“Getting 100 ideas is easier than getting one”- Mark Levy
I’m really excited about this episode because it is all about coming up with amazing ideas!
Mark Levy has written for the New York Times, and has written or co-created five books. His last book,Â Accidental Genius: Using Writing to Generate Your Best Ideas, Insight, and Content, has been published in ten languages. Mark has also been an instructor of the course â€œWriting for Businesses and Professionalsâ€ at Rutgers University.
Sometimes, companies will fly him in just to lead brainstorming sessions. Mark will teach us about creativity constraints to help in this ideation process, such as coming up with the worst, most dangerous, most boring, most expensive idea to get the wheels turning.
Mark is also a magician who has created tricks for some of the top performing magicians in the world.
Mark has a new course called Influencing People Honestly, and we will get into using stories to influence people later in the episode.
This is a wide ranging conversation about creativity, writing, influence, storytelling, and magic, and you are sure to be left with some great new tools to expand your creativity.
What you will learn in this episode:
-What is ‘Free Writing’ and how to use it
-The “blurt it out” exercise for quickly working through problems
-How to come up with new magic tricks
-The philosophy of a good publicity stunt
-How to use stories to influence people
-How to add constraints to guide your creativity
-Why the streets of Lower Manhattan are curvy
“Freewriting is the most dependable creativity tool I have used” – Mark Levy
“People don’t come up with new ideas because the don’t want to appear foolish”- Mark Levy
“Take away your internal editor”- Mark Levy
“You have to experiment with creativity constraints”- Mark Levy
“Storytelling is on of the oldest of all influence techniques”- Mark Levy
“I’m a magician who is uncomfortable deceiving people”- Mark Levy
“Collect stories just because they are good”- Mark Levy
Continue the Adventure (Resources from this episode):
Course: Influencing People Honestly
Free Ebook – The Fascination Factor
Thanks Mark Levy!
If you enjoyed this session of The Art of Adventure Podcast, let Mark know by clicking on the link below and sending him a quick shout out on Twitter:
Support the Art of Adventure!
This podcast is supported by listeners like you! Become a patron of the Art of Adventure on Patreon
You might also like these episodes:
AOA 077 | Mario â€˜The Magicianâ€™ Marchese | How To Make Your Own Magic
AOA 016 | Fostering Grit And Joyful Learning With Tom Hoerr, Ph.D.
AOA 075 | Jonathan Levi | Superlearning and Demonic Productivity
AOA 023 | Scott Young | Accelerated Learning and Big Ideas
This episode is brought to you by my friend Nik Wood over at the Life Athletics Podcast!
Iâ€™d like to introduce a show that I think youâ€™ll love called The Life Athletics Podcast, hosted by my close friend, Nik Wood. Nik encourages you to play full out and to level up as he talksÂ to Life Athletes from around the world. These are people who have shown that theyâ€™re playing full out in at least one area of life and they share habits of thought, habits of action, failure stories, success stories and much more so that you can add to YOUR game. Find the Life Athletics Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher and at www.Lifeathletics.com