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Creative Problem Solving for Weddings and Parties

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Creative problem solving should be easier than we might think.  Because we usually know more than we realize.  We tend to think that work problems require a “hard-nosed” perspective, and leisure time problems require a more playful perspective.

We’re actually most likely to solve any problem when we have the widest range of solutions available.   If you’re like me, you’re continually expanding your set of creative problem solving skills for on the job.  Similarly, you’re adding to your set of creative problem solving skills in your leisure activities.

Don’t keep them separated.  Stretch your imagination and call on both perspectives whenever you need ANY creative problem solving.

Next time you tackle a problem, either at work or while playing, pause to use some imagination and combine ALL your resources.  Take a playful approach to a job-related problem.  Take a “workman-like” approach to solving a problem in your leisure time.

Robbie Schlosser, of the Magnolia Jazz Band  2011Let me give you an example.  First a story.  As I described recently, I’ve challenged myself to record a 1-minute video every day in the month of September.  I expect this exercise will make my little videos smoother, more natural, and more expressive.  Here’s a photo from yesterday’s video, and if this isn’t natural, I don’t know what is.

Now creating a video is getting a quicker and easier every day.  By October 1st, I expect to have added at least 30 new videos to my YouTube channel.  Please visit my channel and watch my progress.

Today is Day #5 of my 30-Day Video Challenge, and let me show you the video I recorded two days ago.  Toward the end I describe a recent benefit of this “cross-training” between my work and my leisure.  In this case, I employed a computer application I use at work every day to help my wife answer a personal question.
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This is just one small example, and with a little thought I’m sure I’ll be able to describe dozens like it that occur every day.  I’m always helping people plan music for their weddings and parties — for example, selecting their favorite tunes, scheduling and coordinating their musical highlights, and deciding what size band would give their festivities the best atmosphere.  From beginning to end, we handle questions that require creative problem solving, big time.
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Here’s the Tip:  Next time you tackle a problem, use ALL your creative problem solving skills.  Shift perspectives.  How would you solve it on the job?  In your leisure activities?

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Thanks for reading this article. I appreciate your interest and hope you get a few good ideas here. Got one or two? I'd love to hear what you liked. Please write me a little COMMENT below. Start a conversation -- I'll reply. Promise.

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Meanwhile, the Magnolia Jazz Band entertains at weddings and parties throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. If you are ever nearby, you’ll love catching us in action, seeing and hearing us create a great mood.

How can I help you? Call 408-245-9120 or use Robbie@MagnoliaJazz.com. Planning a celebration? Ask about our availability.

Posted by on September 5, 2011.

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