Chapter 7 was all about revving up my creative thinking and working on my creative confidence. The chapter offers several exercises (both for individuals and groups) where you can practice being creative.
Thru Les Yeux – Mind Map
That is the key word – PRACTICE. Creative thinking/Being Creative takes practice. And doing exercises that encourage divergent and unconventional thinking encourage idea generation.
I decided to do that Mind Map and 30 Circle exercise.
30 Circles (mini exercise)
So how did I do?
For my first try I did OK. I definitely think with practice I will get better. That said both the Mind Map and (mini) 30 Circle exercise were difficult!!! Especially the 30 circles. I definitely felt a “fear” as described by the Kelley Brothers back in the Dare chapter. Although I knew this was just an exercise – I knew I would be posting my results in this blog post. I didn’t want to copy what I saw in the book. I wanted to draw something remotely creative. Am I going to be judged for what I draw (eek!)
I think I will try this exercise again on the weekend and maybe get the Hubz to do it also. I think it would also make a great ice breaker / team building exercises (as long as people don’t feel judged).
The mind map exercise were also more challenging than I expected. Again I will probably need to try it again and also focus on one branch to get into the more “out of box” ideas for my brand.
…On to the last chapter!
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