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5 videos for you and your creativity 

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5 videos for you and your creativity 

We’ve gathered together five videos that will help you with your creativity.

Each is around four or five minutes long and packed with practical help and advice that you can apply right now.

Take a look at what matters most to you from working within the inevitable constraints to fine tuning your critical thinking skills…


We hear a lot about thinking outside of the box. But we need a box to start with. That’s where constraints can play their part. Constraints are crucial to the creative process. They give context for ideas. Often, it’s how we operate in or around constraints that tell us if an idea is good or not.

Constraints aren’t the boundaries of creativity but the foundation of it…



It’s okay to not be very good at something to begin with. That’s where practise helps. The more we do it the easier it gets. Simple. But how do we actually do it?

Effective practise is the best way we have of pushing our individual limits, achieving new heights and maximising our potential. And here’s how it works…



In some cases stress can be useful to help us focus and it can even give us an extra burst of energy. Continuous or chronic stress on the other hand shuts down parts of the brain that supports some of the functions that we need to get by and be more creative.

Get in control of your stress before it takes control of you…



Critical thinking

Critical thinking helps us sift through large amounts of information and make informed decisions.

This is a useful skill when evaluating ideas and approaches to help solve challenges. Here’s a helpful structure to follow:

  1. Formulate the question
  2. Gather information
  3. Apply the information
  4. Consider the implications
  5. Explore other points of view

Sleep & memory – 2 for 1 🙂

Do you give enough attention and care to sleep? Good sleep supports memory. Remembering and recalling relevant reference points relating to your challenge could open up new approaches. Don’t believe us? Sleep on it and see what you think in the morning.

The tips and advice in these videos will help you develop your own strategies and skills, enabling you to find the time and space to boost your creativity with a clearer, sharper mind.

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Emily Stoten — Head of Marketing, Selecta

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Sarah Crowdy — Campaign and Media Officer Communications, South East Water

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Sobha — Tata Consultancy Services

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Victoria Ford — Perago

“Alive were there to help when we were working every hour to respond to the coronavirus outbreak. They gave us the creativity, ideas and support we needed to deliver campaigns which empowered our residents in the most difficult time most of us have ever seen, personally and professionally. The team understood what we needed, worked closely with us and delivered fast without any compromise on quality. Working with Alive has been a joy in the darkest of times and I have no doubt will have helped to save lives. Thanks team x”

Julie Odams, Assistant Director of Communications & Customers — Derbyshire County Council

Thank you so much. Incredible work done at incredible speed by incredible people.
Outstanding work as ever and what a turnaround. As for the concepts – wow. These are that good it would be an insult to describe them as just good. It’s a joke, quite frankly. This is exactly the Alive effect I was after. Right now I feel like I am living in an Alive With Ideas wonderland. Thank you!”

Jack Grasby, Campaigns Manager — SYFR

“Our company is fun, we have great brands, but most importantly we’re all about our people – and I wanted an agency who would understand that and help us bring it to life through our website and other comms. Straight away I felt that Alive ‘got’ us and provided the creative inspiration exactly where we needed it, as well as the technical expertise to deliver a well-functioning website.”

Keren McCarron — KP Snacks

“We got 'Alive' involved to help us shift mindsets across our organisation and they delivered! Using simple, clear and creative ideas the team have delivered us a campaign which has seen a dramatic increase in idea sharing and development. They’ve also played a significant role in creating a culture of shared success. I wouldn’t hesitate to work with again, in fact, we already are!”

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