Speaking up in a meeting can increase your visibility at work, but it doesn’t come naturally to everyone. If you struggle to offer your thoughts on the spot, you can try a few things.
Before the meeting, prepare a few comments or questions so that you know you’ll have something to say. You should also think about your reasons for wanting to speak up in the first place. Ask yourself why you care about the meeting’s topic and use the answer as inspiration when crafting your comments and questions. During the meeting, when your turn comes, pause and breathe. Doing this can strengthen your voice, helping you to speak with clarity and authority.
But remember, saying something just to say something isn’t always a great idea. If you’re speaking up to show off or to offer a comment that would be better-expressed one-on-one with someone, it may be better to say nothing.
Adapted from “How to Speak Up in a Meeting, and When to Hold Back,” by Allison Shapira