Speak Up and Don’t Hold Back. Today I want to talk about keeping things in a professional manner. Dealing with the same people and situations over and over again can become cumbersome. I’m 40 and still learning each day, so don’t worry if you are in the same boat as me.
I tend to let things weigh on me until it explodes. It’s not something I’m proud of, but it is something I can acknowledge is a weakness. My new motto is to simply speak up. It’s not healthy to lose your voice at the office. When I started this current job, I planned on working and keeping a low profile. The universe does not want me to sit quietly, so I’m speaking up more.
It’s been a healthy change, and I am seeing more progress coming from it. Change does not happen overnight, but it does happen, so keep focused.
Now, if you are like me and can come off harshly at first, it may be best to take a step back before you even begin. You already know that you should practice what you want to say so you don’t ramble on (like I tend to do) or say something in anger. The last thing you want to do is apologize for getting caught up in the moment.
Journaling is an excellent way to get all your feelings and emotions out in the open before expressing yourself to management. Also, practice your meeting beforehand so you can make sure your points come across correctly. I record myself and ask for second opinions when needed.
Once you figure out what you want to say and have practiced the delivery of it, you can move to the next step.
Schedule a meeting with the person. Schedule and private meeting space so you can do this uninterrupted. Also, remember the nice sandwich. Say something positive, then included the negative, aka the issue, and end with another positive. This has worked well for me in the past.
You can do this! I have faith in you!