Public Speaking Lab

How to Boost Your Confidence and Stand Out During a Meeting

We’ve all been there, right? Those heart-pounding moments in meetings when you want to speak up but that pesky fear holds you back. Well, here’s a fun and effective trick to break the ice and boost your confidence. 

To feel more confident and embrace the fear, prepare for the meeting. Don’t hesitate about asking questions and just be yourself. 

Let’s break it down! Check out the three tips for boosting your confidence during a meeting.

1. Prepare for the meeting

One of the best ways to overcome your fear of speaking up in meetings is to prepare. First off, take a quick look at the agenda, this will give you an idea of what topics will be discussed in the meeting. Then, give some thought to what you want to bring up—What can you add to the discussion? What ideas do you have? What questions do you have?

Now, practice what you want to say. It’s like a mini pep talk with yourself that’ll boost your confidence when you jump into the conversation during the meeting. So, whether you’re brainstorming ideas or just sharing your thoughts, a bit of prep goes a long way in making meetings more chill and effective.

2. Ask questions.

When you are in a meeting, initiate asking something or allow them to ask you something; this will alleviate your nervousness. When you ask, people will listen. People love to talk about themselves and what they know. When you are in a meeting with someone with expertise in something, get them talking about it by asking questions.

Posing questions demonstrates active engagement and interest in the discussion, positioning you as an involved participant. This active involvement can shift your focus from nervousness to confidence. Asking questions also allows you to clarify any uncertainties you might have about the topics under discussion. 

Moreover, questions can serve as a valuable tool for steering the conversation in a direction where you feel more comfortable or knowledgeable. By guiding the discussion toward areas where you have expertise or interest, you’re likely to speak more confidently and authentically.

Additionally, questioning fosters a dynamic and interactive meeting environment, making the atmosphere less intimidating. It encourages a sense of collaboration, as others in the meeting are likely to appreciate and respond positively to your curiosity and engagement.

3. Be yourself.

The most important thing is to be yourself. Don’t try to be someone you’re not. People will be able to tell if you’re being genuine. Just be yourself, share your ideas, and ask questions. The more you speak up in meetings, the easier it will become.

Also remember, it’s okay to make mistakes⁣.

Speaking up in meetings can be intimidating, and making mistakes is part of the learning process. It’s essential to remember that everyone makes errors from time to time.⁣

If you say something that doesn’t quite hit the mark, don’t dwell on it. Embrace the slip-up, have a laugh, and move forward. Everyone in that room has been there at some point, and in no time, everyone will have moved on.⁣

In conclusion, speaking up in meetings can be tough, but it’s an important skill to develop. By following the tips above, you can overcome your fear and start speaking up in meetings more confidently.

By recognizing your role’s significance, embracing preparation, and asking questions, you can overcome your fears and become an active participant in meetings.⁣ So, next time you’re in a meeting, remember that your ideas matter and your authentic voice can influence the outcome. 

Go ahead, boost your confidence, and make your presence felt!

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