Top Exercises to Confidently Speak Up in Meetings.
It can be intimidating to speak up in a team meeting. Those with great ideas often fear sharing them because they aren’t sure how to speak up when in a group.
But the best way to stand out (and grab those leadership roles) is to communicate your ideas.
Be ready to speak up:
Find out what topics will be covered and educate yourself on the area. Familiarize yourself with the subject matter and terminology.
Anticipate what might come up in discussion.
Prepare a few questions to ask.
When the meeting starts:
Set yourself a goal to speak up in the first 10 minutes. You can “warm up” by voicing support for someone else’s idea. This can be a simple, “I agree with Tamara,” a short phrase or sentence to get yourself going.
Listen carefully, and take notes to keep on track.
If you are asked a question, paraphrase or ask a clarifying question to make sure you know what was asked.
Before responding, take a breath and pause to organize your thoughts. Then look around the group, smile, and start.
Once a day, when driving, dressing or cooking, etc., look around and pick a random object. Try to talk about it for at least 1 minute.
If you are listening to a podcast or news program, try to answer the questions posed by the interviewers.
Off-the-cuff speaking is a skill, and like any other skill, the more you practice, the better you become.