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Let’s Talk About: 🧠 Participating in a team brainstorming session 🧠

Hey there, creative minds! 🌟🧠 Welcome to our Conversation Club, where we’ll dive into the art of team brainstorming and explore the best practices for an effective session. Whether you’re a seasoned brainstormer or new to the game, this handout will equip you with essential vocabulary, phrasal verbs, idioms, conversation starters, and a fun role play activity to boost your brainstorming skills. Let’s get those ideas flowing! πŸ˜ŽπŸ’‘

Prepared with love by: My Personal English Coach

Helloooo! Just a few words of support for those of you who are starting your experience in our Conversation Club and don’t feel very confident. Don’t worry, we’re here for you!

On this page, you’ll find the vocabulary that can help you speak with your Club Partners (other MPEC students you’ll be paired with for guided conversations).

If you feel like it and have time, follow the advice number 1 in the image on the left and review all the language bits we think can be useful for you. We are your Coaches and we know you well! We know that using Idioms & Phrasal Verbs can be a real challenge, so those are often the language elements we’ll suggest you use πŸ™ƒ

After the preparation (you’ll find both the vocabulary and the conversation questions on this page), we invite you to participate in the Club session. You have received an email with the ZOOM link for the session:

On Tuesdays, the Club takes place from 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM, and on Thursdays, from 1:00 PM to 1:30 PM. If you haven’t received the access instructions via email, please, get in touch with us:

If you want to practice more after the Club session, you can come back here to do the Follow Up activity (at the bottom of the page). Are you ready? Let’s begin!

B1-B2 Brainstorming Vocabulary

  • Brainstorming πŸ§ πŸ’‘: A group activity where members generate creative ideas and solutions to a problem.
  • Facilitator πŸ—£οΈπŸ‘€: The person who guides the brainstorming session and encourages participation.
  • Idea Generation πŸš€πŸ’­: The process of coming up with new concepts, thoughts, or solutions.
  • Mind Mapping πŸ—ΊοΈπŸ”—: A visual technique to organise ideas and their relationships on paper or digitally.
  • Conceptualise πŸ€”πŸ’‘: To form and develop ideas or concepts in the mind.
  • Silent Brainstorming 🀐🧠: A technique where participants write down ideas silently before discussion.
  • Free-flowing πŸŒŠπŸ’¬: Ideas that come naturally without restrictions or judgment.
  • Build Upon πŸ§±πŸ—οΈ: To expand or develop an idea further based on existing concepts.

  • Narrow Down πŸŽ―πŸ—‘οΈ: To reduce a list of ideas to the most relevant or feasible ones.
  • Synergy πŸ€πŸŒ€: The combined power of teamwork and collaboration to create innovative solutions.

5 Idioms (with definitions and sample sentences)

  • Put our heads together 🧠πŸ‘₯: To collaborate and share ideas as a team. Let’s put our heads together and come up with a brilliant plan.
  • Blue-sky thinking 🌌☁️: Unconstrained, creative thinking without limitations. During brainstorming, we encourage blue-sky thinking.
  • Hit the nail on the head πŸ”¨πŸŽ―: To identify the exact solution or idea needed. She hit the nail on the head with her brilliant suggestion.
  • The sky’s the limit πŸŒˆπŸš€: There are no boundaries to what we can achieve. With our creativity, the sky’s the limit!
  • Think outside the box πŸ“¦πŸš€: To approach problems or ideas in innovative and unconventional ways. Let’s think outside the box for this marketing campaign.

Brace Yourselves for 10 Phrasal Verbs in Context!

  • Bring up πŸ™‹β€β™‚οΈπŸ—£οΈ: To introduce or mention an idea during the session. Please bring up any suggestions you have for our project.
  • Come up with πŸ§ πŸ’‘: To think of or produce an idea or solution. Let’s work together to come up with innovative strategies.
  • Sort out πŸ—‚οΈβœ…: To organize or arrange ideas systematically. Let’s sort out the most relevant ideas first.
  • Work out πŸ“πŸ€: To develop or refine an idea further. We need to work out the details of this concept.
  • Run with πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ’¨: To pursue or develop an idea enthusiastically. If everyone agrees, we can run with this idea.

