Van Lai-Dumone (pronounced “Vun,” like “Fun” with a “v”) is part business consultant, part employee engagement facilitator, and part creative instigator (sound familiar? It should — Van knows how to steal like an artist! 😉 ) With her business WorksmART, she designs and develops business workshops to create a culture of idea sharing.
This whole idea of idea sharing — collaboration over competition — kicked off our conversation, and we were off to the races (no pun intended).
Van and I talked about how she got started bringing art workshops into companies, how she still doesn’t consider herself an “artist” (even though she creates art all the time), and a whole lot more.
I first met Van back in June at the Creative Problem Solving Institute, a conference on applied creativity in Buffalo, New York. We talked in the hot sun for at least an hour on the first day, and I knew I’d found a kindred spirit. Of course I had to bring her onto the podcast.
As you’ll hear, we seemed to tap into some kind of universal creative… something. The same way that people who have near-death experiences seem to tap into the same universal consciousness.
At one point, although Van has never read my book, listened to the podcast, or read the blog, she was essentially quoting my entire philosophy back to me.
Because this stuff is universal, you guys! It’s not like I made it up out of whole cloth.
When we meet someone who’s speaking our language, every cell in our body vibrates at the same frequency. That is resonance. Capisci?
Have a listen, and let me know your thoughts in the comments!
Find Van at http://worksmartadvantage.com
On Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/worksmartadvantage/
On Twitter at https://twitter.com/worksmart_LA
On Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/worksmartadvantage/
From Van: Cape Gooseberries
From Melissa: OXO Good Grips 2-Cup Angled Measuring Cup
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