I know so many amazing professionals who often tell me speaking up at work is a challenge. It’s not they don’t have opinions—they certainly do! Related:4 Tips For Connecting With A New Boss And it’s not because they don’t have the smarts—these folks are the best and the brightest. But they still have an incredibly difficult time expressing themselves in the workplace. So, today’s post is all about finding your voice at work and overcoming those internal demons that have been keeping you quiet.
How To Find Your Voice At WorkBefore we get started though, let’s address those demons. What stifles your ability to find your voice at work? Here are a few of the common answers:
- I feel intimated by others.
- I don’t feel respected.
- I’m afraid of rejection.
- I’m afraid of confrontation or “rocking the boat.”
- I want to blend in and not draw attention to myself.
- I’m afraid of looking stupid.
- No one will listen anyway.
- You deserve it!
- Sharing your thoughts will show others you’re engaged.
- You’ll get noticed (in a positive way)
- You’ll earn more respect.
- You’ll contribute more value.
- You’ll be more involved (which makes work more stimulating)
- You’ll learn more.