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Speak Up and Be Heard

If you want to be more outgoing and speak more naturally at work:

Notice the times you shrink back and do not speak. What gets in the way of your speaking out?

Notice the tone and volume of your voice when you do speak. Do you sound confident or hesitant? If you project confidence and ease, people will listen.

Watch for times when you can insert a story or anecdote. Notice how frequently those occasions come up.

Try the following transition lines to lead into a story:

That reminds me of the time I...

Speaking of fishing for clients...

I have an example of that...

Here is another way to look at things...

I learned that lesson the hard way...

Here is an experience you might identify with...

How many of you have ever...

Celebrate when you do speak out. Congratulate and praise yourself, and create a praise file for yourself for when you need a boost of confidence.


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