American businesswoman, Ursula Burns says:
I didn’t learn to be quiet when I had an opinion, the reason they knew who I was is because I told them.
Sometimes our insecurities and inferiority complex can prevent us from voicing out our opinions especially in the presence of people who are obviously ahead of us in knowledge, experience and influence. But if you really want to have a voice, you are going to have to learn how to speak up. No matter how difficult it might be.
You could probably have many challenges at your workplace and maybe you’ve spoken about them during meetings, your matters weren’t addressed. This is very discouraging. Please do not stop speaking about it. You may not know who is listening.
Another factor that could prevent your superiors from addressing your issues is your manner of approach. How do you use your words? How is your tone when speaking? Do you sound rude or you don’t sound firm enough for them to take you seriously?
When you’re voicing out your opinion or issues in an organization where you’re an employee, please do not interrupt when others are speaking. Even if it’s an interactive session. These are simple etiquettes. Everyone’s opinion matters. Be firm and serious about how a particular challenge is affecting you, and make sure you have a possible solution to suggest to your superiors.
If you find yourself in a company that doesn’t carry their staff along in issues like this, please do your best to find something else to do. Remaining stagnant in a place with no room for growth or any learning opportunity is a very bad way to spend your working years. At the end of the day, you have nothing to show for your many years of experience.
So as we step into a new week, let this be your mantra: “I will speak up for myself”. Whether you’re an employee, job seeker or business person, you should definitely learn how to speak up for yourself because no one will do it for you.
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Ruth Chukwurah is a graduate of Linguistics from the University of Benin. Ruth has worked as a Social Media Manager and Web Content Creator for almost 3 years. She enjoys putting down her thoughts in words and sharing them with other people. Ruth’s mantra in life is to live and let live, don't judge when you haven't been in another person’s shoes. She is interested in music, movies, art and food.