Sometimes it’s difficult to voice your opinion at work, but it is important. These tips should help you ease into the integration with your team.
Communicate in your comfort zone. 🛌
If stepping out of your comfort zone is not yet an option for you, do the next obvious thing — stay in your comfort zone. Instead of standing out in public, keep things level in private.
Arrange one-on-ones with the relevant parties to discuss your concerns. If the relevant parties are too unfamiliar to you, arrange one-on-ones with a manager in order to have them funnel that information to the relevant party.
Build some high-quality connections. ✨
Instead of feeling overwhelmed by the idea of connecting to so many coworkers, strengthen the connections that come most natural to you.
Set a goal to feel emotionally safe with at least one coworker. This safety is a necessity for being authentic, creative, and vulnerable. Voicing your opinions to these high-quality connections allows you to stay within your comfort zone.
When group meetings are formed, your high-quality connections will be able and willing to voice your concerns on your behalf.
Agree with someone. ♊
Instead of drawing attention to yourself or deep-diving what you want to say, echo someone who shares your sentiment. Cast your vote. Let it be known that someone else feels that way too.
Write your opinions beforehand. 📝
Before a meeting, write down what you want to communicate. This practice putting your thoughts into words will make it easier to express them verbally later.
If you have any additional tips, please leave them in the comments below.