interests, then passion, and then eventually into expertise. Expertise, a deep knowledge and set of skills, is the foundation of creative thinking. Expertise is developed over many years through inbox [...]

6 08, 2018

BBC4 Radio interview with Nick Skillicorn: Creative Kids

By |2018-08-20T05:53:47+11:00August 6th, 2018|Creativity, Podcasts|0 Comments

Update: The feedback to my interview has been phenomenal, and the BBC has even selected a snippet featuring me from the full interview to be used for the "Radio 4 in four" highlights show, which you can listen to here: They selected the part where I talk about the simple things you can do on [...]

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