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The Accidental Creative Audiobook

The Accidental Creative: How to Be Brilliant at a Moment's Notice

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Publisher's Summary

It isn't enough to just do your job anymore. In order to thrive in today's marketplace, all of us, regardless of our role, have to be ready to generate brilliant ideas on demand. Business creativity expert Todd Henry explains how to establish effective practices that unleash your creative potential. Born out of his consultancy and his popular podcast, Henry has created a practical method for discovering your personal creative rhythm. He focuses on five key elements:

  • Focus: Begin with your end goal in mind.
  • Relationships: Build stimulating relationships and ideas will follow.
  • Energy: Manage it as your most valuable resource.
  • Stimuli: Structure the right "inputs" to maximize creative output.
  • Hours: Focus on effectiveness, not efficiency.

This is a guide for staying inspired and experiencing greater creative productivity than you ever imagined possible.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©2011 Todd Henry (P)2011 Gildan Media Corp

What the Critics Say

"The gift of creative insight is not to be squandered! Todd Henry has assembled a guide that will enrich your creative pursuits. Don't dream without it." (Scott Belsky, CEO, Behance, and Author of Making Ideas Happen)

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    H. de Gyor Northern Virginia, USA 02-02-12
    H. de Gyor Northern Virginia, USA 02-02-12 Member Since 2010

    Henrik de Gyor

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    "Becoming and maintaining the Accidental Creative"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I have been listening to Todd Henry's excellent podcasts The Accidental Creative for over year. This book has some very helpful hints to generating creative ideas on a regular basis and optimal ways to managing your work/life balance.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Accidental Creative?

    There are some nice real world stories that illustrate his points about his kids and people Todd has met.


    What about Todd Henry’s performance did you like?

    Since Todd is the voice behind his podcast series I knew his audio book would be a be a good listen, easy to understand and gives good advise in managing things.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to this audio book and the podcast series The Accidental Creative as well.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Oliver Copenhagen 10-05-13
    Oliver Copenhagen 10-05-13

    I teach WordPress web design online, focusing on the *design* part - and fun:) I love learning new concepts, hence all these audiobooks;)

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    "If you aren't busy, this book will make ya!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Both yes and no. It's okay, but the author goes on a sheer rampage of things you have to do. You should spend 20 minutes on this every day, spend 30 minutes on that, and 10 minutes on this and 20 minutes on that. And, you should make this list and that list, and then another list, and brainstorm and think about and generate ideas and on and on and on and on.

    I got really stressed listening to all his suggestions. Everyone can be creative. What everyone can't, is be consistently productive while being creative, as a creative professional.

    I don't feel the book helps me much in that regard. Rather, it suggests how I can stress myself out writing a gazillion notes and do a multitude of exercises.


    Has The Accidental Creative turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not really.


    16 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Otelo ORLANDO, FL, United States 03-04-13
    Otelo ORLANDO, FL, United States 03-04-13
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    "One of the Best Books for Creatives"
    What did you love best about The Accidental Creative?

    The great mix of sound concrete implementable advice without loosing the essence and flexibility that is inherent to the creative flow and process.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Todd ... of course :-)


    What about Todd Henry’s performance did you like?

    He is methodical and deliberate yet personable and engaging.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Accidental Creative?

    Where to start?! Small best practices to help me do what matters most and also to pay much more attention to the sustainability of my creative process in the long term.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish there was a way to show a few visuals (diagrams & charts) for certain key sections. Something that could pause the book and see a visual to help crystallize the thought and principle being taught.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Toddy 09-23-13
    Toddy 09-23-13
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    "Finally, a decent book for 'creatives'."
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    Being a sucker for anything with a title that targets 'creatives', I've downloaded a lotta audiobooks during the recent spate of such releases, but gosh have I been consistently disappointed. Until now.

    In The Accidental Creative I've finally found one with the actual substance that is the promise of this kind of title. Todd is an extremely articulate guy with a great head for practical ways to apply process to your creativity in the real world of the modern day creative economy.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Michael 08-20-13
    Michael 08-20-13

    Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.

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    Yes you will learn one or two things from this book. He has made some good points and I feel proves his case. The argument and style is well laid out however, Todd Henry presents this book like a student presenting their paper to the class in a first year university course. He lacks the enthusiasm and style of his podcast and it becomes boring to listen too. He speaks well, but without personality. I think you would be better to read the book rather than listen to it. Todd I am sure will become a fine narrator in the future, but this I think is his first and lacks the experience and personality of his podcast and lectures. Good work and insightful just lacking the real Todd.

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    Josh Lakeville, MN, United States 06-22-16
    Josh Lakeville, MN, United States 06-22-16 Member Since 2008
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    "A quick listen with quick & easy ideas."

    I enjoyed this book. I captured a few things from it that will stick with me for a while. I recommend checking it out. I know I look forward to listening to it again.

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    Ravi 05-04-16
    Ravi 05-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Quick tips for novices"

    A bunch of tricks and clichéd assumptions is what this is about. I was looking for something deeper and more meaningful.

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    Robert 03-01-16
    Robert 03-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "It's ok. Got a few good tips"

    Got a few good tips. Author read quite fast and it all had a mechanical vibe. Seems more oriented to business and management which is why it seem mechanical. Overall it will keep a place in my library.

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    Guillermo 02-24-16
    Guillermo 02-24-16 Member Since 2014

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Heard half of it, didn't listen to a single Word."

    Mediocre is the best way to describe this book.

    - If you have a big workload... organize it better.
    - Create systems to encourage a creative environment.
    - Surround yourself with creative people.
    - Sleep more.

    Really? This sounds like a Buzzfeed article on "10 things only creative people do, Number 5 will ruin your childhood". There isn't anything gamebreaking and most of the issues it tackles aren't really things one can control like ad agency having a suprise pitch.

    The author/narrator does a very poor job of conveying energy, while the enthusiasm is there, as a reader, you can't feel it. I never felt drawn in and never listened to any of the advice, when I did, it was just generic.

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    Mahmoud 01-17-16
    Mahmoud 01-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    This is a gathering of different blog posts which has no chronological order. Every chapter is a story. Some of them are good and others didn't worth mentioning.

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