Experience Our Accelerated Innovation Workshop to Train Your Brain to Think Better, Faster & Smarter

  • Do You Need Breakthrough Solutions?
  • Do You Want More Innovation?
  • Do You Need Improved Innovative Thinking Skills?
  • Do You Want More & Better Ideas in Less Time?
  • Do You Need Time-Saving Tools & Proven Techniques?
  • Do You Want Proven Processes that Drive Innovation & Growth?
If You Answered YES to Any of the Above Questions, Then You Should Experience SolutionPeople’s Award-Winning Innovation Training Workshop… 

“We have regained our industry leadership
for innovation as a result of this training.”

– Gary Peterson
Vice President of R&D, Life Fitness

Gerald “Solutionman” Haman invites you and your team to join him and his Certified Innovation Coaches for two powerful days of training that accelerates innovation and unleashes your full creative potential.

Since 1989, over 100,000 people from over 200 of the FORTUNE 500 companies and over 100 countries have benefited from SolutionPeople’s innovation training.  The American Society for Training & Development (ASTD) awarded SolutionPeople a “Learning Excellence Citation” for achieving outstanding training results.

More than 50% of BusinessWeek magazine’s “Most Innovative Companies in the World” have been helped by SolutionPeople’s innovation training, tools, techniques and innovative experiences.

“SolutionPeople’s Innovation Workshops have trained over
100,000 people who generated more than 3 million ideas that
produced solutions valued at over 3 Billion Dollars.”

Our training workshops have proven effective for people at all levels of organizations including senior executives, management, new employees. Many organizations have also brought teams of employees AND customers together for workshops and have produced remarkable results.

SolutionPeople’s training is based on solid research and decades of experience, but the workshops are not overly theoretical or lecture-based. Our innovation training is interactive, engaging, experiential, inspiring and fun. Our trainers “walk the talk” and apply creativity and innovative thinking to the design and delivery of our workshops.

Guaranteed ROI (Return On Ideas or Return On Innovation)

SolutionPeople has offered customers a Guaranteed ROI for over 20 years. You know investments precede dividends. Our ROI Guarantee is simple. For every dollar you invest with SolutionPeople we guarantee, it will pay for itself or yield a greater return.

You can expect to develop ideas and solutions valued at much more than your original investment. If not, SolutionPeople will refund your investment or allow you to attend the training again at no additional cost.

When you invest more time and money with SolutionPeople you will save more time and accelerate your progress toward profits.

“One company’s investment in SolutionPeople’s training
produced returns that exceeded several hundred million dollars
and over time the returns may exceed a BILLION dollars.

Train Your Brain to Think and Innovate Better, Faster and Smarter in Our Most Popular Innovation Training Workshop

There is a reason why this workshop is called “Accelerated” Innovation – you will quickly learn a significant amount of valuable knowledge in two days of experiential action-focused training.

We recognize that most workshop brochures are a few pages long to give you a quick overview of the training. However, we have found that most of our customers have been very interested in more details about what they will learn (and earn) as a result of their investment.

Indeed there are hundreds of innovation workshops and seminars from which you can choose. Yet, we are confident there is no other innovation workshop that offers the caliber of training that we provide.

To help you appreciate our award-winning training, you are encouraged to read the following detailed overview of the curriculum.

You Will Focus on Actionable Goals & Learning Objectives

During this action-focused workshop, you will learn to:

  • Apply the 4-Stage Accelerated Innovation™ Process to real goals, challenges and problems
  • Accelerate processes that produce or enable innovation
  • Change habits to improve creativity and innovation
  • Collaborate with better thinkers who leverage diverse brainpower
  • Create new products, services & experiences
  • Design Innovation Development Plan that continuously improve innovation
  • Enhance teamwork & collaboration
  • Improve performance by using KnowBrainer® innovation tools & techniques
  • Minimize risks, barriers, and obstacles to innovation
  • Optimize your whole-brain by applying strategies based on the 4-Brain Thinkers™ Model

Gain Many Valuable Benefits in Just 2 Days

Training Will Help You & Many People You Know

Accelerated Innovation training has been designed to be effective for nearly anybody for almost any goal, challenge, problem or question. The workshop design is based on how most human brains think, and therefore can be used in a variety of job situations, functions, professions and age groups.

The workshop has been valuable to people in management, sales, marketing, public relations, communications, product and service development, finance and operations. Students and professors at several prominent universities and schools have found the KnowBrainer to be extremely valuable.

The training has helped people develop new products, services and experiences. This workshop has helped people plan meetings, events, conferences and conventions. The training has helped people improve team collaboration and foster more innovation.

You can use the training to help your customers, clients, consumers and audiences. Many people have used the workshop to prepare for entrepreneurial opportunities, change careers or find a new job.

Don’t Expect Another Boring Workshop – “Experience” Innovation 

This is not a typical workshop that follows a traditional meeting agenda. Our trainers blend proven instructional design methods with innovative “action-learning” techniques to deliver engaging learning experiences that achieve results.

Over 60% of the workshop consists of experiential hands-on activities that are designed to stimulate, rejuvenate and invigorate your mind, body and spirit.

This workshop was designed by Gerald “Solutionman” Haman, who studied instructional design at the University of Minnesota where he earned a Master’s degree in Communications. Haman also was employed as a trainer for P&G and instructional designer for Arthur Andersen’s Executive Education Center.

Haman is certified as an Experience Economy Expert by Joe Pine and Jim Gilmore, the pioneering authors of the groundbreaking books, The Experience Economy and Authenticity. Naturally, many of The Experience Economy principles are incorporated into this workshop.

This is What You Can Expect To Gain!

1. Build a Bigger & Better Innovation Tool Kit

Innovators need more and better tools. Get the award-winning KnowBrainer Tool, the iKnowBrainer App, and an Innovation Resource Kit filled with useful and practical worksheets and planners.

