November 28, 2010
Immerse Yourself!


You are trying
to boil water,
but keep taking
the lid off
to see
if it's boiling.
Not a good idea.
If you really
want a breakthrough,
immerse yourself!
from the distractions
and focus
on what you really want
to create.
It's possible -
if even only for a day.

Free the Genie
kick ass
Innovation Coaching

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November 26, 2010
Virtual Innovation Coaching

Aspiring innovators have a lot going for them -- big ideas, inspiration, and the willingness to work hard. What they usually don't have is time, meaningful feedback, and the knack for discovering elegant solutions on the fly.

Why? Because they tend to work alone.

Faced with the challenge of balancing right-brain thinking with the left-brain demands of monetizing the fruits of their labor, they are frequently stranded between two worlds -- the world of infinite possibility and the world of "getting the product out the door."

The result? Confusion, doubt, and brick walls...

Historically, aspiring innovators have had few options: 1) Struggle in obscurity; 2) Scramble for a collaborator; 3) Seek the council of (only occasionally available) friends, family, and colleagues.

With the extraordinary rise of the internet, however, a fourth option is now available -- a way for entrepreneurs, creative thinkers, and anyone with an inspired idea to get the support they need to increase their odds of success.

Think of this fourth option as a kind of "innovation insurance" -- a virtual network of skilled allies, advisors, and brainstorm partners with the time and expertise to help aspiring innovators get over the hump.

And so... I am happy to announce that Idea Champions has decided to launch this much-needed service by January 15th.

At this stage of the game, we're still tuning into the need. Which is why we're asking for three minutes of your time, now, to respond to our online poll . We want to know what you find compelling about our new venture.

If you want to be notified when The Power of Two launches in January, click here.

Until then, do your best to keep the flame alive. Honor your ideas. Make effort every day. And if you need a reminder, click here or here or here.

Our clients


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November 23, 2010
The Wisdom of Steve Jobs

"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma -- which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary." -- Steve Jobs

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November 12, 2010
Friends, Roamers, and Countrymen!

A few days ago, I was nominated by a leading speaker's bureau as one of the top speakers in the field of innovation and creativity.

Now the fun begins, or should I say "the voting."

I can't promise I will lower taxes, but I can promise I will raise awareness of what it really takes to innovate.

Casting your ballot takes less than a minute. (Thank you!!!)

1. Click this link
2. Scroll to the 7th category
3. Click the box next to Mitchell Ditkoff
4. Scroll to the end of the page and fill out a few fields
5. Click "submit"

For more info about my kick ass speaking service, click here. For a quick tutorial on what it takes to be good public speaker, click here.


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November 11, 2010
Minimize Distractions


Creativity is free.
It doesn't cost a thing.
You don't need
to pay a penny for it,
but you do need
to pay something --
and that is your
How can you expect
to create something awesome
if you keep getting
distracted all the time?
Face it.
If you want to
open your mind,
you need to
close your door.

Free the Genie
Awake at the Wheel

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November 08, 2010
Build a Business Case!


Attention, right brainers!
You obviously
have a great idea.
I know you
are pumped, excited,
fascinated, juiced,
and convinced
your idea
is the next Facebook
or yoyo or whatever.
But it's not enough
for YOU to be convinced.
If you want your idea
to manifest,
you'll need to
convince others,
and that will require
some left brain
business case building.
You can do this!
Start today!

Free the Genie

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November 03, 2010
Fast Forward to 2100


While no one
really knows
what the future holds,
it's always useful
to do a bit of projecting.
Imagine it's
90 years from now.
and the project you are
most committed to
is in full swing,
being enjoyed by
the children of your
children's children.
What clues do you get
from this scenario
that can help you
shape your product, service,
or marketing approach, now?

Free the Genie
Buy the cards

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November 02, 2010
IDEATION 2020: Just-in-Time Brainstorm Facilitation Coaching

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In honor of the year 2020 and the classic meme it represents (i.e. clear vision), Idea Champions is thrilled to announce the launch of an exciting new offering -- an elegant way for its time-crunched, Conducting Genius graduates to upgrade the quality and impact of their brainstorming sessions.

We call it Ideation 2020 -- the simplest, most time-efficient way we can think of to help our clients get the kind of results they want from their in-house, ideation sessions.

Simply put, we're offering live, online brainstorm facilitation coaching sessions in 20, 40, and 60 minute increments to help you:

-- Prepare for upcoming, high profile ideation sessions
-- Design brainstorm sessions that get results
-- Catalyze big, bold, breakthrough ideas
-- Learn and practice new creative thinking techniques
-- Sharpen your group facilitation skills
-- Better understand the fine art of emergent design
-- Quickly gain the confidence of difficult groups
-- Fully engage even the most curmudgeonly participants
-- Stay energized, focused, and on the leading edge of brilliance
-- Email your questions to us and get our responses ASAP


1. We schedule a conversation to explore the possibilities
2. You decide on what topics you want our coaching support
3. We agree on a date for your first coaching session
4. You sign and return our Letter of Agreement

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Idea Champions is one of the world's premiere facilitators and trainers of organizational brainstorming sessions. Ideas generated in our sessions have resulted in millions of dollars of revenue and cost savings for our clients. And we've worked with just about every industry on planet earth: high tech, insurance, transportation, education, telecommunications, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, chemical, construction, retail, health care, entertainment, public relations, marketing, consulting, and financial services.

Our story
Our clients
Client testimonials
More client testimonials
What PR firms say about our impact
A few case studies
Our 142-page brainstorm facilitation workbook
One of our online creative thinking tools
Our response to brainstorm session naysayers

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Who Are We?

Idea Champions is a consulting and training company dedicated to awakening and nurturing the spirit of innovation. We help individuals, teams and entire organizations tap into their innate ability to create, develop and implement ideas that make a difference.
Click here for the simplest, most direct way, to learn more about Idea Champions' semi-fearless leader, Mitch Ditkoff. Info on his keynotes, workshops, conferences, and more.
Storytelling for the Revolution
Storytelling for the Revolution is Mitch Ditkoff's newly published book about the power of personal storytelling to elevate the conversation on planet Earth. Provocative. Evocative. And fun. YOU have stories to tell. This book will help you tell them.
Storytelling at Work
"The world is not made of atoms," wrote the poet, Muriel Rukeyser. "It's made of stories." Learn how to discover, honor, and unpack the stories of yours that show up "on the job" in Mitch Ditkoff's award-winning 2015 book, Storytelling at Work.
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Mitch Ditkoff, the Co-Founder and President of Idea Champions, has recently been voted a top 5 speaker in the field of innovation and creativity by Speakers Platform, a leading speaker's bureau.
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Your "best and brightest" are the future leaders of your company, but unless they know how to foster a culture of innovation, their impact will be limited. A one-day workshop with us is all they need to begin this journey.
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