ThoughtOffice allows you to get creative and begin brainstorming
immediately with our simple to use interface and powerful
features. Let's quickly cover the following concepts:
1. How to use the eXpertTopic module questions to form the basis of your Sessions.
2. How to brainstorm and search for content to add to your Sessions with the Idea Browser.
3. Ways to preview and share your Sessions.
eXpertTopic Modules provide hundreds to thousands of questions that help you brainstorm in three specific ways:
1) To prompt your thinking with open-ended questions,
2) To help you clarify and "drill down" on a situation, and...
3) To help you expand on an idea.
Topic Module Basics
1. Defining the problem or opportunity is a key to successful
brainstorming. Each module is comprised of a 4-stage outline divided
into topical categories surrounding the core subject. This acts as a
guide to your creative process. The MBA's, PhD's and Experts who
developed this module use the same process to brainstorm with their
Fortune 500 clients, startups and students. Simply click the triangle
next to each heading to expose the next level of questions, comments,
queries or references.
2. To use these modules effectively, scan
the main Topic Headings for keywords or ideas that seem relevant to your
situation. Expand each Heading to reveal the sub-topics and related
questions. Each comment or question selected in the outline, will appear
in the viewer window below, along with any attached images.
To add eXpertTopic Content to your Brainstorming Session, simply click
the "Add to Session" button below the viewer window, and the selected
image and text will be inserted into your Session. These questions will
serve as the basis of your Session and help you clarify your ideas.
Don't worry about organizing at this stage; we make it easy to do that
Brainstorming With ThoughtOffice
Here is how to begin expanding on Topic Questions that you have added from an eXpertTopic Module.
A proven way to get creative results is to find a word in each question
that triggers your mind (usually a verb or active noun), select it, and
then click the Idea button.
2. The Idea Browser will
open with that word in place to begin your exploration. You
can also type directly into the Search field to perform new
3. Each of the Tabs on the Idea Browser
will provide you with content you can drag into your Session to help add
"meat" to your responses. Don't be concerned with details. At this
stage, exploration without limits is key to effective brainstorming. You
can also see how to use the Idea Browser as the starting point for your
Brainstorming Sessions in our HELP file, or online at
4. Clicking the
various language and image Tabs in the Idea Browser allows you to
explore different perspectives that may open new paths in your thinking.
Simply drag content or images you find interesting into your entry.
Keep entries relatively short, but without limiting quantity. This will
make for faster, clearer brainstorming. Don't edit now, just keep the
Multiple Ways To Share Sessions
Organizing, expanding and previewing your Brainstorming Session is
easy to do. Now that you have added your own ideas as well as what you
found with the Idea Browser, you can Save, Brand (including a Copyright
notice and your Name) and preview your Session in the following ways:
1) ...as a sharable or encrypted Session...
2) ...as a Slideshow Presentation
3) ...as a printed document...
4) ...or as a branded and optimized PDF file.
See the following images...
Sessions can be shared with others for viewing or
feedback. They may also be encrypted so that only the people
you want to view the Session may do so.
To start a Slideshow, simply click on the slideshow
icon. The Slideshow Controls window will open where you can
adjust the size of the screen and images before you start.
Select Run and your presentation will begin!
Sessions can be turned into printed documents by selecting the
Print icon. The Session Printing Controls window will appear
where you can make adjustments to the font and image size.
Click Print and you will be taken to the Preview window so that you may see how your Sessions pages will look.
Sessions can also be turned into a branded and optimized PDF file.
Need More Help?
If you want to learn more about any of the features and components
in ThoughtOffice, please refer to the various topics we've outlined
here in ThoughtOffice Help!