The psychology of innovative thinking

Innovative thinking is not necessarily Invention.  This vital skill can be used for far more than just the next technical advance or ‘big idea'.  This workshop will develop your skills as a creative and innovative thinker and problem solver. 

Often people fall into the habit of thinking in the same patterns and seeing the daily issues from the same angle.  The key to creativity is allowing the brain to break its normal patterns, assumptions, predispositions and perceptions  This session will demystify the process of innovative thinking and help you to see things from a different point of view. 

Using tools and techniques we can all change the way we see a problem, overcome barriers to innovative thinking, and create new ways of meeting the challenges in achieving goals both on a personal level and within our roles.  

Ultimately, this knowledge and mindset will generate ideas and actions that impact performance by helping us to be more efficient, productive and effective.


Simon Clarkson is a respected programme deliverer and accomplished keynote speaker, with extensive experience of working within the production industry; including the BBC, Fremantle and Endemol Shine. He also works across elite professional sport including with Olympians and F1 teams to Premiership Rugby and Premier League Football.  

Simon’s style is one of ‘pragmatic inspiration’, generating energy with the substance and understanding to back it up and sustain it.  Simon has delivered programmes on subjects from the Psychology of High Performance, Leadership, Change, Winning Teams and Cultures to Innovative Thinking, Sales and Negotiation.

This event is supported by the ScreenSkills Television Skills Fund which invests in training for the freelance television workforce thanks to contributions from the BBC, Channel 4, ITV and Channel 5.

It is part of a ScreenSkills programme to support freelancers to upskill and stay connected, helping keep the industry resilient in these difficult times. 

This session will take place online via Zoom. Click ‘apply for ticket’ and follow the instructions to apply for your place: you must login or register before you are able to complete your application.

Who it's for

This session is open to all those currently working in any area of unscripted TV.



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