Enrich Your Experiences Using Your Senses The senses are a powerful mental receptor. The more senses that a new experience or knowledge engages, the more memorial it is, and the richer the experience. In writing classes, the professors always encourage students to write, not only what the characters see and hear, but also what they feel, smell, and taste. By involving other senses, the scene becomes richer and paints a picture in the reader’s mind. Teachers are encouraged to involve at least three senses in a lesson to help make the information stick with the learners. It is also a fact that a person’s creative thinking ability improves exponentially the more they learn to tap into and stimulate as many senses as possible. (If you’d like more information on how to tap into and stimulate your various senses, I have information and activities in my book, Conditioning Your Mind to Fuel Creativity, now available on my website.) One aspect involving the senses that is debatable is that if you remove one sense then the others become more heightened. I have not researched the scientific validity of this subject, so I cannot write to that. I can tell you how one of my recent experiences helped to awaken my various senses, helped me to see what I could not, and activated my creative thinking to enrich my experience. Innovative Way to Interact with Food On a recent trip to Las Vegas, I had the wonderful opportunity to eat at BLACKOUT Dining in the Dark, an innovative way to dine that changes the way you interact with food.
Can adding creativity really move the needle in a business? Is it difficult to gather all the stakeholders into one place and spend time just thinking about solutions? We recently completed a project that achieved exactly those results. As you get ready to build your annual plan, here’s a business case as food for thought:
The CEO of a high-performance marine products company felt that the organization’s leadership team kept trying to solve the same business problems with the same solutions, and they weren’t working. He needed new ideas to move the business forward.
One of the company’s quality managers attended the “Conditioning Your Mind to Fuel Creativity” BrainSpark workshop and was struck by the applicability of the content. He felt the workshop would be helpful as the leadership team sought to more creatively solve business problems, and the CEO of the company agreed. The company scheduled the BrainSpark workshop to prime the leadership team for creative thinking during their annual strategic meeting.
The BrainSpark workshop typically lasts four hours but had to be reduced to two hours to suit the company’s annual planning meeting schedule. All important material still had to be covered, along with interactive activities to reinforce the concepts, challenging the Brainspark creator to exercise creative problem solving of her own.
While some of the leadership team was surprised to find an expert creativity facilitator hosting a training session when they arrived for strategic planning, and some where initially skeptical about the usefulness of the endeavor, all concerns were soon put to rest. By the end of the workshop, there was substantial energy in the room. Everyone was engaged, enthusiastic, and demonstrated a better understanding of how creative thinking could (and soon would) help in their jobs.
The leadership team emerged from the workshop understanding ways to “become more adept at clearing their minds and seeing how all the puzzle pieces come together”. They felt more empowered to build solutions that satisfied the demands of their customers and suited the best interests of their company. Ultimately, the participants entered their annual planning process with a drive to go beyond the “usual plan” and consider new ideas to old challenges.
Looking for ways to use creativity to drive your business forward? Attend a workshop and let’s get started!