‘Hey I thought of that first!’ 3 Ways You Can Get Your Ideas Heard First

Tactics to get your points across effectively

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Say you have a good idea – maybe it’s a new angle to tackle for a project, or a way to keep morale up in the office.

However, you never share it.

Later on, someone else comes up with the same idea, and it’s a hit.

You might say to yourself: “I thought of that first but I didn’t know how to get it out there!”

If you’ve ever been in that situation, Harvard Business Review offers three excellent strategies to best communicate your ideas.

Know what matters

As an admin, you likely have a sense of what’s important to your organization.

Use that to your advantage. Present your idea in a way that hits home with your colleagues.

Money an issue at your company?
Let them know how your idea will save costs.

Consider your presentation tactic, too. For example, if you’re proposing an idea to a visual person, create diagrams and charts.

Look at the drawbacks

A lot of people think their ideas are the best thing since sliced bread.

Looking at your idea from a different angle gives you an advantage.

Ask yourself: “How could this idea fail?”

That way, you’ll know in advance what criticism you may encounter, and you can strengthen your idea to ward off potential problems.

Have passion

The best thing you can do to get others on board with your idea?
Be passionate about it.

No one else will believe in your idea if you aren’t its biggest cheerleader.

Enthusiasm is contagious. Sharing yours will get your colleagues on the bandwagon.


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