Light it Up: Brainstorming Techniques That Work

Published Thursday, October 28, 2010 8:28 PM

We've had a month of wet and wild weather where I live, after losing the lights one too many times, the only type of storm I like these days is a good brainstorm. Done correctly, brainstorming can produce a deluge of ideas and tremendous thunderclaps of creativity. Talk about electricity!

Brainstorming Best Practices

Research shows that brainstorming is more than just corporate hokum, and that if done correctly, produces measurable, usable ideas. The very useful Business Brainstorming: Part Art, Part Science outlines 21 best practices that contribute to successful brainstorming efforts. Number one? Leave preconceived notions behind; they undermine brainstorming efforts.

Another useful article Brainstorming suggests sessions include a diverse group of people, from different disciplines, in order to generate the widest possible array of ideas. Other tips include:

  • Don't let one train of thought take center stage for too long
  • Be sure to create an open, non-judgmental atmosphere
  • Let people have fun brainstorming, encourage ideas ranging from the practical to wild. Let creativity rule the day!
  • Take breaks throughout the session to keep energy levels high

While brainstorming often connotes a group session, where people bounce ideas off one another, solo brainstorming is possible. If you are an independent contractor or a self-employed digital nomad read 5 Steps to Solo Brainstorming Success for ideas on how to set up your solo session to get the creative juices flowing.

Do you find brainstorming sessions to be useful? How do you make the most of brainstorming? Share your thoughts here and at the Beyond Folders Facebook page.

by Candie Harris




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