Let me help you with that . .. or Always Be Pitching
Everyone knows the tried and true rule of disrupting. You don’t really ask for permission. It’s show, not tell. It’s demo, not memo. Because if you’re not shipping, your ideas, your projects, your passions and paths to the future will be prio’d right out of the hell-in-a-handbasket roadmap. Sound like a lot of work? Sorry. But there’s something else that goes with this that can make this approach more successful. Call it the business-smarts part of the prototype-to-success lifestyle. It’s the ABP: ALWAYS BE PITCHING. Not necessarily in the ‘you need to be on’ all the time way. Or become that person on Twitter. (Or the stalker vendor, or the elevator pitch a$$hole). You just need to consider everyone — across departments, up and down the chain — your audience. Share your ideas as solutions to whatever problems you come across as they are organically shared with you. Or tweak your ideas to be solutions to whatever problems you organically come across. This works because everyone wants to be successful. Give them their answer. There is nothing better than someone bringing your name up as a person with a plan in a meeting you know nothing about. Sometimes it’s a long game. Sometimes things change overnight. .. . be ready.
(I mean, this post is obvi also a pitch)