Creative Thinking For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, Nov 27, 2012 - Self-Help - 384 pages
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Creative thinking made easy

Being creative can be tough - and trying to come up with great ideas under pressure can leave the great ideas under wraps! Creative Thinking For Dummies helps you apply creative thinking techniques to everything you touch, whether it's that novel you have inside you or the new business idea you've had that will make you the next hot entrepreneur ??? or anything in between.

Creative Thinking For Dummies is a practical, hands-on guide packed with techniques and examples of different ways to think creatively. It covers a range of techniques, including brainstorming, lateral thinking, mind mapping, synectics, drawing and doodling your way to great ideas, meditation and visualization, word and language games, and divergent thinking.

  • See the world in a different way, and realise that you are surrounded by creative inspiration
  • Brainstorm new ideas successfully and try out some lateral thinking exercises
  • Open your mind to a new way of thinking and nail down those great ideas
  • Discover creative thinking techniques using games, words, drawings, and storytelling
  • Let creativity enhance all aspects of your life, whether developing your personal skills, becoming more professionally effective, or using creative thinking techniques to help your children develop their creative minds

You'll soon discover that everybody, including you, has a wealth of creative potential within—you just need to tap into it!


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Table of Contents
The Part of Tens
Where to Go from Here
So What Is Creativity?
Finding Curious Ways to Fulfil Your
Emulating childs play
Programming Yourself for Creativity with
Fighting through Uncreative Times
Connecting everything
Changing Your Mind with Creative Thinking
Playing with Language
Using Random Input
Opening Your Mind with Creative Thinking
Signing Up To Synectics
Tooling Up With SCAMPER
Closing In on the Answer Creative

Meeting the Muses
Challenging the Status Quo with Creative
Connecting Religion Politics and Creativity
Shedding Light on the Dark Side
Exploring the Creative Mindset
Knowing the Moment versus Knowing
Exploring Different States of Consciousness
Understanding Different People
Convergent and divergent
Preparing Yourself Creating Your Creative Mindset
Capturing Your First Ideas
Flying Solo versus Working in Teams
Assessing Outcomes
Committing to Creativity
Being insatiably curious
Testing knowledge through
Embracing ambiguity sfumato
Trustin Youn s FiveSte Techni
Putting the Whole Brain Model
Playing Creatively
Drawing on the right side of
Working with SQVID
Playing with paint
Keeping and Breaking Rules
Having WholeBody Experiences Indoors
Applying Creativity to Your Life
Celebrating the Creative Power
Experiencing Wellbeing
Children and Creativity
Observing How Education Influences
Ten Great Ways to Get Creative
Develop Endless Curiosity
Galileos Understanding of Mankinds Place

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About the author (2012)

David Cox is a creative business consultant who, since the 1970s, has created, acquired and sold numerous successful businesses. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing as well as a Chartered Practitioner of NLP. David began his education in Fine Art, where he cultivated his interest in creativity. He also trained as a clinical psychologist before turning to marketing, when he founded the UK's first youth marketing consultancy.

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