Join members of Meeting Professionals International for This Knowledge Share Workshop.
Learn new innovative tools, techniques and processes to design great meetings. Gerald "Solutionman" Haman will share the secrets from the Thinkubator Studios and his experience with over 1,000 meetings and events. Learn new innovative tools, techniques and processes to design great meetings
Discover Great Solutions for Designing Innovative Meetings, Events, Conferences, Workshops and Experiences.
Understand how to design interactive activities that engage audiences, foster teamwork and increase learning
Discover why a goal for every meeting should be to inspire innovative thinking
Experience engaging meeting activities including the Know Your Brain Game and the Thinkathon that set the world brainstorming record in Singapore
Plus, registration includes a FREE KnowBrainer Tool valued at $100. The KnowBrainer Tool will help you:
Increase creativity by more than 500%
Think faster, better and smarter
Train your brain to think more clearly
2 DATES | 2 TIMES | 2 LOCATIONS TO MEET YOUR NEEDS: TUESDAY, APRIL 29 - 8:00am - 10:00am WhirlyBall - Vernon Hills, 285 Center Drive, Vernon Hills, IL WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30 3:00pm - 5:00pm Courtyard Chicago Downtown/River North, 30 E. Hubbard, Chicago, IL
Gerald "Solutionman" Haman is a Certified Experience Economy Expert who founded The Thinkubator Innovation Studios and SolutionPeople Innovation. Previously, he had worked for P&G and Arthur Andersen. Solutionman has created a community of over 500,000 people who belong to more than 60 innovation groups, including the Experience Design Innovators Group and the Meeting & Event Innovators Group. All workshop participants will receive Haman's KnowBrainer Innovation Tooland his 88 Great Meeting Planning Questionsbook.
Workshop with Jim Gilmore, coauthor of The Experience Economy
May 13, 2014 8:00 to 5:00pm CST
Live Workshop @ The Thinkubator Studios in Chicago
MORNING FOCUS: How to foster greater innovation in organizations
The Experience Economy - Opening Session (8:00am ‒ 8:45) To kick-start the morning, Jim Gilmore will present a pecha-kucha talk (20 PowerPoint slides, 20 seconds per slide) describing the need for greater experience innovation to drive revenue growth for businesses and economic prosperity in society at large. In addition to outlining the Progression of Economic Value from commodities, to goods, then to services, and now to experiences, Gilmore will outline key principles for staging compelling experiences. After the short (6 min. 40 sec.) presentation, we'll open the floor for a lively (38 min. 20 sec.) discussion period for you to ask questions about the implications for your enterprise.
Insights in Innovation - Interactive Workshop (9:00am ‒ Noon) How does one gain in-depth insights about ingenuity and innovation from ten different sources in just three hours? In this highly interactive workshop, Gilmore will share thinking techniques drawn from a unique mix of ten different resources. Some of these resources are business-oriented, but most are not. For each, a specific framework or technique for thinking more creatively will be introduced, followed by an interactive exercise to gain hands-on experience with the particular method. Aimed at fostering greater imagination in your work and within your organization, this session promises to be fast-paced, fun-filled, and mind-expanding.
Lunch & Networking Experience (12:00pm ‒ 1:00) Enjoy delicious authentic thin-crust pizza, freshly baked in an Italian wood-fired oven from Pizzeria del Mercato located around the corner from The Thinkubator.
AFTERNOON FOCUS: How to stage more compelling events and experiences
Authenticity (1:15pm ‒ 1:55) To kick-start the afternoon, Jim Gilmore will present a pecha-kucha talk (20 PowerPoint slides, 20 seconds per slide) on relationship between the rise of the Experience Economy and the consumer desire for authenticity. In addition to describing this new consumer sensibility, Gilmore will address the methods to appeal as real. After the short (6 min. 40 sec.) presentation, we’ll open the floor for a lively (38 min. 20 sec.) discussion period for you to ask questions about the implications for your industry, business or association.
101 Ways to Differentiate Your Event Workshop (2:00pm ‒ 5:00) Gilmore's firm, Strategic Horizons, for sixteen years has staged its own boutique event called thinkAbout. Conceptualized anew each year and staged uniquely in different cities, the experience has been featured in Fast Company, Inc., and TIME magazines. Drawing from the event's rich history, Gilmore will share 101 specific event-enrichment ideas, ranging across myriad experience design elements. This survey of ideas will be very fast-paced as all 101 ways will be covered in just two 80-minute sessions (with a 20-minute break). Come prepared to take copious notes and then decide which subset of the 101 ideas are best suited for your own event challenges.
WORKSHOP REGISTRATION INCLUDES LUNCH! PLUS THE FOLLOWING RESOURCES (a $250 VALUE):
What happens when someone invests 30 minutes per day for 10 years on Linkedin? I know the answer, because I invested that time. And yes, that investment has paid off.
Several years ago, when Linkedin surpassed the 100-million member mark, I was surprised to receive a personal letter from Reid Hoffman, the cofounder and chairman of Linkedin. Hoffman thanked me for being one of the first people to join Linkedin. Today, Linkedin has over 250 million members, and I am ranked as one of the "Top 10 Most Connected People" on Linkedin.
