Brainstorming

In this module, I have learned a lot about brainstorming. Brainstorming is an excellent way of developing many creative solutions to a problem. It works by focusing on a problem, and then coming up with very many radical solutions to it. Ideas should only be evaluated once the brainstorming session has finished. Group brainstorming tends to develop ideas in more depth than individual brainstorming. It is designed to help you break of your thinking patterns into new ways of looking at things, which basically means think worry about outside the box. When you brainstorm on your own, you will tend to produce a wider range of ideas than with the group brainstorming. You do not have to worry about other people’s egos or opinions, and can therefore be more creative freely. You may not however develop creative ideas as effectively as you do not have the experience of a group to help you. Brainstorming in a group can be risky for individuals. Valuable, but strange ideas and suggestions may appear stupid at first sight. Because of such, you need to manage suggestions securely so that uncreative people do not crush these ideas and leave group members feeling humiliated. You should let people have fun when they brainstorm. Encourage them to come up with as many ideas as possible, from solidly practical ones to widely impractical one. You should welcome all creativity. Everyone in the group should appoint one person to note down ideas that come out of each the session. Before the last few minutes have ended in the session, you should summarize what was accomplished. Be sure to specify who will do what by when. Finally, follow up with participants to summarise the session and thank them for their contribution.

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