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10 Powerful Tips for an Effective Brainstorming

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If I were to ask you what brainstorming is, how would you describe it?

Perhaps it’s better to see what it is NOT first by looking at common myths about it:

Myth #1: Brainstorming is just a free flowing building of ideas.

Myth #2: The goal of brainstorming is simply to come up with a solution to a problem.

So what is it then?

Fact #1: Brainstorming is not just free form; it requires structure, planning and an active participation of each member in a fruitful dialogue.

Fact #2: The goal of brainstorming is not just to solve a problem; it’s to expand each other’s ideas and explore possibilities.

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10 Powerful Tips for an Effective Brainstorming

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  7. 7. 24S| ides And why should brainstorming be done effectively? According to experts, much of the issues with idea—generation sessions are linked to: T 9' Q‘ Lack of focus Lack of structure Lack of discipline When done effectively, brainstorming gives you a goal to pursue. This will result in more creative ideas thanjust a free form discussion.
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  11. 11. 24S| ides — Example of guiding principles — What problems are we trying to solve? (e. g. increasing sales, improving customer service) What scope and limitations do we need to consider? (e. g. limited budget or human resources) ‘ Is anyone allowed to speak/ suggest freely? (e. g. yes but only one at a time)
  12. 12. ?4S| ides I 3. Define the problem Expound and understand Avoid quicklyjumping Researching ahead the issue first into possible solutions aids to define the problem to address the problem and set the parameters
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  14. 14. 24S| ides I 4. Break the ice challenge to warm them up their creativity and problem Have the team do a Conduct activities that use at the start solving skills
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  16. 16. Draw what you see/ hear/ feel/ smell during breaks ‘ ‘ See a difficult task differently by sketching it out 2|S| ides Doodle or write stories Draw something unrelated to clear your mind
  17. 17. ?4S| ides Z Habits to boost creativity: Z REA D lleading: A ‘ Exercises your working memory ‘ Stimulates your imagination L" T ‘ Allows you to see situations from various angles
  18. 18. 24S| ides Z Habits to boost creativity: Z IEEEZ ‘ Spend time to imagine while listening to music, voices or white noise. Then picture a cover art for your favorite album based on what you visualized. How would you describe the color red to a man born blind? What does the sight of ocean waves smell like? 0.0. HEFLEBT 0|] YOU! SENSE
  19. 19. &| S|ides I 5. Remove judgement 7 Ideas, even crazy ones, flow X/ elcome even silly or “stupid" freely when people know they ideas by rewarding those who can share without fear of are creatively bold criticism, ridicule or self—doubt
  20. 20. 24S| ides Z How to remove judgement from brainstorming: As a result, everyone feels empowered to share.
  21. 21. 24S| ides I 6. Expect a lull 7 C~'_~‘C C Find ways to say something Break the lull by changing unexpected, "stupid" but will perspectives create more ideas
  22. 22. a| S|ides I 7. Ditch the script Offer lots of writing materials Gather these and use them for every member to write on to produce something or draw their ideas creative
  23. 23. I 8. Don't brainstorm as a whole ‘rave :99 V’ #3‘ ~. gt. ~. a r Limit the members in each brainstorming group (e. g. 3-4 people) ('3) F :5) ll? ‘ :5‘ V3‘ " K‘, K" K’ lfyou have a large group. break it into smaller pods ?4S| ides
  24. 24. ?4S| ides I 9. Separate generation and evaluation Generation 7! Evaluation Again, brainstorming is all about idea generation, not evaluation
  25. 25. 2/_1S| ides Sample Case Walt Disney's Three Steps of Creative Process: A group huddles in a huge room with a chalkboard and round table to freely come up with ideas for an hour. Another group (some members from the old group and some new) in a smaller room with chairs arranged in a semicircle break ideas down and narrow the list to two or three solutions. In a small room with three chairs, any idea that survived the “Kill Room" would be developed.
  26. 26. ?4S| ides I 10. Gather the right team I seek diversity 5.’) I (‘i ) L/ L‘? Q r 0 x2 — Embrace diversity of experience and expertise ‘ Keep an open mind ‘ Don't be afraid to get silly Encourage others to share offbeat ideas Have people who will say “stupid" things
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