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About The Book

“Ideas on a Deadline” is the definitive book for creative people who have to deliver breakthrough ideas on demand.

One of the most destructive myths about creativity is the idea that we need to wait for inspiration. But as artist Chuck Close said, “Inspiration is for amateurs – the rest of us just show up and get to work.” Whether you’re a creative professional like a designer, writer, musician or filmmaker, or an executive, engineer, teacher or salesperson, this book will show you how to “prime the pump” of your creativity, overcome the blocks, and deliver great ideas when you need them the most.

What’s inside


The Mindset


Never Miss a Deadline


The Eureka Moment


Why Passion Isn’t Enough


The Motivation


Start by Saying No


Push the Boundaries


Embrace the Fear


The Truth About Age and Creativity


The Method




Creative Extensions


The Blank Page


Showers, Driving and the Thinking Chair


The Momentum


Unleashing Creativity in Others


Designing a Creative Culture


Going Deeper

“Phil’s book is so important. It’s a masterclass on how to develop amazing ideas under pressure and it will change your perspective on creativity.”

 – Mark Burnett and Roma Downey

I’ve been doing creative advertising for almost 40 years—but this book has given me the kind of practical advice I wish I had learned decades ago.

 – Craig Murray, Founder, CEO of MOCEAN—3 Time North American “Entertainment Advertising Agency of the Year

Once again, Phil has delivered a pithy and profound mix of hard-earned wisdom and hilarious anecdotes. This is a piquant reminder that the world is rife with creatives wracked with anxiety, and the answer to the riddle of inspiration is always, inevitably, to do.

 – Todd Komarnicki Producer Elf, Writer Sully, and deadline-meeter always

...Wisdom, insight, and common sense with just the right amount of humor to make it all stick. It’s no surprise that Ideas on a Deadline is packed with practical ways to help you achieve maximum productivity and maintain your creative spark.

 – Bobby Gruenewald Founder/CEO, YouVersion; Pastor/Innovation Leader, Life.Church, named to Fast Company’s list of the Most Creative People in Business

About the author


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 in history, with a client list that includes Hollywood studios, major nonprofits and many of the most respected faith-based organizations in the world. He’s written 12 books as well as hundreds of magazine articles, TV program and commercial scripts, and a highly respected blog at He’s a 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.”

Ideas on a Deadline

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