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.
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.
This new YouTube video will stimulate you to generate ideas that help you innovate! There are over one million words in the English language. Solutionman discovered 2,587 words that end with the three letters ATE. You will be inspired by this video featuring Solutionman’s "Top 88 ATE Words" that can stimulate you to innovate. The YouTube video features a perfect song called “MeditATE” by INXS. If you like the video, visit the following website to find more of Solutionman's secrets to innovation.
I collect questions from a wide variety of sources. Since I read over 30 magazines a month (on real paper), I naturally notice advertisements that use questions to persuade people to buy a product, service or experience. After more than a decade of collecting, I have several file boxes filled with examples. Many questions have been carefully formulated using research-tested words that engage people to think… Many are "open ended" questions that lead to answer that is naturally addressed by buying a product, service or experiences from… the advertiser!
Below you will find five examples from IBM, AIG, ETRADE, Adantair and Sharp. In future articles, I will share a picture of the full advertisements from which the questions were excerpted. Additionally, I will provide directions for the "Questionable Advertising" brainstorming technique that has proven valuable in many creativity and innovation workshops. You can expect me to share at least one "Questionable Advertisement" several times a month! Feel welcome to start collecting advertisements that use questions in any print publication. Take a high quality photo of the "advertisement that contains a question" and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. If we you provide a question we do not already have in our library, we will send you a gift of appreciation.
One of the biggest blocks to innovation is not challenging your assumptions. By challenging assumptions, you can open up your range of solutions. Step 1: Write down at least three assumptions you're making about the problem to be solved. Step 2: Now challenge each assumption by stating it's opposite (or its negative). Step 3: Write down any potential benefits or ideas that spring from your challenge to the assumptions.