Is 2019 looking like the year of
creative breakthroughs & big visibility leaps
LET’S MAKE SURE IT IS.
Within all the demands of running a business, it can be all to easy to neglect the very thing at the HEART of your work: the body of work you’re creating, and how you communicate it to the world.
Stop letting indecision, isolation, confidence blocks and overwhelm get in the way of putting your BODY OF WORK and your CREATIVE VISIBILITY first in this coming year.
Let’s spend intensive time together making imaginative, strategically brilliant, sustainable, and forward-leaping plans for your year of breakthroughs.
We spend one full intensive day together, with no other distractions, so we can find your creative edge and expand it with solid strategic plans based on both practical reality and genius creativity.
The Tactical Imagination
Day-long 1:1 Tactical Imagination RETREAT
Just me, you, and your work. One full day in person in my Providence, RI studio - or virtually on Zoom.
Let’s be CREATIVE DIRECTORS of your business for a day.
We’ll retreat from the “hustle,” and focus on what matters: your work and how it is communicated to the world.
We’ll make 2019 plans that make your business more powerfully visible, ditching the “shoulds” and using your marketing channels as the powerful tools for innovation that they are.
"My goals for the retreat were ridiculously ambitious and included a social media playbook, a brand bible, a custom launch process, and a new look and feel for my website. We laughed - AND THEN WE DID IT ALL. We also made a plan for growing my list, a comprehensive calendar for the entire year, and then Amy showed me exactly I could double my income.
Amy is a verified genius. She is a volcano of brilliant ideas and at the same time showed a rare sensitivity to my business's particular needs. The retreat was the PERFECT blend of leadership and collaboration. I will certainly not head into 2020 before booking another retreat with Amy. "
~ Max Daniels
Your retreat will be custom designed for you.
..so I can’t tell you exactly what will happen, until we get in CAHOOTS and plan it together.
But here are some possibilities:
brand reboot: we’ll look at your brand message and how its being communicated through your actions, words, images, offers and more, and clarify it, refresh it, fine tune it. We can get into all the programs you use to build your materials and work on it together; and I’ll bring my designer chops and tools into the mix.
web site reboot: if your web site isn’t working for you the way it should, lets get in there with our toolboxes and tighten it up. I’m a fast designer and we can identify the key issues that is holding back your web site from singing your praises and attracting business, and solve those problems. You deserve a unique, effective, gorgeous web site that feels like YOU and gets the job done.
innovative marketing strategy for 2019: Do you see social media channels as art making spaces? Performance spaces? Play spaces? Social media marketing should never be a big place of shoulds or boring tasks or overwhelm - they are spaces to create, experiment and continually strengthen your message through innovation. Lets create both plans that will get your results and practices that are relevant to how you uniquely think and create. Let’s infuse your marketing with originality, authenticity and imagination.
Deep work plans: let’s look at the core of the work you do and figure out how you can nourish it in 2019. Sometimes we are so embroiled in working ON our businesses that we neglect parts of working IN our businesses: and part of that is doing the DEEP WORK that allows us to create intellectual and creative products such as books, bodies of visual art, new programs, new media projects, and more. Lets plan your year so that the deep work will happen in the ecosystem of your business.
New project launch: Got a new program idea, a podcast, a new offering, or something else that you want to finish and launch this year? Lets make plan for completion, production, distribution, marketing and sales - soup to nuts. And lets make it AMAZING.
Your day might be a combination of these things, or something different entirely.
Got another creative project or problem you need solved in an intensive day with the Bureau of Tactical Imagination? Make a proposal!
Why a day-long retreat?
If you are running an business, its likely that your most vital creative processes and insights can rarely find space inside the fast, fragmented schedule you have to keep. While it’s good to make ANY time for creativity, those squeezed-in chunks of time can make your “deep work” feel like one more thing to “get done.” And that’s not a good setup for creative thinking!
You need the periodic gift of time and space from the intense speed and fragmentation of everyday life now -
So you can make more decisions, faster, and shave off months of deliberating from your business building process.
So you can hold on to the thread of an idea as it wanders through the forest.
So you can excavate depth and substance, not just speed and surface.
So you can untangle the knotted parts and unstick the stuck parts.
So you can explore ideas that we wouldn’t give time to on the average workday, and just maybe grow a genius thought that simply needed some sun and water.
When you set aside a long, uninterrupted period of creation, you signal to our consciousness that more is possible than on any other “normal” day. You invite deeper levels of complexity into the process. And we all need that.
What does the retreat entail?
One 30-minute call to create prompts/assignments you can use to prepare for our day together.
One 8-hour retreat day. The day will consist of regular meetings with Amy to prepare you for the work times in between, which can be done with Amy on Zoom or on your own. Don’t worry, there will be dance party breaks (or nap breaks, whatever you need.)
One hour-long integration/implementation call, two to four weeks post-retreat to support the execution of your plans.
This is for you if:
You often feel pulled to work on everything BUT the deeper creative work your business is built on; and you suspect there is resistance to developing your deeper body of work.
You know you are a step or two away from implementing some bold new creative directions in your business, but you lack space, time, focus or confidence to make the changes. You could use some company while you leap.
You’ve got a new program, project or idea that wants to emerge in 2019, and you want to give it a big jump start with the assistance of someone who can help guide you through the creative process, and the decisions that will need to be made to make it real.
Though your work is strong, you lack clarity around your presentation to the world; whether in your identity and brand, your visual communications, or something else.
The investment for the day-long retreat, prep call and intregration call is $2200.
I am offering a limited number of sliding-scale retreats for business builders who are doing social justice and/or cultural change work and are from communities traditionally marginalized in the digital small business world. Please inquire if this might be you.