Strategies for Effective Brainstorming with ChatGPT

ChatGPT demonstrated its capability for a broad knowledge base, but it is also a fantastic brainstorming and ideation tool. You can ask it to devise a complete project plan by framing requests or providing wide-ranging responses to open-ended questions, supplementing and extending human creativity.

In this post, you will learn to write detailed ChatGPT prompts for exploring brainstorming capabilities. Specifically, you will learn:

  • How to plan a detailed Euro trip from Pakistan
  • How to plan a dinner for a family of five
  • Learn tips on improving the brainstorming and planning prompts.

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Strategies for Effective Brainstorming with ChatGPT
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This post is divided into three parts; they are:

  • Plan a Detail EuroTrip
  • Plan a Dinner for a Family
  • Tips on Maximizing ChatGPT’s Brainstorming Capabilities

Plan a Detail EuroTrip

Let’s plan a 2-week long Europe Trip from Pakistan. As usual, you need the give details to the prompt to drive a more useful response. For example, let’s ask ChatGPT to provide various trip options based on duration and budget. You specified in the prompt:

  • Actor: A professional travel agent.
  • Request: How to plan for a two-week trip to Europe from Pakistan.
  • Interest: Outdoor adventure.
  • Budget: USD 3000.

So the prompt would be:

Act as a professional travel agent and provide at least 3 detailed itinerary options spanning the entire two-week trip to Europe from Pakistan. Each option should include 3-5 destinations in a logical geographic sequence. Assume the traveler has an interest in blending city sightseeing with outdoor or cultural experiences and a USD 3000 budget.

The following is the output you may find from ChatGPT:

Option 1: Eastern Europe Discovery

Duration: 14 days

Budget: USD 3000

Day 1-3: Prague, Czech Republic

  • Explore the historic Old Town, visit Prague Castle, and stroll across the Charles Bridge.
  • Enjoy panoramic views from the Petřín Tower and visit the Astronomical Clock.
  • Experience the vibrant nightlife and try traditional Czech cuisine.

Day 4-6: Budapest, Hungary

  • Take a relaxing cruise along the Danube River, passing by iconic landmarks.
  • Visit Buda Castle and admire the stunning views from Fisherman’s Bastion.
  • Relax in the thermal baths, such as Széchenyi or Gellért Baths.
  • Explore the ruin bars and enjoy Hungarian delicacies.

Day 7-9: Krakow, Poland

  • Discover the historic center and visit the Royal Wawel Castle.
  • Explore the somber history of Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum.
  • Take a day trip to the beautiful Wieliczka Salt Mine.
  • Sample traditional Polish dishes like pierogi and bigos.

Day 10-12: Vienna, Austria

  • Visit the majestic Schönbrunn Palace and explore its gardens.
  • Marvel at St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Belvedere Palace.
  • Attend a classical music concert or opera performance.
  • Try Viennese coffee and Sachertorte cake in a traditional café.

Day 13-14: Salzburg, Austria

  • Take a Sound of Music tour and visit filming locations.
  • Explore the baroque architecture of the historic Old Town.
  • Visit Mozart’s birthplace and enjoy a concert at the Mozarteum.
  • Hike or take a cable car up to the Fortress Hohensalzburg for panoramic views.

Option 2: Mediterranean Delights

Duration: 14 days

Budget: USD 3000


ChatGPT provided three options in detail. Let’s say to select the third option called “Central Europe Highlights”. You can ask for the itinerary in the follow-up question:

I like option 3: Central Europe Highlights. Please list the itinerary that I have to do before traveling to Europe.

The response would begin with the following:

Certainly! Here’s a detailed itinerary for your Central Europe Highlights trip. Before traveling to Europe, it’s essential to take care of the following preparations:

  1. Research and Planning:
    • Familiarize yourself with the visa requirements for European countries and apply if necessary.
    • Check the validity of your passport and ensure it has at least six months of validity beyond your planned departure date.
    • Research the local customs, currency, and transportation options in each destination.
    • Create a budget for accommodations, transportation, meals, and activities.
  2. Flights:
    • Search for flights from Pakistan to Berlin, Germany, as your starting point.


The travel preparation involves research and planning, booking flights, accommodations, intercity transport, travel insurance, sightseeing and activities, currency exchange and finances, and vaccination. However, as a language model, the response from ChatGPT is not always accurate and complete. ChatGPT has ignored that citizens of Pakistan need a visa to enter Europe. Therefore, you need another follow-up question:

As a Pakistani, we need a Schengen visa to enter Europe. Can you tell me the process of getting a visit visa for Germany?

