In most creative workplaces, ideas fly around constantly. In those cases, it can be difficult to get your ideas across when there are so many others competing for the same spotlight.
But rather than give up and let your ideas fall to the wayside, there are plenty of ways you can put yourself out there and make your ideas known, which is why today, we are going to talk about just that.
Whether you are a team leader trying to implement new policies, or a team member looking to add some creative input, here are three tips on how to successfully sell an idea to your team. Take a look below:
- Write them down. Ideas come and go, and some of the time, they spring up when we least expect them, making them easy to forget. To prevent this, try writing down your ideas. Whether that means jotting down a few keywords, sketching an outline, or writing out a brief summary, don’t fall prey to forgetfulness and let those great ideas slip away.
- Rehearse them. No matter how great an idea sounds in your head, it won’t do much for you or your team if you can’t express it. Avoid expressing your ideas vaguely by taking the time to rehearse what you are going to say out loud and in private. In some cases, you’ll nail on the first try, while other times it might take a big of practice. Getting through those mistakes before you open your idea up to the public will help make things much easier for you, as well as increase the chances that your idea will be properly understood and executed.
- Be open to criticism. Last but not least, you need to be open to criticism. While it may not do much for the idea that you just got shot down, it will certainly help you in the future. Not only does taking criticism help you understand what your team wants and does not want, it also shows your team that you are willing to take these criticisms in stride. In turn, they’ll be a lot more honest with you about your input, which will most likely help you cultivate bigger and better ideas in the long run.