(This post was adapted from Steve Roesler’s post on How to Get Your Good Ideas Heard from his website All Things Workplace.)
We all want to be heard, and we most of us in the corporate world want to share our ideas with our team and management. Here are four questions to ask yourself before offering up your next big idea:
1. Will this idea make other people successful?
Really. If it’s not going to do that, you’ve got what might be a good idea for you or you and your immediate work group.
2. Is my presentation as brief as possible because I have thoroughly edited my thoughts?
Figure out what is important to those in the room and what isn’t. Everything isn’t important to them. And if they do start asking questions it means they care enough to engage you. That’s an indicator of interest, even if the questions sound critical They are evaluating. And they aren’t worried about the time because you’ve given them something worthwhile to ponder.
3. Do I have objective criteria for success?
Even if your idea is a creative one, take time to link it to something that can be measured. If not, it will appear fuzzy to many. The more concrete you can be, the clearer the picture you are able to paint.
4. How do I feel about the idea?
Yeah, I know it’s yours. But make sure that you feel confident about it as well as committing to the work that would ensue. Ideas are sold on confidence and emotion supported up by reasonable facts. Pay attention to your gut.
When you have a good idea – don’t sit on it for too long. The longer you get it to yourself, the more momentum is loses. Speak up and be heard. A good idea doesn’t become a great one unless it’s implemented it.