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10 Steps for
Great Brainstorming
verb [ no obj. ]
brain storm | ˈbrānˌstôrm |
use the collective mind to meet
goals and objectives, find
solutions, overcome challenges,
and solve problems:
(as noun brainstorming) : a
brainstorming session.
STEP 1:
Start by setting
goals and defining
your objectives.
Be specific with
what you want to
accomplish
up front.
Be Prepared
A strong moderator
or leader is essential
for results, maintaining
control of the session
and ensuring
objectives are met.
STEP 2: The Team Leader
When deciding who
participates, bring in
people with varying
points-of-view.
A group of 4 to 6 is
manageable, but more
than 8 or 9 becomes hard
to control.
Choosing ParticipantsSTEP 3:
Find Out
More!
Give enough background
to make sure everyone
knows what you hope to
accomplish.
Quick tip: the more time
participants have to look at
materials ahead of time,
the more time you'll have
to actually brainstorm!
Briefing ParticipantsSTEP 4:
Find Out
More!
Quick tip: leave smart
phones and laptops at the
door so everyone
focuses on
the task
at hand.
The EnvironmentSTEP 5:
Take participants out of the
normal work environment
to
Find Out
More!
For best results…
• Relax
• Leave inhibitions
behind
•
Skills for SuccessSTEP 6:
Set the stage and
let participants
know that
everyone will
respectfully listen
to the
contributions of
others.
Find Out
More!
The “Rules”STEP 7:
Don’t interrupt other participants
Never say anything negative
Take notes!
Find Out
More!
Breaking the RulesSTEP 8:
Participants need to
break the rules of
conventional thinking
(while following the
“rules”).
Find Out
More!
Think outside the box!
“Are We There Yet?”STEP 9:
Knowing when to move on, to wrap up,
or even to reschedule is essential.
• Have you fulfilled your goals and
objectives?
• Do you know what you have to do to
continue the project? What is the next
step?
• Are there ways to implement the
project?
Find Out
More!
What To Leave WithSTEP 10:
Ideas alone do not make
a brainstorming successful.
You must leave with a plan;
appropriate team members
need to leave with an
assignment or call to
action.
Find Out
More!

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10 Steps for Great Brainstorming

  • 1. 10 Steps for Great Brainstorming verb [ no obj. ] brain storm | ˈbrānˌstôrm | use the collective mind to meet goals and objectives, find solutions, overcome challenges, and solve problems: (as noun brainstorming) : a brainstorming session.
  • 2. STEP 1: Start by setting goals and defining your objectives. Be specific with what you want to accomplish up front. Be Prepared
  • 3. A strong moderator or leader is essential for results, maintaining control of the session and ensuring objectives are met. STEP 2: The Team Leader
  • 4. When deciding who participates, bring in people with varying points-of-view. A group of 4 to 6 is manageable, but more than 8 or 9 becomes hard to control. Choosing ParticipantsSTEP 3: Find Out More!
  • 5. Give enough background to make sure everyone knows what you hope to accomplish. Quick tip: the more time participants have to look at materials ahead of time, the more time you'll have to actually brainstorm! Briefing ParticipantsSTEP 4: Find Out More!
  • 6. Quick tip: leave smart phones and laptops at the door so everyone focuses on the task at hand. The EnvironmentSTEP 5: Take participants out of the normal work environment to Find Out More!
  • 7. For best results… • Relax • Leave inhibitions behind • Skills for SuccessSTEP 6: Set the stage and let participants know that everyone will respectfully listen to the contributions of others. Find Out More!
  • 8. The “Rules”STEP 7: Don’t interrupt other participants Never say anything negative Take notes! Find Out More!
  • 9. Breaking the RulesSTEP 8: Participants need to break the rules of conventional thinking (while following the “rules”). Find Out More! Think outside the box!
  • 10. “Are We There Yet?”STEP 9: Knowing when to move on, to wrap up, or even to reschedule is essential. • Have you fulfilled your goals and objectives? • Do you know what you have to do to continue the project? What is the next step? • Are there ways to implement the project? Find Out More!
  • 11. What To Leave WithSTEP 10: Ideas alone do not make a brainstorming successful. You must leave with a plan; appropriate team members need to leave with an assignment or call to action. Find Out More!

Editor's Notes

  1. Link “Find Out More” to http://info.livemarketing.com/blog/bid/57242/Brainstorming-Tips-for-a-Successful-Brainstorm?