Communicating your ideas is everything.
If you’ve ever had a great idea, you know that the most critical moment in that idea’s lifecycle is when you first decide to explain it to the people who can give it the go ahead.
At that moment the words that come out of your mouth, the tone that in which you choose to utter them, and the very look on your face in that fateful moment make all the difference.
I’ve been the guy who stumbles through explaining an idea, and I’ve been the guy who walks away thinking “why don’t they get it???”
At that point, no amount of data, logic, or principle can make up for the ground that has been ceded to an idea poorly communicated. It’s pretty much done.
That is, of course, unless you repackage the idea in a way that works!
We’ve all experienced it. I’ve been in the room when someone squirms through an idea just as often as I’ve squirmed through explaining my own. It’s a point of vulnerability that leaves us wondering if we should even bother sharing in the first place.
But what’s the alternative? Not sharing the idea? Letting your talent and strengths sit idle when you think – no, you KNOW – you can help? No way!
It’s not a matter of “CAN YOU?” it’s a matter of “WILL YOU???!!!”
And you should!
But work on that pitch a bit before you do.
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