This lucky snowman has learnt what it takes to catch the attention of his desire. It seems a little change of appearence can work wonders!
But it’s not just snowmen (sorry, snowpeople to be politically correct)- you can catch the eyes of the audience you desire with some nifty presentation.
Engaging visuals really [...]
One way to really make an impact with customers is by getting a little creative with visuals. Visual storytelling is a powerful way of getting a message across and making it stick. But instead of writing about it, I thought I’d instead show you how to do it…
Communications come in all shapes [...]
Here’s a video of me talking about a thinking process that I love- it’s called Design Thinking. It’s easy to adopt in your life and work and can make a large impact.
This video is part of the Skool of Creativity course. It’s a comprehensive course on how to think more effectively and have [...]
Many organisations are unknowing harbouring dangerous zombies. Now these aren’t the archetypal type with the rotting skin and a fixation on consuming brains, but they can be responsible for sucking out the life and decaying the minds of those [...]
I am actually a big nature lover and firmly believe nature is an incredible metaphor for looking at the process of creativity and innovation. Let me elaborate. This is how nature does it…
In nature there’s constant competition with the threat of extinction if species can’t keep up. In order [...]
Remember the things you learnt when growing up as a child. I bet the things that stick out are those you discovered for yourself, not those that you were told to do. It’s the such alikes as, “ouch, I won’t touch that again”, “hey, I get treats with good behaviour” and, “that doesn’t go [...]
Ok that’s fine, but I’m going to take this a little further and make it more personal. Here’s what I believe:
“Creativity is the ability to continually surprise yourself with what you can achieve.”
For many [...]
Creativity can be taught! It’s a skill like any other- and a fundamental business one at that. First though, we often need to overcome some limiting beliefs about just what creativity is. It’s an unfortunate truth: as we become more grown up, gain more responsibilities and have more consequences to life, we lose that element [...]
Here’s a half-day training workshop I’ve devised to introduce creative beliefs and design thinking skills. It’s a fantastic eye-opener for business people, entrepreneurs and students that are trying to get to grips with their own innovation challenges. Plus inventing new innovations from everyday products using some creative wizardry is fantastic fun as a group!
I’m part of the awesome team behind TEDx Square Mile taking place on 26th October this year. As part of our promotion, we’re running a contest to win a ticket worth £60. Our theme is ‘rediscovery’ and we’re asking people to share images of what this means to them. But there’s more to it [...]
Sometimes it’s best to prise yourself away from the computer when in need of new ideas or a fresh perspective. I have my own secret weapon of inspiration… RUNNING! In fact, I’ve just got back from a run and my brain is buzzing, so I thought I’d share my technique.
It’s the magic of [...]
I have to admit, I’m a huge fan of design thinking. It’s much more than simply a technique or process; it’s a mindset, an attitude, a shared sense of purpose. Because you are thinking outside of your own mindset and consciously seeking to improve the human experience, you are able to overcome the limiting thinking [...]
1. It’s important to warm up those essential organs for the job and get the blood flowing. A flaccid mind is certainly of no use.
2. Try a range of different positions to get yourself stimulated. You may want to do it on [...]
Aside from being a bit of fun, this, believe it or not, is the basis of a marketing campaign. Now imagine this… everyday people holding the organisation kitty are being hammered by sales and marketing messages- emails, phonecalls, letters, gorillagrams (ok maybe not the last [...]
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There’s so much information out there, with so many supposed experts and ‘gurus’ pedalling their own brand of [...]
What’s the most productive and fun way to come up with the best ideas from a brainstorming session?
Ideas Poker of course!
Ideas Poker works on the basis that truly great ideas form when the best bits of individual ideas are combined. Essentially, you can harness the entire group’s intelligence rather [...]
How great would it be to think like a genius? Hmm, but just ponder that for a second…
I already have enough to do without having to solve advanced maths problems, recite obscure historical facts and I have absolutely no intention of appearing on Mastermind any time soon. Not to mention my strong desire to avoid [...]
Today we’re changing the scales to make a regular situation seem funny and harnessing new insights for creative ideas on the Funny Business challenge of ‘making training more memorable’.
A classic example of changing the scales comes from the sitcom Red Dwarf in the episode ‘Backwards’. Rimmer is administering a Starbug driving test for Kryten [...]
This is how overstatement works:
Take a situation, ideally one that’s loaded with a bit of tension. Find the logical response. What would you normally expect to happen? Do the opposite. Make the response unexpected and irrational. Exaggerate to make [...]
Ordinarily the ministry of silly walks would be a totally absurd government department (not wanting to open up a can of worms by using government and absurd in the same sentence!). But in this sequence, [...]
Today there’s some satirical funny business. With satire, the weapon is irony; pretend to accept reasoning in order to expose the absurdity. And to up the comic ante, you can really exaggerate the defunct aspects.
Here’s the blueprint:
Find an aspect of your challenge that you disagree with or think is obsolete. There may [...]
Exaggeration takes the familiar then dashes our expectations by serving up a larger-than-life perspective. A classic and very visual example is the caricature. A [...]
Here we’re going in with a slightly different slant and looking at how role reversal can lead to new and creative ideas.
Role reversal is a long-standing [...]
Turning something on its head to see the reverse viewpoint is the 1st humour technique in the Funny Business series. With reversal, humour comes from a surprise twist, diverting our thoughts away from the expected logic.
Here’s a silly little joke that demonstrates this example: What’s the stupidest animal in the jungle? The polar [...]
Humour is often the key to delivering a jolt that knocks habitual thinking off course and onto a new journey of discovery. If you can learn how to harness humour and [...]