Certified Applied Innovation Training

(3 Day Course)

The Official Applied Innovation Training designed by OpenGenius, leaders in Mind Mapping and Innovation


Our Certified Mind Mapping and Applied Innovation Training will show you how to systemise creativity so you can embed a culture of true innovation and creative thinking for you and your team. Learn how to apply straight-forward, innovative processes to overcome everyday challenges and become a Certified Trainer to teach clients to do the same. As a virtual trainer, with Ayoa, you will have the ability to deliver smarter decision making and innovative thinking skills to teams and organisations, to help change the way they think and work forever.

OpenGenius is a world leader in systemising creativity. Attendees of the Official Certified Applied Innovation course will become a part of our global network of Innovation Professionals. If you want to learn how to make creativity an ongoing system – and teach others to do the same – the Applied Innovation course is for you!

By taking part in the upcoming 2020 Applied Innovation course you will become an official OpenGenius Innovation Professional (OGIP). This means you will be certified in Applied Innovation skills including:

OGIPs are certified to deliver training and/or consultancy in all of these areas.

  • Systemizing creativity
  • Problem-solving
  • Critical thinking
  • Cognitive flexibility
  • Mind Mapping
Ed Allen

Quote BeginChris has profoundly changed my way of thinking and creating solutions, and has sounded a creative voice that I did not know existed.Quote End

Ed Allen Rear Admiral, US Navy (Rtd.)

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Four Steps
to Applied Innovation:


Define and develop a thorough understanding of your problem, before jumping to find a solution. Einstein once said, spend 55 minutes defining a problem and 5 minutes to solve it. Deliver training on how to reframe your client's perceived challenges, and challenge their thinking methods, leading you them to innovative solutions.


Apply generative thinking to adopt innovation as an attitude and facilitate new ideas. Teach key messages, in person or online, like brainstorming effectively without restrictions, utilising Ayoa to capture creative ideas. Become more confident in your own thinking and challenge everything you thought you knew and deliver this to others.


Screen and sort ideas based on their possible risks and potential rewards. Ask your clients to recognise any traps they may have fallen into in the past and adopt a new mind-set using universal methodologies to select the most effective solution. These tried and tested techniques give your clients the platform to move forward.


Successfully plan your solution through to implementation. With Ayoa, deliver your training in person or online through one unique tool and manage real-time delivery to measure success and outcomes. Take your new-found knowledge to train others and embed a culture of innovation within teams and organisations.


Applied Innovation
- January 2020 course content

Functional creativity

Why Do We Need New Ideas?

In our world of information, knowledge is no longer power – it is the creation of new knowledge which really matters.

Take the functional creativity test to discover your thinking strengths and weaknesses, and discover the power of Ayoa Mind Mapping– the innovation platform used by the world’s top thinkers.

Common Thinking Errors: Selective Thinking

On the Applied Innovation course, you will learn to think about your thinking so you can spot (and stop!) the thinking errors which prohibit your best decisions and most creative ideas.

Common Thinking Errors: Reactive Thinking

Don’t be ruled by knee-jerk reactions – learn to stop, think and then take action. For strategic, creative decisions that reap real results.

Common Thinking Errors: Assumptive Thinking

It’s time to challenge your assumptions – and change how you perceive the world. So you can reveal new, innovative solutions.

The Solution Finder

The Context for Creative Problem Solving

Do you follow the trail, or blaze a new one? Discover the key difference between market-driven and market-driving to stay ahead of the curve in business (and life).

The Solution Finder Step 1: Understanding

Before you can face a challenge, you must define it – OpenGenius’ Applied Innovation course will show you how to define and redefine the challenges you face. See how Mind Mapping your challenges in Ayoa streamlines the understanding process by naturally reflecting the key points in a radiating, Mind Map style.

The Solution Finder Step 2: Ideation & Analysis

Unlock the power of generative thinking, discover how to brainstorm for genuinely good ideas and put strategy behind your creative thinking sessions.

Plus, utilise the power of Ayoa and technology for brainstorming across meeting tables (and continents!) with Ayoa Mind Maps. So all your best ideas are clear, safe and ready to be actioned.

Evaluate your ideas, learn to identify the winning ones and check yourself against the dos and don’ts of analysis best-practise.

The Solution Finder Step 4:

Now you know how to uncover your best ideas, it’s time to turn them into action. This course will show you practical steps and processes within Ayoa, so you can get ideas off the ground and turn them into something amazing.

Bringing it all together

Commit to ‘thinking differently’

It’s time to pull all your new, innovative knowledge together so you can use it in the real world. Track your progress with the functional creativity test and learn to commit to your new way of thinking, doing and creating with Ayoa as your aid.

Creative leadership

Innovation is a core leadership skill…here’s how you bring the same quality out in those you lead, coach and work with. Connect those around you with Ayoa – the go-to collaborative space for innovative thinkers.

Mind Map your way to success with Ayoa

You know the thinking, now learn how to make it visual! Optimize the innovation impact by becoming well-versed with the Mind Mapping technique world-renowned for its cognitive benefits. As a Certified Ayoa Mind Mapper, not only will you be able to use this technique yourself, you’ll also be able to teach others to do the same – Ayoa Mind Mapping is bound to become the principal weapon in your Applied Innovation arsenal.

Where do you go from here?

Congratulations! You’re now a Certified Innovation Professional & Ayoa Mind Mapper. As a part of a globally recognised accrediting body (and with all your tools and processes ready and waiting in Ayoa) it’s time to take your new mindset out into the real world.

You have the tools, now it’s time to start assembling your success as a certified Applied Innovation Professional.




Upcoming Courses

OpenGenius Certified Applied Innovation Course (3 days)
Become a Certified Trainer of Innovation techniques and practises through world-leading technology, Ayoa
Contact us for more information:

January 2020
Wednesday 8th - Friday 10th
Tec Marina,
Standard Price:
£1920 (GBP) + VAT*
Earlybird Price:
£1520 (GBP) + VAT*



Why OpenGenius?

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