Many people have asked why I created my large network. I enjoy introducing people with great minds to other people with great minds. The reason some people call me Solutionman is that I have been very effective in introducing people to other people who can help them solve problems. I've been blessed with meeting people with great brains, and I go out of my way, to introduce them to other people who also have great brains.
A few years ago, FAST COMPANY's "Influence Project" ranked me as one of the "Top 25 Most Influential People Online." Since Linkedin limits the number of an individual's first-level connections to 30,000, there are over 10,000 people who are waiting to connect with me. I apologize if you are one of them.
So how did I achieve such a milestone? I joined Linkedin on February 3, 2004 and was member number 188,322. Besides being an early adopter of Linkedin, I made it a priority to invite my network of current and past customers to join Linkedin. Since I was nicknamed "Solutionman" by a client from AT&T, I saw Linkedin as a solution for keeping in touch with my network. I already had a database of thousands of connections accumulated from traveling and leading the innovation workshops and giving keynote speeches.
At first, people were hesitant to join me on Linkedin, but they trusted my opinion and joined. Years later, hundreds of people were grateful to follow me for my advice to join Linkedin.
In 2007, I was one of the first people to take advantage of Linkedin's new feature for creating Groups. Taking advantage of this new opportunity, I asked the people in my network what groups they would like me to organize. Since my company had focused on providing innovation training for over 20 years to customers in 26 countries, naturally much of my network had a passion for innovation.
I created a group focused on "green and sustainable" innovation, which now has over 20,000 members. Next, I created a group for people focused on "product and service" innovation that now has 6,000 members. As I traveled the globe, I also created geographically-based groups for people in Asia, South American, India and the Middle East. Today, I have over 50 Groups on Linkedin that include Brand Innovators (14,000 members), Healthcare Innovators (4,800 members), App Innovators (6,500 members) and a small group of Futurists (1,100 members). Since I created these groups before Linkedin started to limit the number of groups people could join to ten, I am fortunately grandfathered in so I own the large number of groups.
However, I had something bigger in mind. I created one of the largest groups on Linkedin. My "Marketing, PR, and Sales Innovators" Group has over 260,000 members and is adding about 1,500 members per week. Soon, the total number of members belonging to my Linkedin Groups will surpass 500,000 people. By combining my 30,000 first-level connections with a half million group members, I've been called "the most connected innovator" in the world.
Many social media experts and people curious to know how I created my large network of innovators. Here are several ways I network to keep ahead of the curve keep building our brand:
I devote 30-45 minutes per day replying to Linkedin messages and introduction requests.
I seek to connect with five different types of networkers: (1) Innovators, (2) Investigators, (3) Creators, (4) Evaluators and (5) Activators.
I invite everyone who attends my workshops or hears my keynote speeches to join my groups. For example, I spoke to 8,000 people at the Singapore stadium, and they were all invited to join my networks.
I brand groups my so they stand out from the other 1.9 million groups. For example, all my groups have purple logos and unique graphics. My customers know I drive a purple car, have purple walls at my Thinkubator and wear purple clothes.
I facilitate weekly networking webinars for 20-30 people in my network. All participants share their needs and goals so that other people can offer help or solutions. There is a waiting list for people to be invited to attend my networking webinars.
I host monthly live "networking events" at my Thinkubator Studio near downtown Chicago for up to 50 guests. The Thinkubator invite list is carefully selected from my Linkedin network in Chicago to ensure the group is diverse. Like the networking webinars, there is a waiting list for people to attend the networking events at my Thinkubator Studios.
I organize networking events for my Linkedin group members when I travel to other cities around the world. I have organized large networking events in New York, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, China, Germany, Brazil, Mexico, Switzerland, Thailand and the Philippines.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT MAXIMIZING YOUR LINKEDIN NETWORK?
Gerald Haman was recently interviewed by Barbara Rozgonyi for a publication from Meeting Professionals International (MPI). Below are his answers to her thought-provoking questions.
What does "Experiential Engagement" or "Branding" mean to you?
The meeting experience is the brand. When people experience a seminar at our Chicago Thinkubator, they never forget the constructive experience designed by our team. When groups complete our Know Your Brain Game or Thinkathon at a meeting, our brand is what each individual retains.
Something that's been effective in branding our experience is through the senses, specifically use of the color purple, which stimulates imaginative thinking. We havepurple walls at the Thinkubator, I wear purple clothes - I even drive a purple car.
My goal is to engage the minds of all seminar guests by stimulating their entire brains. We design and facilitate interactive gathering experiences that motivate people to use all four quadrants of the brain (Lesson one: The human mind has more than just two hemispheres: right and left).
How do "Experiential Engagement" or "Branding" relate to innovation?
I believe that an objective for every meeting, event or conference should be to inspire innovative thinking. I define creativity as the process of developing new or interesting ideas and innovation as the process of transforming creative ideas into valuable or profitable solutions.
Most meetings are focused on sharing creative ideas and do not make it easy for people to take action, share and apply the ideas after the meeting. Successful events integrate meaningful activities and tools that inspire people to take action after the meeting.
