Josie, This is a great question. There are many reasons why people don's speak up in meetings. Often times it begins with us. There are many reasons why we don't speak up which may include"
1. We don't have the confidence in our own value.
2. We are afraid of being rejected.
3. We don't want to say something wrong and be embarrassed.
The fact is that we are not the only person who feels this way. There are many in the room who often have the same fears and reservations. Often the fears and reservations we have are often in our minds. We have convinced ourselves that others may not be interested, respect, or want to listen to what we have to say. This often starts with what we say to ourselves. Our self-talk or thought we dwell on will always turn into our beliefs and feelings. We will believe what we think. Instead of telling ourselves we don' matter, nobody cares what we say, or a plethora of other negative thoughts, tell yourself that you are valued, what you say is important, or everybody will benefit what I have to say.
What we believe will result into action. Our choice to be silent or our choice to speak us is a result of what we feel or believe. Don't allow this negative beliefs abut yourself to dictate what you do. Make the choice to be of value to others, they need what you have to say.
Our actions will result in a successful outcome. Although we can not always change our circumstances, we can control our self-talk. Choose to be the value everyone needs.
YOU ARE A GREAT VALUE, THINK LIKE IT!
Josie, If you would like to learn more about how to "Live Above The Line ", and turn negative emotion into positive momentum, give me a call. I look forward to speaking with you.
Business Coach Bob Reish