CL023: Julie Burstein on TED Talks, podcasts, storytelling and how creativity works

Julie Burstein is an award-winning producer, best-selling author, TED speaker, coach and consultant who has spent her working life in conversation with highly creative people. In her book: Spark: How Creativity Works, Julie maps out some of the coordinates and dimensions of creativity. She is also the host of Spark Talks at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and produced the first TEDx in an art museum. Finally as an accomplished broadcaster Julie created Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen on US public radio as well as hosting her own podcast PursuitOfSpark.

In this episode of The Creative Life Podcast, Julie tells us about how powerful a podcast could be and the challenges behind it. She shares with us the things that she loves about audio and talks about one of her experiences as a reporter in a radio station in Philadelphia.

“In audio we get to create people.”

“Stories are a way of connecting with the people that I love.”

– Julie Burstein

Julie Burstein Show Notes:

  • The craft of the storyteller (6:33)
  • Terry Gross of Fresh Air  (8:15)
  • Morning tea meditations (11:00)
  • Importance of Rituals (14:12)
  • Studio 360 (18:33)
  • Giving constructive feedback (25:50)
  • Creative pairs (30:07)
  • Seth Godin on creative fears (33:03)
  • How to give a TEDTalk (find a trusted friend) (36:57)

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