If you find it challenging to speak up in meetings, especially when disagreeing, here’s a helpful framework:
- Restate the objective, even if it seems obvious: “Let’s clarify what we aim to achieve here…” This restatement sharpens the focus on the purpose.
- Paraphrase someone’s point: “So, if I understand correctly, you’re suggesting…”
- Express your concerns or alternative perspective: “I have concerns because…” or “While I see your point, how would we address…”
- Be the last to contribute: Your silence piques curiosity and makes your statement more impactful. Incorporate the best ideas expressed and avoid obvious mistakes.
Following this approach, you can tactfully express your thoughts with the right tone and words while seeking common ground.