Eggs, Potential and the Messy Middle

Above you see the first stage of starting a project. So many ideas, so many possibilities! It feels great. But there are two more stages to come. But then, as soon as you begin pinning them down, it is as if they evaporate. On paper, they don’t look nearly as good as you had imagined…

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Daily Practice

I’m writing a daily email. And if you’re in the process of building an audience,  I recommend that you do the same. I had committed to a daily practice before – posting a drawing on Facebook every day – and it was life changing. Or, let’s say.. business changing. Not that publishing daily is easy.…

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Writing template for posts and articles

  You have already written your Big Story for your next Ted talk (if not, download the  Signature Story template and get started! But what about the everyday writing you are struggling with? How can you produce content for social media posts, fast? I hate to sit with a blank page every time, starting from scratch. …

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A fertile ground for Aha-Moments

Recipe for growing new ideas – two minds, one paper, and a pencil! The other day I had a Brand Storyboarding Session with Paul, who is a brilliant and successful business consultant. He had gotten disenchanted with the corporate world and is toying with the idea of becoming a motivational speaker. He already knew how…

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My messy pencil – about hidden strengths.

Have you heard the saying “your mess is your message?” I think there is something true in there. During many years as a graphic designer, I didn’t do illustrations, because my lines were crooked and the whole thing looked „too messy“. Until one day I had the lightbulb idea to make exactly the messiness “my…

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Freebie: Do you know who you are?

Do you know who you are and what you are doing? I guess. Can you SAY who you are and what you are doing? It can be surprisingly difficult. Especially if you do something that is intangible, complicated, or new. Of course, you don’t NEED an original label. I lived my life happily with the generic…

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Think – feel – do. A framework for writing

Drawing is fun. But I found out drawing isn’t enough. If you want to reach your audience, there is no way around writing – and writing well. I came across a framework called „Think-feel-do“, that might be helpful for people like me who want to learn to write better. For impactful writing, you need to…

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You’re living in a story – Mary Alice Arthur

I interviewed “story activist” Mary Alice Arthur, author of “365 Alive: Find your Voice, claim Your Story, live Your Brilliant Life”. Mary Alice views each of us as a ‘story field’ – a blend of self-perceptions, others’ views of us, cultural influences, and life experiences. She sees our lives as stories we can change, and…

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Make the leap – become visible!

Are you active on social media? First time I posted a drawing on Facebook, I was really scared. Heart pounding, palms sweating…  But I made the leap and started posting. And I’m glad I did. My business wouldn’t exist without social media. Especially Linkedin had been good to me. I am actually getting clients directly…

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Friday Freebie

when I started my own business, I worked as a graphic design freelancer, and took on whatever job was coming along. I designed pillows, cardboard boxes and rugs. Logos, websites and videos for inventors, theatres and organisations. Then I did graphic facilitation and drawing classes – and now I am doing brand consulting for coaches…

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A Safe Harbour for the Homeless, Addicted and Mentally Ill

Here is the result of a Storyboarding session with a Canadian non-profit organisation. The connection was made through  – a branding agency I had worked with before. The challenge Their communication challenge was to figure out a brand story for Safe Harbour. They want the citizens’ acceptance, who tend to feel threatened by Safe Harbour’s “misfits”…

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Let’s talk Superpowers

What are your superpowers? . If you are at loss for words to describe what makes you unique, try a personality test! According to the Gallup strengths finder test, my strengths are strategic thinking, ideation and visioning. . – “Find connections between seemingly disparate phenomena”? Yes! – “Take something familiar and view it from a…

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Gap Filling

As a business owner, you should be looking for a gap. The gap that prevents your (prospective) clients to reach the next level in their business. If you can provide the missing piece, you have a potential business. If you can name the gap, you have a business. If you have a gap-filler for your…

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Zero in

Do you know what your website is about? I was interviewed by Dennis Geelen, author of “the Zero in formula”, for his upcoming course. Watch this little clip to get a 3 minute overview about the elements of Brand Storytelling.  

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Grow up!

  The other day a client said to me: You helped me grow up in my business. You helped me cut away the fluff I was hiding behind. Now I can tell my clients: “This is me and this is what I am doing.” I think this is a beautiful way of putting it. Something…

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Draw your Big Vision for 2021

Let’s start a fresh, exciting and creative year together, no matter what! 

As a kickoff, I’ll do a Draw-your-vision class on the 5th and the 12th of January. (Because I figure that our big plans won’t fit into one hour)

This is only the first class of a whole round of Lill Drawing Club activities.

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LiLLuminations in Næstved

In December 2020 I was part of the “cultural advent calendar” in Næstved City together with a group of artists, and projected festive drawings onto house facades. Special thanks to Dorthe Eggertsen for organizing the event, and to Pernille Plantenter Holst for technical assistance. If you want to see more drawing projections, take a look…

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Become unforgettable

Brand Storyboard: Business Coach Rochelle Moulton “Ingrid has terrific insight and her ability to draw ideas so fast just blew me away… it was fun seeing what I do come to life on the screen! Part of her “magic” is asking insightful questions and translating that to a powerful visual. Highly recommend for those needing…

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How to find the golden egg

One of my clients is a web designer. She does all kinds of websites, because…

“I don’t want to do websites for dentists for the rest of my life!”

Picking a niche – i.e. specializing – is a scary thing to do.

But it is also the best way to make progress with your business.

It means serving only a certain group of people.

Or, offering only a certain thing.

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