Make Yourself Heard at Any Meeting
If attending meetings is part of your responsibilities at work, chances are there are times when you need to make presentations or add your input to the discussion. However, for some, speaking up at meetings is challenging. You may be feeling very anxious, or for some reason, you can’t get others to listen to what you have to say.
Here are tips to get your message across at any meeting.
Use Non-Vocals to Draw Attention
Before you speak up, use non-vocals to draw attention to yourself. This will ensure that people turn to look at you briefly, which gives you the opportunity to start talking. Effective non-vocals include:
- Clearing your throat loudly
- Shifting in your seat in a “large” manner
- Tapping your pencil on the table
Agree With The Previous Speaker
To get people to listen, start by agreeing with some point that the previous speaker made. It can be a small point. Then launch into what your opinion is with a transitional word. Here’s an example:
“Mr. Speaker, I agree with what you said about needing to find a solution as quickly as possible. However, I also feel that it’s important to test out possible solutions in-house before launching an entire campaign to the general public.”
In this example, “however” is the transitional word that makes people sit up and take notice of what your opinion is.
Practice at Home
If timidity is your problem, you need to practice speaking at home in front of the mirror. Work on enunciating your words and tweaking your vocal tones so that you sound confident. Practice making eye contact around the imaginary room. Pay attention to your posture. Perfect the “chin up, shoulders back” position.
Using these techniques, the next time it’s your turn to speak at a meeting, your message will be heard loud and clear.