Sometimes getting to Eureka takes serious work.
Outstanding creative thinking is based on seeing things differently to find a fresh approach. Sometimes that’s not easy. If you’ve visited our Understand page, you’ll know that our brains love patterns and habits, so sometimes we need a few tricks up our sleeves.
But how do you start? What techniques can you use to rev your creative engine?
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When your brain needs a jump-start to think different, draw from an arsenal of techniques, from classic tools like SCAMPER to modern elements such as gamestorming and design thinking.
Great stimulus and inspiration can be remarkably effective triggers or catalysts for ideas. Creativity rarely starts in a vacuum, so it’s helpful to have some seeds to grow from.
Getting in an expansive frame of mind to generate many ideas can be the best way to start off a creative project. Don’t judge at this stage, this is all about quantity and possibility.
There are many strategies and techniques to adopt to solve specific problems – from defining the problem itself to suggesting possible solutions and answers.
Looking into the future – near or far – can stretch our thinking. Analysing trends, new technologies and possible scenarios are all ways of applying foresight to the business of generating ideas.
Being ambitious, bold and fearless with your ideas can get you to exciting places. Sometimes this is about challenging yourself, setting the bar high and then seeing how high you can jump.
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