2. Plan to Achieve Your Goals, Overcome Tough Challenges & Solve Real Problems

The workshop is very practical and not overly theoretical. Everyone brings a real-world goal, challenge or problem to work in during the workshop. Everyone leaves the workshop with an Action Plan to follow-through and continue applying what they learned to achieve goals, overcome challenges and solve problems.

3. Grow Your Network & Build Innovation Dream Teams

Attend as an individual or bring your entire team to the workshop. Collaborate with other workshop participants to gain insights from other bright minds. Grow your innovation network by connecting with people during and after the workshop. Get invited to join communities of innovators that have similar interests.

4. Learn More Efficient & Effective Processes

Discover processes that do not get in the way and slow you down. Learn to speed up and optimize innovative thinking by using the proven 4-Stage Accelerated Innovation®, 2-Phase M-Curve™, 2-Step Ideation Process™, and the New 3Rs™ Process.

5. Save Time by Thinking Faster

You will invest time to attend the workshop, so you need to regain that investment by saving or gaining much more time after the workshop. More than half of our workshop graduates surveyed revealed that they saved over 5 days of time in the 2 months that followed the workshop.

One organization found that for every hour they invested in our innovation training the saved 5 hours over a 6 month period. For example, an 8-hour innovation workshop could produce results equivalent to a full 40-hour workweek. Our 2-day workshop could generate two weeks of time savings or gains.

6. Earn More Profit or Money by Implementing or Selling Ideas Faster

Time is money for many people. In addition to translating the time saved or gained into real dollars, there are other ways to profit from the training.

Do you have a million dollar idea that needs to be developed? Our innovation workshop can help you earn those million dollars. Do you need to reduce costs or overhead? Our innovation training can help you develop the cost saving ideas. Do you want to grow your business and increase profits? Our training can help.

7. Learn Tools, Techniques that Stimulate Brain Power

Lack of “tools” is the main block or barrier to innovation for most people. Abraham Maslow said, “If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.”

You will receive more than just a KnowBrainer tool; you get an entire innovation tool kit in our innovation workshops. Techniques help you leverage the full power of your brain and our innovation tools. We will give you a menu of over 100 techniques and train you to select the best techniques for a variety of situations.

8. Discover Tips That Make People Smarter

We have discovered hundreds of tips that enhance personal and organizational innovation. Get ready to learn “28 Great Innovation Tips” in this thought-provoking workshop.

Be Personally Trained by Gerald “Solutionman” Haman

Gerald “Solutionman” Haman developed the Accelerated Innovation workshop to help you develop the full power of your innovative potential. 

Gerald Haman, founder of SolutionPeople.com, is recognized by clients as “Solutionman” because of his ability to quickly help people develop breakthrough solutions.

Solutionman gained international acclaim for establishing a world brainstorming record by facilitating 8,000 people in a Thinkathon® at the Singapore Stadium to generate 454,000 ideas in less than 60 minutes.

Since launching SolutionPeople over 20 years ago, Haman has helped clients generate more than 3 million ideas valued at over 3 billion dollars.  He helped one consumer products company generate over 50 million dollars in cost savings ideas alone.

Over 100,000 people in more than 100 countries around the world and all levels of organizations have benefited from Gerald Haman’s KnowBrainer Innovation System, including over 200 of the FORTUNE 500 companies. Over 50% of BusinessWeek’s Top 50 of the “World’s Most Innovative Companies” have used SolutionPeople’s innovation products and services.

Haman was recognized as one of the “Most Influential People Online” by FAST Company Magazine’s Influence Project and selected to Fast Company’s “Brain Trust”. FORTUNE magazine recognized Gerald Haman for creating one of the world’s first innovation tools.

Haman has been profiled in over 50 major news publications including FAST Company, The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Newsweek Japan, The Australian, Singapore Straits Times, the International Herald, US News & World Report and Investor’s Business Daily.

Haman is the acclaimed inventor of the KnowBrainer™ innovation tool that has proven to increase creativity by over 530%. He also created the world’s first innovative thinking Apps & eTools for the iPhones, iPads and iPods, and the FlashBrainer™ and Innovation Activator™ software programs.

Haman is the Founding Organizer of more than 30 Innovation Groups on LinkedIn.com and Facebook.com that comprise a worldwide community of over 300,000 members.

Solutionman has a Master’s Degree in Communications and Training from the University of Minnesota and teaches part time at Northwestern University, the University of Illinois-Chicago, and the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Haman is certified as an “Experience Economy Expert” by Joe Pine and Jim Gilmore, the pioneering authors of groundbreaking books including The Experience Economy and Authenticity. He incorporates many Experience Economy principles into his innovation facilitations and workshops.

Haman also created certification training programs that designate graduates as Certified Innovation Trainers, Facilitators, Coaches, Questionators and Masters.

Over 100 people have been selected, trained and certified to be Innovation Trainers. Our faculty has been personally trained by Gerald “Solutionman” Haman who founded SolutionPeople Innovation over 20 years ago.

For more details on Gerald click here

Recommended by Experts & Authors

A Google search reveals over a million references to Gerald Haman and SolutionPeople’s innovation training and tools. Haman has been quoted or SolutionPeople has been recommended in the following books.

Here is just a Small Sampling of the Hundreds of Fortune 500 Companies that have attended the Accelerated Innovation Workshop…

Other People Rave About Our Innovation Workshops

Created Billions in New Accounts…

“Accelerated Innovation is one-of-a-kind program that has generated a 75% increase in innovation knowledge, 30% increase in innovation ability, and has created business solutions worth millions of dollars in new revenue and cost efficiencies, as well as billions worth of new accounts.”

– Learning Excellence Citation Award from the American Society for Training & Development

Most Valuable Training…

“I had the pleasure of partnering with Gerald on developing and delivering a Diversity of Thought training session at American Express.

His innovative approach to training combined with useable take-away tools like the KnowBrainer (which I use every week) made for one of the most valuable training sessions in which I have participated.

