Today, I want to share some practical tips on how YOU can find your voice in the workplace. Most, if not all of us, have experienced the feeling of keeping silent at work while knowing the solutions to various problems or feeling the need to establish boundaries. Not speaking up can limit your opportunities and keep your higher ups from knowing who you are, what you stand for, and what you’re able to really do.
Don’t stay silent, let’s jump right into this episode so you can learn, or relearn, how to start speaking up and affecting change in your life, in your career, and in the workplace.
There are a lot of things that keep us from speaking up in the workplace
If you’ve experienced this, this is for you
[02:19 - 09:12] The Effects of Not Speaking Up
I talk about the challenges of not speaking up in the workplace
Overlooked for promotion
Buried in work and responsibility without compensation or time
Overlooked as a valuable voice for solutions to problems
I’ve experienced what it’s like to have solutions but not speak up
If only I had the courage and the strength to share, this problem could have been long gone
Another challenge is that people don’t get to know who you really are
Stuck in the Momma Bear Zone
Colleagues come to you for everything, but the higher ups don’t see your value
People need to be able to see your qualities, especially if you’re trying to move up in your career
[09:13 - 18:06] Strategy for Finding Your Voice
Be ‘One-Hun’ed’ percent real with yourself
Do you actually have what it takes?
Be able to be willing to deal with the repercussions that come from your voice
People may try to diminish or discredit you
Other people will have opinions about you
They see the embodiment of power
Know what you’re actually trying to accomplish
This will determine whether you should speak up about certain things versus others
You need to know WHY it’s important for you to speak up
What is the issue and what are you trying to do?
I talk about other women I’ve seen in the workforce getting over looked
I give examples of how and when to speak up
I will be giving more tips on my website and YouTube
[18:07 - 24:03] Benefit of Speaking Up
Feeling more powerful
Have you ever experienced this in your life?
You develop more confidence
Speak from assuredness to make informed decisions
You can then move to level 2 of speaking up for yourself
People start to listen
This happens especially when they see your solutions working
I used to ruminate on the things I said which created anxiety
The first time or two it can be anxiety ridden
Over time you begin to drop your shoulders
Sometimes you just need to relearn how to do this
[24:04 - 26:35] Closing Segment
If you want to know about some of the stigmas that impact women
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"When you don’t speak up and when you don’t find your voice, you will be overlooked for the chance to solve problems that you already have solutions for.” - Keisha Shields
“When you speak up for yourself at work… you feel powerful.” - Keisha Shields
“You can relearn how to do it [Speaking Up in the Workplace], and do it powerfully, in a way that’s in alignment, in a way that you continue to get paid better, better opportunities, better clients, better work, more impact, more influence - SO… Speak up for yourself.” - Keisha Shields
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