with host artist Miriam Schulman
We all experience the harshness of our inner critic and the struggle to sustain our creativity though the noise. From an early age we learn that we should be perfect and flawless. But the truth is our flaws make us human and whole. And in turn make our art more interesting.
I am excited to talk to Denise Jacobs who is a guru on quieting your inner critic. A speaker, author and creativity evangelist, she speaks at conferences and consults with companies worldwide. She helps individuals and companies unleash their creativity by banishing their inner critic and hacking their creative minds. She is the author of the book Banish Your Inner Critic.
Hear about what the inner critic is and why it is a universal struggle. We talk about the 3 tools we naturally have that can help, strategies to reduce the impact of the criticism and how sometimes the criticisms of others can unlock our secret superpowers.
In this podcast, you will discover…
- (04:07) The moment Denise realized she was creative and establishing a career in graphic designers
- (06:23) How if you have a certain trait, people often have expectations of you
- (07:46) How sometimes Denise and I downplay our skills and experience
- (11:40) Defining what the inner critic is
- (15:25) That we naturally have tools which can help us handle the inner critic
- (15:54) The first tool: Neural Plasticity
- (16:57) The second tool: Mindfulness
- (18:39) The third tool: Self Compassion
- (19:20) Giving your inner critic a name
- (19:57) Giving your inner critic a backstory
- (23:41) How Denise sometimes gets people to draw their inner critic
- (25:14) The benefits to working with your non dominant handling
- (27:10) A story about uncovering your strengths by looking at your criticisms
- (31:35) How Denise put herself into environment where that trait that was viewed as an asset rather than a detriment
- (33:11) That it’s helpful to examine traits your are afraid of and find a place where they are an advantage
- (33:37) The idea of ‘Your Uniqueness Advantage’
- (34:46) That you can get to a place where your inner critic is less loud
- Denise Jacobs’ Website
- Episode 006: Overcoming Impostor Syndrome with Rebecca Ching
- Episode 003: How to Price your Art with Jeffrey Shaw
- Elizabeth Gilbert’s Website
Denise Jacobs is a Speaker + Author + Creativity Evangelist who speaks at conferences and consults with companies worldwide. As the Founder + CEO of The Creative Dose, keynote speaker, and trainer, she helps individuals in companies unleash their creativity through banishing their inner critic and hacking their creative brains. Denise’s keynotes and trainings give A Creative Dose™ – an injection of inspiration and immediately applicable tools to help people do their best work. Through working with Denise, people become engaged contributors, synergistic collaborators, and authentic leaders. Denise is the author of Banish Your Inner Critic, the premier handbook on silencing fears to unleash creativity. A web and tech industry veteran, Denise is also the author of The CSS Detective Guide and co-author of the Smashing Book #3 1/3 and Interact with Web Standards. She is also the founder of Rawk The Web and the Head Instigator of The Creativity (R)Evolution.
About the host, Miriam Schulman
In case we haven’t met yet, I’m a watercolor and mixed media artist. My art has been featured in numerous publications such as Somerset Studio, and I’m the founder of The Inspiration Place where I give my students stepping stones to create beautiful art as well as the emotional support they need to stay inspired. See the art I create at art.SchulmanArt.com or learn how to paint with me at TheInspirationPlace.net
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