Consider this scenario, you just came up with a great idea and you’re just dying to let the world know about it. You immediately asked your boss, some coworkers, perhaps some investors to gather so you can spill the beans. This probably isn’t the best linear thought process to share your new idea with the world. Let’s take a look at some of the necessary preparation steps to perform before scheduling any meetings.
The first step is refining the new idea into basic elements to ensure it’s understandable. It’s best to start with a 30,000-foot view of the new idea and then try to break it down so it is easier to explain to others. These basic elements of the linear thought process need to answer questions such as “what problem is this new idea solving?” “Is the problem that it solving real or theory?” “Are there any complex logistics involved with carrying out the new idea?” Finally, “is there a prototype of the new idea so others can experience hands-on what it might look like?”
Anticipate By Reviewing The Past
New ideas that needs many resources such as time or money will also receive the most resistance. Before presenting your idea to others try to anticipate objections so you’ll be ready with a canned response if needed. Some examples of resistance may include others looking at the past and pointing out that a similar idea tried before failed. You will need to understand why the past failed and ready to explain why today’s new idea is going to be different. An explanation of the circumstances of then versus now can be powerful.
Influence The Linear Thought Process
Consider the audience that you will be explaining the new idea to. Are there top level executives that prefer to see the big picture or lower-level employees likely performing the grunt work to use the idea? Are you presenting the new idea to people that you already know, such as coworkers, in which case you will already have a good idea how they might react. In contrast, if present the new idea to people you do not know such as another business or investment partners then you need to perform research to understand what specifically makes them tick.
Record Lots Of Notes
Be prepared at the end of the presentation to receive objective and subjective feedback. Subjective feedback will consist of how others feel about the new idea, their gut instinct, and whether they liked it or not. Objective feedback is more likely to consist of hard numbers or statistics from those who have experienced ideas similar to yours in the past. They will likely rattle off percentages and include specific resources needed to carry out the new idea. Make notes of all feedback received, both positive and negative, so when you are reflecting on how it went you’ll have much reference material to decide the next step. What feedback have you received after sharing your idea? Let everyone know about your experiences via the social buttons below.