Unusual or random stimuli can often serve as powerful catalysts for personal brainstorming. From picking random words out of a dictionary or magazine to environmental creativity – where objects and people in your immediate area are used as stimuli – there are numerous techniques to jump-start your lateral thinking capabilities.
By far one of the most unusual that I’ve uncovered lately can be found in Tom Wujec’s excellent brainstorming book, Five Star Mind: Games and Puzzles to Stimulate Your Creativity and Imagination – hieroglyphics. That’s right: Egyptian pictographs. They are rich with meaning and can really help to get your mind moving, Wujec says – and I have to agree. This is a simple, brilliant ideation technique.
Why not give this unique ideation technique a try? I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the results!
Chuck Frey Senior Editor, founded InnovationTools.com and served as its publisher from its launch in 2002 until the partnership with Innovation Management in 2012. He is the publisher of The Mind Mapping Software Blog, the definitive souce for news, trends, tips and best practices for visual mapping tools. A journalist by trade, Chuck has over 14 years of experience in online marketing, and over 10 years experience in business-to-business public relations. His interests include creative problem solving, visual thinking, photography, business strategy and technology. His unique combination of experience and influences enables him to envision new possibilities and opportunities.