This paper describes the use of innovative teaching techniques in clinical teaching. Advantages proposed include increasing teacher and learner enthusiasm, improving participation and developing techniques that are most appropriate to learning goals. Examples of different innovative techniques are provided which are grouped into the categories of experiential learning, role-playing, competition and games, stimulus materials, brain-storming and sub-grouping. Finally, practical guidelines to develop and utilize innovations are suggested. The use of innovative techniques requires time, planning, a commitment to the teaching process and a belief that the resulting learning will be both more enjoyable and productive.