How to be a Brilliant Thinker: Exercise Your Mind and Find Creative Solutions

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Kogan Page Publishers, Jan 3, 2010 - Psychology - 192 pages
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Do you want to have great ideas? Do you want to break out of the rut of conventional thinking? Would you like to be a genius? Would presenting brilliant ideas help in your job, career and social life? How to be a Brilliant Thinker will help you to achieve all these ideals, by helping you to think in powerful new ways. It shows you how to harness techniques in lateral thinking, analytical thinking, problem analysis, idea generation and other areas so that you become much more creative. You will be able to conceive, evaluate and implement great ideas as well as improve your memory, sell your ideas and win arguments. It is packed with practical methods that you can put to immediate use, backed up by exercises, puzzles, quizzes, graphics and illustrations.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 The need for different thinking
1
Chapter 2 Consider the opposite
6
Chapter 3 Confront assumptions
10
Chapter 4 Analyse problems
15
Chapter 5 Ask questions
21
Chapter 6 Think in combinations
26
Chapter 7 Parallel thinking
30
Chapter 8 Think creatively
35
Chapter 19 Win arguments
97
Chapter 20 Ponder
103
Chapter 21 Maximize your memory
109
Chapter 22 Experiment fail and learn
119
Chapter 23 Tell stories
124
Chapter 24 Think humorously
128
Chapter 25 Think positively
131
Chapter 26 Set goals
136

Chapter 9 Think laterally
39
Chapter 10 Think what no one else thinks
44
Chapter 11 Evaluate ideas
47
Chapter 12 Make difficult decisions
52
Chapter 13 Develop your verbal thinking
60
Chapter 14 Think mathematically
67
Chapter 15 Get to grips with probability
73
Chapter 16 Think visually
79
Chapter 17 Develop your emotional intelligence
86
Chapter 18 Be a brilliant conversationalist
92
Chapter 27 Prioritize and focus
140
Chapter 28 Turn thinking into action
145
Chapter 29 Common thinking errors
151
Chapter 30 Boost your brain
159
Chapter 31 Games for brilliant thinkers
166
Chapter 32 Summary a checklist for the brilliant thinker
169
Appendix 1 Answers
173
Appendix 2 References and further reading
174
Index
176
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Paul Sloane is an experienced speaker, course leader and facilitator as well as a leading author of lateral thinking puzzles with some 17 books published. He is a recognised authority on innovation and creative speaking and he speaks and gives workshops on these subjects to leading corporations around the world. He has written The Leader's Guide to Lateral Thinking Skills and The Innovative Leader, also published by Kogan Page.

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