What if you committed, for a little while, to verbalize the great ideas that pop into your head? The important, risky (-seeming) ideas that represent what’s really on your mind. The ones that you don’t say because they’re a bit too real, too honest, too to the point.
There are few skills more important than being able to say the right thing at the right time in the right way to shift a whole conversation.
One-on-one conversations, group conversations, high-stakes and low-stakes conversations, all are susceptible to that kernel of truth and insight that breaks them wide open.
The entire business school case method is geared, ultimately, towards teaching this skill. For two years you sit with 85 incredibly bright people, and the class is orchestrated by a Professor who, if she’s good, is looking for just one thing: getting students to learn how to integrate the case content and the points made by other classmates, pulling those threads and her own observations together to get to real insight, all in a way that move the discussion forward.
You can save yourself $200,000 and two years at a top business school by starting, today, to say your great, good and OK ideas out loud. The best place to start? Not necessarily the ideas you think are the best ones. Start with the ideas you’re afraid to say out loud, the ones that make your heart beat a little faster. Fear is a great indicator of how real they are and how much truth they contain.
It’s true that saying these things in a way that they are actually heard is itself an art. But you’ll never practice that art if your most important ideas are kept under lock and key.