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Published on September 10th, 2014 | by Sally Wenham

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Happy National Swap Ideas Day!

Today is National Swap Ideas Day and here at the Post Office Shop, we would like to provide some insight on its creation which is the ideal opportunity to get those creative juices flowing.

Swap Ideas Day does not have a confirmed origin; however it is commonly thought that it was the brain wave of American Robert Birch. Birch has also been attributed to creating other days such as Nothing Day, Lumpy Rug Day and Trivia Day.

As its name suggests, Swap Ideas Day is a great excuse to communicate with colleagues at work and to share thoughts and concepts. Here are a couple of ways to swap ideas with fellow like minded people.

Particularly useful in creative industries, brainstorming is a great way to gather ideas on any topic or subject. However the spontaneous nature of a brainstorming session could also be beneficial in many work related aspects such as an employee forum when thinking of ways to boost office morale, or even for higher management to discuss ways and means of motivating their team to perform to its fullest potential.

The impulsive nature of gathering ideas in a group session inevitably means that some of the suggestions received are not always attainable. However, conversely, sharing ideas in this way could produce a suggestion of substantial benefit which had not yet been thought of. All that is needed to conduct a brainstorming session is a flipchart pad, marker pens and enthusiastic participants.

The use of Post-it Notes is beneficial during a brainstorming session as that gives participants the freedom to jot down an idea as soon as it is thought of. There is then the possibility to remove that idea or thought after further discussion on the subject.

For the cost of a pen and some paper, why not get writing ideas down and suggest colleagues do the same in the hope of having one of those light bulb moments

Happy Brainstorming!

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