You would like to contribute ideas, point out potential problems, and offer suggestions at work, but you’re too scared to say anything. Don’t worry. With a few tips and a bit of practice, you can overcome your hesitation. Here’s how to conquer your fear of speaking up.
Ask Yourself, “What Are You Afraid Of?”
Fear can be paralyzing. However, often our worse-case scenarios aren’t realistic. To prove this to yourself, pull out a pen and paper. Make a list of all the reasons why you are afraid of speaking up at work. Maybe you think people will laugh at your ideas? Perhaps you think no one will listen? Or, maybe you afraid you will be fired? Next, analyze each point. For example, let’s say your coworkers do laugh at you. Ok. Most likely, your colleagues aren’t that mean. But if you did happen to say something silly, you could admit your mistake and join in on the joke. Either way, it isn’t the end of the world. And if by chance, your coworkers are, that means you probably need to look for a new job anyway.
Write Down What You Would Like to Say
Now that you recognize many of your fears are irrational to find your voice. Start a notebook. Every time you find yourself thinking, “I wish I’d said …,” record your thoughts. As you collect your ideas, you’ll begin to see the potential value you could add. Then, when you’ve worked up the courage, send one of your suggestions via email. You could write, “After our conversation this morning; I had this idea… Let me know what you think.”
Set a “Speaking Up” Goal
To be successful, you may need to push (or shove) yourself out of your comfort zone. Therefore, set goals to hold yourself accountable. For instance, your first objective could be to “Contribute two ideas in staff meetings this month.” Write this down. Put it somewhere that you will see it every day. And record your progress. This simple tactic can help keep you on track. Of course, speaking up still will be scary at first, but the more you practice, the easier it will be. After a few rounds of goal setting, you may find yourself automatically contributing without thinking even about it.
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