Pass the mic.
If you’re tired of hearing yourself speak, it may be time to give someone else the floor. Below are some ways you can incorporate other voices into the mix, to keep your Wrong Thinkers energized and inspired throughout the day.
Since teams are often dispersed throughout the room during a Blitz, “Storytime” is a great way to bring the group back together. Call your Wrong Thinkers back to the middle of the room and give them a chance to sit back and get inspired!
Open the aperture.
You can pack a lot into a short time frame with storytelling. Stories have the power to connect our goals to our humanity, to shift attitudes around the room, and provide context for the work we hope to do together. When instructions and facilitation fail to motivate, finding common ground can budge even the most stubborn participants. Use the power of personal, human stories to expand what is possible with your group. When programmed thoughtfully, these narratives will spark new ideas and help create an environment where collaboration can prosper.
Show and tell.
One of the best ways to introduce the six Think Wrong Practices is through personal narratives. Invite someone—inside or outside of your organization—to share a story that is aligned with, or evocative of, one or more of the practices. Ask your storyteller to tell a personal story. Encourage them to use photos or videos that bring their story to life and to avoid PowerPoint-style presentations (ban wordy slides, lists, and bullet points). You’ll often be surprised how a story intended to set up a particular practice or drill can end up serving as a through-line for the entire day.
If you don’t have a participant to tell a story to queue up a Think Wrong Practice, fear not! Instead, you may choose to play a video that relates to the core idea of the practice you’re introducing. For example, we will play Astro Teller’s TED Talk as an introduction to the Be Bold Practice, or Tom Chi’s presentation on rapid prototyping as an introduction to the Make Stuff Practice.
Encourage your Wrong Thinkers to grab a notebook or Post-it pad to jot down what sticks with them from the stories they hear. These notes don’t need to be extensive but they can help inspire new ideas once the group breaks back into teams. Embrace design serendipity—you never know from where your emerging solutions might come. The more stories and cross-collaboration throughout the day, the better!