Greg Blake Miller’s
CREATIVITY COACHING • STORYTELLING TRAINING • DISCUSSION FACILITATION
“Greg Blake Miller and Olympian Creative helped me think through the structure and storyline of my documentary film about Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, a project that would not be half as good had Greg not been there to offer his unique angle of vision and generous spirit … Now I can’t imagine doing a film or any project without Greg being by my side.”
– Kerry Candaele, Director, Following the Ninth: In the Footsteps of Beethoven’s Final Symphony, part of the documentary film trilogy Beethoven | Hero.
Creativity Coaching in a Time of Crisis:
We Are Here for You
Dear friends, these are strange days of isolation and anxiety, but the human longing to reflect, create, and connect endures. Creative work is vital in times of crisis: It provides inspiration, empathy, spiritual sustenance, essential criticism, and paradigm-shifting ideas.
You, as writers, artists, thinkers, conscientious creators, have a central role in helping society endure these difficult days and flourish in the new era that follows. And creative work is also critical for maintaining your own sense of place and peace of mind as the crisis unfolds. It’s a challenging journey; we can help you through it. In focused consultations, we’ll help you develop your ideas, engage your principles, sharpen your focus, find your ideal language, and streamline your work.
Since 2014, we have been working with writers, artists, and creative people from all walks of life to help them clarify goals, explore passions, overcome blocks and develop cherished projects. As a creative consultant and Master Certified Life Coach, Olympian Creative director Greg Blake Miller, Ph.D., continues to work with clients remotely through this crisis. Please explore our site, read our testimonials, and feel free to contact us through the reply form below or message us via our Facebook page anytime.
Champion Your Creativity
At Olympian Creative, we coach creative professionals, community leaders and critical thinkers, using the techniques of storytelling to help them nurture their gifts, confront their challenges, develop their ideas and maximize the power of their projects.
Customized Mentoring for Unconventional Thinkers
What does it take to harness your creativity and put it into action? Society views creativity as a gift that, for those lucky enough to possess it, somehow runs on autopilot. This kind of thinking is marred by two critical flaws: First, everyone has the capacity for creative thought and action; it is our human inheritance. Second, as with any gift, the development and productive use of creativity requires self-awareness, practice, and discipline. A little help comes in handy, too. That’s where we come in.
When you train with Olympian Creative, each session is customized to your needs and creative goals. We’ll help you take stock of your challenges and opportunities, break through conventional thinking, and respond to an ever-changing environment with confidence and originality.
As your work continues, you’ll break through blocks and creative anxiety. You’ll discover fresh insights, organize them effectively, and communicate them with style and passion. Best of all, you’ll gain the creative clarity and confidence to complete cherished projects. We’ll help you find your edge in the world—your own “creative genome”—and make it active in your work, your life and your community.
Greg Blake Miller is a great coach—and he is so much more than that. Over the course of our year working together on a memoir project, Greg has challenged me to go deeper into my story, provoked important questions, inspired me to become a more authentic and skilled writer. He has built my confidence, gently coached my weaknesses and accompanied me through the rigors of remembering and telling my family’s story.
– Suzanne Dalitz, author of the forthcoming memoir Princess of the Desert Inn
DEFINING OUR TERMS
What Is Creativity, and Why Does It Matter?
Creative thinking slows down the game of life, sees each moment clearly, and grasps the multiple roots, complex relationships, and nuanced possibilities embedded in those moments. This creative deceleration promotes open-mindedness, self-awareness, curiosity, originality, problem-solving—and the grit required for leadership and artistic endeavor.
• Creative thinking enlists our observational powers to help us experience life not as a closed plot but as an unfolding narrative process—each moment marked by unique characters, setting, details, and action—open to our reflection and reinterpretation.
• It fuels our introspective gifts to help us discover our goals, gifts, loves and anxieties—and understand how they evolve over time.
• It sparks our curiosity, inspiring us to explore the culture around us in all its lovely, maddening complexity—and to work with that complexity rather than wishing it away.
• It engages the intellect, challenging us to explore context and develop a better understanding of ourselves, our communities, and our actions.
