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16 different exercises that help you practice and strengthen your ability to think creatively. Can be used by people at all ages. …

16 different exercises that help you practice and strengthen your ability to think creatively. Can be used by people at all ages.

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  • 1. Creativity exercises
  • 2. Exercise # 1 Connect the dots
  • 3. Without raising the pen, try to connect all the dots on the next page with 4 straight lines. You have 3 minutes.
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  • 5.        Start 1 2 3 4
  • 6. Having this exercise in mind, how can you satisfy needs, customer have, in new ways?
  • 7. Further inspiration http://www.slideshare.net/frankcalberg/customer-needs
  • 8. Exercise # 2 Connect boxes
  • 9. Without crossing lines, try to connect  A with A,  B with B, and  C with C.
  • 10. A AB B C C
  • 11. A AB B C C
  • 12. Having this exercise in mind, how can you satisfy needs, customers have, in new ways?
  • 13. Exercise # 3 Find out how your smartphone can be used to do task x
  • 14. In the next 15 minutes, try to discover as many healthcare related uses for your smartphone as you can – including the use of mobile apps.
  • 15. Exercise # 4 Turn circles into new products and/or services
  • 16. During the next 3 minutes, please draw as many new products and/or services of a certain company in the circles. http://www.ted.com/talks/tim_brown_on_creativity_and_play.html
  • 17. Exercise # 5 Count squares
  • 18. Question # 1 How many squares can you find in the picture on the next page? Question # 2 How did you arrive at this number? http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2013/04/whats_the_connection_between_c.html
  • 19. Having this exercise in mind, how can you satisfy needs, customers have, in new ways?
  • 20. Exercise # 6 Rolestorming
  • 21. Step A Please think about a problem you have at the moment. Step B Imagine what each of these people would do if he or she had the same problem:  What would your best friend do?  What would the best teacher, you ever had, do?  What would Mr. X do?  What would Ms. Y do?
  • 22. Sources http://celestinechua.com/blog/25-brainstorming-techniques/ http://www.managementexchange.com/blog/so-you-want-be-creative-genius
  • 23. Exercise # 7 Time travel exercise
  • 24. Step A Please think about a problem you have at the moment. Step B Now think about how you would have solved / solve the problem  10 years ago.  10 years from now.
  • 25. Source http://celestinechua.com/blog/25-brainstorming-techniques/
  • 26. Exercise # 8 Trial-and-error
  • 27. Step # 1 Think of a problem you have. Step # 2 Choose an answer to solve the problem and apply it. Step # 3 If it is not successful, try something else. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trial-and-error
  • 28. Further inspiration http://www.slideshare.net/frankcalberg/problem-analysis-methods
  • 29. Exercise # 9 Copy an idea from another team / department
  • 30. The team / department, who copies an idea from another team / department and uses it to create more value, gets a prize. http://blogs.hbr.org/schrage/2012/12/a-simpler-way-to-get-employees-to-share.html Part A
  • 31. The team / department, that gets an idea copied by another team / department, also gets a prize. http://blogs.hbr.org/schrage/2012/12/a-simpler-way-to-get-employees-to-share.html Part B
  • 32. Exercise # 10 Try doing the opposite of what is tradition
  • 33. Step A Think of something you want to do. Example: Start a restaurant. Step B Try doing the opposite of what restaurants traditionally do. Example: Use no menu. http://thinkjarcollective.com/tools/reversing-assumptions-technique/
  • 34. Exercise # 11 Do brainstorming
  • 35. Some inspiration for you http://www.slideshare.net/frankcalberg/brainstorming-3015611 http://issuu.com/frankcalberg/docs/brainstormingnominalmethod http://www.slideshare.net/frankcalberg/brainstorming-the-scamper-method http://issuu.com/frankcalberg/docs/brainstormingdisney http://www.slideshare.net/frankcalberg/six-thinking-hats-9989762
  • 36. Exercise # 12 Take a warm shower
  • 37. Step A Take a warm shower. Step B Relax. Let your mind wander. Inspired by http://thinkjarcollective.com/tools/creative-practice-tips-from-brian-eno/
  • 38. Exercise # 13 Take a bus ride
  • 39. Composer Steve Reich would ride the subway around New York when he was stuck. Inspired by http://thinkjarcollective.com/tools/creative-practice-tips-from-brian-eno/
  • 40. Exercise # 14 Go for a walk http://thinkjarcollective.com/tools/five-metaphors-that-actually-foster-creative-thinking/
  • 41. http://www.imagebase.net/People/051-copy
  • 42. Exercise # 15 Sit next to an empty box
  • 43. http://thinkjarcollective.com/tools/five-metaphors-that-actually-foster-creative-thinking/
  • 44. Exercise # 16 Exercise regularly
  • 45. Cognitive psychologist Lorenza Colzato found that those who exercise 4 times a week were able to think more creatively. http://everybodywalk.org/read/1468-lacking-inspiration-exercise-found-to-boost-creativity.html
  • 46. Thank you for your interest. For further inspiration and personalized services, feel welcome to visit http://frankcalberg.com/ Have a great day.