Put on your Inflatable Suit and Think Creatively

By
Education & Training with Corcoran Consulting & Coaching

On the evening news the other night, an item from Pittburg, KS caught my eye.  What looked like a psychedelic 1,000 legger approached people on the street, which caused some to run and some to gawk.  It was performance artist Jimmy Kuehnle wearing an inflatable suit to challenge people's perceptions and make them think.

As the artist puts it, "Our ways of thinking are very much in a routine and this is to break you out of your routine by walking the line between shocking and the absurd."  You recognize a tree as a tree or a truck as a truck but, the big orange creature defies categorization."Now," continues Kuehnle, "you're mind [is]vulnerable and new thoughts can happen.  You might remember that five minutes later, it might change what you're going to do tomorrow.  You never know, so that's the point of it."

The suit is one in a series of inflatable costumes that that artist has worn around the country. Powered by 12v blower motors, the suits allow Kuehnle to glide along the ground and fit in small space.  Brightly colored, the suits attract the attention of pedestrians and aim to foster creative thinking.  

Absurd times provoke absurd reactions and absurd solutions.   With economic challenges in our country that hit real estate agents head on, there is a need for fresh thinking in how to approach our clients. 

As real estate professionals, we aren't likely to put on funny suits but we still must work out creative solutions with our clients who are faced with foreclosure or with the desire to buy a home with limited ability to get a mortgage.

Comments (5)

Vickie McCartney
Maverick Realty - Owensboro, KY
Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY

Hi Bob~ Now that was different.  I had to laugh at it, it struck me as funny! 

Jan 27, 2010 01:56 PM
Don Wixom
RE/MAX Executives Nampa, ID - Nampa, ID
"Looking out for your next move..."tm

Very interesting Bob, you should get a Gold & Black inflatable suite to wear around Swansea!

Jan 27, 2010 02:03 PM
Bob Corcoran
Corcoran Consulting & Coaching - Swansea, IL

It was pretty funny to see on TV too, but it make you think of how we need to crank up our creativity another notch in these times.

Jan 27, 2010 02:42 PM
Sherry Siegel, Managing Broker, EcoBroker, ABR
BrokersGroup, serving Sequim and Port Angeles - Sequim, WA

Gives new meaning to the book "A Whack on the Side of the Head: How You Can Be More Creative." The girl who stood fairly still seemed to get it.

Jan 27, 2010 06:30 PM
Bob Corcoran
Corcoran Consulting & Coaching - Swansea, IL

Don, would you believe it if I said my gold & black suit is on order? Or maybe not - but I always aim to think creatively. Interesting point,

Sherry. So when you are whacked or try to interpret an inflatable suit man, do you nurse your head or force what you see into what you know, or try to extract what you can learn form it? Thanks for your comments.

Jan 27, 2010 11:28 PM