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Tips and tricks for facilitating ideation sessions in Lucidspark

Before diving into the nitty-gritty bits of wisdom in this post, let’s get one thing out of the way: What on earth is an ideation session? 

It’s one of those terms that sounds complicated when you say it out loud, but it’s actually very straightforward. Just take each part in turn. “Ideation” is the process of generating ideas. And a “session,” in a business context, is just a meeting. 

A meeting for generating ideas—if you’re thinking that sounds a lot like brainstorming, you’re right! Or partially right, at any rate. While brainstorming refers to a specific process, an ideation session might include any number of creative processes, including brainstorming, sketching, or even casually kicking around ideas with a few co-workers.

Whatever form your ideation session takes, we can tell you that your meeting will be most successful with a little bit of structure. Nothing too formal—just a way to help facilitate the process and catch ideas as they come. This is where Lucidspark comes in.

How to facilitate brainstorming in Lucidspark

One of Lucidspark’s best qualities is its flexibility: It can be as lightweight or robust as you need it to be. That means there’s no right way to use Lucidspark during a meeting. So rather than viewing these tips as a checklist of activities to do, use them as a toolbox. 

Here is a set of features and practices you can use—in any combination—to get the most from your team’s brainstorming sessions. 

Set up the board ahead of time

Nobody likes to have their time wasted, especially in meetings. Don’t spend valuable meeting time opening a new Lucidspark board, adding a title, containers, agenda items, etc. All of that can be taken care of beforehand.

Not only will this help you start your meeting on the right foot, but it also provides structure. By outlining key talking points, setting an agenda, and using other organizational tools within Lucidspark, you can keep your ideation sessions on task, focused, and moving smoothly. 

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Share the board before the meeting

Want even more info on setting up your board in Lucidspark? You’re in luck—we wrote a whole blog post on the subject.

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Sign up for Lucidspark today to give these tips and tricks a try during your next team brainstorm.

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