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?
Prepare for the meeting - Review what the meeting is about and know your stuff
Dress appropriately and professionally for the meeting, but add something that will make you stand out (in a good way)
Check your posture - shoulders back, chin up, spine straight
Make eye contact
Lean forward in your seat
Sit near the speaker or the leader at the front of the meeting room
Speak up in the first 5 minutes of the meeting (or when the meeting opens up for discussion)
Speak loudly, slowly and clearly
Lower the pitch of your voice
Make statements; don't ask for permission to carry out your work
Stand up to speak (if appropriate)
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!