  • Follow up πŸ“žπŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈ: To continue or take further action on an idea or proposal. After the brainstorming session, we will follow up on the most promising ideas.
  • Rule out βŒπŸ“: To eliminate or reject an idea from consideration. Let’s rule out ideas that don’t align with our target audience.
  • Think through πŸ€”πŸ”: To carefully consider and evaluate an idea’s potential outcomes. Before finalizing the plan, let’s think through the possible challenges.
  • Bounce off πŸ“πŸ’¬: To share an idea with someone to get their feedback or opinion. I’d like to bounce off my idea with the team to see what they think.
  • Wrap up πŸŽπŸ“‹: To conclude or finish the brainstorming session. As we near the end, let’s wrap up by summarising our top ideas.

Round 1: Communication and Clarity

  1. How do you prepare yourself for a team brainstorming session to ensure active participation?
  2. What techniques or tools do you use to organize your ideas during a brainstorming session?
  3. How do you handle disagreements or conflicting ideas within the team during brainstorming?
  4. What role do you prefer in a brainstorming session – facilitator, idea generator, or someone who builds upon existing concepts?
  5. Share a memorable brainstorming experience where the team’s synergy led to a breakthrough idea.

Round 2: Let’s Explore it!

  • How do you encourage introverted team members to contribute their ideas during brainstorming?
  • Have you ever encountered challenges in implementing ideas generated during brainstorming sessions? How did you overcome them?
  • What’s your favorite brainstorming technique or exercise that always sparks creativity?
  • Do you find silent brainstorming effective? How does it compare to verbal brainstorming?
  • How do you stay focused and prevent distractions during a brainstorming session?

Round 3: The Final One, So We Role Play!

In pairs, take turns participating in a simulated team brainstorming session. Use the vocabulary, phrasal verbs, and idioms from the handout to make the role play engaging and authentic. Be ready for an ideation adventure!

Student A: Facilitator

You are the facilitator of the brainstorming session. Your goal is to guide the discussion and encourage Student B to share their ideas freely. Remember to create a positive and inclusive environment where all ideas are welcome. Start the session by explaining the topic and setting the rules for brainstorming. Keep the conversation flowing and use appropriate prompts and questions to elicit Student B’s creativity. If there are any disagreements or conflicting ideas, handle them diplomatically, fostering a spirit of collaboration.

Student B: Idea Generator

Your role is to actively participate in the brainstorming session, sharing your creative ideas and suggestions with Student A (the facilitator). Embrace the freedom to think outside the box and contribute ideas without fear of judgment. If you need clarification or have questions, feel free to ask the facilitator for more information. Build upon ideas offered by Student A or propose new concepts that align with the topic. Remember to be respectful of others’ contributions and be open to feedback from the facilitator.

Instructions for Facilitator (Student A):

  • Introduce the topic of the brainstorming session: “Our goal is to brainstorm innovative marketing ideas for a new product launch.”
  • Set the rules for the session: “Let’s encourage blue-sky thinking and gather as many ideas as possible. All suggestions are valuable, and there are no wrong answers.”
  • Start the role play by saying: “Welcome, everyone! Today, we’ll be brainstorming creative marketing ideas for our exciting new product launch. Let’s put our heads together and come up with brilliant concepts to make this a success!”

Instructions for Idea Generator (Student B):

  • Begin the role play by saying: “Thank you for having me in this brainstorming session. I’m excited to share some ideas!”
  • Share your first idea with enthusiasm, e.g., “What if we create an interactive social media campaign that encourages users to share their experiences with the product?”
  • Build upon the facilitator’s ideas or come up with new suggestions: “I love the social media campaign idea! We could also host a giveaway to boost engagement and create a buzz around the launch.”
  • Feel free to ask questions or seek clarification if needed: “Could you please explain more about the target audience for this product?”
  • Embrace the role of an active participant and contribute as many ideas as you can during the session.

After The Club: The Follow Up

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