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Overcoming obstacles and problems with Traditional Brainstorming

When you perform traditional brainstorming there are often some problems associated with it which can be hard to solve. The process can seem very slow and forced. These next two pages are designed to help your brainstorming sessions run smoother by suggesting solutions and techniques which overcome these obstacles.

The "overcoming obstacles" section is split into three pages:
  1. Ways to kill and ways to help an idea
  2. Overcoming group-related problems and making group brainstorming more productive
  3. Overcoming problems from an individual's perspective and helping to prevent your own fears of brainstorming
But first, let's see a brief overview of the multiple obstacles to overcome.

Obstacles to creativity:

Have a look at the obstacles below and think about how much they affect your creativity and that of others.
  • Habit and routines
  • Fear of making mistakes
  • Beliefs
  • Upbringing
  • Fear of consequences
  • The weight of previous solutions
  • Absolute Truths
  • Principles
  • Fear of change
  • Comfort with patterns
  • Certainty
  • Boredom
  • Self-doubt and self-criticism
  • Stress
  • Rational thought
  • Politeness
  • Fear of appearing childish
  • Specialization
  • Unwillingness to play games
  • Language
  • Age
  • Lack of time
  • Ego

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