Sunni Brown

September 29, 8:30am - 10:00am MDT. Hosted at The Curtis Hotel

part of a series on Compassion


About the speaker

Sunni is an author, speaker, coach, expert meeting facilitator and founder of the creative consultancy SB Ink. She was named one of the “100 Most Creative People in Business” and one of the “10 Most Creative People on Twitter” by Fast Company. Her team has designed and led hundreds of group experiences in diverse industries and she is a veteran public speaker, having delivered countless presentations and “playnotes” in environments around the world. Sunni is the best-selling author of Gamestorming and The Doodle Revolution and she leads a worldwide campaign advocating for visual, game, design and improvisational thinking. Her TED Talk on doodling has drawn more than 1.2 million views on TED.com and her work has been featured in every major U.S. publication including The New York Times, The New York Post, The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, WIRED, and Entrepreneur, as well as being featured twice on CBS Sunday Morning.

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Anyone who’s ever dipped a toe into the creative process knows it can be brutal. Pursuing personal projects or dreams - and putting them out there to be seen by others - can feel like navigating a very treacherous gauntlet. Even while we’re nudged by deep creative longings, most of us are deterred from taking action every step of the way. We second-guess, we doubt, we self-criticize, we get despondent or frustrated, we quit. Sometimes we tell ourselves it’s about time or money, about a lack of essential resources, but from my experience, it’s usually about something else entirely, something I refer to as “the internal human voiceover.” Whether you’ve tuned into yours or not, we ALL have internal voiceovers - ongoing soundtracks in our minds that are active, opinionated, ruthlessly critical and can prevent us from taking creative risks. If we consistently believe their party lines AND we have no tools to work skillfully with them, the creative process will almost invariably shut down. This talk introduces a powerful and proven technique to meet and befriend different parts of ourselves that arise when we attempt to create so that we can finally make an authentic contribution despite our negative self-talk.