Discover creative and quirky brainstorming rooms that allow you to think outside the box
Now more than ever companies are appreciating the benefits of brainstorming. It allows you to be innovative, acknowledging different view points, and overall builds a stronger team. So get yourself and the team out of the offices and allows the creative juices to flow in one of these fresh brainstorming venue spaces in London.
What helps with effective brainstorming?
We had a good think about what makes these brainstorming sessions extra successful and this is what we came up with. Just follow our five steps to brainstorming event success:
1 - Venue space. You may be thinking 'of course they would say that' but hear us out. We've all been at that point when we are sat at our desk, or in the meeting room next to our desk, and you start to zone out, or your brain just freezes. The way we deal with this is often to get out of the office space. We go outside for a walk, we move the meeting elsewhere (usually to the coffee break room), and this clears and restarts the mind. Simply, a new setting or venue can promote thinking in new ways and that's why it's so important to get your brainstorming room choice right.
2 - Room set-up. Brainstorming sessions work best when everyone throws in their two cents. Often 80% of suggestions are ridiculous, laughable, or get thrown in the bin, but it's from these suggestions the best ideas spark. In order to give everyone the confidence to speak up, we suggest round tables or setting your chairs in a circle in the venue space. This removes hierarchy and hopefully encourages equal discussion.
3 - Select the right lighting. While we all love bright and airy spaces, a recent study actually showed that you should try turning the lights down when attempting to get creative. According to findings published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology, darkened lighting supposedly ‘elicits a feeling of freedom, self-determination, and reduced inhibition.' But make sure natural lighting is available too! Research shows that low exposure to natural light is a mood killer longer term.(n)
(n) 4 - Bring an ambient noise machine. Perhaps you’ve already invested in one of these noise machines, like Ecotones Sound + Sleep Machine to help you sleep at night, but did you know these things can double as creativity boosters? Studies show that just the right balance of ambient noise (70 decibels of it, to be exact) optimizes performance. A paper published late last year in the Journal of Consumer Research, argues that the ideal work environment for creative projects should contain a little bit of background noise.
5 - Fill your space with inspiration. Psych Central suggests placing things in your space that create curiosity and surprise, and nothing does that more than an inspiration board. Ask each of your guests to prepare one ahead of the session and bring it with them. It works as a fabulous ice breaker too.
The Office Group Henry Wood House
This space is great for team catch-ups and planning. It benefits from natural daylight and sophisticated interior décor. Help yourself to our selection of goodies and sweeties, available for free in every room. Espresso machines on hand in the meeting room.
Radisson Blu Edwardian, Mercer Street
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Radisson Blu Edwardian Mercer Street is a boutique haven at the heart of London's most vibrant districts - Covent Garden. A dedicated conference team and the latest touch screen HD ready technology ensure the success of your event at this boutique hotel.