This is the third and final post in the series. “Your voice matters-liberate it” and “Find your voice―the power of authenticity” are below.
Sometimes learning new things is nerve-racking, frightening even. Sometimes it pays to experiment a little before diving in.
This post is about the little things you can start experimenting with to build confidence liberating your voice.
Some may look easy to you. Some may look irrelevant to you. Fine, go on to the next one. If these are too easy or too hard, modify them. It is easier for some people to talk and act publically. Other people just want to “blend into the woodwork”.
We are all in different place in our journeys and our own reactions are entirely legitimate based on where we are. The opportunity here is to stretch to make little steps that take us down the road.
Maybe think about it as three phases:
Be seen / heard
- “Like” an online comment, article or blog post
- “Share” an online comment, article or blog post
- Enter a status update in your social media
- Send a private note thanking a contributor and expressing your appreciation for their input
Speak (“Write”) out
- Submit a post in a LinkedIn discussion. Offer an additional resource. Share your experience. Ask a question. Ask for clarification, additional resources, etc.
- Host a LinkedIn Discussion or co-write a blog post (contact me if you are interested)
- Deliver a speaking engagement, maybe a lunch n’learn for your colleagues.
Take a stand
This is a tough one. Here you will take a different point of view than others and will be open to their responses. It might be as simple as “This is not consistent with my own experience. In situations where abc, I found xyz.” Here are a few
- Write an anonymous “Letter to the Editor”
- Write an open letter.
- Disagree with someone. This is tricky because live debate really speeds it all up. The funny thing is that it’s not about preparing your argument or having great data. It’s about accepting the flow.
Do you have other mindsets or techniques that have utility for you? Please share in the comments section.
Got more resources or ideas for how to stretch your voice? Let’s hear them in the comments section.
- Your voice matters―liberate it (Liberate your voice series, Post 1 of 3)
- Find your voice―the power of authenticity (Liberate your voice series, Post 2 of 3)
- The beginnner’s mind
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