In many organizations, leadership readiness is measured in part by what people say in meetings. Allison Shapira, who teaches “The Arts of Communication” at the Harvard Kennedy School, contends that, “How we speak off the cuff can have a bigger impact on our career trajectory than our presentations or speeches, because every single day we have an opportunity to make an impact.” (Tweet it!)
Writing in the Harvard Business Review, Shapira offers three strategies for speaking up effectively:
But, warns Shapira, there are situations where speaking up is not the right course. Don't speak to show off, or if your comments would be better received in a one-on-one situation, or if you are trying to empower someone else on your team to contribute.
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