Kelly Konya has written a really interesting article on the Grammarly website entitled “How to speak up and find your voice in meetings”, which I wanted to share with you as I know that no matter what your work, there are always meetings to attend.
Some of Kelly Konya’s very useful and practical tips to speak confidently in meetings are:-
- Prepare for the meeting once you have the agenda
- Don’t start what you want to say by using a negative phrase such as “I’m not sure if this is right…”
- Avoid negative qualifiers in your language such as “just, maybe, sorry..”
- Practise contributing by saying something in the meeting even if you start by saying something small or brief
Pronunciation Tips To Speak Confidently In Meetings
- Before the meeting, practise saying any words or phrases that you know you have trouble pronouncing that you need to use, especially longer or technical words
- Even if you are only saying something small or asking a question, say it with confidence
- Speak slowly to make sure you are clear
- Breath deeply into your abdomen before you speak
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Best wishes, Esther