By His Grace

Continuing her series from the National Religious Broadcast Media event, host of By his Grace podcast Misty Phillip sat down with Hollywood Producer, Author, and Influencer Phil Cooke to discuss his book Ideas on a Deadline: How to Be Creative When the Clock is Ticking. Phil Cooke shares insight from the lives of the Danish Philosopher Søren Kierkegaard, to Charles Dickens, and Thomas Edison. This episode discusses how to be creative when the clock is ticking and what you can do to spark creativity. Including practical takeaways, like walking, being in the shower, and taking notice of patterns in our dreams help us tap into our creativity. Also, the importance of taking Sabbath and learning to say no to help you focus and be more productive.


Key Takeaways

“Just Start”

“Don’t be Held Back by Fear.”

“Be a Willing Vessel”

“Just say Yes.”

“We live in the most distracted culture in the history of the world, and if we don’t take that time off or just going to burn out.” 

“While we are sleeping, our brain is trying to make connections from experiences we’ve had during the day… if we are open to it, we will see connections in our dreams we didn’t see before.” 

“Have pen and paper next to the bed.” 

“When God calls us to something important, we have to say no to some stuff.” 

“List of gracious ways of saying no” 

“Find the most creative part of your day.” 

“Understand when and where you like to be creative” “use do not disturb on your phone.”

Scripture Reference

Do not despise humble beginnings – “For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel, even these seven, which are the eyes of the LORD; they run to and fro through the whole earth.” – Zechariah 4:10 ESV


Atheism on Trial: A Lawyer Examines the Case for Unbelief by Mark Lanier 

Pastor Jarrett Stephens – The Always God

AquaNotes® is a waterproof notepad that allows you to record your great ideas while you’re in the shower. 

Phil’s Book

Ideas on a Deadline: How to Be Creative When the Clock is Ticking

Phil Cooke

Phil Cooke, PhD., is co-founder and CEO of Cooke Media Group in Los Angeles and the nonprofit The Influence Lab. 

He has produced media programming in nearly 70 countries and created many of the most influential inspirational TV programs. Phil has a client list that includes Hollywood studios, significant nonprofits, and many of the most respected faith-based organizations in the world. He’s written 12 books and hundreds of magazine articles, TV programs, commercial scripts, and a highly respected blog at Member of The Producer’s Guild of America and The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He’s been called “one of the most innovative communicators of our generation.”

If you have a powerful message or story that could influence the world, media producer, consultant, and author Phil Cooke will teach you what you need to know about creativity, communication, Hollywood, media, culture, and the faith to make it happen.

Phil Cooke website & blog

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