Everyone — even your best friends — all seem so busy, right? And even if they’re not busy, you… um….er… uh… don’t really know how to kick-start the conversation to get them to help you develop your idea. The hardest part? Beginning.
And so, here’s a way to start — actually, 20 ways to start — phrases you can use to increase the odds of someone giving you the feedback you need to develop your bold, new idea.
Go ahead. Get your idea out there. Invite someone to give you feedback. You can do this.
20 IDEA FEEDBACK STARTERS
1. “I wonder if you have a few minutes to give me some feedback on a new idea of mine. Is this a good time?”
2. “I’d love your opinion about a new idea that really excites me. Got five minutes to spare?”
3. “I just had a big breakthrough. Mind if I share it with you?”
4. “I need a second opinion on a new idea of mine. Available?”
5. “Can I book some time with you tomorrow to pitch you a bold, new idea of mine. I think you’ll find it inspiring.”
6. “I just figured out how to _________. Can I share it with you?”
7. “I’d love your sage counsel on a new project of mine.”
8. “You’re one of the smartest people I know around here. Mind if I share a new idea with you?”
9. “Who do you recommend I talk with around here to help me develop an exciting idea of mine?”
11. “I’d love you to play devil’s advocate with me for a few minutes. Mind if I pitch you a new idea of mine?”
12. “When would be a good time for the two of us to get together and brainstorm an idea with the power to change our industry?”
13. “I need you help. I really do. Can you help me think through a new and untested idea of mine?”
14. “I’ve got a great idea that I’m really confused about. Can you help me sort it out?”
15. “Everyone I talk to tells me you’re the resident genius around here. Mind if I pitch you a great idea that needs some polishing?”
16. “Would you be open to being my coach? I’ve got an awesome idea that’s kind of flapping in the wind.”
17. “If you’ve got five minutes, I’d love your help thinking through a great, new possibility.”
18. “Can I take you to lunch today to help me refine a new idea?”
19. “Got 60 seconds to give me some feedback?”
20. “If you give me your feedback on my latest idea, I promise to name my tenth child after you. Ready?”
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Mitch Ditkoff is the Co-Founder and President of Idea Champions and the author of “Awake at the Wheel”, as well as the very popular Heart of Innovation blog.