This is what ChatGPT responded:

Certainly! To travel to Germany as a Pakistani citizen, you will need to apply for a Schengen visa. Here’s an overview of the process for obtaining a visit visa for Germany:

    1. Determine the type of visa:
      • If you are planning a tourist trip, you will need to apply for a Schengen Tourist Visa (Type C).
      • If you plan to visit friends or relatives, you may need to apply for a Schengen Visitor Visa (Type C) or a specific visa for that purpose.
    2. Gather the required documents:


Securing a visitor visa involves several key steps. Determining the appropriate visa category based on trip purpose and duration of stay establishes the foundation, while assembling the required application documents like passport, proof of funds, travel itinerary, and occupation documentation lays the groundwork.

While we can continue refining the itineraries by asking additional clarifying questions, the initial brainstorming phase is now completed.

Plan a Dinner for a Family

Planning a dinner every day can be difficult, and if you are not a regular cook, it can be challenging even to get proper groceries to make a dish. In these examples, you will ask ChatGPT a direct question and use follow-up prompts to finalize the dinner preparation. In your prompt, you should cover:

  • Actor: A super mom.
  • Request: Plan a dinner for five.
  • Time: 2 hours.
  • Type: Italian.

Then, the prompt would be as follows:

Suppose you are a super mom with 10 years of experience in cooking dinner for the family. How would you plan an Italian-style dinner for 5 in 2 hours at home?

The response from ChatGPT is as follows:

As a super mom with 10 years of cooking experience, I’m here to help you plan a delicious Italian-style dinner for your family of five in just two hours. Here’s a step-by-step guide to make the most of your time:

  1. Plan the menu: Choose a variety of dishes that encompass different components like appetizers, main course, sides, and dessert. Here’s a sample menu to get you started:
    • Appetizer: Bruschetta with tomato and basil.
    • Main Course: Spaghetti Carbonara.
    • Side Dish: Caprese Salad.
    • Dessert: Tiramisu.
  2. Make a shopping list: Go through the recipes for each dish and list down the ingredients you’ll need. Check your pantry to see if you already


From the above, you got a list of dishes, a shopping list, prep work, how to manage the time, and serving. There are 4 courses: Appetizer( Bruschetta with tomato and basil), main course (Spaghetti Carbonara), side dish (Caprese Salad), and dessert (Tiramisu).

Of course, you can ask a follow-up question to find the recipe. You can simply refer to “the dishes” without repeating the name since ChatGPT can remember what it answered:

Now, write down a detailed plan for making all of the dishes on the menu.

The recipes as provided by ChatGPT are as follows:

Bruschetta with Tomato and Basil:

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
  • Slice a baguette into ½-inch thick slices.
  • Arrange the baguette slices on a baking sheet and brush them with olive oil.
  • Toast the slices in the preheated oven for about 8-10 minutes or until golden and crisp.
  • In the meantime, dice ripe tomatoes and finely chop fresh basil leaves.
  • In a bowl, combine the tomatoes,


After that, you can continue refining the recipe by providing follow-up prompts to modify elements like ingredients, cooking methods, and flavor profiles based on your preferences and available items.

Tips on Maximizing ChatGPT’s Brainstorming Capabilities

In the previous examples, we have employed a direct and detailed plan for brainstorming, but also be open and vague in your initial prompt. For example, say, “I need ideas for…” rather than stating a specific problem.

Moreover, you can:

  1. Ask for multiple options or suggestions. For example: “Provide me with 3-5 ideas for an Italian dish”
  2. Provide examples of existing ideas as a starting point.
  3. Consider adding more details to the idea after ChatGPT’s initial responses.
  4. Read the responses and ask follow-up questions to refine, expand, or modify the most promising ideas.
  5. Ask ChatGPT to explain or justify its ideas to evaluate their merits.
  6. Keep asking ChatGPT to modify the idea based on available resources and constraints.

Brainstorming, in general, can be a challenging task that involves exploring different options and formulating a plan based on personal preferences. However, ChatGPT can simplify brainstorming by offering various options and explanations. Although ChatGPT can assist, it’s important to communicate your interests and adjust to your specific goals effectively. By actively engaging with ChatGPT and refining the suggestions provided, you can optimize the brainstorming experience and achieve better outcomes.


In this post, we delved into the powerful brainstorming capabilities of ChatGPT through a series of practical examples. Specifically, we covered:

  • How to write a brainstorming prompt for planning a two-week trip to Europe, including tips on narrowing down your options and prioritizing your itinerary.
  • How to use direct and detailed methods to plan a dinner party for five, and leverage ChatGPT’s capabilities to explore recipes and cooking methods.
  • Tips on crafting open-ended and flexible prompts for brainstorming, adding more details as you go along, and adapting your ideas based on available resources.

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