7 Unique Brainstorming Techniques

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Bring Your People Together

Matt Mickiewicz, founder and CEO of online graphic design marketplace 99designs, said that when he encounters some insuperable difficulty, he likes to hold the start-up equivalent of group therapy. "My favorite technique for brainstorming is to get together with a group of entrepreneurs and hold a mastermind, where everyone shares a problem or issue they are having, and the rest of the group brainstorms ideas and suggestions." Mickiewicz finds that this technique works best with groups of 10 to 12 people with different backgrounds and different measures of business success. "They can contribute mistakes they've made in the past, or share their experiences in overcoming certain issues," Mickiewicz says.