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Brainstorming for Student Organizations

photo of a student writing down ideas on a large pad of paperIs your group stumped for new ideas? Do you do the same activities the same old way year after year? Do the leaders and maybe just a few others seem to do all the talking?

Brainstorming may be just the technique to rejuvenate your organization and get everyone excited and involved. The purpose of this method is to get out as many ideas as possible - the more you have to choose from, the better your final choice will be! You can use brainstorming for almost anything: program ideas, themes, slogans, publicity, group goals and problem-solving.

The rules for brainstorming are deceptively simple - be sure the group understands them and someone has the job of making sure they're followed.

FIRST OF ALL: SET THE STAGE

SECONDLY: EXPLAIN (AND POSSIBLY POST) THE FOLLOWING “RULES”

THIRDLY: MAKE GOOD USE OF YOUR MEMBERS' CREATIVITY

Be sure to utilize the ideas generated. It’s extremely demoralizing for a group to invest its time, energy and creativity and have its ideas disappear. Seeing your ideas come to fruition, however, is extremely rewarding.