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IdeaSpotting: How to Find Your Next Great Idea ebook

by Sam Harrison


Everything was streamlined and nothing felt repetitive or unnecessary. It just kept slamming the reader with you-can-do it success story This was a pretty cool book, written by Sam Harrison. A cross between one of those Hallmark books with their inspirational aphorisms, a new age-y self-help book, and a DIY crash course in how to make your ideas and projects better.

Sam is the author of "IdeaSpotting: How to find your next great idea," "Zing! Five Steps and 101 tips for creativity on command" and "IdeaSelling: How to pitch your ideas to bosses, clients and other decision makers

Sam is the author of "IdeaSpotting: How to find your next great idea," "Zing! Five Steps and 101 tips for creativity on command" and "IdeaSelling: How to pitch your ideas to bosses, clients and other decision makers. He is also an instructor of creative process, creative writing and presentation skills at Portfolio Center, a graduate-studies program focused on creative brand communications.

THE NEXT BIG IDEA IS OUT THERE-YOU JUST HAVE TO KNOW HOW TO SPOT IT Creativity is crucial to business . How do you unleash bursts of creativity, increase occurrences of spontaneity and ultimately find great ideas?

THE NEXT BIG IDEA IS OUT THERE-YOU JUST HAVE TO KNOW HOW TO SPOT IT Creativity is crucial to business and design success. How do you unleash bursts of creativity, increase occurrences of spontaneity and ultimately find great ideas? Through anecdotes, interviews, quotes, tips, creative exercises and success stories from the biggest corporations in the country, author Sam Harrison shows you how to think outside the box-then throw away the box for good.

Only 8 left in stock (more on the way). Customers who bought this item also bought. Page 1 of 1 Start overPage 1 of 1. This shopping feature will continue to load items. Sam Harrison has more than 20 years of diverse and successful experience in creative roles, including product innovation, branding, advertising, public relations, direct marketing and event planning. He was also a senior vice president with an S&P 500 firm and has worked with clients and affiliates such as Major League Baseball, NFL, Hallmark, Hasbro, American Express and more.

I’ve just started what appears to be an excellent book about creativity called IdeaSpotting: How To Find Your Next Great Idea, by Sam Harrison. For some reason, people assign a mystical and mysterious quality to the process of creativity, not recognizing that thinking creatively has very definite steps which can be learned and developed. There is no muse whose presence is necessary for us to have an idea. A second book, which I own and have returned to several times over the years, is A Technique for Producing Ideas, by James Webb Young Young

The next big idea is out there-you just have to know how to. .A Great Book to Get Your Creative Juices Flowing.

THE NEXT BIG IDEA IS OUT THERE-YOU JUST HAVE TO KNOW HOW TO SPOT IT Creativity is crucial to business and design success. Sam Harrison offers ways to generate creative business ideas, inspires observation-fuelled exploration to ignite the creative process, accelerates the occurences of spontaneity, serendipity and synchronicity, and encourage open eyes and ears in new places and familiar surroundings. com User, September 26, 2006.

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Positioning ideas as the fuel of business success and personal fulfillment, this indispensable resource helps readers find creative fuel by helping them discover insights and develop habits that lead to more and better ideas.

THE NEXT BIG IDEA IS OUT THEREYOU JUST HAVE TO KNOW HOW TO SPOT IT Creativity is crucial to business and design success. How do you unleash bursts of creativity, increase occurrences of spontaneity and ultimately find great ideas? Through anecdotes, interviews, quotes, tips, creative exercises and success stories from the biggest corporations in the country, author Sam Harrison shows you how to think outside the boxthen throw away the box for good. Youll be encouraged to: *Listen and observe *Step outside your daily routine *Explore through travel *Find ideas in nature *Break out of ruts *Learn from mistakes *Get past the surface *Connect existing ideas Busy professionals CAN learn how to peek under the mundane to find the magical, to find insights rather than information, and to learn what makes their clients laugh, cry, screamand ultimately buy. "One good idea is all you need to change your life; this book shows you how to find it." Brian Tracy, author of Getting Rich Your Own Way "If the best way to find a good idea is to find lots of ideas, then heres the best guidebook I know for your hunt."Brian Collins, Collins Design "Exercise for the brain is just as important as exercise for the body. In Ideaspotting, Sam Harrison stretches your mental muscles in a way youll never forget."Al Ries, author of The Origin of Brands
fightnight
Lately I've been trying to find new ways to push my mind into generating lots of creative content. Tried and true ways of brainstorming seem old and stale to me now. Don't get me wrong... they generate lots of great ideas, many of which become topics for my various articles. Even so, lately I've felt like I've been in a rut and I needed something new, something odd enough to jolt me out of habit and onto a new, funkier thought path. That something arrived in the form of this book.

