Innovative Training Programs for a Culture of Innovation
Design thinking & innovation workshops, training programs, courses, keynotes & coaching for organizations & leaders.
Working on a mindset and culture of innovation? Are you planning an innovation workshop, design thinking or brainstorming session, innovation center, initiative, or conference? Email Darin at [email protected] to see how we can help.
We are based in the US and lead workshops on-site or remotely. We offer virtual, online and in-person innovation facilitation and training with a network of trainers, facilitators, and speakers in London and the UK, Singapore, Germany, Australia and across the globe.
We've worked with over 100 organizations on innovation, design thinking, and leadership development programs. Universities and companies from a variety industries have engaged with our workshops, speaker events or training programs onsite and in-person - or remotely and virtually online.
At InnovationTraining.org, we want you to find an innovation program that matches your goals. We offer on-site interactive live events to facilitate your team through step-by-step best innovation practices. These events are designed to build a more innovative and collaborative culture within your organization, along with filling your pipeline with new ideas and strategies to pursue. We also provide online courses, videos, and books - allowing you to go at your own pace. Browse our collection of programs on the site!
Darin Eich, Ph.D.
Founder, Innovation Keynote Speaker & Design Thinking Trainer
Quotes from our clients about why their organization sought our innovation workshops, keynotes, and training programs
“Typically, being innovative in our industry can be difficult. In order to foster a culture of innovation, we want to equip our staff, at all levels, with the tools and techniques to be innovative on a daily basis. When we began the search to find someone or an entity that could do that for us, we recognized from early on that Darin was the right fit."
“My company realized that it needed an innovation wake-up call in order to stay competitive and to keep up with a number of potentially disruptive technologies that are quickly advancing inside and outside our industry. To help jump-start a more creative culture and get us moving in the right direction, we organized three teams and challenged them to “innovate in 90 days.” We asked them to propose a new program, project, or pilot that could help our company learn about new technologies and help us meet our customers changing expectations. We hoped we may get a few good ideas from this new initiative, but really wanted to see how innovative our employees could be if given a chance.”
“Darin’s approach takes the mystery out of how to think like an innovator. Whether you are wanting to become a first-time author, or focused on creating the next Internet-of-Things sensation, Darin’s approaches to innovative thinking can work to address your business challenge.”
Engaging Virtual Keynotes and Interactive Workshops
Our live keynotes & workshop topics are also available in virtual program formats: live in unison or asynchronously. Your group may work together on Zoom or Teams with live real time facilitation, using an online collaborative whiteboard like Mural or Miro. Or, your group can go at their own pace using a digital facilitation format, receiving examples at each step with video tutorials in our online course workshops.
Innovation Training Workshops
Our most popular Collaborative Innovation Workshops include various innovative training sessions you can pick and choose from or combine into a daylong innovation workshop. The full day agenda is designed to teach your group how to collaborate, generate and develop innovative ideas, and contribute to a “culture of innovation” and is typically taught in the four parts listed below. We also offer many online innovation programs that we provide after the workshop so people can go deeper and stay in action.
- Workshop 1- Designing & Facilitating Idea Generation & Collaborative Development with Groups
- Workshop 2 - Collaborate, Communicate, & Create: The 3Cs of an Innovation Culture
- Workshop 3 - How to Innovate Swiftly & Systematically: Innovation Step-by-Step
- Workshop 4 - Team “Hackathon” Shark Tank Style Challenge
Design Thinking is a powerful (and fun) approach for innovation that focuses on designing for and with the people we create our products, services, and program for - the customers and users! Develop the mindset or attitude of a design thinker by completing one of our interactive workshops or online trainings in Design Thinking. Through our programs, we will help you generate and develop ideas using insight from the people you are designing for to select a project you are interested in working on and tackle it using some of the most popular and effective tools and techniques for Design Thinking. Our programs include:
- Online companion programs and toolkit of resources
- Idea generating activities in a workbook
- Team and partner activities
Learn tools, techniques, and methods to facilitate innovation and design thinking...and train others.
Tap into our experience designing programs for over 1 million people, Ph.D. level research and knowledge to maximize learning and engagement for your students and participants. Through this comprehensive hybrid online and mentor-led course, learn to design and facilitate your own innovation and design thinking workshops, sessions, programs or courses - offer your programs to clients as an entrepreneur or within your organization as an innovation facilitator, coach, mentor, or leader.
- Get access to our proven design thinking and innovation process and activities to teach and facilitate in your own work.
- Specialized online workshops on facilitating innovation AND an online course that is the equivalent of a 3 credit university course.
- Most importantly, get two live meetings with us to receive coaching and ideas for the program you would like to design and facilitate.
- Become a part of our network and get access to future innovation facilitator training modules, updates, and special opportunities.
Cultivate your innovative thinking to change & grow through doing new and different things with impact.
The ability to innovate begins with a change in mindset - this program will walk you through how to build the self-efficacy and confidence to try new and different things in your work and life, and that you can learn how to do them even if you don't know now. Just remember, "Don't believe everything you think!" Through reflective activities, this workshop will help you to cultivate a mindset for innovation through awareness of your thinking (which is both an asset and a liability). Equipped with awareness, we will then teach you techniques to change your behavior to take action faster.
Learn how to move forward on your innovation challenge with a project! Use design thinking to forge a path ahead!
This workshop is the first step to beginning and making progress on your own innovation project, showing you where to start and processes to use. While not every innovation project will result in a new product, service or business, you will develop valuable experiences and tools for tackling future challenges through this introductory program to practical innovation.
This workshop is focused on helping individuals and organizations advance towards an Agile culture. This course is designed specifically to give you the basics to begin applying Agile principles influenced by a Scrum framework to your work. Ultimately, the takeaways will support you in building a culture of innovation within your organization that is not only agile, but also embraces design thinking and lean methods.
