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. Learn more in this new eBook.
Groups of people from around the world travel to The Thinkubator Innovation Studios in Chicago to experience award-winning innovation training. The interactive, experiential training is designed by Gerald “Solutionman” Haman and facilitated by SolutionPeople’s Certified Innovation Trainers. Enjoy this brief time-lapse video that compressed thousands of photographs from the 2-day Accelerated Innovation Training Workshop into just one minute. Enjoy the energizing soundtrack.
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.
Are you tired attending boring meetings with traditional formats and meaningless teambuilding activities? Are your audiences bored with "talking head" presentations, panel discussions and pointless PowerPoint slides? If you answered yes to any of the previous questions, you should learn about the following 22 activities that have proven effective for small meetings and large conferences with hundreds or thousands of people.
The following activities have incorporated into meetings for Google, Kraft, Xerox, Pepsi, Samsung, American Express and FAST Company magazine. The activities have also be shared with thousands professional event planners from Meeting Professionals International (MPI), the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) and the Association Forum.
Want to learn MORE about these meting activities?Schedule a webinar or phone call with Gerald "Solutionman" Haman. Solutionman has designed and facilitated all the activities that have been experienced by more than 100,000 meeting attendees. Solutionman facilitated the world-record-setting Thinkathon brainstorming activity for 8,000 people at the Singapore stadium. Haman's Thinkathon generated over 454,000 ideas in just 60 minutes.
The world's first app to that stimulates innovative thinking is called the iKnowBrainer. iTunes has just been released the app in two languages (Spanish and English) and in two formats (iPhone and iPad). All apps are optimized for the retina display and the new iOS7.
The iKnowBrainer® Innovation App is a powerful productivity App that helps you instantly think better, faster and smarter using hundreds of proven questions, words, quotes and images as inspiration. The iKnowBrainer's integrated 4-stage Accelerated Innovation Process helps you generate, plan, and organize ideas. iKnowBrainer helps you use your whole brain to generate up to 530% more ideas than traditional brainstorming.
MORE DETAILS ON THE APP Although the iKnowBrainer is most often used by business professionals, it was designed to be used by everyone to develop solutions for almost any goal, challenge or problem. The iKnowBrainer was created by innovation guru Gerald "Solutionman" Haman, CEO of SolutionPeople Innovation and Founder of The Thinkubator Innovation Lab in Chicago. Solutionman is the award-winning inventor of the original analog KnowBrainer "Tool" and the set the world brainstorming record by generating 454,000 ideas in one hour with 8,000 people at the Singapore Stadium.
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FORTUNE magazine recognized the Pocket Innovator as one of the world's first innovation tools back in 1990. That original tool led to the creation of other thinking tools such as the Pocket Persuader and the first KnowBrainer Tool. The NEW version 5.0 of the KnowBrainer has just been released.
Take a look at following InfoGraphic timeline that shows the fascinating evolution of one of the most popular innovation tools in the world.
Throughout my years in corporate America, I have experienced learning and training encounters in virtually every shape or form you can think of – leadership, selling, negotiating, public speaking and streaming media. Why was this going to be any different?
In their bestselling book, The Experience Economy: Work Is Theatre and Every Business a Stage, Joe Pine and Jim Gilmore ask a series of great questions. In a world where most products and services have little differentiation, what would customers really value? Better yet, for what would they pay a premium?
The answer is experiences—how companies engage customers in an inherently personal and memorable way. The buzz on Haman's Accelerated Innovation Workshop was that it wasn't the traditional lecture and 3-ring binder snore, but a real EXPERIENCE.
This was a big lure for me. I had just became was certified by Pine & Gilmore in the theories and models of The Experience Economy. I wanted to discover if the Thinkubator "experience" lived up to its impressive word-of-mouth billing.
Located in a spacious loft in Chicago's West Loop, the Thinkubator is a truly innovative venue. Festooned with tools, toys, games, large-screen TVs, Aeron chairs, light bulbs in various shapes and forms, bean bags, sofas and sculptures, it invites you into a world that definitely isn't business as usual.
Haman's opening act is literally transforming. It's called the "Know Your Brain Game Experience." It's a quick, but amazingly accurate "brain scan." I won't spoil the surprise, but attendees gain some insight into how their brain works and how they can use this knowledge to become more consistently innovative. The game is a highly interactive experience and sets the stage for the introduction of SolutionPeople's 4-quadrant brain model and 4-stage Accelerated Innovation Process. (Investigate, Create, Evaluate and Activate). At this point, every participant gets a KnowBrainer® Innovation & Creativity tool. The brainchild of Haman, it's an innovative hand-held tool that uses a combination of questions, words, quotes and images to help people think through all the stages of his proven creative problem solving process.
Cool fact: Tests by students at Northwestern University and Wayne State University found that the KnowBrainer tool increased creativity levels by over 500% versus traditional brainstorming with flip charts. In just the first 3 hours of the Innovation Workshop, SolutionPeople delivered a memorable experience – engaging clients with entertainment, education and a dynamic venue.
A great experience? Most definitely. One of the most remarkable accomplishments of SolutionPeople is that the "experience" has fueled the growth of the organization. Haman hasn't relied on traditional advertising to get clients; growth was a result of word of mouth and the continuing story amazing Thinkubator experiences.
Author's Footnote: SolutionPeople's Gerald Haman recently invested an entire week with Joe Pine & Jim Gilmore to become a Certified Experience Economy Expert. He is already making plans to enhance the Thinkubator Experience by applying new ideas inspired by his interaction and discussions with Pine & Gilmore. Haman has organized a new LinkedIn Experience Economy Networking Group for fans and practitioners of The Experience Economy.