Creativity Unleashed Limited

The creativity company

Business - In-house training

In-house training from seasoned experts in business creativity.

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Training - bite sized seminars
Time for training is increasingly tight. It takes real dedication to take a whole day off work. These sessions, lasting one to two hours, are designed to fit around the working day as breakfast or lunchtime events, or to take up a manageably small chunk of working time. We have been running these bite size events since 1995 and they continue to be amongst our most popular (and cost effective) sessions. Most can run with any size audience.

Bite size sessions cost £800 each, or are available for small groups at our individual rate of £125/head (minimum 3 attendees). Like all our sessions, pricing assumes you will provide the facilities and excludes VAT, books and travel expenses.

Creativity Kickstart

This 1-2 hour seminar introduces the basics of creativity in an informal, interactive session. The participants get the chance to try out two powerful techniques and there is significant audience participation throughout. Suitable for groups of any size (maximum so far 800), the session is the ideal introduction to practical business creativity. Costs £800 each, or available for small groups at our individual rate of £125/head (minimum 3 attendees).

Creativity and innovation are not optional extras. In a challenging environment, creativity is a survival skill. It’s not enough to do what you’ve always done because the world is changing around you. The Creativity Kickstart event gives a powerful introduction to the nature of creativity, the need for it and the mechanisms available to enhance creativity in a practical, day-to-day manner. Experience has shown that the requirement to do something about creativity is only really understood once individuals have some experience of the approach and techniques available – the Kickstart is designed to give that initial boost.

Outline
  • Introduction – who the speaker is, why we are here, warm-up exercise exploring assumptions
  • Why bother? – A brief exploration of why there is a need for creativity, driven by the participants own ideas.
  • Can anything be done? – Moving from random brainstorming to systematic approaches. The five key features: culture, techniques, environment, personal development and fun.
  • Blocking creativity – We are all very good at blocking creativity, suppressing our own ideas and putting down other people’s. By getting an understanding of the techniques we use to block creativity, we can prevent this happening in the future.
  • Working in a framework – All too often ideas can be generated that either aren’t a good match to the requirement, or that aren’t then carried through to implementation. We look briefly at a four stage framework to ensure that thinking doesn’t stay blue sky.
  • Sample technique 1 – We use a very reliable idea generation technique (Random Picture) on a generic problem to gain some experience of creativity techniques. It is important this first sample doesn’t use a real problem from the organization, as that can lead to focus on the problem, not the approach.
  • Sample technique 2 – We use a very different technique (The Takeover) to see how varying techniques can be used and produced differing solutions. This example can be used on a real business problem or a generic.
  • Doing something – we finish by encouraging attendees to take this further. Creativity requires practical experience. The more it’s practised, the easier it becomes.
Click to download a detailed session information sheet.

Other bite sized seminars
We have a range of topics available:
  • Kickstart Phase II - A second stage session that builds on the Creativity Kickstart to reinforce its value in your organization
  • Creative Design - Whatever the application, creativity can makes use of the principles of good design to enhance ideas.
  • Creative Teams - Exploring ways to improve team working and to enhance problem solving and idea generation in groups.
  • The Creative Agenda - It’s no use giving staff the tools to be creative if your organization doesn’t support creativity.
  • Creative Customer Service - There are few aspects of an organization that can benefit more from creativity than customer service.

Training - full day courses
Sometimes you need to become immersed in a subject. Our full day sessions are aimed at those who will benefit most from the expertise, or who will act as ambassadors to spread the word. Most run with 10 to 20 people – that’s still as little as £100 each for a day’s training.

Full day sessions cost £2,000 per day or are available for small groups at our individual rate of £295/head (minimum 3 attendees). Like all our sessions, pricing assumes you will provide the facilities and excludes VAT, books and travel expenses. To keep costs down you could omit giving a book to attendees, but we strongly recommend it as a very effective way to sustain the message back into the workplace.

Creativity Day

One of the most popular sessions, the creativity day is long enough to allow participants to be immersed in creativity techniques. There are two main variants, each very interactive and participative, but with the choice of giving experience of a wider range of techniques or spending a longer period of time on a real problem from the participants’ business. Costs £2,000 per event or £295/head small group rate.
One of the most popular sessions, the creativity day is long enough to allow the participants to get a good immersion in creativity techniques. There are two main variants of the creativity day. Each is very interactive and participative, but variant A gives attendees the widest toolkit of techniques to go away ready to use, including several quick exercises helpful for improving team working, while variant B gives the participants a whole group afternoon to attack a single problem using a more detailed approach.

In variant A, the first half of the day combines an interactive learning exercise - an expanded form of the taster that gives more information on creativity – with an opportunity to take a single problem through the four stage creative process in small groups. The second half of the day builds a toolkit of techniques to go away and use, finishing with a personal agenda, pulling together the techniques as they are most likely to be used. Variant B goes into even more detail in the morning, with a few sample techniques to gain experience. In the afternoon, variant B addresses one or more real problems provided by the client, using a full framework of techniques, taking the participants in small groups through each of the stages of Imagination Engineering.

In both cases, participants will be able to take what they have learned and apply it to future problems and idea generation requirements. [Maximum of 20 people]

Click to download a detailed session information sheet.

Other day courses
We have a range of topics available:
  • Creativity in Depth - a 2 day course combining creativity techniques and skills in facilitating creativity in others
  • I’m not Creative - most people believe they aren’t creative. This one day course gets them contributing to their full capacity
  • The Full Agenda - For managers and executives, this day concentrates on the systems and culture required to support creativity
  • Capturing Customers Hearts - Transform your customer service by taking a more creative approach to your customers.