What are the biggest mistakes/roadblocks to innovation that meeting planners face?
Too much energy is focused on making the speakers look good and sound good. We try to showcase the amazing minds of the audience during every event. I think it is just as important for the audience to feel impressed with their own brains, then to be impressed with the speakers.
They do not allocate time for audience reflection and reactions. Most meetings are filled with "talking heads" that stream a steady flow of creative or interesting ideas to the audience. Sometimes they shorten lengths of presentations (like the 18-minute TED-style talks), but then simply add more speakers with the extra time. I doubt the TED audience had much time to reflect on taking actions inspired by the presentations. We have helped designed several events featuring 18-minute TED-style talks. However, we then followed the 18-minute talks with 18-minutes for reflection and action-focused discussions called ReActivate-to-Innovate.
Another obstacle is that the presenters focus on communicating "message points" that do not engage the audience. We design questionated agendas and train presenters to communicate turn traditional message points into questions that engage minds to reACT, and most importantly make it easy for the ACT on applying ideas that can be solutions.
What do people need to know about your upcoming MPI presentation?
First, I'd like to let you know that I prefer the term experience in contrast to presentation.Attendees will encounter proven new tools, techniques and activities that will assist them in planning meetings that inspire innovation. I will share secrets I've learned from planning and facilitating events with audiences as small as 50 guests to over 8,000 people. I will also be providing every guest with their own KnowBrainer Innovation Tool(version 5.0) and the latest edition of my 88 Great Meeting Planning Questions book, so they may apply my concepts to their upcoming events.
How can people find out more about you and your companies?
Thinkubator Studios founder, Gerald "Solutionman" Haman was one of the very first people to join Linkedin in 2004. Many people consider Haman to be a Linkedin pioneer because he created several Groups that specifically focused on innovation. Linkedin now has 1.9 million GROUPS and over 300 million members. Today, Haman owns over 60 Linkedin Groups and Subgroups with almost 500,000 members. His "Marketing, PR, Sales and Social Media Innovators" Group has over 263,000 members and is ranked as one of the largest Groups on Linkedin. Several groups have over 20,000 members and all have over 1,000 members. It's easy to recognize Haman's innovation Groups because they all have a purple logo as shown in the graphic below.
What do Google, Kraft, Samsung, American Express, Motorola and Capital One have in common? Thousands of people from those innovative organizations have experienced SolutionPeople’s innovation training.
Do You Want More Details onThis Award-Winning Training? Request a FREE 22-page eBook with detailed agenda by emailing info@InnovationTrainingWorkshops.com or phone the Thinkubator in Chicago at 1-312-829-2852
In Creating Customer Evangelists: How Loyal Customers Become a Volunteer Sales Force, authors Ben McConnell & Jackie Huba explain how to convert customers into influential and enthusiastic evangelists. The book outlines the framework for developing evangelism marketing strategies and programs. The ultimate goal is to create communities of influencers who drive sales or membership for your company or organization. Many companies have been effective at applying the book's "six basic tenets" to create evangelists for innovation and sales growth.
The book explains how IBM, Southwest Airlines, The Dallas Mavericks, and SolutionPeople have successfully built their customer base and created targeted marketing programs to involve their biggest fans. These programs have produced legions of unofficial salespeople and a cost-effective and powerful marketing force. McConnell & Huba interviewed SolutionPeople's Gerald Haman, clients, and spent several days at the Thinkubator, and wrote a book chapter entitled The High-Flying Solutionmanthat chronicles Haman's 20 years of growing his business through customer evangelism.
6 Tenets to Create Customer Evangelists 1. Customer plus-delta: Continuously gather customer feedback. 2. Napsterize knowledge: Share knowledge freely. 3. Build the buzz: Build word-of-mouth networks. 4. Create community: Encourage communities of customers to meet and share. 5. Make bite-size chunks: Devise specialized, small offerings to get people to bite. 6. Create a cause: Focus on making the world, or your industry, better.
Download a PDF of the entire chapter from the book on SolutionPeople’s applications of the Six Tenets by clicking HERE. Order the book from Amazon.com by clicking HERE.
In February 2008, Gerald "Solutionman" Haman started a Group on Linkedin for innovative people who are passionate about marketing, public relations, sales and social media. Recently that Marketing, PR, Sales and "Social Media Innovators Group achieved a major milestone, as it now has over 250,000 members and is ranked as one of the largest of the more than 2 million groups on Linkedin. During the past six years, over 42,000 people per year, and more than 3,400 people per month joined this professional Group. Check out the information below that reveals the incredible growth rate and the demographics of the membership that show almost 100,000 members are senior level or hold managerial responsibilities.
Join a group of Very Innovative People for a live simulcast of the sold-out TED 2014 Conference held in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Enjoy learning and networking at the comfortable, inspiring environment of the Thinkubator Studios that overlook the beautiful skyline of Chicago. Seating is limited and provided at no cost to colleagues of SolutionPeople, The Thinkubator Studios and guests of Gerald "Solutionman" Haman. Request details from Gerald by emailing Solutionman@Chicago.com.