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Illinois State Insights: End-of-the-year free webinars

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The Illinois State University Alumni Association strives to provide lifelong learning and career development opportunities after graduation.

Illinois State Insights, a webinar and livestream platform, encompasses a variety of topics presented by authors, field professionals, Illinois State faculty/staff, and even Redbirds like you, all for free! Watch what piques your interest as we will work to have one webinar, if not more posted, every month! Be sure to bookmark the Illinois State Insights page to find the webinars that fit your everyday life. 

Flashes of Genius: Learning the Art and Science of Creativity, November 12 @ 11 a.m. (CST)
The standard view of creativity is one of constant brainstorming punctuated by sudden flashes of genius—it is not something you can be intentional or methodical about. This webinar will disprove this, explain how flashes of genius actually happen, and provide ways any creator can increase their odds of having one. The webinar draws on two years of research by Allen Gannett for his popular book The Creative Curve. Allen has interviewed dozens of the world’s leading creatives such as celebrity chefs, multiplatinum musicians, billionaire entrepreneurs, and fine artists in addition to the leading scientists and academics who study the field of creativity. Four patterns emerge from the research—The Four Laws of The Creative Curve—that all creatives engage in. These laws are not only scientifically valid, but can be followed by any aspiring creative. This webinar will give a sneak peek into Allen’s research and a look at how you can leverage it to be more creative in your life and work.

The Science of Mental Preparation, December 5 @ 11 a.m. (CST)
The last few minutes before a major challenge can be terrifying. Ever wished you knew how to manage your emotions—and in particular, your anxiety and confidence—in the moments before a make-or-break meeting, pitch, or interview? Daniel McGinn, an editor at Harvard Business Review, will share new, research-driven strategies on using rituals, music, pep talks, and other techniques to activate your talent, optimize your emotions, and put you in the perfect mindset for taking the spotlight.

Building Empathy in a Fractured World, December 11 @ 11 a.m. (CST)
Join social neuroscientist and popular author Jamil Zaki to explore how anyone can build empathy to improve their lives, relationships, and even our culture. Levels of empathy are eroding in society, which likely contributes to growing conflict and tribalism. Fortunately, it’s possible to build our empathy muscles to help stem this negative tide. Empathy in action can change our professional, creative, and personal relationships for the better with simple strategies you can start implementing in your own life.

Use Design Thinking to Solve Problems and Take Command of Life, January 14 @ 11 a.m. (CST)
Start 2020 off right with an invaluable look at how the principles of design thinking can help you make better decisions both personally and professionally. Design thinking is a process for creative problem solving that has become a mainstay of entrepreneurs and large companies. Learn how to apply these principles in your daily life to make achieving your goals and solving difficult problems a repeatable habit.

Visit the Illinois State Insights website to register for these and future webinars and live streams.

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