How to Find REALLY Creative Ideas

motivational_speaker_ideasAs a motivational speaker on creativity and innovation, I stumbled across an idea that is guaranteed to increase the odds that you can very creatively solve your challenges and stand out from your competition. And it's this:

If you want to come up with a GREAT idea – then get LOTS of ideas first; good ones, bad ones and very ugly ones.

A while back I had asked my assistant if she would come up with an idea for a new marketing piece. She said yes, but every time I asked her how it was going she replied, "I just can't think of a good idea."

Finally I remembered how to overcome this and I said, "Okay. Then here's what I need you to do. It's 1 p.m. now. By 3 p.m. please give me ten ideas for the piece."

She looked at me like I'd lost my mind, but I just laughed and told her that I wasn't kidding. Again I said, "Ten ideas by 3 p.m.  Put everything else aside."

Cut to 3:00 p.m. when she handed me not ten, but twelve ideas. Not fully formed, drawn out ideas, but ideas, nevertheless.  Were they all great? Oh nooooooo. In fact some of them were pretty ridiculous, But a couple of them were really cool and one of them we actually went with. 

The problem is that when we work in our heads, we quickly dismiss ideas because they are not the one PERFECT or RIGHT idea. But when you start putting ideas down on paper, and have a limited amount of time to find a solution, your ideas start to build on each other. A STUPID idea might make you think of a SILLY idea, that makes you think of an INTERESTING idea that makes you think of a GREAT idea.

So. Want to get a great idea? Then crank 'em out!

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Motivational Speaker Linda Larsen, CSP has been described by meeting planners and audiences as "hysterically funny," and "riveting." Known for her ability to connect on an authentic and emotional level with audiences, her spontaneous sense of humor, and her engaging and powerful stories, Linda is passionate about sharing ideas to help people live their finest, best, and most productive lives. Her riveting and true story of being kidnapped and held hostage at gunpoint by an escaped convict, and the strategies she used to escape, will give people the tools THEY need to rise above any of life's toughest challenges, to communicate more effectively with THEIR difficult person, and to find creative solutions to THEIR problems. To book motivational speaker, Linda Larsen: 941-927-4700

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  1. Linda, this is such great advice. I'm like you're assistant who is judging and thinking every idea though to eternity instead of just slapping it on the paper and staying in creative mode. Thanks for reminding me to go for quantity round one!

  2. This is why I love to journal – even though I don't do it enough. When you brain dump you dump ideas on paper. And it takes a while, but eventually some really good things pop out of the junk. Been there and done that, Linda. You are speaking truth!

  3. Thank you for permission to dump any and all ideas on paper!  I'm like Colette and overthink a thing until it gets mauled enough I end up throwing it out.  I'm going to allow myself to spurt everything from silly to sensational.  Thanks!

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