June 1998 Web Brief
Learning to be Successful

Quote of the month: "In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity" Albert Einstein

Help Others Generate Ideas
Source: Communication Briefings ideas that work

When you run a brainstorming meeting, it’s important for you to set the mood for the free flow of ideas. Consider these ways to loosen up the group:

  • Begin the meeting with an off-the-wall question about the topic at hand. Examples: "What name would a 4-year old give this?" "What do hands like about gloves?"
  • React positively to all ideas. How: Respond with euthusiasm to ideas offered, even ones that miss the mark. Reason: Now is not the time to judge ideas. Now is the time to generate them.
  • Ask participants to stand during the meeting. Reason: People tend to be more creative if they’re moving.
  • Help participants get in a brainstorming mind-set by having them wear T-shirts with a slogan such as, "Minds at work."
  • Create a fun atmosphere by blowing bubbles, cracking jokes or tossing around stuffed animals.

Source: Meetings in an Hour or Less ... or Else, Steve Kaye, cited in Successful Meetings, 355 Park Ave. S., New York, NY 10010