Can You Sell Your Ideas? Play This Game and Find Out!

Last Updated Sep 21, 2010 7:29 PM EDT

Do you have great ideas? Good for you! But be forewarned: selling an idea is not like selling a product. With a product, customers can see what they're buying. With an idea, there's nothing to see except you and whatever visions of the future you can conjure.

Here's a fun interactive game that tests whether or not you've got what it takes to sell your ideas. Make your best move, but watch out! One false move and you might annoy decision-makers and ruin your chances!

SCENARIO: You've got a killer idea that can help your firm (and your career) reach the next level of success. What's your first move?

  • CLICK HERE to sound out your boss. Before you sell anything, you must lay the groundwork. It may take multiple meetings, but your best move is to start the process with an exploratory "cold call." Your boss will appreciate your energy, and it will build momentum for the final decision.
  • CLICK HERE to share your idea with your peers. The best way to make a big sale is to get all the stakeholders on board. Since your idea is such a good one, you need friends and allies to move the idea forward and convince the boss to sign on the dotted line.
  • CLICK HERE to assess your own credibility. Are you sure that you want to do this? You may not be the kind of person or have the background that will convince the boss (or anyone else) that your idea is any good. So best you take stock before taking action.