By brainstorming many ideas to solve the problem and then narrowing them down to the most effective ideas possible, you can create a strategy to help you achieve your goals and solve your problems. Listen: Know as much as you can about the problem you want to solve before sitting down for a large brainstorming session. Also invite others involved in the decision-making process to do so themselves. There are many ways to prepare for brainstorming. First, explore and analyze any existing data to find clues that might be a good solution. See if you have researched your question or similar issues. Check industry journals, newspapers, reliable industry websites, and other places where this information may be published.