Speaking Up

Speaking up is an art. Anyone can talk loudly and often. The art of speaking up is about speaking in a way that makes a difference and accomplishes your intentions. Here are some ways you can develop your skill in the art of speaking up.

• Never speak while your emotions are out of control – when you do, it always ends up wrong

• Choose your words intentionally to maximize others’ understanding of what you are saying

• Let your words reflect your emotional intelligence regarding the people you are communicating to

• Think out the possible ramifications of speaking up before you do – weigh the risks and benefits

• When something is important to you, believe in yourself and in your reasons for speaking up

• Be clear regarding what you want to accomplish by speaking up

Speaking up is an essential component of leadership. Do it wisely and well.

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