How to do brainstorming with Bard

By Nico • November 2023

3 minutes read

So, you want to brainstorm but all those fancy AI tools are expensive?

Sometimes, it feels like falling behind when you don’t want to spend money on the newest shiny tools...

Hopefully, Bard offers a solid free alternative to assist you with brainstorming. Let’s discover how to use it!

What is Google Bard?

Bard is a conversational AI tool developed by Google and powered by PaLM2

While Bard can’t replace your creativity, it can make your life easier by giving you new ideas & fresh perspectives.

Since it’s powered by Google, it usually gives more accurate results compared to other AI tools.

The best? It’s completely free!

How to use Bard for Brainstorming?

1. Opening Bard

That’s pretty straightforward, Just open Bard and click “Try Bard Now”

Note: You must be over 18 and have a personal Google account to use it (it won’t work with Workspace)

2. Writing your instructions

That’s where the magic happens! In the chatbox at the bottom, write your instructions (what we call “Prompt”), press enter and Bard will reply to you.

Now, that’s also where you need to work a little bit. The quality of Bard’s answers heavily depends on the quality of your instructions/questions. The more context you add, the better it is.

If you just write “Give me ideas for a video”, you will get extremely generic results.

Example of bad prompt when brainstorming with Bard

Now, let’s see if we get better results by writing more context:

“I have a YouTube channel about productivity and I'd like to find video ideas. Can you suggest me 3 ideas? I don't want to talk about task prioritization tho.”

Example of good prompt when brainstorming with Bard

The best way I found to give enough context is to craft your instructions like this:

I am X and I want to Y. Give me Z ideas.

If you want to learn more, I wrote a complete guide to do brainstorming using AI

Note: Make sure to not write sensitive information, as some of the chats are reviewed by humans

3. Iterate

That’s the most important part! You likely won’t get perfect results on the first try, even after adding extra context. You will need to go back and forth and refine your instructions to get the best results from Bard (and any other AI tool really)

Bard offers a few options for that:

1. Editing your prompt:

If you want to edit your prompt to add more context, just click on the pencil icon on the top right corner of the chatbox.

2. View other drafts:

If you'd like to see different versions of the Bard's results, click on the "View other drafts" button on the top right corner of the chatbox. It will show you different versions of the results (but usually, the first one is the best)

3. Asking “Generate more”:

Let's say you got a few ideas you like, but you want more. You can say something like “Generate more ideas based on the first one” and Bard will generate more ideas based on the first one.

4. Tweaking the response settings:

Bard as a few settings you can tweak to get better results. Go at the bottom of Bard's reply and click the "Settings" icon.

You will be able to tweak the settings like the length of the response (shorter/longer), the tone (casual/professional) or simplify it.

That’s it! You now know the basics of using Bard for brainstorming.

I will add more tips on this page over time, so make sure to check it out from time to time. And if you want to learn more, check out my complete guide to do brainstorming using AI.

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Nico is the founder of Talknotes. He is an entrepreneur with 7 years of experience, and love sharing what he learns along the way.

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