Dr Amy Climer

Episode 0: The Deliberate Creative Introduction

In this episode I talk about why I’m starting The Deliberate Creative Podcast. It will help you decide if this it the right podcast for you. I share the podcast goals, my background, and what inspired me to start The Deliberate Creative.

What You’ll Learn

  • The purpose and goals of The Deliberate Creative podcast
  • Amy Climer’s background
  • The reason Amy is nervous and excited about hosting The Deliberate Creative podcast
  • Amy’s inspiration for starting The Deliberate Creative Podcast

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Amy Climer: Welcome to the Deliberate Creative Podcast Episode 000. My name is Amy Climer and I’m your host. This episode of the Deliberate Creative Podcast will be a bit different from other episodes. It’s designed to give you a sense of what the podcast is all about, and I’ll also share my background with you. You’ll know who I am and why I’m doing this. We’re going to talk about four things today. The first are the goals of the podcast, the second is to give you a little bit of background about me, third I want to share with you what I’m most excited about and most nervous about in doing this podcast. And last, I want to share with you what sparked my original idea for this podcast.

Alright, let’s dive into the goals. My goals of this podcast are first to help you be more creative and innovative, whether that’s personally or professionally. Now when I think about creativity I’m not necessarily talking about being more artistic, although that could be a part of it, but I’m thinking of creativity in a much broader sense. And actually Episode One will explore in more depth what creativity is. The second thing is the podcast name “Deliberate Creative” is very intentional and the idea behind that is that if you want to be creative you have to put some effort into it. Creativity isn’t this magical, mystical, mysterious thing. It’s actually pretty straightforward and anyone can be creative if they work at it. So I’m going to share with you through future episodes how to do that – there’s actually a 4-step Creative Problem Solving process that I’ll be sharing with you. There’s always different things that you could think about and things that you can do to help you be more creative and I’ll be sharing all those with you in future episodes.

The third thing is if you’re working with a team, if you’re a leader, I’m going to help you lead a team to be more creative and innovative. We’re also going to look at dispelling myths about creativity. Fifth is to share some research and best practices with you. There’s a lot of research out there about creativity. Most of the creativity research started in 1950, yet in the last 10 to 15 years there has been a big surge especially around creativity in teams and so I’ll be sharing a lot of that with you because I feel that you need this information if you want to be highly creative. If you want to lead a team to be creative you should know what works well. I’ll share that with you because then you don’t have to go over read the boring research journal yourself.

Alright so let me tell you my background of who I am. I am the owner of a company called Climer Consulting and Climer Consulting is all about bringing out the “amazing” in teams. Through that I lead trainings and workshops to build teams’ effectiveness and to build cultures of creativity in organizations. Over the last 15 to 20 years I have worked with hundreds of teams and these teams have ranged from businesses such as tech firm, insurance companies, restaurant franchises. I’ve worked with colleges, universities, summer camps, k-12 teachers. I worked with the wide diversity of people and I love that. I love how my clientele that they’re from all different walks of life and really creativity, leadership, team development all those things they’re everywhere, if you have people involved those things matter.

The fourth thing you should know about me is I’m a PhD student at Antioch University in the Leadership and Change program. And through that program I’m mostly focusing on creativity in teams. I’m in the process of writing my dissertation now. This Episode is airing June 2015 so I am hoping that I’m done in about 6 to 7 months, early 2016 is my hoped for graduation date. We’ll see how that goes, but through my dissertation I’m designing a tool to help teams assess their creative synergy and I’ll definitely share more about that on the future episode. It’s through this experience of getting a PhD and reading hundreds and hundreds of journal articles and research studies about creativity and innovation that is part of my motivation for doing this podcast. There is amazing information out there but it’s mostly stuck in the journal article that few hundred, maybe a couple of thousand people are reading where this should be out to many more people who would never even know where to look for a research journal article. That’s part of my motivation to share this to do this podcast and share that information with you.

I want to tell you about my beliefs and values because these are going to come out on future episodes and so might as well just state them right upfront. The first is I value creativity, I think it’s really important. Second is that everyone has the potential to be highly creative. I believe being creative allows us to tap into our personal and professional potential. If we can tap into that potential we can change the world, and imagine a world where everyone was highly creative, where they were living up to their full creative potential. When I think about that I get so excited. I think that we have the capacity as humans to solve most every problem on this planet, certainly all the problems that we’ve created. But, I also think sometimes we squish our creativity and I want to help you figure out how to bring that out.

