How to Feel Confident to Share Your Ideas at Work

Are you struggling to make your voice heard in the workplace? Having a difficult time sharing your ideas when it matters most?

Confidence plays a huge factor when it comes to voicing our opinions and to contributing to conversation during meetings–or anytime!–at work, so if this sounds like something that you struggle with, just know… You’re definitely not alone!

This week on Episode 117 on Productivity Paradox, we’re closing out Season 9 with a huge conversation all about confidence: How to find it, and how to maintain it as we continue to pursue the things that we want most out of life.

So today, I want to focus on finding confidence in our professional lives. No matter how secure or comfortable we feel at our jobs, confidence is key when it comes to finding the courage we need to keep challenging ourselves and to keep growing, both on a professional and personal level.

One sure way to continue to grow in your field is to make yourself known by sharing your ideas, so let’s take a look at some of the ways that you can feel confident to speak up at work!

 

5 Ways Feel Confident to Share Your Ideas at Work

 

1. Brainstorm Often, and Write Your Best Ideas Down —

Often, our fear of speaking up comes from having too many ideas to begin with! Here’s where regular brainstorming sessions can help.

Taking some time each week to brainstorm and write down your ideas will help you when it comes to improving the projects you’re working on, and determining ways to streamline new projects and tasks coming down the pipe.

Spending 10, 15 or even 30 minutes a week will not only help you to determine which of your ideas are useful (and which ones aren’t), but it will also help you fine-tune your thoughts prior to sharing them with your team members! The clearer your ideas are, the more confident you’ll feel when it comes to sharing them with your colleagues.

 

2. Identify Situations You Feel Most Comfortable Speaking —

Maybe it’s not a lack of what you think are “good ideas” holding you back, but your hesitation when it comes to speaking publicly in general that does.

In this case, it’s important to identify the situations that you feel most comfortable speaking up… Ask yourself if there has been a specific situation where you had no hesitation expressing your feelings or sharing your opinions.

Keep in mind that this situation could have occurred inside of work with a small group of colleagues or outside of work with family or friends… and once you have identified that moment, ask yourself what you may have been doing differently.

The more you’re able to reflect on situations where you had little trouble expressing yourself, the easier it will be to conjure up the same attitude and the confidence you need to share your ideas openly in the workplace.

 

3. Run Your Ideas by a Friend or Coworker —

Feeling a little uneasy about speaking up during a big meeting? One way to boost your confidence is to share your ideas with a trusted friend or coworker first.

Ask them if they think there is anything about your ideas that may need a bit of fine-tuning, and make those improvements before your next meeting so that you’ll feel confident to speak your mind, already knowing that your ideas are valuable!

 

4. Don’t Dwell on Perfection —

So many of us get hung up on the idea of perfection, that we need to be absolutely perfect in everything we do before we can act.

Want to know a little secret? When it comes to confidence, it’s often action that inspires the confidence we need… and not the other way around.

If you want to be more confident in expressing your ideas at work, it’s imperative that you nip your perfectionist mindset in the bud and just – open – up.

Stop waiting for you to be “ready”… Conjure up the confidence you need by taking some action and speaking up instead. The more you practice, the easier it will be!

 

5. Stop Focusing on Possible Outcomes —

Another huge stumbling block when it comes to finding confidence to share our ideas at work comes from the unknown factor that exists… We get so caught up in the “what ifs” that could arise from sharing our ideas that we let them hold us back from taking action.

Instead of allowing yourself to remain so focused on what could happen or how people may perceive you or your ideas if you speak up, give yourself permission to let those worrisome thoughts go.

When it comes to advancing in your career, it’s important that you let your voice be heard. And one way to do this is to let go of the outcome… Share your ideas for the sake of sharing!

The more you open up and allow yourself to share, the less attached you’ll be to what your coworkers do (or don’t do) in response.

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What are some things that help you to feel confident to express your ideas in the workplace? Share any tips and tricks you have in the comments below… And be sure to tune into Episode 117 of the podcast as we round out Season 9 with an in-depth conversation about finding (and maintaining) the confidence you need to pursue your dreams!

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Tonya Dalton
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