If memory serves correct, our team generated well over 1,000 ideas based on his innovation challenge by provoking group creative and innovative thought.”

- Kevin Lawrence, Director of Information Insights, American Express
(Over 1,000 American Express people have experienced SolutionPeople’s innovation training)

Great Thought Leader…

“Gerald is a great thought leader. I highly recommend his innovation training for any company. Its applications are endless. It is a great value with proven results.

- Deborah Hanlon, VP of Human Resources, ESCO Technologies

People are Amazed…

“I can’t tell you how helpful Gerald and the tools he created have been! I attended the ‘Accelerated Innovation’ training and then sent the rest of my department.

I have also become a facilitator and have been able to share the tools, knowledge and skills I learned from Gerald with others. Now, whenever I hold or attend a meeting, people are amazed at the amount and quality of ideas that come out it.

I attribute much of that to Gerald’s tools and training.”

- Katie Schelp, Initiative Design Manager, McDonald’s Corp.
(Thousands of McDonald’s people have benefited from SolutionPeople’s innovation training)

New Outlook on Life and Business…

“Gerald has been such an inspiration – he has amazing energy as a leader of innovation and as a human being!

I thoroughly enjoyed his Accelerated Innovation workshop at the Thinkubator in Chicago and would recommend it to others who are seeking innovation training or just a new outlook on life and business.”

- Tori Berndt, Senior Enterprise Communications, Allstate
(Over 600 Allstate people have experienced SolutionPeople’s innovation training)

Regained Leadership Position…

“Gerald is a phenomenal leader in the area of innovation. His methodologies, personal energy and enthusiasm made him very effective in working with my team.

His Thinkubator, KnowBrainer, Idea Exchange and other tools enabled my organization to energize our innovation and resulted in tripling our innovative output. We regained our industry leadership position for innovation as a result of his training.”

- Gary Peterson, Vice President of R&D, Life Fitness
(Over 50 Life Fitness people have experienced SolutionPeople’s innovation training)

Truly Inspires…

“There are few people that truly inspire, and Solutionman is one of them. Gerald Haman provided a wealth of knowledge with his methods and breadth of innovation insights that is complemented by a refreshing, supporting and creative atmosphere.

There aren’t enough words to express the value I gained from attending the training–the experience is invaluable. Solutionman and his techniques are the catalyst for creativity, enabling actionable and innovative solutions that result in a “Return On Ideas.”

- WS Walts, VP, Ideation & Concept Design, Bank of America

Recommend Without Hesitation…

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Gerald and SolutionPeople for the past 2 years and have recommended him and his firm without hesitation.

Using the concepts and ideas presented in his Accelerated Innovation workshops has paid dividends to my organization. I have taken three, soon to be four, intact teams to learn new, creative and innovative techniques to solve challenges we face in accomplishing the work that we perform.

When Gerald describes ROI (Return on Ideas), it was a real outcome for each of the teams.  We walked away with more ideas than we could have imagined and left the workshops with concrete ways to implement them. The tools, the facilitation, and his consulting are all first rate. I have recommended his organization to other groups that I am associated and I do it without a second thought.”

- Raymond Truitt, formerly Associate Director of Training, TAP Pharmaceuticals  
(Over 100 people from TAP/Takeda, experienced SolutionPeople’s Innovation training)

Very Inspiring…

“Gerald provided a two-day workshop on innovation and his KnowBrainer tool and it was a very inspiring session at the Thinkubator. Gerald’s passion and knowledge come through in everything and he had great follow up after the session. Definitely recommended.”

- Bill Myers, Intellectual Property Management, Research In Motion (Blackberry)

More Innovation Worldwide…

“Accelerated Innovation training with the KnowBrainer tool has made it easy for our internal and international trainers to foster more creativity and innovation in our company throughout the world.”

- Andy Hines, formerly with Dow Chemical, Author of Thinking About the Future  
(Over 2,000 people at Dow have completed Accelerated Innovation training)

Proven Track Record…

“Gerald Haman’s firm, SolutionPeople, is accurately named as I have learned working by with them over several years.

While it may be easy to get lost in the multitude of offerings from other innovation experts or consultants, SolutionPeople’s stands out with a proven track record of success.

What Gerald brings to the innovation and creativity with his 20 years of experience can best be described as “applied” innovation or innovation that matters. Rather than speak to the obvious need for companies to innovate or the feel good topics of personal creativity Gerald helps companies use innovation as a tool to create solutions to real-world challenges.

SolutionPeople helped me and Red Bull better identify goals, challenges and opportunities and then addresses them through a proven 4-stage process that suspends normal business thinking and opens up brainpower to new possibilities.

The most refreshing part of the training is that they are applicable, replicable, and built upon real-world challenges. In the Accelerated Innovation Training SolutionPeople takes people through a hands-on process that engages your entire team and drives you to better, more focused ideas that are then evaluated, planned and activated.

Haman’s innovation and creativity training combined with the KnowBrainer tool have given us a fresh way to focus on our challenges and to quickly break through “stuck” thinking. If you were to invest time in one area that would help your companies grow and compete – this would be it.

Accelerated Innovation training is deceptively effective. You start out having some fun, playing with your new KnowBrainer tool and learning techniques to enhance creativity and innovation and suddenly you find you have a replicable and powerful process in your hands with the skills to use it in every situation in which you need fresh ideas.

Soon enough everyone wants to know how you become the ideas powerhouse of the organization.”

- Dana Montenegro, President, Seriously Creative, formerly with Red Bull

So Successful…

“I was very impressed with Gerald’s creativity and innovative session together with the tools he used to motivate out-of-the-box thinking.

The session was so successful that he was invited back by other groups. I sincerely recommend SolutionPeople for innovative sessions to create new ideas to grow your business.”

