Addressing organizational challenges with a lot of stakeholders in one workshop often leads to more understanding and co-created solutions.
But it also means more opinions, comments and egos.
Running a brainstorming or feedback session with 20 or 30 people can create as many problems as good discussions.
Our answer is Post-it notes.
Large workshops are helpful for:
- organizations such as museums or universities
- diverse customer groups — employees, customers, stakeholders, etc.
- ensuring that customer groups understand one another
- gathering a lot of feedback in a short time
Large workshops can be challenging because they:
- are not common for most clients
- can be intimidating for individuals
- create a lot of conversation
- can be sidetracked by a personal opinion
Techniques such as session transcriptions, paper questionnaires or easel pads are good, but each come with drawbacks.
Two things are happening within the attendee mind during these sessions: 1. they want to get their idea noticed and 2. they have a hard time thinking of anything else until they do.
Which is why after a lot of trial and error, we use Post-it notes.
And a lot of Sharpies. And some really big butcher paper. And tape. And bigger Post-it notes. And more tape.
It seems simple, but the results are real.
Getting ideas out of people, onto a wall and in plain site helps attendees see their idea has been acknowledged and lets them start thinking about other ideas.
Using Post-it notes lets attendees write down their own thoughts and allows for repositioning of ideas as the session progresses.
A lot of factors create a great brainstorming workshop — co-creation, participation, transparency — but the key is getting ideas to emerge from within the mind and bloom within the collective intelligence of the attendees.
For us, nothing does it faster than Post-its.
(This is not an ad for Post-its — we just use them a lot.)
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