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Creativity Exercise: Make a Monster

Creativity Exercise: Make a Monster
Games, Exercises, Team Building, Creativity, Exercises for Kids, Resource Management, Art, Design

Article Rating:::: 255 Ratings :::: Monday, November 23, 2015

This is a template for a creativity exercise centred on making monsters. It can be used for kids and adults depending on how you bias it and setup the exercise.

You can consider assigning the task to groups for an exercise on teamwork, teambuilding and management or run it individually for focus on creativity.

Ideally, you should run this exercise as a competition between participants to keep it fun and focused.

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Marketing Exercise: Learn from Good, Bad and Ugly Advertisements

Marketing Exercise: Learn from Good, Bad and Ugly Advertisements
Exercises, Creativity, Marketing, Art, Branding

Article Rating:::: 7 Ratings :::: Monday, September 29, 2014

This exercise helps to develop delegates’ observational skills on advertisement and marketing and also helps them design their own ads. It creates discussions on what works and what does not in designing an advertisement. Delegates can use this knowledge to get inspired and create effective and interesting advertisements for their products.

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Story Design Exercise: The Alternative

Story Design Exercise: The Alternative
Exercises, Art, Storytelling, Design, Creative Writing

Article Rating:::: 26 Ratings :::: Monday, September 8, 2014

In this exercise delegates practice designing a story. Story design can be quite challenging so this exercise helps to break it up to a simpler task by giving delegates a helpful starting point. You can use this exercise in conjunction with other story telling exercises to train delegates on various skills required to make a story from scratch.

This exercise may lead to spoiling a number of movies for some delegates who might not have seen the movies yet. Since this exercise works best if everyone has seen a given movie under consideration, and to avoid the spoiling issue, you can consider using a rule that any chosen movie must have been seen by everyone.

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Storytelling Exercise: Make a Story from an Image

Storytelling Exercise: Make a Story from an Image
Exercises, Acting, Art, Storytelling, Design, Creative Writing

Article Rating:::: 24 Ratings :::: Monday, July 14, 2014

Use this exercise to get the delegates design a story based on a single image. The choice of these images can greatly influence the exercise, so use this much like a template to craft a training exercise based on your specific needs.

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Design Exercise: Design a Political Cartoon

Design Exercise: Design a Political Cartoon
Exercises, Team Building, Attention and Focus, Art, Storytelling

Article Rating:::: 38 Ratings :::: Monday, May 19, 2014

This is a creative design exercise, allowing participants to work together as a team in achieving an objective. As part of this exercise, delegates will get to choose a number of political cartoons and have an attempt at designing one. The design is just a pretext to get people talk to each other and share what they like or dislike. The cartoons provide an opportunity to laugh about serious stuff so the exercise is light hearted but can have significant value as people can easily end up discussing values, current affairs, ethical and political issues and of course politics.

Note that the emphasis of this exercise is in the descriptive design of a cartoon as opposed to the actual drawing or art. Most people are not skilled in drawing and forcing them to draw in this exercise might make them feel uncomfortable. This is why the drawing part is ignored (though of course you can optionally add it if it suits your training needs). However, there is no reason why people cannot come up with an idea for a political cartoon which this exercise captures.

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Creativity Exercise: What is This For?

Creativity Exercise: What is This For?
Exercises, Quiz, Team Building, Creativity, Problem Solving, Art

Article Rating:::: 15 Ratings :::: Monday, February 24, 2014

This creativity exercise is great in getting people to think how an uncommon designed object is used. The exercise can be used in two ways:

  • Option 1. Delegates aim to find the primary function of an unusual object. This is much like problem solving. The more unusual the object the better.
  • Option 2. Delegates aim to find alternative applications of an object other that those intended by its designer.

You can choose one of the above options based on what you need to train delegates on.

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Art Exercise: The Lost Artworks

Art Exercise: The Lost Artworks
Exercises, Attention and Focus, Memory, Art

Article Rating:::: 15 Ratings :::: Monday, January 20, 2014

This is an elaborate memory exercise that can be used for several purposes.

  • You can use it to teach specific memory techniques in memorising pictures, names and words.
  • You can use it to teach the associations of images with words.
  • You can use it to help delegates memorise the characteristics of famous paintings in history. This is ideal for art students.
  • You can use it to test delegates on memory recall.

You can easily adjust the difficulty level of this exercise by manipulating the timing and the amount of memorisation the delegates need to go through. You should decide this upfront based on your training needs and the capability of your delegates.

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Creativity Exercise: Structured Randomisation to Boost Creative Imagination

Creativity Exercise: Structured Randomisation to Boost Creative Imagination
Exercises, Creativity, Problem Solving, Brainstorming, Art, Design

Article Rating:::: 13 Ratings :::: Monday, November 18, 2013

This exercise helps to stimulate creativity by bringing a variety of random object into consciousness. You can use this exercise during an incubation time between two sessions on problem solving. The exercise helps to make people think of unusual stuff and become conscious of a whole lot of random associations. When they return to the main problem, they end up having more ideas and can connect the new associations with the problem they were considering. This can lead them to potential novel solutions.

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Use Random Stimuli to Boost Creativity

Use Random Stimuli to Boost Creativity
Exercises, Team Building, Creativity, Problem Solving, Art

Article Rating:::: 20 Ratings :::: Monday, September 23, 2013

A great way to increase creativity is to use random stimuli. Random thoughts can lead to new associations which in turn can help the group to explore new parts of a search space not considered before.

This exercise helps delegates to use readily available modern technology for inspiration from random content and to improve their creative brainstorming.

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How to Avoid Using Poor Motivational Posters

How to Avoid Using Poor Motivational Posters
Training Articles, Motivation, Goal Setting, Change Management, Art

Article Rating:::: 125 Ratings :::: Monday, September 9, 2013

It has become fashionable to place motivational posters on the walls in the companies. Depending on the nature of the organisation, this can be seen in two ways; a propaganda campaign by the management to make the workers work harder or an attempt to remind the workers of certain values held by the organisation.

With the first view the posters may look nice but usually do little to lift moral, educate or motivate. Various formats are used but usually those that have a generic picture with some bland slogan are the ones that are despised the most. They usually have a dark background, a central picture and a slogan at the bottom. Most often these slogans are single words, such as “Prosperity”, “Motivation”, “Ambition” or “Stability”. Perhaps, the idea is that by seeing “Motivation” (and some random picture) on the wall every day, people become more motivated!

Well, you need to make a bit more of an effort than that to motivate people.

Posters which are used in the workplace to remind us of the organisation’s values are often not very effective. They might be noticed the first time seen on the wall but it is then filtered out the same way we filter out those motivational posters or intrusive advertisements.

Both of these views seem to be problematic although the general ideal of being repeatedly reminded of something is a good one. In fact, productivity gurus have been recommending using this technique for years and if implemented well they can have great effects.

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