20 Ways to Get Feedback on Your Biggest, Baddest, Boldest New Idea

20 Ways to Get Feedback on Your Biggest, Baddest, Boldest New IdeaYou’ve got a great idea. I know you do. But I also know it’s just sitting there. In your head. Like a lump. Why? Because you haven’t pitched it to anyone.

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.


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?”

20 Ways to Get Feedback on Your Biggest, Baddest, Boldest New Idea10. “I got a deal for you. I’ll buy you breakfast tomorrow if you give me some feedback on a bold, new idea that came to me last night.”

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 DitkoffMitch 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.

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4 Responses to 20 Ways to Get Feedback on Your Biggest, Baddest, Boldest New Idea

  1. Alaya Love says:

    Hi Mitchell,
    In my trainings thru the years for manifestion, I was taught NOT to tell others, not to let the energy “leak” until you were really solid with KNOWING you were going to make it manifest so that others would not sway you from your vision before it is “ready”… what say you?

  2. Alaya: Very true. it’s all about the timing. If a person is in a “non-leaky” place and the are not “prematurely articulating”, then their next move is to share the idea and get some feedback. As you note, however, sometimes people lose their mojo by blabbing about their idea too soon.

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