Creativity and Communication

creative communication

It is interesting to note the strong co-relation between creativity and communication. People tend to be drawn to people who are able to reply with a unique reply. For example, when asked if the soccer match last night was interesting, a reply such as “If you consider the fact that the goal keepers are asleep throughout the match as interesting, then it is” rather than a straight answer tend to draw laughter and interest from listeners who often regard such replies as witty and humorous.

It seems that some of us are able to respond with creative replies more often than the rest, and thus are often regarded as better communicators. Even if this is not the case, individuals who are able to come up with creative responses are still considered as good company. For those of you who wish to learn more about how this works, writer Edward De Bono has written two books that may be helpful. They are “How to have a beautiful mind” and “How you can be more interesting”.

We can often see such witty dialogues at work in the movies.  Let’s have a look at a quote from the movie Hairspray. When Penny Pingleton said that she is nothing without the show that she is currently starring in, Prudy Pingleton replied that having nothing will build her character. With creativity, a certain degree of ingenuity and a shift in perspective, Prudy Pingleton has turned a negative situation into a positive and encouraging one.

From the abovementioned points, it seems that there is a distinct link between creativity and communication. I believe that it will be good to acknowledge this observation when we try to improve our communication skills.


2 thoughts on “Creativity and Communication

  1. Thank you for the two De Bono book references. I have not heard of them before.

    Rather than a link between creativity and communication, I see them both being part of the same thing. Your soccer response sounds like wit—a game played by educated minds. I didn’t make up that last part. I read it somewhere and it seemed to resonate. Remembering quotes is a really good way to sound intelligent when, like me, you really aren’t.

    Creativity, like humor (and its cousin wit), is seeing the same thing from a different perspective. There’s the religious notion of turning arrows into flowers. It’s a change of perspective, rather like the saying, “When life throws a knife at you, there are two ways of catching it, by the blade or by the handle.” But of course the only thing we can’t make fun of is what we regard as sacred. So the sacred resists a change of perspective if it is still to remain sacred. Also, I suspect there are more than two ways of catching the knife that life throws at us.

    The only reason I mention sacred here is that there seems to me to be an epidemic of seriousness. And seriousness also tends to resist a playful attitude necessary for creativity to emerge.

    Have you noticed how jokes tend to replace humor and wit? A joke is canned. It’s remembered. It isn’t responsive. When one person tells another a joke, more often than not, the other person is not listening. That’s because they are tying to remember a better joke. It becomes a game of one-upmanship: not really funny. But wit, or creative humor, reintegrates what is happening now and turns some part of the conversation around to create new meaning. This technique is taught in improvisational theater. It not only requires attention to the speaker, but it actually uses what the speaker says and plays with it.

    Thanks once again for the De Bono recommendations. I shall investigate.


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