101 Activities for Teaching Creativity and Problem Solving.Copyright © 2005 by John Wiley &
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- Idea Showers 
- To stimulate idea production, impose a deadline on small groups to generate at
least twenty-five ideas in 20 minutes.
- Ask the groups to notify you if they reach their goal early. If they do, challenge
them to think of five more ideas within 5 minutes and so forth until all groups
- Tell them to write down any ideas on Post-it®Notes (one idea per note) and place
them on flip charts for evaluation.
Whatever deadlines you impose, make sure they are realistic. Remember, however, that
what is realistic is relative. It all depends on the perceiver. Thus, I might perceive a dead-
line of two hours as realistic, but such a time period might evoke immediate panic in
someone else. If your deadline is not realistic, it won’t be motivating. Ask the participants
to discuss how they are affected by deadlines and in what situations they are more or less
Also consider having participants debrief using the following questions:
- What was most helpful about this exercise?
- What was most challenging?
- What can we apply?
- How would you rate the value of this exercise to helping us with this issue?
- Will this exercise be helpful in the future for other sessions?
- What did you learn?
- What will we be able to use from this exercise?
- What ideas were generated, and which ones were most interesting?
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