This is a three stage exercise that develops a broad range of skills that are relevant to those involved in innovation, sales, influencing others and making presentations. It is versatile & flexible and appropriate for a broad range of learners and learning objectives.
The facilitator can add to the ideas in this activity to build a more extended module around product development, selling skills or influencing skills.
These materials are based on our experience of delivering a series of highly successful in-house and open programmes across the world for a variety of organisations, and is an extended version of the activity originally found in the Breakthrough Thinking Workshop.
Learners work in two groups using the SPARK-IT model to ‘push’ and extend creative idea generation.
They then work in pairs to use the stimulus of a ‘Mystery Object’ to develop an innovative product idea. They adopt two different roles - of designer and coach - and prepare to make a short sales presentation which is delivered at the end of Stage 2.
It is possible to use only Stage 1 if time is limited but there is additional value in completing both stages of the task.
Read more about developing Innovation here.
The Workshop objectives include:
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Activity materials include
8 x Mystery Objects (2 x 4 different objects)
1 x set of 14 x SPARK-IT Cards
8 x printed Design Briefing Sheets
8 x printed Coaching Sheets (Stage 1 and Stage 2)
8 x printed Customer Description Sheets (2 x 4 different customers)
Package Weight: 1.5kg
The materials supplied allow 8 working pairs (16 people) to participate in the activity.
There is the potential for an additional observer role in each group, making it possible to work with a group of up to 24 learners
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