Brainstorming is a great way to generate new ideas and solve problems in a team setting. However, sometimes it can be challenging to get team members engaged and motivated to participate. One way to prepare teams for brainstorming sessions is by using physical props or objects. Props can help to break the ice, get team members into a creative mindset, and encourage them to think outside the box. In this blog post, we'll explore how teams can use props to prepare for brainstorming sessions about their work.
“Props” - An Improv Game to Use with Your Team
While props are things, "Props" is also the name of a popular improv game that encourages creative thinking and problem-solving skills. In this game, the group is given a random object, such as a rubber chicken, a broomstick, or a hat, and each person has to come up with a creative use for the object. The goal is to think outside the box and come up with imaginative and unexpected uses for the object.
For example, if the group is given a rubber chicken, one person might use it as a microphone to deliver a stand-up comedy routine, while another person might use it as a musical instrument, making "chicken sounds" in rhythm with a song. This game is not only fun and entertaining, but it also helps to develop creative problem-solving skills, as participants learn to think on their feet and come up with creative solutions to unique challenges.
"Props" can be played in a variety of settings, including in the classroom, at a or during a team-building event. It can be played with any object that is easy to pass around. Overall, "Props" is a great way to encourage creativity and collaboration, while also providing a fun and engaging activity for group members to enjoy.
Here are three additional ways you can use props and objects to prepare your team to brainstorm:
1. Use props to set the tone.
Props can be used to set the tone for the brainstorming session. For example, if the session is about coming up with ideas for a new marketing campaign, you could use props like advertising materials or product samples to get team members thinking about the product or service. By using props that are relevant to the topic, you can help to create a collaborative environment and get team members excited about the session.
2. Use props to inspire creativity.
Props can also be used to inspire creativity and help team members think outside the box. For example, you could provide a random object, like a toy car or a clothespin, and challenge team members to come up with as many creative uses for the object as possible. This can help to get team members into a creative mindset and encourage them to think about problems and challenges in new and innovative ways.
3. Use props to encourage collaboration.
Props can also be used to encourage collaboration and teamwork in a tactile way. For example, you could provide a set of building blocks, play dough, or other construction materials and challenge team members to work together to build a structure that represents a solution to a problem or challenge. This can help to promote teamwork and communication skills, as well as encourage team members to work together to achieve a common goal.
In conclusion, props can be a valuable tool for preparing teams to do brainstorming about their work. By using props to set the tone, inspire creativity, encourage collaboration, and foster a fun and engaging atmosphere, teams can be better equipped to generate new ideas and solve problems in a team setting. So the next time you're planning a brainstorming session with your team, consider incorporating props to help prepare and motivate team members for a successful session.
About the Author: Leigh Ann Rodgers, Founder of Better Teams, Team Consultant Academy, and FORWARD, is an IAF Certified Professional Facilitator with 20 years of experience in the human development field. Leigh Ann is a skilled meeting facilitator, trainer, and coach working across the globe to help leaders cultivate teams that are happy and high-performing.
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