Enhance Productivity and Efficiency with Stephen’s Innovation Insights

Innovation Insights by Stephen Shapiro

30day3You hire a speaker. Everyone leaves the event motivated. And then what?

One study shows that immediately after a 10-minute presentation, listeners only remembered 50% of the content! A day later that number dropped to 25%, a week later it was 10%, and as the days passed, everyone forgot everything altogether.

Of course, some speeches are more memorable than others. Regardless, people need a constant reminder while on the job to put concepts into action and to build new habits.

Introducing my 30-Day Innovation Challenge

I’ve spent the past 18 months developing a fundamentally new way of reinforcing content after my speech. I call it the 30-Day Innovation Challenge.

After attending my speech or workshop, every audience member can participate in a month-long mobile competition. Each day following the speech, a question will be sent to the attendees’ smart phones/computers via text message or email. This tests their understanding of innovation and recollection of the approach presented during my speech. Players earn points for correct answers. Points are deducted for incorrect answers or taking too long to answer. Bonus points are given for strings of correct answers.

Each question is followed by a 1-minute educational video expanding upon the content. We also provide a transcription of the video so that they can play in noisy public areas.

The leaderboard shows everyone’s score as they are competing against each other.

Bonus points can even be awarded by supervisors to individuals who demonstrate the application of innovative thinking on the job.

After 30 days, a winner is declared and a prize is awarded.

This process takes just two-minutes a day (they can play while waiting for their latte at Starbucks, so no excuses for not participating!) and is a fundamentally different way of educating your employees after the conclusion of an event.

Gamification helps stimulate a healthy competition and continues to build connections between individuals. The bonus points reward on-the-job behavioral change. And the library of 30 videos is available to review at any time. We can even swap out some of the questions to focus on your company or industry, making it even more relevant to attendees.

Our 30-Day Innovation Challenge will cause you to fundamentally rethink the value you get from your speaker – before, during and after – the speech.

What if you don’t have an event planned? No problem! The 30 Day Innovation Challenge is a great eLearning experience on its own. Or, better yet, use it in conjunction with one or more of Stephen’s webinars.

To learn more, contact us.

Here’s a short video showing the 30-Day Innovation Challenge in action (sequences shortened including the answer video):

Participating clients in the 30-Day Innovation Challenge include 3M, Marriott, The Conference Board, Capital One, and many others.

Comments from participants of the 30-Day Innovation Challenge:

“It was a great way to reinforce the message and concepts of innovation. The 30-day cadence made it effective.”

“Fun, short, and comes by email which I have to check daily. Some questions are a bit tricky!”

“Forces you to continue to think about innovation in an enjoyable and quick manner.”

“We had to absorb quite a bit of information from Stephen’s workshop. Reinforcing the same messages within a month while our minds are still fresh helps us to remember more.”

“Knowledge fades if you don’t access it. The 30 day challenge was great in that it forced you to recall what you learned before you forget. There were many subtle points that could get lost among the main themes.”

“Often times you hear good things, go back to work, don’t apply any of it, and then forget everything. The 30 day challenge is a great tool to reinforce concepts on a daily basis over an extended period of time which seems to help comprehension significantly.”

“It is so difficult to remember/transfer the information you learn in a presentation to real life in the work environment. This was an EXCELLENT method to enhance ‘training transference.’ I wish I had this tool when I was a safety trainer.”

“I actually looked forward to the daily questions and enjoyed participating. I found the explanations after finally answering the question correctly provided great reinforcement, and will be able to put them to use in a daily basis in my unit.”

“The questions helped me to think about inovation in different ways than I had thought about it before.”

  1. I find this concept fascinating, an “AH HA” moment, a very simple concept, with huge benefits! A fun way to make your educational investment develop into profitable action and retention. It’s like giving each attendee a model to take home after the innovation seminar, and then asking them each day what part they assembled, so at the end of 30 days, if they successfully participated, they have assembled the entire model car, instead of it still sitting in the box.

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