Creative Mornings: Nancy Lyons

Creative Mornings: Nancy Lyons

By: Ashley Ringaman Last week, I had the chance to attend Creative Mornings’ talk on Revolution, presented by Nancy Lyons, Founder and CEO of Clockwork in Minneapolis. I was already pretty pumped about going because I’ve heard great things about Nancy from some fellow co-workers. When I walked into MIA, Creative Mornings had fresh brewed coffee, pastries and other breakfast goodies waiting for us to enjoy. Introductions were made and Nancy walked up on stage. She started talking and I was immediately engaged and laughing within the first few words spoken. I felt like I was at Acme Comedy Club instead of an art museum listening to someone talk about the creative industry. Her bluntness, high energy and hilarious approach to public speaking reminded me of Amy Schumer on the Ellen Degeneres show. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgX2HY2iyVQ It’s funny how hilarious her presentation was because what she was saying was so real and honest. You’d go from almost tearing up to laughing so hard your cheeks and stomach hurt. My heart was pounding throughout her presentation, going from excited laughs, hopes and dreams and finally, to the thought of making all of these necessary things she was talking about happen. It wasn’t anything we didn’t already know, but she reminded us of all the simple things that really do matter most, which include: 1. Show up. Be present and have a voice. You don’t need permission to speak up. You matter, and what you have to say is important. 2. Stop behaving. There is no creativity in behaving like everyone else. Don’t be afraid of the truth. You need open communication to get somewhere and to make change....
SHIFT presents ARTCRANK

SHIFT presents ARTCRANK

Charles Youel Makes the Trek to Chan Last week, we invited Charles Youel to speak at 3e as part of our SHIFT Speaker Series. Maybe you’ve met Charles while sipping IPA and admiring bike art. Or maybe you’ve crossed paths during his agency days. Either way, you’ll probably recognize his name or his famous poster party for bike people, ARTCRANK. In honor of the 9th year of ARTCRANK in Minneapolis, we’ve compiled our nine favorite moments from Charles’ presentation. 1. All the frosting in the world won’t make a shitty cake taste good. Charles knew he wanted to do something other than his pre-ARTCRANK day job. Even though he won awards and had a world of possibility ahead of him, he wasn’t happy. Realizing that, and pursuing a real passion, is what made ARTCRANK such a success. 2. There’s never going to be a right time. But there’s never going to be a bad time, either. Somebody has to go first. That’s what leadership is all about: creating a good example for others to follow.   3. Be interesting. Be interested. If you don’t care, it’s going to suck. Care about something! Give your work meaning! 4. Make friends with failure. Every great creative has said this at one point or another, and that’s because it’s true. We don’t learn from success; we learn from failing. 5. Bigger isn’t better. Better is better. ARTCRANK started to grow. It became a Twin Cities staple, moved to new cities and then to new, countries. ARTCRANK was expanding faster than frozen yogurt franchises in 2013. And while this may seem like a...