Stay Positive: Your Show’s Success Might Just Depend on it

Got a “Negative Nellie” in your midst? You might want to tell him or her to zip it. 99U reported that pessimism is one of the biggest creativity killers around.

Negative comments and an overall pessimistic vibe can make people reluctant to share ideas and think creative. It can also mess with your ability to recognize a good idea when you see or hear one.

A good way to cut down on the negativity? Replace “but” statements with “and.” So instead of shutting down the brainstorming process with a “but that won’t work” or “but we’ve tried that already,” try a “and another way we could expand that” or “and we could tweak this idea to include …”

Do you have ideas to boost creativity? Share them below!



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