- Jaime Borras, Senior Fellow, Motorola

Highly Recommend…

“I hired Gerald to train our product management team on innovation this past year. His knowledge, approach, and tools were excellent. I highly recommend Gerald Haman if you want to jump start your organization on producing innovative programs, products or services.”

- Dan Love, President, Medline Industries Personal Care
(Over 100 Medline people have experienced SolutionPeople’s innovation training)

Expand Business Exponentially…

“Simply an amazing experience. This goes WAY beyond just a creativity seminar. This is applied creativity, and WOW is it powerful.  If you are looking to make your business expand exponentially, I highly recommend the training.”

- Peter Mars, Artist & Founder, Mars Gallery & Peter Mars Authentic

Excellent Results…

“Gerald “Solutionman” has developed an excellent process for being innovative. Using the process will save and I believe will provide excellent results. I do recommend his Accelerated Innovation course.”

- Tom Zobitz, General Manager, Trelleborg

Instantly Engaging…

“I had the fortune of attending a two-day seminar with Gerald at his Thinkubator in Chicago. I have been to many training sessions over the years, but this had to be the most worthwhile experience.

From the moment we started, the content was instantly engaging and connected to my personal and business goals.  His tools like the “KnowBrainer “and other handouts are so easy to use, easy to learn and applicable to so much that I do in business and in life outside the workplace.

I went to the seminar to find ways to help my creative team think differently about challenges and remove mental blocks. I walked away with a set of tools that will not only help my team and me at me work, but will help in personal life as well.

Gerald is a sincere individual who really takes pride in what he does and I would recommend using his training or simply his perspective on any innovation or thinking you need.”

- David Lifsitz, Director of Innovation, Liberty Mutual

A Real Loyal Following…

“I love the offices of SolutionPeople and Gerald Haman is a jewel in the crown of Chicago business. Gerald has really been working in the trenches of the innovation field for over 17 years!

Gerald has a real and loyal following. His clients are not generally three guys in a garage. They include firms like Allstate, McDonald’s, and Motorola.”

- Ron May, Journalist, The May Report, Graduate of Accelerated Innovation Workshop

Is Amazing…

“Gerald is one of the most creative people I know. His Thinkubator meeting space in Chicago is amazing!”

- Chuck Frey, Founder, InnovationTools.com

Truly Impressed…

“I have heard about Gerald’s Thinkubator and his work for many years. However, I had the privilege to recently attend one of Gerald’s workshops recently.

I am amazed how much he has accomplished and contributed to the field of creativity and innovation. I love his latest design of Thinkubator! Besides his innovation methods, I learned from Gerald’s training style and techniques. Overall, I am truly impressed by Gerald’s work in Chicago and impact around the world!”

- Praveen Gupta, Faculty, Business Innovation, Illinois Institute of Technology

Couldn’t Be More Pleased…

“Our company hired Gerald and his team to facilitate work we were doing internally and we couldn’t have been more pleased. From their energy and openness through their fantastic tools like KnowBrainer, SolutionPeople were a great partner in getting great work done.

Specifically, we found their tools to be powerful at bringing new ideas and insights to the forefront quickly and keeping us focused and engaged all day, which is key when dealing with a large group of creative people with other things on their minds.”

- Rene Huey-Lipton, Vice President, GSD&M Advertising

Poised For More Greatness…

“Innovation is the life-blood of an organization yet so hard to harness. Gerald and his SolutionPeople have made this balancing act far easier, offering ways to ensure each team is ‘packed’ with just the right blend of people.

Within an hour he had 500 American Express managers dancing to a different tune, one that had us poised for even more greatness. In a world of innovation imposters, Gerald is the real deal.”

- David Schoenberger, Senior Manager, American Express
(Over 1,000 American Express people have experienced SolutionPeople’s innovation training)

Developed Proprietary Instrument…

“SolutionPeople was approached by Kraft to assist and facilitate in several projects that required creative and innovative solutions.

Gerald was able to bring a fresh perspective, and employ an effective process that led to real solutions and not just random ideas.

In taking the process further Gerald was able to develop a proprietary instrument for Kraft that was extremely effective in both generating ideas and stimulating the innovation process for our key development platforms.”

- James Andrade, Vice President of R&D, Asia Pacific, Kraft Foods  
(Over 1,000 Kraft people have experienced SolutionPeople’s innovation training)

Memorable Experience…

“The innovation workshop with Gerald was an out of the box memorable experience based on a successful tool. The KnowBrainer helped me generate new creative ideas & solutions to challenges that I’ve been working on for a year.”

- Maher Mezher, Head of Marketing, First National Bank of Lebanon

Absolute Pleasure…

“Working with Gerald is nothing short of an absolute pleasure. Gerald demonstrates his knowledge of innovation & creativity better than anybody I have met to date.

Gerald can discern a complex business problem down to its core elements leveraging his tools and make solving the situation fun. The tools that Gerald developed are relevant, actionable and fun to use. I find Gerald and his team of skilled professionals an absolute pleasure to work with and highly recommend Gerald and SolutionPeople.”

- Michael Woodard, Director of Sales Training, Georgia-Pacific    
(Over 300 people from Michael’s previous employer, PepsiCo, have experienced SolutionPeople’s innovation training)

Highly Valuable…

“My experience with Gerald during the 2-day Accelerated Innovation Workshop was very positive. From the moment I walked in the door he made me feel welcome and comfortable.

The 4 -Stage Accelerated Innovation Process, presented by Gerald, is a great guide and highly valuable when also using his KnowBrainer Tool.

Gerald also presented four techniques that tap into the potential of the KnowBrainer Tool. Overall, the workshop was fun, informative, and empowering. I recommend it for anyone in any industry who has a need to increase idea output and realize them as solutions.

- Duke Fox, Development Engineer, Biomet

Created Thousands of New Ideas…

Gerald is the most amazing Innovation Coach! His many “tools” like the KnowBrainer, Brain Game, Movie Minds or Question Banking, are fun and incredibly effective.

