Episode in brief:
• embrace the art of stress-free creating
• overcome your procrastination
• get past the stress of not creating
• release your perfectionist tendencies
• let go of your moments of self-sabotage
• silence your inner critic
Creativity coach and learning expert, Dr. Dominique Chlup, shared her inspirational breakthrough creativity methods. Listen to learn key secrets for generating ideas (the kind of ideas everyone wants to have!), getting unstuck (and staying unstuck!), and sharing your work (brilliantly and fearlessly!) with the world.
Dr. Chlup (say the Ch like a K) left an Associate Professor post at Texas A & M to start InspiringtheCreativeWithin.com. She spoke with Dr. J about the emotional blocks that can stymie creative individuals and explained several techniques to overcome them. One was Emotional Freedom Technique based on tapping the body’s meridians.
When people say “I don’t have the time,” they often really mean, “I don’t have the energy.”
Dr. Dominique T. Chlup is the President, Owner, and Chief Creative Officer of Inspiring the Creative Within™, LLC. She writes, consults, coaches, speaks, and leads workshops inspiring people to access their inner creative. Her mission is to inspire, support, and encourage creativity and artistic ways of knowing within artists, writers, and creative academic souls. Dr. Chlup helps artists, academics, and all creative types achieve greater productivity, engagement, meaning, and purpose in their lives.
Through her coaching, Dominique invites clients to think hard, feel deeply, dream big, create well, and be outstanding. She works with Artists, Musicians, Novelists, Children’s Authors, Academics (both faculty members and graduate students), and all types of Creatives to help them identify where they are in their creative process, recognize the anxieties associated with creating, and offer appropriate solutions for overcoming things like writer’s resistance, procrastination, paralysis, perfectionism, postponing, distractions, self-sabotage, excessive criticism, overscheduling, and endlessly delaying one’s creative pursuits.
Dominique originally hails from the island of Jamaica and moved to the United States with her family when she was a young child. Her childhood years were spent engaged in artistic endeavors, including ballet, writing, and acting. She was accepted into a performing arts high school for writing during her last two years of high school, but chose instead to enroll in writing classes at Columbia University while she was still a Junior in high school. She graduated from Columbia University in 2 years and 9 months with double degrees in English and History. Upon graduating, she went straight to work on her MFA in Fiction Writing from Sarah Lawrence. She obtained a second Masters and her Doctorate in Education from Harvard University. Again, not one to slow down, she completed her doctorate in record time—3 years and 9 months.
Before pursuing a career as an academic, Dominique worked in NYC in publishing, working both in the publishing house side and the literary agent side of things. It was only after volunteering for a year in a women’s jail teaching creative writing that she decided to return to school to pursue her graduate degrees in teaching and learning with an emphasis on how adults learn. Howard Gardner was her Master’s adviser. His prompting her to apply for a work study position at the center he founded—Project Zero—allowed her to experience firsthand the power of researching the arts and creativity. While at Harvard, Dominique was also a fellow at the National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL). She also worked with the Beyond Bars Prison project and co-chaired the Student Research Conference. This passion for research and scholarship and community service would remain with Dominique as she entered her first academic position at Texas A&M University in 2004. Her appointment was a dual appointment where she was both a tenure track assistant professor and the Director of one of the nation’s largest literacy centers—the Texas Center for the Advancement of Literacy and (TCALL).
Dominique was a tenured, university associate professor for over 11 years at Texas A&M University. She worked as a professor in both the Adult Education and Human Resource Development program and was an affiliate faculty member for the Women’s and Gender Studies program. She spent seven years working with faculty, graduate students, and postdocs through the Promoting Outstanding Writing for Excellence in Research (POWER) initiative. She co-directed the POWER initiative for four years. During her tenure as an academic, she was the author on over $6.7 million in funded grant projects and was an author or co-author on over 200 publications and presentations written one word at a time. She is best known for using the experience she gained while working in academia to help her clients to creatively recover from difficult or toxic work environments. Dr. Chlup helps her clients to establish stress free habits of creating, transform their work assignments into more pleasurable tasks, gain mastery over themselves and their writing, and re-ignite the spark and passion they once held for their creative work.
You can connect with Dr. Chlup on LinkedIn.
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