If you are the moderator of a women’s group, you will come across multiple instances that require creative and critical thinking. For instance, a member might have a problem that she hopes the group will help her solve, or the group might wish to discuss and analyze a book or movie. Regardless of the reason behind the need, there are a few techniques that can help in stimulating creative thinking.
Brainstorming is one of the best ways to stimulate creative thinking and it’s fun. Brainstorming is really a method of generating ideas, while judgment is put on hold.
Practically speaking, when you start to brainstorm, one person must be designated to take notes. Members can volunteer for this position, or they may be assigned the note-taker position on a revolving basis. It helps to have a stand up easel or pad and colorful magic markers so that the note-taker can write everything down for all to see.
In order to brainstorm, a playful environment must be created to stimulate the creative ideas. Even if the topic at hand is something very serious, refrain from getting bogged down or trying to be very somber. Playfulness stimulates creativity, so create the right environment – have some snacks on hand and make sure the seating is comfortable.