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Seeking Feedback on New Ideas

Check out this posting and the questions it suggests for gaining feedback on new ideas.

20 Ways to Get Feedback on Your New Idea
via The Heart of Innovation by Mitch Ditkoff


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 a minute?
3. I just had a huge breakthrough. Mind if I share it with you?
4. I need a second set of eyes on a new insight of mine. Available?
5. Can I book a time with you tomorrow to pitch you a bold, new idea of mine. I think you’ll find it very 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?
10. I got a deal for you. I’ll buy you breakfast tomorrow if you give me 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 an idea?
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 your help. Can you help me think through an exciting new 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 flopping 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?”

These are great questions to add to your toolkit. They will work. The reason why they will work is multifold.

a. They are open-ended and don’t seek a yes or no answer that so limits feedback.
b. They don’t ask if you ‘like’ the idea since that isn’t useful feedback at all.
c. The generate conversations that can be sustained rather than rushed hallway or water cooler events.
d. Even if the idea is fully formed it is presented as being a seed in need of their feedback and contribution.
e. They use a human touch, humour, and regular conversational language.
f. They value the time of the target.
g. They are personal and don’t put it in writing as a memo or letter or e-mail.
h. They compliment and focus on the target not the questioner.

Anyway, I often hear from folks whose ideas are not taken up or discussed in libraries. Maybe these questions and this approach can help.


Posted on: March 17, 2011, 8:01 am Category: Uncategorized

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