Top 10 Rules for Brainstorming

  1. No criticism, evaluation, judgment, or defense of ideas during the brainstorming session.
  2. No limit on “wild” ideas, no matter how outrageous or impractical they seem.  Every idea is to be expressed.
  3. Quantity is more desirable than quality.
  4. “Piggybacking” – building on ideas- is encouraged.
  5. Everyone must be encouraged to participate.
  6. Record all ideas – i.e. on a piece of paper or flip chart.
  7. Choose “top 5 ideas” – combine similar ideas when appropriate.
  8. Individually rank ideas.
  9. Decide, as a group, which idea will be enacted first.
  10. Begin the brainstorming process again at a later date if necessary.

**Courtesy of Center for Service and Leadership, George Mason University, 2006.