Good ideas are everywhere, we all have them. What makes a good idea into a working tool depends on if it's seen through to its end. Often though, the good idea we had doesn't turn out to work in the way we thought it would. Sometimes, it seems like we've wasted time. This doesn't have to be the case though, there's always room for improvement and adaptations. A human being is adapted over years of evolution from really simple life-forms. So the same can be said for your idea, the basic ingredients to the working cell hasn't changed since the beginning. Once you get that right, it's away you go. Often it's not the idea that's at fault but it's how well it's being used, how 'in focus' the concept is, and how well it's being delivered. Effectiveness can be improved with all manner of things, testing and research will show areas for improvement for any project. There are some basic factors that we can apply to all of our innovative and creative agendas.
Efficient Time Management
Being in charge of a project means you have to do a lot of work. Some of this will be in depth and other bits will be basic yet essential actions. Managing time so that you're never too tired when you need to be awake, however, you get as much done as you can in the time given to yourself - is a matter of balance. It's not about cramming everything in, there is never any rush. We all make careless mistakes when rushing through our work. A relaxed attitude with a realistic routine makes sure that everything grows at a natural rate.
Suggested book: How to Be a Productivity Ninja: Worry Less, Achieve More and Love What You Do
It's a paradox when we want to achieve something but we doubt if we can. Sure, it might not happen the way we wanted it to and we don't know how long it will take, but we will get somewhere if we make an effort. If we take a step in a direction, we've changed our position already. The self-doubt we carry inside can manifest in the subtle language we use when communicating our ideas. We can let slip that we're not very good at such and such a thing, or we struggle with this actually quite essential life skill. Tell a life-coach and not your client.
Suggested book: Wire Your Brain for Confidence: The Science of Conquering Self-Doubt
We're not all as smart as you, and we've definitely not had as much experience of your ideas as you. We also haven't got time to read through lots of information unless it directly affects the product or service. If it's important for people to know three things in order for your project to be a success, then make it all about those three things. Write them down so that a child can understand, or someone who's not a native speaker. This way we don't leave anyone out.
Recommended read: Gravitas: Communicate with Confidence, Influence and Authority
Paint The Picture
Facts and figures work for some people, they tell a big picture story in numerical form. Other people though really need a visual aid. Use images and descriptions that describe the scene in which your innovation is functioning at optimum. Put the human experience into qualitative terms via pictures and scene setting and it'll be even easier for people to imagine for themselves how your idea will improve their lives.
Recommended read: An Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Traditional Symbols
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