Workplace Communication: You Can Speak Up at Meetings!
If you’re reluctant to speak up to business meetings guess what it just means you’re normal.
After all speaking up at a business meeting bosses there are other people there are people looking at you.
It’s a type of public speaking.
All the polls show that public speaking is the number one fear most people have.
Now some caveats here people not fear it more than jumping out of a plane with an without a parachute
if you gave them a choice give it toast or jump out of this plane.
But public speaking is something that does make people on board.
And it is something they do have to face on if not daily at least a gentle basis jumping out of airplanes with our parachutes isn’t something most of us have to face.
Why is it that we fear public speaking.
Well evolutionary biologists believe that human beings as animals are programmed to fear public speaking because it’s a way of being separated from the pack separated from the herd.
That means you’re vulnerable to attack.
So there are reasons for fearing being separated from everyone else in the audience.
But that doesn’t mean you have to let that fear cripple you and potentially hold back your career because
that’s the real problem managers when they’re in meetings or often whether they realize it or not making judgments about all employees all the people present.
As far as their intelligence their leadership capability their short term potential and their long term potential and if other people are putting forth good ideas asking insightful questions giving comments that are furthering the discussion and you’re just sitting there it minimizes your impact.
You’re simply not making an impression on people who could have a definitive impact on your career.
And that’s why it’s important to learn how to speak up at business meeting.
You don’t have to grandstand and give a big speech in halls or the limelight every time.
But if there’s an insight in your brain that you think others might want to know a question you have that others might have you need to have confidence in knowing you can express it right away.
Don’t hold it back.
There’s nothing worse than having a meeting having a great idea or thinking.
Let me just kind of wait hold out.
I’ll talk to the boss after the meeting.
I don’t really want to sit and then someone at the end of the meeting brings up your idea and that person gets all the credit.
That person is seen as a leader.
You were seen as a follower someone who should be seen behind the scenes.
That’s not good.
Now it’s up to you to decide where you want to end your career and what position you want.
You don’t need me for that.
But when I am here to do is to give you the tools you need the skills you need so that you can speak up in meetings any time you want.
That doesn’t mean you have to quit your job and become the next Anthony Robbins or a motivational speaking tour.
It just means that you can speak at any time you want without this sort of nagging fear may be too strong of a word but anxiety that keeps you from speaking up.
I want to help you get over that so that you know how you sound your best work your best to come across comfortable and confident and people can simply understand you and you don’t have to worry about who am I going to sound stupid or is this weird or it’s not my place.
None of that stuff and I don’t care how shy you are as a kid I was incredibly shy never said anything I make my career I make my living speaking now.
So it doesn’t matter about so-called natural ability.
Nobody’s a natural born speaker.
If you have an idea in your head and you’ve ever had a conversation with one person once in your entire life you already have all the skills you need to speak up at any meeting at any time.
It doesn’t matter if it’s a meeting with two people two hundred or two thousand.