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Written by Elisa Di Napoli / Updated on May 29, 2024  Reading Time minutes 

speak up

#3 Tip for today

Do you struggle to speak up when you deserve to be heard? One of the top challenges for my clients in 2022 is finding new ways to speak up confidently, and to be recognised for their contribution, in meetings and their careers.

Have you ever meant to ask for a pay rise in your performance review and not been brave enough? Or changed your salary expectation in an interview because you felt you shouldn't ask for more? These are common issues for many people who find it hard to speak up and know their worth. One tip that can help is to research your market value before the meeting or interview. And to practice having the conversation with someone you know first!

Are you ever intimidated by speaking up at those 'Stand up' or 'round the table' meetings? I remember, every week, blushing so hard, I thought I'd explode back in my twenties! Being prepared is key! Having a crib sheet with everything you need to say is helpful. Even the small talk! Many of my clients find it cringy to make small talk before meetings, but preparing some little snippets you can share in advance can help, too.

Fear of saying the wrong thing, and being judged, is another enormous challenge for almost everyone I work alongside. Have you even agreed with the majority in a meeting or workshop instead of speaking up with an alternative?

You're not alone! Many people will say nothing and stay small for fear of being laughed at by (often) more senior colleagues. Keep in mind that Richard Branson famously said when asked the secret of his success, "you have to be willing to fall flat on your face". Successful people learn that to try is better than to be silent. Nothing will change if you don't make it happen!

If you've enjoyed this, remember to check out Tip 1 & 2 on Being Fully Authentically Yourself, and Not Beating Yourself Up. Please subscribe for more tips to start 2023 Better and to get 10% off your first order on this website! 

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