1. Believe you are creative and don’t be afraid of being wrong.
  2. Listen to what other people have to say.
  3. Listen, accept, and think about the criticism you receive from others.
  4. Break with routine. Force yourself into something new to gain a new perspective.
  5. Gain a new perspective by role playing; pretend you are someone or something other than who you are.
  6. Relax; humor and fun allow the mind to venture down new, previously untraveled paths.
  7. Practice coming up with ideas for every problem and challenge you see, hear about, or come up against.
  8. Daydream; let your mind wander, and see where it leads you.
  9. Look at two unrelated processes or products. Try to link them together in a new, innovative way.
  10. Ask lots of questions – and listen to the answers.
  11. Ask new and different questions – ones that are unexpected, perhaps somewhat illogical, perhaps even a little crazy; ones that make you think.
  12. Try to come at a problem from an entirely new perspective.
  13. Write all your ideas down. Don’t let them get away.



About KappaDiva
Learning Leader Tech Ed Advocate Empassioned Educator Perpetual Student Professional Learner Chief Learning Officer Tonya is a learning leader, instructional design, performance support and multimedia communications professional, with nearly 20 years of experience in healthcare, information systems, instructional design and training, web and creative design, internal and external marketing, PR and communications, social media, service excellence, leadership development and non-profit operations management. She is currently Director, Staff Learning & Development, Teach For America; President, A2ATD; principal and Chief Learning Officer of Kappa Beta Technology & Instruction; grad student at The University of Michigan; and author of the Learning Leader Blog (,) an emerging technologies resource for 21st century educators. She current is living in Macomb County, MI, with her cat and several Mac and iOS devices.

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