Skyrocket Your Creativity and Get Better Ideas: 7 Easy Ways
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Skyrocket Your Creativity and Get Better Ideas: 7 Easy Ways

Learn how you can easily develop and strengthen your creativity muscles to get more and better ideas in just 1 hour
4.8 (15 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
508 students enrolled
Created by Kristen Palana
Last updated 6/2017
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  • 36 mins on-demand video
  • 10 Articles
  • 4 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Reboot the natural creative process by practicing simple exercises and techniques.
  • Increase the quality and quanitity of ideas generated daily and over time.
  • Have access to resources and actvities that help unlock creativity for overcoming creative blocks, uninspired thinking, cliches, and stale ideas.
  • Live a more mindful, inspired, and creative life by turning ordinary situations into something more extraordinary by seeing things in a new way and taking more risks.
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  • No special equipment or knowledge is necessary before taking this course other than coming with an open mind and a willingness to try new things.

Do you struggle with coming up with creative ideas? Do you feel that you're not a creative person? Would you like to learn how to become more creative?

Welcome to Skyrocket Your Creativity and Get Better Ideas: 7 Easy Ways, the go-to course for learning how you can increase your creativity.

In today's word, ideas are often called "the currency of the 21st century." Find out in this mini course how to increase your "creative earning power" by increasing your ability to come up with more and better ideas. 

By learning how to become more creative, you'll also boost your ability to be more influential at work, in your artistic endeavors, and in your daily life. In this sampler course you will learn proven methods for generating more and better ideas. 

Creativity is a muscle that EVERYONE has that can be grown and strengthened. This course will show you how with practical tips you can begin using immediately in under 1 hour, even before you finish all the lessons. 

Some of the creativity boosting techniques I discuss and help you practice through hands-on activities include: 

  • Adding more creativity to your daily life
  • Harnessing the power of your subconscious mind 
  • Reverse psychology 
  • Design thinking (An overview) 
  • Quantity begets quality 
  • List-making and Word Association 
  • Creative Visualization

I'm a practicing award-winning multimedia artist and a former tenured Associate Professor of Digital Media and Program Director of Film & Digital Media at The American University of Rome (2006-2016). I'm currently a Visiting Associate Professor of Digital Media at American University of Myanmar in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma). 

Since 2000 I've been teaching students all over the world using my tried and true custom approach (turning complex information into something simple, memorable, easy-to-understand in as short amount of time as possible) to ensure that you get the most important, relevant, and useful information that can be applied immediately.

New bonus lectures and resources will continue to be added and timely advice will be provided in the discussion forum. I love to help and always respond to inquiries and discussions ASAP.

Please Note: All students who enroll in this course also will receive periodic free and discounted access to my other top-rated current and upcoming courses.

You have a 30-day, 100% money-back guarantee with no questions asked so you have nothing to lose. I make myself available so you will have access to me if you have questions or need specific feedback along the way.

Empower yourself now by enrolling in this creativity workshop and join our growing learning community! Click the "Take This Course" button in the upper right corner and let's get started building your powerful new creativity and idea generation skills today.

Who is the target audience?
  • People who think (or were told) that they aren't creative or are very weak creatively.
  • Budding artists and designers who would like to move beyond first ideas that are cliche and overused, bad ideas, and stale ideas.
  • Anyone wanting bigger, better, and brighter ideas who would like to inject more creativity in their art, life, work, and beyond.
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Curriculum For This Course
Introduction and Welcome. Meet Your Professor
2 Lectures 02:04

This lecture provides a brief overview of the course, including benefits for the students who take the course. Professor Kristen Palana, MFA, explains her creative background and education.

Preview 01:21

Activity: Introduce Yourself Creatively to the Class
Skyrocket Your Creativity and Get Better Ideas: 7 Easy Ways
14 Lectures 44:34

You will learn the process and benefits of word association and list-making and then participate in these activities to be more creative.

Word Association and List-making

Here you'll get a chance to use word association and list-

making to help unblock your creativity and/ or solve a problem.
Activity: Try Word Association and Listmaking to Tackle a Problem

In this lecture, you will see how NOT trying to think of an idea can lead to creative ideas.

Reverse Psychology: NOT Trying to Think of an Idea

Activity: Go Outside and Play (And DON'T Think of an Idea!)

