Open-ended questions and visual images are two really fast ways to introduce new stimulus into a conversation and open the door to new perspectives, new ideas and new insights.
The Conversations Sparker Cards™
use both. Of the 70 cards in the deck about 30% feature questions, the rest are visual images like the ones on the left. Use just the questions, just the images or mix them up and see what happens.
I just drew a random question: "Whats the priority?" and a random image: a view through window panes to a tree in soft focus.
What jumps out at me in this moment is how the window panes break up the background image and obscure the whole – the message here is to shift my focus from the individual details and re-focus on the big picture. WOW. I didn't really know what I would get – and this was perfect. It really is that easy to access a new perspective or insight using tools like this.
Here's a great creative prompt from Punctum
The Punctum process invites you to think of a current challenge, question or opportunity and randomly select a picture, a word and a question as stimulus to explore perspectives and possibilities.
Take a moment to identify your challenge or question and then apply the following stimulus…..
Spend a moment with the picture
1. What do I see in the photo?
2. What detail is the most significant for me? Why?
3. What is missing from the photo? What would I add to it?
How do your answers connect with your challenge or concern?
Spend some time with the word – Devotion
What word has the opposite meaning?
Do I like or dislike this word? Why?
How does the word connect to the photo?
Would I connect a different word with the photo?
How do these responses connect with my challenge or opportunity?
Spend some time with the question:
What do I avoid?
Take your time with each part of this exercise and see what emerges for you. I know creative prompts like this always yield new insights for me. I hope it does for you too.
If you like this process (there are more questions in the full version) take a look at Punctum