In this series of blogs, I am exploring the 4 creative competencies, as defined by Dr. Robert Epstein.
Yesterday I looked at "Challenging" - which was all about learning from your failures.
Today I will concentrate on "Capturing", which is all about recording your ideas, as and when they occur.
Do you ever wake up, having dreamt a really good idea? Or do your ideas come to you when you are travelling in the car or on the bus.... or in the shower? The likelihood of having a notepad and pen available in any of these situations (or being able to use them!) is slim, so it has got me thinking about all the different ways that I now try to make sure that my great ideas don't "escape".
The obvious starter, would be a blog...... when I have an interesting thought, or idea, I may just blog about it!
A colleague of mine, Mike Collins, is great at all this digital, social malarky - he has pointed me to lots of great ways to capture learning and ideas. In a blog about a webinar, that we did together "Making CPD Sexy", he had lots of ideas on how to record your learning for CPD, which could also be used for recording your ideas.
Here are a number of other cool ways that you might capture your ideas:
- Smartphone - record a memo, or do a quick video message to yourself
- Notebook by the bed.....
- Linoit - a great place to keep links, photos and ideas on any subject - here is one of mine on "Free stuff for trainers"
- Scoop it - if you get a good idea about a particular topic, something you might want to read, you can scoop it! See my scoops on accelerated learning
- If I am out and about and see a great update on LinkedIn I comment on it so I can go back later and check it out
- Or if a tweet sparks off an idea, I retweet it so that I can see it later in my Twitter-feed
- Make a short cartoon about it, using Powtoon - here is one I made about a book I read
- Tell a friend!
- Text yourself a message
These are just a few ideas ... I know there are many more ways and would love to add them to this blog ....... so if you let me know of how you capture those great ideas.... then I will add them here!
Here are some ideas from Mike Collins @DPGplc
- Evernote voice recorder
- Evernote notes
- Drafting blogs
If you would like the opportunity to increase your creativity, I am running the "Creativity Olympics" at the next Brain Friendly Learning Group meeting in Leeds on the 24th of January - places are limited so book now!
©Krystyna Gadd 2014
About Krystyna Gadd
With 30 years experience in L&D, Krystyna has been training trainers, facilitators and subject matter experts as well as line managers since 2008. Noticing a lack of experience and skill in the area of needs analysis drove her to write her book 'How to Not Waste Your Money on Training'. In it she applies all of her knowledge and skills from the last 30 years to gently guide people to a more data driven, focused approach to L&D.
Krystyna is a consummate professional with a passion for helping people perform better through learning. She is a member of the CIPD and has delivered professional CIPD L&D qualifications. She is also a fellow of the Learning and Performance Institute.
With her background as an engineer, Krystyna applies the same process thinking to L&D as she did in her former career. Having moved from engineering to IT training, she spent years learning her craft firstly for IBM and later as a freelance IT trainer. This gave her great insight into how to make dry and technical training more dynamic and impactful.
A move into soft skills training in 2003 led Krystyna to research accelerated learning. She was particularly drawn to how learning could become more engaging as well as impactful. A frustration with the many models and theories within accelerated learning prompted her to create a signature system ‘Five Secrets of Accelerated Learning’, which simplifies all relevant theories and models for those curious about accelerating learning through their organisations.
Krystyna’s focus is always on achieving business results in a creative and inspiring way. Through Five Secrets, she helps people make this structured and simple. A curious mind drives her to seek new innovations and consider how the latest research can be applied. She is a pragmatist with a thirst for learning and sharing with others, with the ultimate aim to elevate the L&D profession. Finding the right data to inform good decision-making is a must in her eyes.
Since 2008, Krystyna has been training trainers. Noticing a lack of experience and skill in the area of needs analysis drove her to write her book 'How to Not Waste Your Money on Training'. In it she applies all of her knowledge and skills from the last 30 years to gently guide people to a more data driven, focused approach to L&D.