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With all the hoarding-oriented reality TV shows, being a creative pack rat probably takes on some bad connotations. But being a creative pack rat serves you well when you’re trying to break through a creative block, and you need a dependable creative thinking boost to get you Brainzooming!

Here’s how to become a creative pack rat!

Start a new file with a prominent place in your filing system and call it “Creative Instigators.” Your creative thinking stash can be a physical file, an online folder, or simply bookmarks in your web browser, among other places. Heck, your creative instigators stash could be even be on Pinterest! (No, in case you check the original date on this post, I didn’t time travel. I’m just trying to freshen up creativity content on the Brainzooming blog!)

Use your creative instigators stash to save pictures, articles, thoughts, ideas, quotes, thank you notes, cartoons, ads, Brainzooming posts (I couldn’t resist), and anything else that stimulates ideas for you.
When you’re suffering a creative block, pull out this file and take a stroll through its contents to kick start your creative thinking! – Mike Brown 

If you’d like to add an interactive, educationally-stimulating presentation on strategy, innovation, branding, social media or a variety of other topics to your event, Mike Brown is the answer. Email us at info@brainzooming.com or call 816-509-5320 to learn how Mike can get your audience members Brainzooming!

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This week we’ll cover ideas emerging from the Creative Instigation session on August 12.

Today’s Creative Quickie is to be bold when you’re thinking creatively.

One way is to use a Sharpie marker when writing, doodling, or sketching ideas. With a Sharpie, it’s impossible to make a bashful line. Everything you create will simply look more bold & forceful!

Just watch out and don’t get marks on your clothes – advice from someone who does it all the time.

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Start any possibilities-oriented conversation with the question:

“What are we trying to achieve?”

It’s the granddaddy of ALL strategic questions.

Explore it fully and settle on an answer before generating possibilities.

 

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This Brainzooming eBook will help identify additional possibilities for people, funding, and resources to jump start your innovation strategy. You can employ the strategic thinking exercises in Accelerate to:

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What’s your most well-worn creative trick or talent – the one that you always go to in a pinch? Got it?

Now break tradition. That might mean doing something different, doing less of it, turning it around, changing it, or substituting another trick or talent for it – you pick.

Just make sure that you try something new that could become a future creative tradition!

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A frequently asked question when preparing a planning or innovation session is, “Should we go offsite?” The quick answer is, “Get a room.” There are a number of advantages:

  • It looks different – The surroundings will be different than the typical work setting, and a key to great idea generation is to see things from a different perspective.
  • It’s flexible – You can spec out a size (much more space per person than a typical conference room) and configuration (not a u-shape) typically unavailable in a fixed office conference room. The extra square footage and alternative setup allow you to have even the room contribute to successful ideation.
  • It removes some logistics pressure – Knowing there’s facility staff available to address room, materials, food, and beverage issues so you can focus on the session participants provides HUGE peace of mind.

So go ahead, make the investment, and get a room…even if you do have to rent it by the hour!

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Founder of The Brainzooming Group, and an expert on strategy, creativity, and innovation. Mike is a frequent speaker on innovation, strategic thinking, and social media.

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The jumbo size formula in fast food usually involves a combination of three or four menu items all in larger than average proportions.

Transfer the jumbo size formula to your creative efforts. The next time you have a large creative appetite, pick several of your best creative talents, combine them, and use them in a bigger way than you have before.

That’s the way you Jumbo Size Your Creativity.

Want an example?

If you can draw, write, and are funny, getting the message across in your upcoming presentation could involve creating a cartoon to make your point in a bolder way!

That will be $4.79 at the next window. Please pull forward.  – Mike Brown

 

Download the free ebook, “Taking the NO Out of InNOvation” to help you generate fantastic creative ideas! For an organizational creativity boost, contact The Brainzooming Group to help your team be more successful by rapidly expanding strategic options and creating innovative plans to efficiently implement. Email us at info@brainzooming.com or call us at             816-509-5320      to learn how we can deliver these benefits for you.

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In the interviews discussed Tuesday, Liz Phair talked about losing the creative freedom of writing songs that she didn’t think would be heard after she gained fame. She characterized her career since then as an effort to get back to writing in that more pure, unconscious state.

That’s an interesting expression of the challenge of having too much knowledge. That’s why brainstorming techniques are so valuable. They serve to twist your expertise in ways that put you back into unfamiliar territory where your knowledge has to be applied in a new way once again.

This is also why bare walls and different tools of expression are so valuable; they can readily place you into unfamiliar creative territory. So don’t hesitate in using approaches that push you into new areas of “unconsciousness.” You’ll find you are re-stimulated in cool new ways.

SPECIAL NOTE:  I will be on Jay Liebenguth’s radio show, “Live with Jay” on Thursday, August 7 at 3:00 p.m. on KCTE 1510 AM in Kansas City. You can listen on the internet at http://www.1510.com/ or check out the interview later on Jay’s website.

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