People often ask me where I get my inspiration for blog posts. The same question has been posed to me for speeches. 

When I first started blogging with my 100-day challenge, I brainstormed a long list of potential topics, so whenever I was stuck for an idea that day, I could just refer to the list and pick something. The topics were often learnings, aha moments, tools and productivity tips that I’ve picked up over time.

Since I’ve covered most of the topics on the list, nowadays the topics come from my more immediate interactions. I tend to look back on the week, see who I have met, what we discussed, what I learnt.

My good friend Sonja gave a workshop on topics and had us brainstorming. We were to pick a word, write it down, draw a circle around it and then using a mind map format, write down whatever words came up. It’s amazing how many words come up and pretty quickly too.

Another novel way came from my business mentor Sigrun. She suggested going through magazines that you would not normally buy and that has nothing to do with your business. Let’s take a car magazine for example and look at the topics and titles and see where you can adapt these to your area of focus. It gives a fresh perspective and you may find yourself using words you wouldn’t normally use.

So inspiration comes from many sources.