• Fern Lee

12 things to consider when speaking up in a meeting

It can be intimidating speaking up in a meeting. This could be even more so if you are a woman in a room full of men.

What are some tips you can follow to minimize your discomfort and make a good impression?

  1. Prepare for the meeting - Review what the meeting is about and know your stuff

  2. Dress appropriately and professionally for the meeting, but add something that will make you stand out (in a good way)

  3. Check your posture - shoulders back, chin up, spine straight

  4. Make eye contact

  5. Lean forward in your seat

  6. Sit near the speaker or the leader at the front of the meeting room

  7. Speak up in the first 5 minutes of the meeting (or when the meeting opens up for discussion)

  8. Speak loudly, slowly and clearly

  9. Lower the pitch of your voice

  10. Make statements; don't ask for permission to carry out your work

  11. Stand up to speak (if appropriate)

  12. Never offer to get coffee or tea or get food for anyone

I hope these tips help you feel more at ease in meeting rooms. Practice to feel more comfortable and get noticed by your superiors.

Have a great day!






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