Because keeping things simple is usually pretty complicated
To be honest, it is quite simple to have a very intricate idea; you just have to let your mind wander for some time and, sure thing, something will come up. However, it won’t probably be the best idea your creative mind has ever had and you’ll have to go on explaining yourself far too long to your colleagues, who will look at you with that “clients will never buy this” look on their face. Here are some tips to come back to earth and keep things simple:
The core is what matters
Simple yet effective ideas are what get people’s attention. They are easy to understand and they reach a broad audience, as well as they present a new focus, a new outlook, that makes them funny, surprising, emotive or mind blowing. Simple, but new. That is the key.
You can always build on top
Keeping it simple is a way to ensure that you have a firm basis on which to construct your creative actions. A simple, easy concept such as “making people smile” can develop into an eye-catching fabulous campaign or design.
Simple ideas are easy to catch; your creative colleagues can relate to them empathising and making them their own. It is easier to talk about “love” or “fear” than that time you felt angry because someone stole your hamster at school.
Lost in details, lost in thoughts
Seriously, stop talking and arguing about the most insignificant details in meetings. That is to productivity what wearing a wool jumper is to feeling hot. Ideas first, details later. That is the way.
Curious, excited, safe and playful are some of the critical moods you want participants to have. It will allow them to create freely and comfortable. The question is; can you change the way people feel?
We all have this adrenaline rush when it comes to starting a new project. You gather all the info, make a good debrief and then it's time to start generating ideas. And that's precisely the moment when you go "now what?".
Having effective brainstorming is not only about filling a room with post-its, but selecting bright ideas that will work. So how do you summarise ideas with a solid shape without too many details?
We've been all there. There is a specific type of disagreement that you just know it will go nowhere. It's an endless loop. Just back and forth with the same answer from both sides.