If you have been using Brainstorming to come up with an idea, whether it be for college, university or work you now need to decide which idea to take forward.
A technique called ‘Select the hits’ is great for this because it is anonymous, and everyone gets a say.
Try and get a mixed group of people for this if possible.
Explain to them the aim of your ideas, and on what basis you’d like them to vote. Just saying the ‘best’ idea might not be specific enough. You might want them to vote for the ‘quickest idea to set up’ or ‘the one that would make the most money’.
Now get each person to decide in silence which they want to vote for, you might want to give more than one vote each. Give each idea a number so they can easily write down the one they want to vote for. Or their top 2 if you have given more than one vote each.
You should now have a winner. If you have a tie, you could do another vote between those ideas.
It’s always good to follow this up with a discussion around why people chose that idea.