Speak Up in Meetings â€“ and Become More Influential at Work
Prepare:Â Consider the meeting agenda and your opinions. Practice articulating your thoughts in advance, so youâ€™ll feel more fluent in the moment.
Align:Â Coordinate with others in the meeting who may have similar opinions or concerns, so you can back each other up. It looks like this:Â â€śJackie and I were talking prior to the meeting, and she had a few good points around this topic I would like her to shareâ€¦â€ť
Signal: Signal that you are ready to speak. Here you may consider leaning in, making eye contact with the speaker or meeting organizer, or calling them by name.
Speak:Â Get in there! Here are a few options:
- Piggy backing:Â â€śI agree with what Sam said, but I would addâ€¦â€ť
- Clarifying/Rephrasing:Â â€śIf I understand you correctly, you are sayingâ€¦ if so, we need to look closely atâ€¦â€ť
- Questioning:Â â€śDid you review the interview data? Because my conclusion after reading through that was very different.â€ťÂ Here, the question is basically rhetorical in order to direct conversation back to your suggestion.