Harrison starts out simple, by defining his goal of how the book can train you into finding your next idea. The rest of the 256-page tome of insight and inspiration is jam packed with ideas and quotes; suggestions and exercises to get any brain rebooted into thinking new ideas.

Stylish layouts and simple prose draw you immediately into the book providing instant design inspiration. Each chapter, then, teaches you that inspiration and ideas are everywhere, you just need to look, listen and attune yourself to them. Some may come in the form of images, while others come from listening to others. Collaboration, nature, trash, listening, getting new perspectives are all thrown in together as means for us to gain new ideas to help any project. Harrison uses stories, interviews and worksheet-esque pages to get you thinking and seeing how full of ideas the world really is.

Harrison sets out and does exactly what he intends to do with IdeaSpotting. He skillfully shows you new ways of seeing the world and gaining ideas. He also associates these techniques by weaving stories and interviews in with each technique. These poignant snippets all aide in showing how effective these techniques can be in gaining new ideas and injecting creativity into all aspects of your life.

If you're looking for new inspiration or want to learn more about expanding your own idea generating skill-set, then stop reading this article. Stop being a "trainspotter", and get into your car and go get IdeaSpotting. You'll never find yourself lacking in ideas or seeing the world without discovering something new and inspiring again.
Hunaya
A very quick read (could easily be knocked out in a weekend), this book is a good mixture of actionable items and creative stimulation. Get out of your comfort zone and pay attention to everything around you is one of the themes of this book along with taking good notes in some fashion because your creative thoughts and ideas may not be as easy to remember as you believe they will be at a later time. Anyone can be creative if they put themselves in a postion to encourage it.

Overall, I really liked the book and appreciate the advice and action items contained within. If you're looking to stimulate your creative juices, get and read Idea Spotting. I also read Zing, and Idea Spotting contains similar material so if you're wondering which book to choose--go with this one.
riki
I bought this book for its information & and ideas.
For all the positive reasons already noted by other reviewers, I was not disappointed.

My unexpected surprise was the book itself!
This small volume (7.2 x 5.2 x 0.8 inches) has an intriguing layout, attributed to Karla Baker.

The paper is more cream colored than white, and has a stiffness and tooth somewhere between that of a paperback novel and an old Hardy Boy book.
Its sole color is sepia, which is used for its abstract textural background motif, thin-lined geometric background elements, old engraved illustrations, diagrams and some body text.
The book has heft.

The underlying page layout grid is counterpointed by the asymmetrical backgrounds and typography.
The book's content is organized and visually arranged in chunks complete with meaningful and typographically consistent heading styles.
However, the text and headings incorporate a creative mix of fonts, typefaces and sizes meant to be experienced as well as read.

In short, buy this book for its stimulating, useful information & ideas--then savor its heft, paper & layout and the sensory-memetic experience it will also provide.

Paging randomly through this book, while enjoying your cup of coffee or tea, will be a reminder of experiences only a book in-hand can provide.
Saberdragon
I read this as soon as it arrived in the mail, and was done with the book several hours later. I'm a graphic designer and was in a bit of a creative drought, and reading this book really helped lift my creative spirits and got those creative juices flowing. There's lots of inspirational stories about Fortune 500 companies and their design teams, and what they do to get their staff motivated and creative. I've already started implementing several of the ideas into my own staff at work. This is a must read for anyone looking to get that creative spark going.
Vikus
The item arrived in reasonable time. I'm thoroughly satisfied with the item.
Maridor
This book is like an "affirmation a day" for anyone wanting to exercise their creative muscle. It can be read a page at a time, in any order, to inspire and energize. My only criticism is that I find the page design to work against the content. Many comment above that they like the stylish page layouts, but, being over 40, I have to strain to read the screened back brown type on the screened back backgrounds on a few of the pages. I wish the page design was more like the PowerPoint Mr. Harrison used during his live presentation, which had much less decoration and much more power. That aside, this book was worth buying to keep around.
Jockahougu
Great Product! Got exactly what I paid for!
IdeaSpotting: How to Find Your Next Great Idea ebook
Author:
Sam Harrison
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HOW (April 12, 2006)
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