He planned and conducted an off-site “Innovation for Growth” event which fully engaged over 50 high-power business & technical leaders across the corporation, creating 1000′s of new ideas.

His Thinkubator site in his Chicago office is a fantastic place to bring together a bunch of diverse people who then gel as a team & develop wonderful new ideas. His alternative & multiple approaches, to solving problems and identifying opportunities, are incredibly stimulating and addictive.

He is a masterful leader who keeps the energy level high and yet still very personal. I unhesitatingly recommend Gerald as the first choice to facilitate your quests for innovation and creativity.

Gerald Haman’s training, techniques, KnowBrainer tool, his SolutionPeople staff and the Thinkubator, make thinking and problem solving fun and charming again, as it was in our youth!”

- Jerry Meyerhoff, Distinguished Engineer, formerly with Motorola & Continental Automotive

Delivers Business Results…

“Gerald has the unique ability to inspire remarkable creativity and great ideas from individuals or in a group-setting that WORK and deliver business RESULTS. We utilized his skills in a number of areas and each time we met with success.”

- Bruce Macmillan, CEO, Meeting Professionals International (MPI)
(Over 500 MPI members and staff have experienced SolutionPeople’s innovation training)

Ideas Into True Innovations…

“I’ve had the pleasure to know Gerald personally and work with him professionally for many years. Gerald has devoted his life to helping develop the creative potential of others and in this area.

I consider him a pioneer, but what differentiates Gerald from others in this area is his ability to operationalize these creative ideas into true innovations, many of which touch our lives every day. How many people can you say that about?

From the KnowBrainer tool to the Accelerated Innovation workshops to the experiential events he facilitates, Gerald has demonstrated how through the power of questions, we can discover the solutions to many of our professional and personal challenges and I recommend you get to know him.”

- John Nawn, Founder, The Perfect Meeting and VP of Education, Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA)    
(Over 50 PCMA members and staff have experienced SolutionPeople’s innovation training)

Worked with Many Times…

“I have worked with Gerald and SolutionPeople many times during my tenure at American Express. He and his team do great work to open creative processes at companies and within teams.”

- Lisa Gregg, Vice President of Consumer Marketing, American Express
(Over 1,000 American Express people have experienced SolutionPeople’s innovation training)

Expert on Innovation Process…

“Gerald is an expert on the product innovation process. His high-energy sessions generate new ideas. . He has developed tools which I have found lead to more effective brainstorming sessions.  SolutionPeople’s approach is the product innovation equivalent to high impact aerobics – it gets the creative juices flowing.”

- Walter Blotkamp, Senior Director – Brand Strategy and Research, Capital One
(Over 500 Capital One people have experienced SolutionPeople’s innovation training)

Few Have Impressed Me As Much…

“I have attended a lot of training programs and entered into business partnerships with many organizations but few have impressed me as much as SolutionPeople. Gerald’s commitment and vision for his work is inspiring.

All the way out here in Australia we love the SolutionPeople programs.

The Accelerated Innovation training featuring the KnowBrainer has taught our Australian clients to take a new look at the value of creativity and innovation. SolutionPeople engages groups from the start and takes them on a big ride to results.”

- Andrea Renwick, Operations Manager, Swinburne University, Melbourne Australia

Best Methods…

“Gerald is an innovative leader in the challenging field of creating and evaluating ideas. Gerald has developed some of the best methods I have ever experienced.

We learned to imagine more effectively and build consensus rapidly around the right ideas. I recommend Gerald and SolutionPeople. They have skill, they partner, and they helped me deliver.”

- Chris Christenson, Research Fellow, Dow Chemical    
(Over 3,000 Dow Chemical people have experienced SolutionPeople’s innovation training.)

Incredibly Adept…

“I definitely went out on a limb by hiring Gerald for our Client Summit. His approach is unlike any typically seen in our industry and my theme was “The Age of Ingenuity” (no pressure).

Gerald was able to skillfully tailor a program to fit my audience and was incredibly adept at crafting information on the fly. He is insightful and was able to draw out continuity over a two- day period. I am a proponent of trying new ideas and the “Solutionman” certainly has many of those!”

- Robin Simkins, Vice President of Marketing, DoubleClick/Google

Quickly Customizes Approach…

“Gerald’s great strength is the depth of his knowledge in innovation techniques and process. He was able to quickly customize approaches that led to great ideations for innovative strategies for diverse topics, including innovative approaches to AT&T’s Olympic sponsorship and satellite TV content.”

- Christian Donahue, Planning Director, GSD&M Advertising
(Over 100 GSD&M people have experienced SolutionPeople’s innovation training.)

Cutting Edge Innovation…

“Gerald Haman & SolutionPeople are on the cutting edge of innovation education. No matter what your problems, his team can find creative and actionable solutions.

He is an outstanding and dynamic speaker, and one of the world’s top brainstorming authorities. His creativity and enthusiasm are unbounded and contagious. He is a gifted teacher, insightful expert, and skilled facilitator.  I highly recommend his training services and the KnowBrainer!”

- Rob Kozinets, former Marketing Professor, Northwestern University/Kellogg, currently at York University Schulich School of Business

Enjoy an Interesting Agenda & Productive Schedule

Review the following agendas is to discover how you will make the most out every minute of the interactive training workshop.

