What is the course about?
This one-day interactive workshop introduces some of the principles, techniques and approaches involved in creative and lateral thinking.
What will we cover?
We will cover a range of creative and lateral thinking techniques including some pioneered by Edward de Bono and other creative thinkers. We'll examine some specific case studies from business, the arts and science to see how the application of lateral thinking can produce novel results.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Explain two ways to challenge assumptions
- Actively differentiate between 'thinking' and 'thinking on your feet'
- Demonstrate how to change your focus in order to achieve different insights
- Solve some puzzles and conundrums by using lateral thinking
- Identify how some creative individuals and businesses have applied lateral thinking to get results
- Describe two core principles of creative and lateral thinking and how you might apply these to your own life.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is at an introductory level and so you do not need any prior knowledge of creative or lateral thinking, just curiosity, an open mind, a willingness to try things out and to participate in a range of discussions and exercises. To benefit from this course you need to have a good level of spoken English. If you are unsure, please see an advisor.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The workshop is highly participatory and interactive. The ethos of the workshop is that creativity and lateral thinking is something that can and should be coached rather than taught. It will include some games, puzzles, individual exercises, small group and whole class discussions, case studies and some mini lectures from the tutor. You are encouraged to use and reflect upon what you learn in the workshop, outside and beyond the class.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will be offered a list of recommended books to read in your own time.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
We recommend the following complementary courses:
- Right brain coaching - will show you some more techniques
- Get your ideas to fly - will help you to put your ideas into action
- Get off the fence - will help you to make/make better decisions.
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