As a facilitator, you cannot always anticipate the exact needs of your participants. Through this workshop, you will develop the tools and techniques to grow your personal flexibility and openness to be an effective facilitator, no matter what changes in the moment.
- Learn tools, techniques, and activities you can do on the fly
- Create your own toolkit of strategies, techniques, & activities to use on the spot
- Design for the people you are facilitating...in the moment
Gain customer insight with a lean design thinking approach
Customer insights are not only a great basis for innovation, they can also help you communicate and build support for your new product or ideas. Customer knowledge and empathy are the essence of the design thinking and lean startup models, and this course will give you practical tools and activities to use WITH your customers to ensure you develop products that meet real needs.
- Learn ways to use customer insights to identify opportunities for innovation and new product development.
- Discover online tools and techniques useful for important steps in the innovation process, including your efforts to clarify your direction and get support for your recommendations.
- Experience examples of how this approach works that you can draw from for your own new product development process
Tips & Methods from 100 Innovator Leaders at Organizations
Innovation skills are important tools to cultivate as a professional in an organization or as an entrepreneur. But how do you learn or continue developing your innovation skills? Our program on innovating at higher levels will show you how to stay on the cutting edge of innovation, allowing you to not only innovate, but help others learn how to innovate and respond to change as well. This program shares key insights from Dr. Darin Eich's interviews with over 100 innovator leaders at organizations working toward a culture of innovation - their stories and the accompanying facilitated activities are sure to engage. This course can be done online or as a live group workshop.
Interested in discussing program ideas? Email [email protected] today. We enjoy hearing about what you are working on and appreciate the chance to create custom innovation, leadership, and design thinking programs for our clients.
Your Program Designer & Facilitator
Meet Dr. Darin Eich, founder of InnovationTraining.org, committed to driving a culture of innovation and learning. Darin has helped over 100 organizations across the globe, from Silicon Valley to London, develop a mindset for innovation through design thinking workshops. Darin specializes in designing personalized programs customized to you or your organizations’ unique requirements. His program clients have included prominent organizations like Oxford, Dartmouth, NASA, Pfizer, Adobe & USA TODAY. Darin began in a research setting, especially interested in leadership programs and putting what he found into action. The leadership programs he designed have reached over 2 million people. He has also built a network of innovation and design thinking facilitators and trainers who have delivered programs in all continents except for Antarctica!
Darin’s enthusiasm about helping organizations navigate the changing landscape led him to be an advocate for human-centered approaches to innovation and creative problem solving, storytelling and the application of new technologies (such use of virtual meeting tools, realtime collaborative whiteboards and AI) to further develop programs to meet the needs of organizations around the world. Darin holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin and has studied at the University of Maryland and William and Mary. His books, Innovation Step-by-Step, The Design Thinking Mindset, and Root Down & Branch Out: Best Practices for Leadership Development Programs, are a testament to his expertise in the field.
For more than a decade, Darin demonstrated his passion about leadership, innovation, design thinking, collaboration, and storytelling, making him a sought-after expert in the field for organizations with a collaborative culture of innovation and individuals with a growth mindset.
Darin Eich's Innovation Training Origin Story
Testimonials about Darin’s Innovation Programs & Book
"Darin is undoubtedly one of the most energetic people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. He brings this excitement to everything he does, including his brainstorming training and facilitation.
Going through Darin's training process was like learning to ride a bike. It took several sessions to start seeing results as I was literally re-wiring my brain to pedal at speeds it had never gone before. I fell off a few times along the way, often becoming intimidated by the fast paced environment, but was always reassured by falling back on his tried-and-true methodologies. I clearly remember one session it just 'clicked' -- instead of generating 20-30 ideas in each 3 hour brainstorm, I was coming up with almost 150 ideas. I was amazed at this new found skill that previously seemed unattainable.
My newly developed ability to generate creative solutions to problems not only is applied to day-to-day activities but it also helped me differentiate myself during interview tests from a large field of Ivy League candidates to secure a job at a top Silicon Valley tech company. I'm forever thankful for the opportunity to learn this unique skill and wish I could sit around that table with Darin more often."
CEO, Firebase (acquired by Google)
"Our world is changing faster than ever before. Don't let your skills stagnate! This book is like a self-study workshop that will enable you to learn systems to solve problems creatively and figure out how to lead in any life situation. I strongly recommended it.
Darin has taken the process of creativity to the level of simplicity that can be adopted by the masses. I like the focus on showing examples and using metaphors to explain things. Plus, the space and instructions provided make it feel like more than just a book. Also, the book using itself as an example and demonstration of the techniques it teaches is pure genius!"
Serial entrepreneur with 8 US Patents, apps with over 20 million users, named "Top 5 Young Entrepreneurs" by BusinessWeek
Darin once spoke at a leadership conference I organized in Madison. He talked about leadership in a way I'd never heard before.
It wasn't only what he said. It was also how he said it... with naked intensity and emotion and belief.
That was when I internalized that you could be passionate in a big, bold way about leading and inspiring others. It wasn't just me and my crazy friends thinking about this. "Out there in the Real World," they desperately needed more of it. Now that I'm here, I know we still need more, too.
I bought a copy. I can think of several friends who might do well to get one as well.
Founder, Mementum Marketing
“Innovation is a critical ingredient for success in today’s work environment. Being able to innovate allows you (and your company) to stay ahead of the game instead of constantly playing catch-up. In this book, Darin outlines an easy-to-follow process that will help you develop your ability to think innovatively and create tangible results.”
Dr. Jené Kapela
Principal/Founder, Jené Kapela Leadership Solutions, LLC