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Random Words Template

Generate new ideas and solve problems with this association technique.

About the Random Word Brainstorming template

What is random word brainstorming?

Random word brainstorming is a simple, creative technique using random words to generate new ideas and creative solutions to your problems. Using random word prompts allows you to step beyond traditional boundaries and address challenges from a different direction. 

The simplest way to find words is a random word generator online, but your team can also use any other sources (tweets, books, etc.). After finding a word, extract its underlying principles and then apply them to your case to see how they might connect.

When to use random word brainstorming

When you focus on a specific problem or question, your brain immediately associates that challenge with similar obstacles you’ve faced in the past. While that can be an effective way of thinking, it isn’t always a path to creativity. Random word brainstorming allows your team to solve business problems, create new inventions, improve existing ideas, or just think about problems in a new way.

Benefits of brainstorming with random words

The random word technique is a powerful way of accessing the parts of your brain that ordinarily lie dormant. It empowers you to think beyond your comfort zone, helping you tap into a level of creativity unbounded by structures or rules. 

Start your own random word brainstorm

The first thing you need is the random word itself, which is classed as the initial stimulus. Next, you establish a bridging idea based on the stimulus. This connects the stimulus and new ideas you could add to your solution.

To find a new word, use a random word generator online, or any other source (tweets, books, etc.). After finding a word, apply its underlying principles to your case to see how they might connect.

Get started with the Random Word Template

Miro's Random Word Brainstorming Template gives you a structure to conduct brainstorming sessions online and generate creative new solutions with your team. Our simple whiteboard tool is the perfect canvas for creating and sharing your random word brainstorm ideas. Get started by selecting this Random Word Brainstorming template, then follow these steps:

Step 1: Figure out what you’d like to accomplish. Do you want to solve a problem? Answer a question? Or generate some ideas?

Step 2: Generate words. There are a few ways you can do that. First, you can open a dictionary, close your eyes, and put your finger on any page. Write down whatever word your finger landed on. You can also use a random word generator found online, or ask a team member to pick a word at random.

Step 3: Now for the important part: try to come up with ideas or concepts that connect your random word to your problem or question. Don’t try to make too much sense of these connections. Instead, let your creativity run free.

Step 4: Repeat the process!

Random Words Template

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