Are your best ideas swept under the rug because no one will listen?
Your best ideas may be the next big thing. They need to be heard loud and clear.
The main goal to getting your best idea heard is for the listener to be inspired enough to want to change. This can be difficult to master, especially when you know the history of the person’s openness to change is rather low on the scale.
There are some things to keep in mind when presenting one of your best ideas to anyone. The bottom line is that you have to believe in your own idea for it to even be heard.
Here are 5 tips to master when you want your best ideas to be heard loud and clear.
You will be asked many questions about your idea.
I can’t stress this enough. You must believe in yourself first and foremost. You must feel confident in your own ideas and own answers
Don’t offer any of your own ideas unless you are confident in the ideas. Confidence shines through stutters of not not being comfortable with something you should know everything about.
Never ever offer an idea you don’t believe in completely. It will be shut down in an instant.
Wait for the most perfect moment to express an idea. It may seem like that perfect moment will never come.
But, the best ideas are heard at the most perfect and turning-point moments.
Sometimes that perfect moment is a tragedy. And you have a great idea to improve the situation.
Other times, the perfect moment is during a high time. If you are sure your idea can make it even better, go for it.
Step in to the conversation with class, while also confident.
Explain how your idea would work to improve a situation while giving proven factual examples.
If you have personal examples, that’s awesome. People love personal stories of what has worked for them.
Answer all questions confidently and with class. Avoid sarcasm and anger when criticized for your idea.
The important thing to keep in mind here is that you are educating your listener. If you want your best ideas heard, you should always keep your head on straight. Avoid any signs of discomfort or struggle with your answers.
Your listener needs to know you are comfortable with your own ideas. Otherwise, your listener will quit listening.
4. Emphasize the positives
Get your listeners excited about your best ideas by emphasizing the positives first. Hook them in by telling them why and how your ideas could help them achieve.
Find three to five positives ways your idea can help achieve the change and goals it is intended to do. And sell them.
Be enthusiastic, confident and classy with they way you explain these positives and answer questions from your listener.
Let the listener feel the positive vibes in such a way that he/she will be inclined to want to change and believe in the idea.
5. But don’t leave out the negatives
Be truthful about any negative aspects your idea could bring to the table. It is more important to be open and lay everything out on the table at first than for everyone to be surprised later.
Since you laid out and emphasized the positives first, the listener should have a great understanding of them before you introduce any negatives.
Be sure to let those positives outweigh the negatives. This will be easy to do if it really is one of your best ideas ever. You should have no problems finding more positives than negatives if it is an idea you truly believe in.
Your listener will read that in you as well and the negatives may not even matter.
Still, you’re trying to instill change. By practicing these 5 skills, you can convince any listener to be inspired. The change will come soon enough.
But change is hard
Understand many people do not like change and refuse to listen to new ideas.
Know and practice the five ways to get your best ideas heard listed above. You’ll be well on your way to discussing change in a positive way.
And your listeners will be listening.
Your best ideas are waiting for an outlet. Make them be heard.