You will learn how to put your subconscious to work and be creative by remembering dreams

Put Your Subconscious to Work: The Power of Dreams

This activity will help you get started using your dreams as creativity-boosting tools.

Activity: Start Becoming More Creative While You Sleep

You will learn how creating lots of work (without obsessing over any of it) actually leads to the highest quality work and more creative solutions to problems.

Quantity Begets Quality

This activity will get you started loosening up and generating more ideas which will naturally lead to better ideas.

Activity: Sometimes More is More

Use Design Thinking principles as a recipe and process for coming up with creative and innovative solutions to problems that you can then take action on.

Design Thinking is a system for becoming more innovative, flexible, and creative. To go over it in a nutshell:

  • First you check in with a problem you might be having. (Ex. I need a location independent job or new ways to make an income!)

  • Next you begin brainstorming and jotting down possibility after possibility. Here it’s all about the quantity of ideas. Just come up with as many ideas as possible. Don’t fuss over any of them yet and don’t censor yourself.

  • Then, you look at your list and start to choose something that resonates with you. Begin to hone in on one or two possibilities you might try. This is going to be your prototype. (Ex. Set up a website and start offering copy-editing services there and on Fiverr to start.)

  • It’s time for action! This is your testing phase. Design Thinkers learn by doing instead of theorizing and sitting around asking “what if?” Many of us have been trained at an early age to fear failure. With Design Thinking failure is a good thing! Here we take one of our ideas and we just DO IT! Will we make mistakes? Absolutely. It’s all good. Try out your idea. See what works and what doesn’t. See what you like and what you dislike. Then fine-tune your prototype based on both the positive and negative feedback you got.

  • Rinse and repeat.  Keep at it. Did you know that it took Thomas Edison 10,000 tries to invent the light bulb? He never saw himself as failing. He famously said, “I found 10,000 ways how not to do it.”  That’s the spirit of a Design Thinker! Keep at it and use every experience as a lesson for moving forward.

Design Thinking: Introduction and Resources

Now it's your turn to try Design Thinking.

Activity: Try Design Thinking For Yourself

This lecture will show you how to inject more creativity into your everyday life.
Preview 05:43

Here is an exercise to help you bring "new experiences to old places." Inject a bit of creativity into your regular daily routine starting today!

Preview 02:08

In this lecture you will learn how to create a life of your own design using manifestation and creative visualization techniques.

Creative Visualization and More Resources for Designing Your Life

In this lesson I will help you get started with Creative Visualization. 

Activity: Try Creative Visualization
Resources and Conclusion
3 Lectures 02:11
Final Creativity Activity Here

Thanks so much again for taking this course! I hope it has given you many ideas for re-sparking your own creative process. Please do get in touch via the discussion area, Q&A section, or a private message if you have any questions or would like specific feedback on your own creative projects! And if you have a moment to leave a quick review, I would be most grateful. Your reviews help others learn if this might be a good course for them.

Thanks for being a student in my online classroom!

Best wishes,


Conclusion: Thanks For Taking This Course! (Please Review.)

In this lesson you can find more of my courses (free samples and discounts) as well as my books on Amazon, and how to stay in touch via social media.

Bonus Lecture: Free and Discounted Courses, Books, and More
About the Instructor
Kristen Palana
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31,838 Students
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Professor, Award-Winning Artist, & Digital Do-Gooder

My goal is to empower ordinary people to do extraordinary things.

Since 2000 I have been teaching graduate and undergraduate university students and adult learners in North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. I currently live and work in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma) and am an Associate Professor of Digital Media at American University of Myanmar

I also lead dynamic workshops and master classes locally and internationally. Recent clients include The UN's World Food Programme (Myanmar), Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia), Mango Group (Myanmar), and The American University of Rome (Italy).

I'm an American/Portuguese multimedia artist and educator and a former tenured Associate Professor of Digital Media (2006-2016) at The American University of Rome where I also co-founded and directed its Film and Digital Media Program.

Besides teaching tens of thousands of students at Udemy and other online platforms since 2014, I'm also a Course Facilitator for the UN-mandated University for Peace (Costa Rica) through their Centre For Executive Education.

My work is exhibited internationally and online and has received a number of awards. I received my MFA from Pratt Institute in Computer Graphics and Interactive Media and also hold a BFA in Painting from Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

I love taking complex topics and making them simple. 

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