Finding Confidence to Speak Up in Your Next Meeting
Are you sometimes nervous to share your two cents at work meetings? Don’t be! There are a wide variety of personalities at work that all positively contribute to business objectives, and if you are in a meeting, you’re one of them.
Business owners and managers are people, too. Any good leader should appreciate ideas shared by his or her workers. After all, you’re at the forefront of business practices, whether it be dealing with clients or overseeing a construction site. You have firsthand experience, and sharing these experiences with your team is essential to inform practices to further benefit the business in the future.
- Speaking up, most of the time, is going to be a better idea than not doing so. You were hired because business leaders saw your potential to positively contribute to their organization. If you weren’t good at your job, you most likely wouldn’t be called into a meeting in the first place. Managers want to hear from you!
- Focus on your goals. If you want a promotion or want to assume more responsibility within the business, meetings are a great time to prove yourself. Focusing on your goals will fuel the fire to showcase your talents, highlight what you’ve done to help the business, and prove you’re an asset to the team. Avoid being a stagnant employee.
- Planning is essential. Taking 10–15 minutes before your next meeting to write down what you want to share can help you effectively communicate your thoughts with your team. Having notes to reference during your next meeting will help you stay consistent and thorough.
Remember, you were hired because you’re an expert at what you do. With proper planning and a sense of direction, your next meeting is going to be a piece of cake!