DAY 1 AGENDA – 8:30am-5:00pm
08:30am – Speed-Relating™ Networking 

  • Relate-to-Innovate™ Workshop Preparation Technique

Know Brains
Understanding How Brains Think

  • Know Your Brain Game™ Experience
  • 4Brain Thinkers Innovation™ Model
  • Collaborate-to-Innovate™ Methods
  • Appreciate-to-Innovate™ Methods

Know Goals

  • Clarifying Goals, Challenges, Problems & Questions
  • 8 Great Questions™ on Innovation

Know Needs

  • Understanding the Need for Creative & Innovative Thinking
  • Clarifying Barriers & Blocks to Creative & Innovative Thinking

Know Processes 

  • The 2-Phase M-Curve™ Process: How to Generate Breakthrough Ideas Faster
  • The New 3Rs™ Process: Record, Recall, Recycle
  • The 2-Step Ideate & Filterate Process™
  • The 4-Stage Accelerated Innovation™ Process
  • Accelerate-to-Innovate™ Methods to Optimize Processes

Know Tools 

  • The KnowBrainer® Innovation Tool & System
  • How Question Banks Stimulate Breakthrough Thinking
  • Train Your Brain™ Strategies
  • Building Bigger & Better Innovation Tool Kits

12:00pm – Lunch & Networking 

  • Quotemplate-to-Innovate™ Networking
  • Karaoke-ate-to-Innovate™  KnowBrainer Techniques
  • Leveraging the Full Power of the KnowBrainer
  • Stimulate-to-Innovate™ Methods
  • Questionating™ Technique with the KnowBrainer
  • Wordating™ Technique with the KnowBrainer
  • Quotemplating™ Technique with the KnowBrainer
  • Visualating™ Technique with the KnowBrainer
  • FlashThinking™ Technique with the KnowBrainer
  • KnowBrainer Power Tool Techniques™ Menu

Know Better Brainstorming Techniques

  • Record-Setting Thinkathon™ & Idea Exchange™ Techniques
  • Increasing Creativity by over 500% with the KnowBrainer
  • Questionate-to-Innovate™ Methods
  • How to Develop Question Banks
  • 8 Great Questions™ to Questionate-to-Innovate™

Know More Innovation Tools

  • FlashBrainer™ Innovation Software
  • Innovation Activator™ Software
  • Microsoft Office eTemplates™ for Microsoft Word, Excel & PowerPoint
  • KnowBrainer iMusic™
  • iPhone Brainer eTool™ App
  • iPodBrainer eTool™ App
  • Idea Fan Note Recorders
  • Journals

Learning Review & Preview

  • 05:00pm – Conclusion of Day 1

DAY 2 AGENDA – 8:30am-5:00pm
08:30am – Speed-Relating™ Networking

  • Relate-to-Innovate™ Networking

Welcome: Overnight Insights Day 1 Review

  • Overnight Insights™ Technique


  • Team Building Strategies

28 Great Innovation Methods: Concentrate-to-Innovate™

  • The Decorate-to-Innovate™ Method
  • The Questionate-to-Innovate™ Method

Targeting Opportunities for Applied Innovation

  • New Products & Services Innovation
  • Selling & Sales Innovation
  • Marketing, PR & Promotions Innovation
  • Process & Manufacturing Innovation
  • Meeting & Event Planning Innovation
  • Leadership & Management Innovation
  • Design & Experience Innovation
  • Environment & Space Design Innovation
  • Learning & Development Innovation
  • Communication Innovation
  • Strategic Planning Innovation
  • Green & Sustainability Innovation
  • Government & Political Innovation

Applying the 4-Stage Accelerated Innovation® Process (Part 1)

  • Stage 1: Investigate Needs – Investigate-to-Innovate™
  • Stage 2: Create Ideas – Create-to-Innovate™

12:00pm – Lunch & Networking

  • Relate-to-Innovate™ Networking
  • Karaoke-ate-to-Innovate™  Applying the 4-Stage Accelerated Innovation® Process (Part 2)
  • Stage 3: Evaluate Solutions – Evaluate-to-Innovate™
  • Stage 4: Activate Plans – Activate-to-Innovate™  Know Value: Valuate-to-Innovate
  • Communicate-to-Innovate™ Strategies
  • Facilitate-to-Innovate™ Strategies
  • ROI Strategies: Return On Ideas, Return On Implementation and Return On Innovation™

Know Action: Activate-to-Innovate

  • Activate-to-Innovate™ Strategies to Facilitate Follow Through
  • 88 Great Words That Help You Activate-to-Innovate™
  • 8 Great Questions™ to Decorate-to-Innovate™
  • Getting Things Done the David Allen Way

Fostering Continuous Innovation™

  • Celebrate-to-Innovate™ Strategies
  • Replicate-to-Innovate™ Strategies
  • Innovation Communities & Networks: Relate-to-Innovate™

Learning Review & Follow-up Preview Conclusion & Speed-Activating™ Networking

  • Activate-to-Innovate™ Follow-up Networking Technique

05:00pm – Graduation Celebration!

 Learn Proven Models & Processes

Over two decades have been invested in developing, refining and testing proven models and processes that can be taught in training workshops. First, you will learn how the human brain consists of four quadrants that comprise the 4BrainThinker™ 4-Quadrant Model.

Second, you will be introduced to four unique processes that help you facilitate creative and innovative thinking. The M-Curve, New 3-Rs, ideate & filterate, and Accelerated Innovation process will clarify how you can think better, faster and smarter.

Finally, you will learn how to USE your whole brain by applying the 4-Stage Accelerated Innovation® Process that consists of Stage 1: Investigating Needs, Stage 2: Creating Ideas, Stage 3: Evaluating Solutions, and Stage 4: Activating Plans.

Discover New Innovation Tools & Stimulating Techniques

Research shows that “lack of tools” is a primary block to creativity and innovation. Innovators want MORE TOOLS, and FEWER PowerPoint decks, 3-ring binders and books.

The compact KnowBrainer tool summarizes the entire Accelerated Innovation Process into a portable tool that can be taken anywhere and does not require computer hardware or software. The tool actually fits in a pocket, briefcase or purse.

All workshop participants get a tool kit full of unique tools that accelerate innovative thinking. You will receive the latest version of the award-winning KnowBrainer Innovation and Creativity Tool that increases creativity by over 500%.

The KnowBrainer summarizes the 4-Stage Accelerated Innovation Process that is the foundation of the workshop and helps you apply the process and techniques during and after the workshop.

