Convince others, even when they won’t listen to you

Convincing other people to try your ideas is hard. It’s easier to entice people instead. I’m not sure what kind of ideas you have, but there’s some way to do a tiny or temporary version of that idea that entices others to join you. 

There’s a woman in Elkhart, Kansas, who told me she dreams of closing down the main street for a community meal. She can imagine gathering everyone in town along a long table stretched right down the middle of the street, everyone talking and eating and really building community. She said she’s been dreaming of that for 4 or 5 years now, but it would take so much work to organize it all, convince the whole community to join her and convince the city leaders to close the street and take a chance on her untested dream of an idea. 

She could start next week by enjoying a meal with just a couple of friends at a folding table on a sidewalk or in a parking lot. Then maybe next time they can entice enough other people to fill two tables. Eventually, it could grow to be so enticing that even the city leaders say yes and close down main street and join the whole community for dinner. 

It feels hard to convince others to listen to you or approve of your idea. It’s so much easier to entice them to experience it in a way that doesn’t feel like a big risk. 

How could you do something tiny or temporary to entice others to try your idea with you? That’s the Idea Friendly Method

If you can’t think of a tiny way to entice others, share your idea with me, and I bet between Deb and I we can come up with something small! 

Keep shaping the future of your town, 

PS – Find out more ways to entice others using the Idea Friendly Method here.