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Make Your Voice Heard: Tips to Help Get Your Point Across During Meetings

Meetings are not just meetings. Meetings are an opportunity to form bonds with your colleagues and even position yourself as a leader, regardless of your job title. While most of us probably spend way too much time attending agenda-less meetings that distract us from getting the work done, speaking up during a meeting has its advantages. When you speak up during a meeting, it shows you’re capable of sharing ideas and opinions, and having difficult conversations with people when necessary. Whether you’re planning to have conversations with team members or current or potential clients, here are a few ways to communicate with confidence and get your point across:   Prepare to contribute to the conversation. If you struggle with a fear of looking stupid or saying the wrong things, this is a friendly reminder; you were hired to bring your experience. This includes sharing your unique point of view during the discussion. It doesn’t matter if your perspective is not well received by people...

Kandia Johnson

Jan 13, 2020

Present With Confidence (Even When it Terrifies You)

Standing in front of a group to deliver a presentation can feel like every wall in a room is closing in around you. Next thing you know, you’re ready to make a run for the door before you even get started. Maybe you’re nervous about the way you look or maybe you’re dealing with the stress of uncertainty. Whatever you’re worried about, recognize this, preparation breeds confidence. For anyone looking to persuade people to take action, public speaking is a skill you need to master. As a leadership trainer, I’ve delivered talks and workshops in cities in the United States and Africa, here’s what I know for sure: things will happen that you can’t control. However, knowing your content, anticipating audience questions, and practicing delivering your presentation can minimize the impact of a surprise. Ready to rock your next presentation? Here are a few tips to help you feel confident and leave a lasting impression. Challenge and Change Your “What if” Story No matter how many times I...

Kandia Johnson

Jan 9, 2020