Today’s blog post is about how to be heard in meetings and this follows on from some of the work I’ve been posting on social media around getting your voice heard more often and easily in meetings.
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This work is part of a series I am putting together of helpful guides to help you be more confident at work and is part of work I am doing to set up my coaching business. I help women to be seen living their true purpose so that they can radiantly embrace a lavish life. I truly believe that we all deserve to live a powerfully meaningful life.
Now on to my top tips to start getting your voice heard today.
Preparation = Credibility
My top tip to be heard more in meetings is to PREPARE.
Prepare three to five points that you want to speak to. You can be confident going into any meeting with credible comments to make knowing you have prepared some ideas around those comments before the meeting.
Meet the Chair before the meeting = Interest
Talk to the chair of the meeting prior to the meeting and let them know that you are really wanting to contribute to the meeting and you’ve got some points to talk about
Tip : ask them to call on you during the meeting if you haven’t spoken up.
Take in Post-Its
Take in your talking points on post-its so it’s really clear that you’re prepared. Everyone will be looking at you going okay, she’s got the post-its so she knows what she’s talking about. She’s prepared! (Yes, this has happened to me. Slightly to my horror as I had only prepped those notes exactly 10 minutes before the meeting but suddenly my post its made me the expert that kept getting asked to contribute, quite possibly more than I was even hoping too. It might sound a bit silly but its a simple strategy to get people’s attention and show you care.)
Eye contact = engagement
Make sure you’re making regular eye contact with the people who are speaking and the chair so that when you want to speak you can be like hi, this is now my time to talk. This also makes you look really engaged.
If you look interested, engaged and credible, you’ll be called on and if you’re trying to get into the conversation you’re more likely to be listened to and asked for your opinion.
The other way to contribute is to offer support for someone else’s idea, ask a follow up question or offer a solution for a problem. You can do this by asking a question that prompts discussion of that solution or simply providing a suggestion.
If you keep following these steps in every key meeting that you’re in and you do these regularly every day for four weeks, people will be asking you to contribute. They’ll be putting your ideas and name on the agenda and they’ll be asking your opinion leading into the meeting and during the meeting.
You have to be persistent and you have to be consistent.
Now, would you like to be seen living your true purpose? YES?
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