12 Days of Confidence

Day 3

We all have thoughts in our head – things we believe, ideas we have, opinions we’ve formed. And as we talked about in Day 1, these thoughts are unique to you, and the world deserves to hear them.

How can you get those thoughts out of your head and into the world?

 

Sure, you could write an article or send a text or start journaling. But speaking is quicker, and adds more tone and nuance to what you’re saying.

 

Speaking out loud adds an additional layer – of body language, tone, and emotion – to what you’re trying to say.

When I started out offering my training it was with a big purpose in mind. I wanted to give each person I worked with the confidence to speak their mind. Lots of folks I met were holding back due to their fears. American activist, Maggie Kuhn, put it best “Speak your mind, even if your voice shakes”.

 

What you have to say matters, it has worth, adds value, and it connects you into the big game of life. Time and again I meet managers who invite their teams to contribute, give feedback, express what is on their minds. And often they are met with silence.

 

It can be hard to be the first to jump in but I encourage you to grab opportunities to speak. In this world of noise, when someone turns to you and says “what do you think?” take your chance and speak your mind.

 

And if you have doubts, remind yourself: “speaking is the only way to get my thoughts out of my head and into the world – where they deserve to be”.