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  There are many reasons someone might be hesitant to speak up in meetings — fear of public speaking, being afraid of rejection or even worrying about the ramifications of disagreeing with your boss.


  These are real challenges that shouldn’t be dismissed offhand. However, it’s a mistake to view them as obstacles you can’t overcome, because sharing your ideas is a critical component to advancement.


  Consider how much emphasis is placed on personal branding and visibility when you’re looking for a job. You update your social profiles, you get yourself out there and network, and maybe you even set up a personal website or begin routinely posting your thoughts on LinkedIn. You go out of your way to demonstrate that you’re someone who’ll bring a unique perspective to the company.


  But once you’re gainfully employed, you go along to get along, thinking your boss will appreciate your agreeability. But the employees who stand out to managers are the ones who share what they’re thinking so their boss knows what they’re truly capable of.


  So, with that in mind, here are two common reasons people don’t speak up at work (and how to overcome them):


  1.You’re worried you won’t be as well liked


  As Glenn Llopis points out in an article for Forbes, “In today’s workplace, more people are keeping quiet and are just going with the flow — thinking that this is the best way to advance, get noticed and / or win the political gaming that takes place at work…” In other words, no one wants to gain any of the negative reputations that can come along with talking too much.

  正如Glenn Llopis在Forbes网站上的一篇文章指出:“在当今的职场,越来越多人倾向沉默是金,随波逐流——也许认为这是最好的晋升或被他人留意的方法,以及可能在职场的政治游戏中立于不败之地…”换而言之,没有人希望由于过多发言而获得负面的名声。

  You’re worried that if you routinely pipe up with suggestions or feedback, your colleagues will think you’re undercutting them, or that you’ll be perceived as someone who simply loves the sound of his or her own voice.


  Keep in mind that you don’t have to exist in extremes.


  First, it’s good that you care about team dynamics. (The person who doesn’t give a second thought to eclipsing his colleagues isn’t only unlikable, but he’s also less likely to advance because he’s steamrolling others.) However, keep in mind that you don’t have to exist in extremes. It’s not as though your only options are to dominate a meeting or say nothing at all. In fact, the most impressive employees fall somewhere in between the two — speaking neither the most, nor the least — but contributing at least one thoughtful, actionable idea.


  Second, remember that silence isn’t the best way to show support: It’s much more valuable to be engaged. Have you ever opened a meeting with a brief presentation, asked if there were any questions and heard…nothing? Even if your idea is a course-correction or suggesting an alternate route, sharing that feedback with your colleague now could save valuable time and resources.


  2.You’re worried your ideas won’t be seen as good enough


  Unlike the person who is staying quiet for fear of overdoing it, you're concerned your input might not be valuable enough. Maybe you’re the youngest person on the team or perhaps you think that if an idea was that good, someone else would have said it already. Regardless, you dread speaking up and saying something that isn’t really adding anything to the discussion.


  If you’re not yet comfortable sharing your ideas, start by asking questions.


  Much like people who aren’t natural networkers and benefit from conversation starters, come prepared with questions they can ask. Inc. contributor Jayson Demers compiled a list of seven questions including, “What are the action items?” and “What do you think?” The first question is great when you agree with everything that’s been said and are interested in learning more about what’s next; and the second is helpful when you’re working on saying something, but in the meantime, would be more comfortable building off of someone else’s idea.

  正如那些并非天生就是社交达人或从交谈获益的新手,在会议前先多准备一些问题吧。Inc.网站的博客贡献者Jayson Demers编撰了7个问题组,包括“活动项目有哪些?”“你的想法是什么?”当你同意对方提出的所有点子并且希望接下来了解更多详细信息,你就可以提第一个问题了;而第二个问题,当你正在想着该说些什么时可以用上这个问题。与此同时,你从他人的想法中衍生新的想法时,提出这个问题能让你感到更自在。

  Another option is to wait a couple of beats and fully think through your contribution before speaking up. Rather than share something that’s half-baked, take a moment to fully articulate your thought in your head. If you realize when you’re ready to chime in that the conversation has moved on, you still have two options: make a note of your idea (and share it over email o

r after the meeting, if relevant), or you can say, “I’d like to move back to an earlier point...”


  Not every idea you have will be a hit, but that’s okay. The only way you’re going to make contributions that make a difference is to speak up in the first place. So, look at speaking in meetings as a skill you’d like to improve and start piping up.



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