• It empowers the imagination to provide insight into the potential impact of the things we—as both individuals and communities—say and do.
• It fortifies the soul, the will, the gut—whatever you choose to call it—helping us dispense with simplistic answers, see our challenges clearly, and work through them with patience, discipline, and hope.
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Seeing Is Believing
When you create an effective narrative, you are inviting your audience to see what you see. Your characters—whether real or fictional—act and dream; they strive and stumble and occasionally triumph. They draw audience members into their world, subtly revealing its atmosphere, ironies and insights. As a storyteller, you are creating a powerful, immersive experience.
But great storytelling—the kind that moves an audience, provokes thought and refuses to be forgotten—is challenging. Even experienced communicators know that it’s helpful to have a partner in the process. Drawing on more than two decades of experience as a writing professor, editor, and author, Olympian Creative director Greg Blake Miller, Ph.D., MCLC, will help you harness your creativity and develop powerful, meaningful narratives. At individual or group sessions, he’ll work with you on creating effective structure, memorable characters, compelling action and impactful ideas. You’ll discover fresh insights, innovative approaches and growing confidence.
Whether you’re writing a book, crafting a company narrative or simply looking to grow as a creative communicator, our dialogue-based method will help you sharpen your vision, find your story and achieve your goals.
“Working with Greg Blake Miller and Olympian Creative is pure excitement. Greg has an electric energy that is infectious; he moves away from the conventional, challenges the mundane and inspires creative thinking.”
– Randy Lavigne, Hon. AIA, Executive Director,
American Institute of Architects Nevada and AIA Las Vegas
Observe • Connect • Structure
Through your work, you’ll master the seven indispensable steps in the creative process:
• Close Observation | The art of seeing and listening
• Critical reassessment of goals | What do you want? What do you need? What do you hope to create and why?
• Idea generation | Discovery through dialogue
• Narrative development |Thinking in moments, characters and challenges
• Connection with the wider culture | Making ideas matter
• Structure and presentation | Clarity, openness and elegance
• Follow-through | Finishing what you start
THE COACHING JOURNEY
Olympian Creative director Greg Blake Miller, Ph.D. MCLC, is an award-winning teacher, editor, writer, and communication specialist. He has taught at the University of Oregon and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and has worked with creative professionals in print and on film, on stage and online. He works with clients both one-on-one and in group workshops.
Your coaching journey unfolds in three steps … well, maybe four:
1. Analyze: In your first meeting, Dr. Miller will listen to your priorities, inventory your goals, learn about your background and talents, and evaluate steps you have already taken.
2. Plan: Dr. Miller will then work with you to develop a plan for personalized mentoring and project development. Some clients work with us on short-term packages to complete specific tasks. Others choose longer-term engagement for continuing personal and professional development.
3. Implement: Now it’s time to put the plan in to action. Through continuing dialogue, creative exercises, evaluation of the project-in-process, discussion of challenges, and editorial guidance, you will not only work toward completion of concrete projects, but also develop your gifts in ways that will enhance your future work and creative wellbeing.
4. Begin Again: Because the creative process is one of discovery, these steps will repeat regularly during your work, with new analysis and planning continually refreshing and enhancing the way you create.
Olympian Creative for Your Team
Olympian Creative also works with companies to craft narrative strategies, mentor employees, conduct retreats, and facilitate creative discussion. These programs increase morale, inspire innovative thinking, spark personal development and promote camaraderie.
Whichever program you choose, you can be confident that when you train with Dr. Miller and Olympian Creative, you’ll find a partner dedicated to your creative growth. Please take a moment to look at our client testimonials and think about how we can help you achieve your goals. To learn more, please leave a reply in the contact box below or connect with us via our Facebook page. We look forward to working with you!
Greg’s work has been akin to that of a patient gardener: tilling the earth by challenging accepted conventions, sowing creative analysis, watering the soil with inspiration and encouragement and finally helping us reap the harvest of clear and creative messaging and a vibrant company culture.
– Eric M. Roberts, AIA, President and CEO, KNIT: Designing Community
We help creative minds flourish.
Text and photos © Greg Blake Miller 2020.