Dr. Robert Epstein talked about the four creative competences and even has suggested that we can improve each one of them. So what are they?
Capturing- creative people have ways to capture their ideas wherever they might be
Broadening- learning new things outside your comfort zone exposes you to new ways of thinking and can boost creativity.
Challenging- taking on new hobbies, responsibilities, doing things that may fail, challenges old ways if thinking
Surroundings - what can you do to make your surroundings stimulating?
As a facilitator, if you improve these four areas it will impact your role in a a very positive way. So let us look at some ways of developing these competencies:
Capturing: use your smartphone to take pictures of your ideas, or record memos of your thoughts, carry a notebook or use post-its and an ideas board, write a blog or tweet about your ideas
Broadening: talk to people you have nothing in common with and be interested in how they go about their job/hobbies etc, join a forum on LinkedIn on a subject you know very little about, subscribe to a newsletter from a company whose services you may or may not use.
Challenging: volunteer to chair a meeting, take on a new role within your team for which you have little experience - learn from your mistakes!
Surroundings: walk and talk with a colleague, meet colleagues in a cafe, put up inspirational quotes around your desk, put up holiday photos around your workspace
If you would like to lear more about developing your creative competencies and also meet with other trainers to generate lots of ideas - come to the BFLG Group on the 24th of January in Leeds at Leeds Building Society and join in the "Creativity Olympics!"
About Krystyna Gadd
It is said that Krystyna is a leading authority on accelerated learning and its application in the UK. She has been training trainers since 2008, through CIPD professional programmes and her own workshops. She has published a book “50 ways to Accelerate Learning”, which expands on her “5 Secrets of Accelerated Learning” that she shared in the Training Journal article “Quick off the Mark”.
Krys finds working with trainers an absolute joy and she constantly seeks out ways to enable trainers to cut down on preparation time, improve retention of information and accelerate the learning. Her innovative approach and creative delivery style gives her workshops an impressive and extraordinary quality. She has an amazing ability to put a group at ease almost instantly.
Krys whole heartedly believes that the learning process should be a happy and enjoyable one as well as one that is focussed on making a difference to organisations.