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How to get others onboard with your ideas

How to get others onboard with your ideas

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Let’s put the pieces together. Imagine you have a brilliant idea at your job. Maybe you have a thought around building community at your workplace or restructuring your space to allow for better collaboration. How do you get people on board with your ideas? This takes a lot of the 10 skills to do successfully; innovation to listen and learn from diverse perspectives, problem solving to devise a plan of action and ultimately communication – how are you going to deliver your idea to someone who can help you make it happen?

  • Explain how your idea would solve a problem
  • What’s your story? Why is this important to you?
  • Have a clear and specific focus (not too broad and overwhelming)
  • Casually pitch your idea to colleagues, how do they react?
  • Don’t get frustrated
  • Suggest a trial run, a pilot

Check out these Quick Tips to Make Yourself Heard. You’ll discover an easy list you can use to speak up professionally in the workplace.Print it out. Hang it over your desk. Save it on your phone. It’s a handy guide you can use any time you’re communicating professionally.


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