A Few Comments on the KnowBrainer…

Revolutionized All My Endeavors…

The KnowBrainer tool is invaluable. Understanding how to use this tool has revolutionized my approach to all of my business and personal endeavors.”

- Janice Shokrian, EVP, DemingHill

Most Valuable…

“The KnowBrainer (which I use every week) made for one of the most valuable training sessions in which I have participated. Our team generated well over a 1000 ideas.”

- Kevin Lawrence, Director of Information Insights, American Express

Leverage The Mind…

“If you are looking for a creativity tool that is powerful, portable, and low tech, then you ought to check out the KnowBrainer… This tool does an excellent job of leveraging the mind’s capabilities of association to a major advantage. It may look like a simple tool, but don’t let the KnowBrainer’s low-tech “interface” fool you. This is one powerful and easy to use idea generation tool.”  See Review

-Chuck Frey, Innovation Tools

Smaller Is Better…

“Size Matters; in this case, smaller is better. The KnowBrainer is a Napsterized version of Haman’s knowledge. Using it day to day, doesn’t require a $150 per hour consultant. See Write-Up In Creating Customer Evangelists

- Ben McConnell & Jackie Huba, Authors, Creating Customer Evangelists

Can’t Be Beat…

“The KnowBrainer tool can’t be beat.

- Kent Blumberg, Business and Effectiveness Coach

For more KnowBrainer testimonies click here

Apply Stimulating Innovation Methods

All workshop participants learn powerful techniques that stimulate minds to innovate. You will become skilled at using proven techniques such as the Idea Exchange™, FlashThinking™, Questionating, Wordating™, Visualating™ and Quotemplating™ techniques.

Learn at least 28 Great Innovation Methods that help you concentrate your brain’s energy to optimize innovation processes, tools and techniques…

  • 1. accelerate-to-innovate™
  • 2. activate-to-innovate™
  • 3. affiliate-to-innovate™
  • 4. anticipate-to-innovate™
  • 5. appreciate-to-innovate™
  • 6. brainyate-to-innovate™
  • 7. calculate-to-innovate™
  • 8. celebrate-to-innovate™
  • 9. collaborate-to-innovate™
  • 10. communicate-to-innovate™
  • 11. create-to-innovate™
  • 12. decorate-to-innovate™
  • 13. educate-to-innovate™
  • 14. evaluate-to-innovate™
  • 15. facilitate-to-innovate™
  • 16. formulate-to-innovate™
  • 17. ideate-to-innovate™
  • 18. illuminate-to-innovate™
  • 19. investigate-to-innovate™
  • 20. karaoke-ate-to-innovate™
  • 21. musicate-to-innovate™
  • 22. questionate-to-innovate™
  • 23. quotemplate-to-innovate™
  • 24. replicate-to-innovate™
  • 25. stimulate-to-innovate™
  • 26. template-to-innovate™
  • 27. visualate-to-innovate™
  • 28. wordate-to-innovate™

Receive Useful Materials & Resources

An innovation workshop should provide you with innovative materials and resources. Traditional 3-ring binders are seldom used after training and become learning trophies that collect dust on bookshelves. THERE ARE NO 3-RING BINDERS IN THIS WORKSHOP. You will be equipped with several resources that can easily and frequently be used after the training.

Workshop participants get an Innovation Toolkit full of the following portable, user friendly, empowering resources that accelerate innovative thinking:

  • 1. KnowBrainer® 4.0 Innovation Tool
  • 2. Recordion™ Learning & Coaching Guide
  • 3. Innovation Resource Kit™
  • 4. 4-Column Left-Brain Planning Worksheets
  • 5. 4-Quadrant Right-Brain Planning Worksheets
  • 6. Idea Exchange™ Brainstorming Worksheets
  • 7. Solution Evaluator™ Worksheets
  • 8. Color Mini Posters of Innovation Models
  • 9. Bookmarks & Desktop Learning Reminders
  • 10. Speed-Relating™ Innovative Networking Cards
  • 11. Speed-Activating™ Innovative Networking Cards
  • 12. How to Questionate-to-Innovate™ Guide
  • 13. Innovation Articles
  • 14. Discount Coupons for savings on Innovation Software, iMusic, eTools and Apps


Our workshops follow the advice of Abraham Maslow who advocated that people need a variety of tools. The following card from the KnowBrainer quotes Maslow’s wisdom:

 You get much more than a regular 3-ring binder or book, you will receive a complete SYSTEM. Your Innovation System includes tools, techniques, worksheets, planners, posters, bookmarks and eBooks.

You Get Inspiring Coaching & Mentoring Support

Once registered, you will be assigned a Certified Innovation Coach who will help prepare you to make the most of your workshop. Your coach has attended the workshop several times, so he or she can offer you advice and guidance to help you before, during and after the training workshop.

You will be invited to participate in optional phone calls with your Coach before and after the workshop. Your Coach will provide you with up to three Innovation Surveys that will help you assess your innovation effectiveness and personal experiences. The assessment results will help you further prepare for the innovation workshop and your follow-through.

Prepare with Meaningful Pre-work & Webinars

Your learning begins BEFORE you arrive at the workshop. You will be encouraged to invest important time before the training to talk with your Innovation Coach and start answering questions in an Innovation Journal.

Participate in a 60-90 minute “Anticipate-to-Innovate” webinar led by the workshop trainer or a Certified Innovation Coach. This advance webinar will also allow you to get introduced to other people who will attend the workshop. The Journal and webinar will give you a head start on contemplating topics addressed in the innovation workshop.

Yes, You Earn a Certificate! Creative Recognition for Alumni

Thousands of people from around the world have graduated from the Accelerated Innovation workshop. They are easy to identify because they usually have a smile on their face and a KnowBrainer tool in their hand.

You will also receive a colorful “Certificate of Completion” to frame and post next to your other awards, diplomas or graduation certifications.

