What Big Muse Is
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The What, the Why and some of the How of Big Muse
Big Muse is a method that's used by every kind of organization to increase innovative thinking, team building and leadership ability. Its main metaphor for teaching these skills is songwriting.
"Peter is a rare breed: talented, successful and very generous. These workshops are educational, entertaining and inspiring. Mentors like him hold the keys."
--Tim Westergren, Founder of Pandora Radio
Who Big Muse Is For
Any group who wants and needs to break out of their mold, to drive the creation of new experiences and things, to overcome the toughest problems, and to "grow and prosper". This workshop is also for those who have or want the courage to be stimulated in a completely new way. This includes, but certainly isn't limited to: Sales, Marketing, IT, Finance, HR, Communication and Executive teams.
What Big Muse Does
Big Muse frees people to harness the power of their creative process and motivate them to deliver their best ideas. Participants will learn how to:

Meet Marv, our internal critic.
  • Silence their overactive internal critic
  • Use structure and deadlines to get the most from creative inspiration
  • Create order from immense amounts of seemingly unrelated information
  • Bolster problem-solving capabilities
  • Vastly improve communication skills
  • Develop strong team-building and leadership skills
Big Muse's Fresh Approach to Fostering Creativity
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The Big Muse's seminars foster creativity by first teaching the mechanics of basic song structure. (No worries if you're not musical. As every professional songsmith knows, lyrics often pose the most challenging part of songwriting; as such, words will be our focus.) Next, under the guidance of multi award-winning songwriter Peter Himmelman, participants create a fully finished song within a strict time limit of 30 minutes, performed either by Peter or the participants themselves.
It's the set time limit--and the imperative to finish in the "here and now"--that forces the inner-critic to step aside.
The seminars turn the creative experience inside out by revealing deadlines not as something to be feared, but as an energy source that can greatly enhance creative output. Just as important, the process of "delivering" a finished song in front of other workshop participants becomes a compelling team-building experience. Songwriting is also an ideal tool for increasing innovative thinking and communication skills.
Here's how: It integrates two seemingly opposite elements--highly defined structures (akin to your business deadlines, parameters, and requirements) and a free-flowing right-brained state of consciousness (the place where your most unique ideas originate.)
About Big Muse Founder Peter Himmelman
Grammy and Emmy nominated Peter Himmelman is the winner of six ASCAP film and television awards, six consecutive Parent's Choice Gold Awards, and the NAAPA Album Of The Year. He has made sixteen critically acclaimed recordings and is the composer for Bones/Fox, Judging Amy/CBS, Men In Trees/ABC and several other films and television shows. USA Today has called him "rock's most wildly imaginative performer." Himmelman's leadership workshops are as powerful and engaging as his legendary stage performances.
Workshop participants' comments included: "SO entertaining and inspiring." "Loved, loved him! So inspirational." "Blown away." Great way to get creativity flowing!"
--Michael Perman, Dean of M!NDSPARK, Gap, Inc.
"I felt actual exhilaration from the folks I've run into after your seminar. Exhilaration is a word I never use to describe anything that happens in the Corporate setting so that is damn impressive."
--Alan Tecktiel, Senior Director, HR Client Solutions, McDonalds Corporation
"I would ecstatically recommend his program to any executive.
--Chuck Silber, COO Newtek Corporation
Listen to Peter's music.
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