How Can Introverts Speak Up in Meetings

???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????I’m an introvert myself and at times it really ius hard to speak up in meetings especially when I know I don’t have anything critical or important too say. However, we introverts should know, that in meetings (or any social gathering for that matter), people who speak up, even if they have nothing important to say, tend to be valued more and regarded more than those who don’t. So we better speak up! If we haven’t yet, now is the time to learn.

Below are some phrases we can use to help us ease into the conversation or at least contribute something to the discussion:

I think Jen makes a great point.

Billy, were you going to say something?

Everybody seems to agree that… [repeat what everyone seems to agree on]

Am I the only one here who’d like more time to think this over?

To build on what Jessie just said… [add support or a new detail]

Don’t they sound simple enough?

To get more insights about why and how to do this, please head to: Public Speaking Tip 61: How to Speak Up More in Meetings, Even If You Say Inconsequential Things

Ten Public Speaking Tips For Introverts

I read this article from Psychology Today and I thought of sharing these tips here with you.  It is particularly written for introverts and as I am an introvert myself, the tips really resonated well with me. The article is about how to thrive in a world that can’t stop talking. Are you an introverted speaker? Well then read these public speaking tips to help you face your audience and deliver your speech or presentation with more confidence than ever. 

1. For many speakers — and especially for introverts — preparation is key. As the old saying goes, practice makes perfect.

2. Think about what your particular audience wants to hear. Again, it’s always about the audience and not about you. That should take the pressure off of your shoulders.

3. If you haven’t spoken publicly in a while and feel rusty, watch videos of speakers that have shots taken from the speaker’s vantage point, where you can see what it’s like to face the audience. TED Talks have a lot of these videos. Just imagine that you’re the speaker. Visualization is really the key.

4. Similarly, if you can, visit the room where you’ll be speaking.  – Again, to help you with visualizing yourself in there.

5. When you listen to a great speaker or hear someone mention one, get a transcript of the speech. This way, you can study it and learn from it.

6. Keep a video diary or video blog. This way, you’ll have an idea of how you talk, what facial expressions you use, if you have annoying mannersims, if you look interesting to look at, etc. If you see anything wrong, then you can change it or improve on it.

7. Know your strengths and weaknesses as a speaker, and accentuate the positive. It’s similar to the saying “see the glass half full”. Focus on what you’re good at or what you do best and deliver it.

8. At the same time, public speaking is a performance, and that’s a good thing, even if you’re not a natural actor. Think of it as having an onstage persona.

9. Smile at your audience as they enter the room, and smile at them when you begin speaking. This will make you feel confident and relaxed.

10. Here is a funny tip from a reader of the Happiness Project. It’s probably not the best advice, but it will make you laugh:

“My eighth grade teacher told us all to pretend the people [in the audience] are heads of cabbages. I never quite got that one as making much sense, but to this day (40 years later) I still say that line to myself before I speak. And I laugh.”

For more insight, please head to: 10 Public Speaking Tips For Introverts