Has anyone every asked where you got an idea? It’s a hard question to answer. All things considered, if you choose to become a creative coach, your will have to find the best responses to those types of questions. And, figure out how to convey that to others. Creative people are good problem solvers because they look at the world in a different way. They also tend to “think outside of the box.”
Creativity can be taught.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking that what you do can’t be taught. Besides, doing so devalues all the hard work you’ve put into your craft, whether you’re conscious of it or not. Anyone who does creative work has methods for overcoming a lack of inspiration, proving that it can be done.
As a coach in this specialty, you’ll work with your clients to find the idea-generating strategy that works best for them. You will have to convince them to make sure to give every idea you present to them a fair shake. Also, you might establish expectations for their volume of output. This will ensure they’re giving their work the proper amount of attention. Or, you can encourage them to try new ways of practicing their craft that might open up new avenues for them. You want to do everything in your power as an advisor to dispel their notion that the situation is hopeless and they’ll never produce anything ‘good,’ because that simply isn’t true.
Everyone has a story to tell and everyone has an idea to contribute.
Coaches in this area should have demonstrated creative output of their own. That can be writings, songs, paintings or something more offbeat like patented inventions or well-designed websites. The short stories that you’ve worked on in your spare time for years will do just fine. This gives clients confidence in the fact that their coach understands their frustration, and that they’ve managed to overcome it.
Whatever it is, be ready to show it to others in an organized and easily-accessible manner, like on a personal website. This will help establish credibility for your coaching qualifications.
As usual, there are additional certifications a coach can and should pursue. Those offered by the Creativity Coaching Association are a good starting point. It may be helpful for you to consider a program like that if you’re unsure of how to make your own experiences with creativity generation translate into your business. Certification will give you a range of specific techniques and exercises to offer your clients. To be a truly serious creativity coach, you’ll need as big a toolbox as you can get.