I want to tell you the story of where I got the inspiration for this podcast as well as why I’m excited and nervous. I started listening to podcasts only about a year ago. A couple friends of mine had told me about some podcasts that they were listening to and thought that I’m going to check those out. So one of the first podcasts I listened to was called Smart Passive Income with Pat Flynn. When I first started listening he was in probably episode 100-something. I did not want to jump in at the end there, the 100th episode. I thought “let me start at episode one just to see what this is all about and I’ll jump around based on what topics I’m interested in.” I’m listening to Episode One. I remember I was walking my dog. Pat is talking about why he started the podcast and he mentioned that he was really nervous about doing it because he didn’t have a lot of experience with the radio or TV or speaking in public but he wanted to give this a try. I thought that was a great reason to do a podcast. Just see what happens put yourself out there, and I thought I want to do that I’m going to explore this concept of doing a podcast… I kept listening to podcasts in trying to see what all the different styles were and then I connected with a friend of mine who had started doing coaching from people who wanted to get their podcast going. I connected with my friend, his name is Nick Palkowski awesome guy. I’ll put his information on the show notes for you if you’re interested in starting your own podcast. It’s been about six months since I first started working with Nick until the time I am now launching this podcast. I’m nervous because I don’t know what’s going to happen. I’m a little bit nervous about the reaction – maybe no one is going to listen to it – ugh, that would be a bummer. I’m also nervous about being able to be consistent and get this out there every week. I also think that’s really important and I want to make it a top priority in my business and in my life. Also I want to provide really great material for you all. I’m excited because you never know what’s going to come of this, and I’m excited to see what happens. Creativity is about taking risks and I’m excited because this is a risk and I’m hoping that this podcast is creative along with teaching about creativity, and we’ll just see what happens.

I hope that you’ll join me and now that you know a little bit more about the podcast and why I’m doing it I hope you’ll decide to listen and subscribe. You can subscribe via iTunes and the podcast will come out each week on Thursdays. I also want to share with you a few resources. If you have any topic request or questions about creativity or innovation that you want answered on the show, let me know. You can send me an email at amy@climerconsulting.com, and I’ll try to incorporate these questions into future shows and I’ll definitely give you a shout out if I do. The other resource I want to give you is if you’re interested in getting more great content about creativity, innovation, team development you can sign-up for my newsletter. I write an article usually about once a month. Sometimes it’s little sporadic but I promise I won’t send you a bunch of junk so don’t worry about that. You can go to climerconsulting.com and sign-up for the newsletter. In future episodes I’ll be giving away free things, free resources for you all – things like PDF downloads that talk about different models that we’re exploring. Also in every episode there will be show notes and any resources that we talk about on the episode. If I reference an article or different websites, that information we’ll be in the show notes so you can always go there. The show notes will always be at climerconsulting.com forward slash and then the three digit episode number. So this episode will be climerconsulting.com/000.

I hope that you’ll join me in this Deliberate Creative Journey and let me know what you think. After you listen to future episodes go to iTunes and give me your review, I’ll love to hear your comments. Have a great, wonderful day. Talk you later. Bye

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Rave Reviews

  • Amy Inspires Creativity Growth in Everyone
    January 5, 2022 by cjpowers7 from United States

    Amy Climer’s show helps all of us grow our creative muscles. She is authentic and cares about her listeners. Amy empowers us with tools that work in the office, training sessions, and our communities. The best part is her ability to make what feels out of reach, something that can be accomplished with simple steps forward.

  • A great way to get inspired!!
    March 8, 2021 by binglish from United States

    Love listening to Amy’s podcast! Her guests are awesome and conversations are full of inspiring information.

  • A must for people who want to think better
    May 26, 2019 by Dhensch from United States

    Amy Climer hit a home run with this podcast and continues to get hits with every episode. I was hooked with the first one and binge-listened to the four solo episodes about the Creative Problem Solving process. Her knowledge of the subject of creativity and innovation is incredibly deep. And, she makes it easy for others to learn and apply. I have listened to other "expert" podcasts and Amy's is different in that she holds nothing back. Episode after episode offer practical insights, tips and tools. She has a generosity of spirit that is contagious.

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