GREAT, DOESN'T IT?
(even when you're not sure what an
Idea Party is?)
Here's how you do it...
Find Good People
time that you meet someone you'd like to know better,
give that person your name and phone number and
invite them to your Idea Party, even if you don't
yet have a date or location. Hopefully, you'll collect
a few names and phone numbers. Call everyone. The
first person you speak with can be your buddy. She'll
help you pick the date and location, and call people
she knows. Don't hesitate to ask your friends, family,
and coworkers to come to your Idea Party. Just say,
"I'm having an Idea Party. Want to come?"
and you'll get surprisingly positive results. You
can have as many as 15 or 20 people at this party,
and the more varied their backgrounds, the better.
NEVER PERSUADE ANYONE TO COME.
You only want people who want to be there. That
usually screens out the "show-me" types,
who don't make the best brainstormers.
Tell Everyone to Bring Food and Send Them Straight
to the Kitchen
strongly advise that the party be potluck. When
people arrive, they'll break the ice best by going
straight to the kitchen and putting out their food
on the dishes you've provided. This will five everyone
the feeling of working together right from the beginning.
Also, bustling around in the kitchen looking for
the right utensils creates an atmosphere that is
a perfect warm-up for an Idea Party: playful, informal,
with easy problems to solve.
Begin the Brainstorming
everyone has a plate and is sitting (on couches
and chairs, the floor, or around a big table), the
brainstorming begins. Have pads of paper and pencils
available. One by one, each person can ask for some
help with brainstorming (or feel free to pass if
Here's what they will say:
is my wish:_________, and
here is my obstacle:_________."
speaker should present only one wish and one major
obstacle. Explain as little as possible, so there's
plenty of time to get suggestions. Each person gets
5 minutes unless there are fewer than 6 people,
then they get 10 minutes. You want to keep the pace
worry if there doesn't seem to be enough time; everyone
can talk after the brainstorming when they break
for dessert and coffee.
Timekeeper's tip: use a timer,
one that makes a loud "Ding!" when the
time is up. You don't want to be the bad guy who
stops people from talking. BUT
IF EVERYBODY TAKES TOO MUCH TIME, SOMEONE WON'T
GET THEIR CHANCE. The whole brainstorming
shouldn't last more than 1 1/2 hours.
(If you'd like more instructions on how to brainstorm,
see page 126 in Wishcraft,
Barbara's first book.)
Break for Dessert
everyone has had a chance to get ideas, the brainstorming
is over. But the party goes on. Return to the food
table for dessert or coffee. This is when people
will get to know each other. By this time, they'll
have some questions for each other, or more advice
than they had time for during the brainstorming.
Be sure to leave enough time for this part of the
evening. It's an important part of the process.
the evening is over, expect to get compliments on
this party, because Idea Parties are fun! Ask people
to leave their names and numbers if they want to
be called for the next Idea Party. And if they want
to host an Idea Party themselves, that's great!
Go to their house next time!
Throw Another Idea Party in a Month - and Watch
Your Life Get Better
every Idea Party, you'll meet new people. Idea Parties
are a sensational way to get to know the best people
in town, and a warm and stimulating way to do some
first class networking. Never underestimate the
difference it can make in your life to meet someone
who can hand you a piece to your puzzle. You could
find out something that changes your life in this
best and oldest way of socializing.
is the dream killer. You don't need a positive attitude
or self-confidence to make your dreams come true.
You just need a lot of friends who want to see you
get your dreams. With that support, your world will
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