The final challenge is due in my inbox in 15 mins – before it lands, I wanted to reflect on what I’ve learned from the challenge. So, because everyone loves a list (don’t they?) here’s my top ten takeaways from the Comms Creative challenge:
- I’m proud to be part of the Comms Community. I’ve only been doing this challenge on Twitter and I’ve been amazed by how many of us have thrown ourselves into this challenge and how supportive everyone has been. What a lovely bunch of people we are!
- There’s no ‘right’ answer to creativity. I’ve loved seeing everyone’s different take on the challenges – literal, bold, intricate, quick, fun, serious but all creative in their own way. Here are a few of my favourites:
- Even when you’re really busy, it’s important to take time out to exercise your creative muscles and try something completely different
- It’s OK to just have a go. As a reforming perfectionist, this has been the biggest benefit and the toughest challenge. Putting stuff “out there” without too much thought is both terrifying and liberating. My best example of this was my limerick – it was the end of a long day, my first thought was chocolate and before I could start fussing over whether it was ‘right’ it was posted and ‘out there’.
- I can now write in alphabet spaghetti! I don’t yet know how this is going to impact my career but I’m excited by the possibilities.
- There are loads of apps out there to make our life easier and bring our creativity to life including Clips, Canva, and the newspaper snippet and magnetic poetry apps.
- I now have tons of new uses for my growing scarf collection. I’m particularly looking forward to trying out the ‘slide for ants’ suggestion – thanks @Leah_Y_Comms
- It’s just as important find time to check out what everyone else is doing to be inspired by their ideas and learn new ways of doing things
- But, it’s also OK not to do everything. I started the challenge late because I was on holiday with my family, and I’ve missed a few along the way because other things have taken priority. I’ve made myself accept that that’s OK and just enjoyed seeing the fun others have had with some of the tasks I’ve missed.
- As a corporate comms person that’s often working on some fairly dry subjects or handling challenging issues, it’s easy to think you’re not creative. As well as giving me the chance to tap into my creative side, I’ve also started to notice and appreciate how much creative thinking I’m naturally doing in my day to day work. It might not all be bells and whistles, but that’s OK by me.
So a huge thank you to the Comms Creatives Team for setting such a fun challenge. There's more to come and I'm looking forward to getting involved. Find out more about the training and other services Comms Creatives offer here: https://commscreatives.com
PS – final challenge arrived before I finished this so I’ll be appending my creative commitments to this post when I get a chance!