Participate in Important Follow-up & Webinars

Your learning continues AFTER you leave the workshop. You will be encouraged to invest important time after the training to talk with your Innovation Coach, continue contemplating questions in your Innovation Journal, and begin developing your own Innovation Plan. The Innovation Plan will help you formulate the elements you need to apply what you learned during and after the workshop.

Get Free Subscriptions to Innovative Communications

Continuous communications will happen after the workshops to keep you engaged in learning and earning a significant ROI from your training. After graduation you will receive a free subscription to our newsletter and blog that inspire continued application of workshop ideas on a daily, weekly and monthly basis.

Participate in Helpful Networking & Social Communities

Workshop graduates are invited to join exclusive Groups organized by SolutionPeople on the LinkedIn Professional Network. Memberships are by invitation only and accepted Group members can display a logo on their LinkedIn profiles, blogs, websites and business cards.

Groups have been organized on LinkedIn for people who have completed SolutionPeople’s intensive certifications for Innovation Trainers, Facilitators and Coaches.

Additional groups and communities have been organized for graduates who have interests in specific innovation topics including marketing, sales, product & service development, healthcare, green/sustainability and several other areas. Below is a list of our LinkedIn Groups that have over 240,000 members.

Experience A Creative Training Location

Gerald Haman believes “if you want to think outside of the box, you should not train your brain in a box.” In 1995, SolutionPeople created the Thinkubator® in Chicago so people would have an ideal space to experience creativity in action and become inspired by a wide variety of innovative resources.

Many people have reported that an added benefit of experiencing the training in thought-provoking environments like the Thinkubator is that they are inspired to borrow ideas to improve their own workspaces, conference rooms, offices or cubicles.

Workshop participants will learn how SolutionPeople applied their proven Decorate-to- Innovate™ method to create one of the world’s most unique innovation centers. Workshops in Chicago are held at The Thinkubator or other creative venues.

Reasonable Tuition Investments

The award-winning 2-day workshop is designed to help you develop ideas and action plans to address your real-world goals, challenges and problems. SolutionPeople guarantees that you will leave with ideas worth more than your tuition investment.

Tuition is $2,497 per person or less than a $1250 per day.

A survey of over 1,000 graduates revealed that 80% of them generated ideas valued at over $50,000 from the Accelerated Innovation Training. One team of 25 people yielded solutions valued at over $273 million.

If you do not feel you have gained at least $2,500 worth of value, you can ask for a refund or take the course again. SolutionPeople is confident you will generate ideas worth much more.

Flexible Dates & Locations Make it Easy to Schedule

Training workshops are scheduled on the following dates in several convenient locations. 

Solutionman Gives You His Personal ROI GUARANTEE!

I invite you to join me or one of our trainers for a training experience that produces results. For over 20 years, I’ve been training, facilitating, coaching and motivating people to realize the full power of their creative and innovative potential.

I want you to be very satisfied with your training results. If you are unable to generate ideas that are worth at least $2,500, you can take the workshop again, or we will happily refund your tuition.


Gerald “Solutionman” Haman
SolutionPeople Innovation

View My LinkedIn Info/Profile click here

Easy Registration Options

All major credit cards are accepted including Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. Individuals can register online by clicking HERE or on the link below.

Groups can download a faxable registration form by clicking HERE. For more information, email info@innovationsecrets.com or phone 1-312-829-2852 or fax 1-312-829-2852

Now Only $2,497 

Guaranteed ROI (Return On Ideas) Means You Get Results

Your investment to participate in the workshop will be significant. Time, travel, transportation and tuition all add up. In order to justify your $2,500 tuition and expenses, the workshop must produce a high ROI (Return On Investment).

Additionally, the workshop is designed to yield a ROI (Return On Ideas) that once implemented yield results worth much more than your tuition investment. If it does not, you can get your money back, or you can attend the workshop again.

Bring Your Team for Significant Savings & Group Discounts

Register your team or entire organization and learn how to “collaborate-to-innovate” while getting some significant savings. Save 20% for 2-4 people or 35% for 5 or more people. Groups can qualify for discounts and do not need to attend the workshop on the same locations.

For more details please Contact Us.

Train Your Trainers to Train Other Brains

Attend Advanced Workshops to become a Certified Innovation Trainer, Certified Innovation Facilitator or Certified Innovation Coach. Over 100 people from around the globe have completed SolutionPeople’s advanced certification workshops led by Gerald “Solutionman” Haman. The certifications equip people to lead their own innovation workshops, facilitate innovation teams and coach people to foster more innovation.

For more details please Contact Us.

Bring the Training to You with Convenient On-Site & In-House Options

Would you like to bring our training workshops to you and your organization? Our certified trainers are happy to come to your organization and train your team, department or organization. Our talented trainers have experience in training very large groups.

We can come to you and share the experiences with 10, 100, 1,000 or even 10,000 people. We can tailor, customize, personalize, architect, design, style, minimize, or maximize for small groups or very large audiences.

Custom workshops can be tailored to a wide variety of goals, challenges and opportunities including R&D, product & service development, sales, marketing, communications, engineering, manufacturing, operations, technology, sustainability and strategic planning.

SolutionPeople’s proven training curriculum includes public and in-house innovation workshops and seminars for individuals and teams.

SolutionPeople’s innovation training workshops are held at thought-provoking meeting facilities such as Thinkubator® Innovation Spaces and other creative venues in cities throughout the United States and many countries. Workshops can also be customized for in-house groups when our innovation trainers bring a “portable” Thinkubator® to the on-site environments.

For more details please Contact Us.

“If you want people to think outside of the box, 
you should not train them in a box.”

  – Gerald “Solutionman” Haman

You Wowed Us…

“You wowed us!  The Accelerated Innovation training was even better than I expected, and I was expecting a lot after hearing your riveting presentation at PCMA education day.”

– Deidre Irwin Ross, Director, Conference Services, American Library Association
(Over 200 Library Association members and staff have experienced SolutionPeople’s innovation training.)