Brainstorming Examples and Techniques

Ideas are not mechanically manufactured. They are emotionally inspired. When a group of people works towards devising a pragmatic solution with collaborative efforts, it is essential to contemplate the multivariate ideas and multi-layered theories that brew in the mind of each member. There should be one place or one platform to express and accept the concepts as potential, no matter how unrealistic or scattered it may be. That is why we have Brainstorming Sessions.

However, the ultimate goal of brainstorming is to achieve a standpoint. Putting forward many ideas and accumulating various possibilities is only half of the picture. One needs to find a way-out or a prototype of implementation. Therefore, brainstorming needs a set of ground rules and techniques to function semantically. This article explores diverse brainstorming objectives, methods, and tools that help you achieve fruitful outcomes, every time and features various brainstorming examples to inspire you.

How Can Mind Maps Help Students?

Mind Maps are graphical representations of ideas, and it is the perfect tool to visualize inputs from a brainstorming session. Since students widely engage in brainstorming with classmates, teachers, friends, and advisors in various walks of life, mind map diagramming can be a healthy habit to jot down the methods and timelines, making it is easy to follow and conduct a better lifestyle management. Whether it is about setting goals for study groups, considering career choices, preparing for a job interview, planning an event like a house party, date or college play, or simply pursuing a hobby in spite of all that jazz; it is always good to have a chart of things that exhibits a visual semblance of balance.

Such a habit also helps students have a confident stance to consider creative thoughts with freedom of expression, and also hone their analytical skills, which will only help them in the future, no matter what career they choose.

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Brainstorming Techniques

The foremost criterion of Brainstorming is extracting both the idea and the thought processes to manifest a complete course of action. The situations, deliverables, concepts, and objectives of Brainstorming are dynamic and need unique approaches to get the creative juices flowing. Take a cue from the following Brainstorming examples to nudge your ideas.

1. Mind Mapping
Mind Map Computer Science Project

A mind map is an image that contains any sort of graphical element to express an idea. It may include to-do lists, thought clouds, doodles, notes, blueprints, key points, information, and anything else that helps bring clarity to an objective. The primitive technique to create mind maps is to take a piece of paper, some markers, and jot down the idea. Use one-worded labels first to write down the Main Topic and then work your way into labeling the relative layers of challenges, resources, considerations, etc. as subtopics. Take a cue from this Mind Map created by a student to streamline the project.

2.    Brainwriting

Brainwriting is the natural process of having each group member write down their ideas and inputs, and submit anonymously to the matter on the table. This process is different from the traditional group discussions exercised in Brainstorming sessions. The writing down of opinions isolates an idea from any additional exchange of acoustic, direct communication, as is radical in verbal conversations. This technique is devised to ward off impacts of counteraction, partiality, negation, or criticism, based on whose idea it is. But it is more about establishing flat an approach towards the ideation. Therefore, the anonymity of contributors is not always the primary concern of Brainwriting, it is also to have a precise conveyance of ideas when it comes from multiple directions, such as this Content Marketing Strategy above, which depicts multiple inputs from people and departments, yet still, holds up a cohesive objective.

3.    SWOT Analysis
SWOT Analysis

This is more of an objective than a method. It works with the categorical analysis of the four pillars of success:

  • Strengths
  • Weakness
  • Opportunity
  • Threat

By following this simple process, and having genuine inputs to each figure, one can overcome the weaknesses and threats and optimize their strengths and opportunities. Here's how Starbucks would like to picture their SWOT analysis with light-hearted content.

4.    Role Storming
Role Storming

Role Storming is a practical approach to considering what someone else might do in a similar situation. It is recommended that you engage role storming sessions with someone you trust, with a bit of favorable judgment. Such consulting teachers or educational advisors will take note of their accounts in a single Mind Map, or make career choices.

5.    Step Ladder Brainstorming
Step Ladder Brainstorming

Step Ladder Brainstorming is a modern concept to exercise teams and classes that are not adequately communicative or expressive. The drill follows the course of defining a problem or challenge to a group and then directing all but two members to leave the room. First, the two members are asked to share their ideas; then, a third member is called back in the place to share his/her input exclusively. This process is repeated with the rest of the members entering the room, one by one, and filling the room back up. Through this technique, every member can participate in the brainstorming, exclusively as well as collaboratively with a little help from a teacher, trainer or manager

6.    Design Charrette
Design Charratte

Charrette is a brainstorming technique that is much similar to workshops. It typically involves dedicated collaboration by a group or several groups working collectively towards a project, a cause, or a study program. Charrettes follow a target-oriented course, that has to be accomplished within the allotted time. This kind of brainstorming is typically endorsed for creative endeavors.

4 Brainstorming Examples

1. Brainstorming for Writing
Brainstorming for Writing

Never let writer's block take away your valuable time. Consider brainstorming as part of the process. See this template as a relatable example of brainstorming for writing that undertakes a fun doodle, and transforms it into a functional Mind Map for the professional writing process.

2. Business Brainstorming
Brainstorming for Business

Just because you are qualified to run a business, doesn't mean that you are fully aware of your business needs. Student startups, for example, face unique situations that they might not have even heard of in the classroom. Young entrepreneurs need to endorse learning processes that are in sync with their existing knowledge. This Mind Map about Financial Statements is a good instance, which simplifies the complicated terms and their position in Financial Statements.

3. Brainstorming for Students (Group Work)
Brainstorming for Students

Usually, after a student brainstorming session on group study, the page, whiteboard or blackboard used to scribble ideas, looks like a warzone, that hardly makes sense anymore. A simplified version like this template can be a boon for the masses.

4.  Brainstorming in Healthcare
Brainstorming in Healthcare

Medical Practitioners and Healthcare organizations heavily use charts, infographics, brainstorm, and mind mapping diagrams to convey essential information and guidelines for awareness or exchanging creative concepts. This template about Vitamin Deficiency Diseases can be easy to project for general people than an NCBI report, isn't it!

How to Brainstorm With EdrawMind?

EdrawMind Screenshot

If you avidly conduct or participate in brainstorming for problem-solving or giving rise to creative ideas, then you need to follow the simple techniques to make it worthwhile.

Using diagramming tools is a better and constructive method to map out confusions or conclusions without creating a mess of draft papers.

EdrawMind is a MindMapping software designed by Edraw. It is a safe and highly functional tool to graphically visualize the various issues, challenges, cognitive thoughts, and findings extracted from a brainstorming session and put it down in crisp, high-quality data conveying brilliant ideas brilliantly. 

Creating Branstrom Diagrams is very simple with EdrawMind. You may either download the software or use our browser-based interface. And go by the following steps

  • Select a template from the library
  • Open the blank page
  • Insert Main Topic from the toolbar
  • Insert Sub-Topics by clicking the "+" button on the Main Topic text box
  • You can drag and drop the text boxes to position them
  • Customize the shape of the text box, the background of the page, colors, and insert images by clicking on the respective buttons available in the control panel on the right-hand side.
  • Once you are happy with your creation, then click Export on the top right, beside the Save button to download the file on your computer.

Enjoy creating fun and functional brainstorms with your peers.