3 Success Tips for Generating Your Most Brilliant Ideas

Even the most creative professionals sometimes struggle to come up with ideas. When you have a problem to solve, pressuring yourself and overthinking doesn’t work.   What can you do to get to those brilliant ideas? Put these three tips into action.

Watch the video, then comment below: 

A few takeaways:

  • Select a capture tool, and use it. Ideas can strike when you least expect it. Don’t let it slip through your fingers. Capture ideas on the spot by selecting your favorite tool – a stack of 3×5 cards, an idea notebook, or a Google Drive document on your tablet or laptop. You can even text the idea to yourself on your smart phone. Select a capture tool now so you’re ready when an idea pops.   
  • Set up a judgment-free zone when brainstorming. As you write your ideas digitally or on paper, let every thought to be expressed. No editing. It shuts down the creative process. Setting up a judgment-free space opens your stream of consciousness, allowing new ideas to flow.
  •  Spark ideas through playful activity. Invite your team to toss around a ball or small toy. As each person catches it, they must share an idea on the spot, as a designated recorder jots it down. This simple game helps people draw out creative ideas. While not all ideas will fly, your team is likely to come up with a few brilliant thoughts that can turn into the next big thing for your department, brand, or business. 

 What do you do to get your ideas flowing? Please comment below.   

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7 thoughts on “3 Success Tips for Generating Your Most Brilliant Ideas

  1. Hi Marilyn, Great video with insightful suggestions! We actually developed a waterproof notepad called AquanNotes® for great shower ideas. This is the place where many people find their ideas flow freely!

  2. Nice read and great suggestions. I’ve never heard of the tossing a ball one but I love it. Will be trying that one soon. Thanks!

  3. One thing that always works….giving your group 3 minutes at the beginning of the meeting, workshop or seminar to tell you what they are wanting to learn from the session and have evaluation sheets for them to give you further feed back. This way they can be more involved at the beginning and provide you with follow up to turn their production way up.
    I enjoyed your key points and will continue to look to learn here.

  4. Thanks Mary Helen. Great points! Starting the meeting that way really gets the group to take ownership. And those who planned to coast or tolerate the meeting get a chance to refocus and make a different choice. Appreciate your feedback!