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My first job I took was around the age of 16/17 years old. The introvert that I was and actually still am have gone through a lot of changes and I have also experienced different kind of situations. I want to speak from my experiences. I have acknowledged that it’s so important to speak your mind when you’re at work regardless of being an introvert. And here’s why I think that.
1. Show them you can bring valuable input to the project or to the company as a whole
Sometimes I speak with colleagues at work who are more of an introvert, and they introduce an interesting idea how we can tackle a problem for example. I then say “YES introduce it. IT’s brilliant.” What I get is “No never mind, they won’t consider it anyway”. If you don’t speak your mind or introduce your ideas you can come across as if you don’t have anything valuable to bring to the table. Present your ideas, draw your solutions, speak up when they are asking you questions. Whether good or bad. Right or wrong. Eventually at work , it’s still a place to learn from each other and learn from your mistakes. Don’t hide away because you think people will only listen to the extroverts in the room. Your way of thinking might be what the project or the entire company needs at the moment.Therefore, Speak.Your.Mind.
2. Don’t come across like a push-over
What you sometimes see when you’re working in groups is that the introverts will be the one receiving the banters. Sometimes they’re even treated like bunch bags. In the early stage of when I was doing different jobs, I wouldn’t be a person to speak my mind or to even tell a colleague “Your joke is crossing the line” for example. It would bother me so much that I would take that feeling home with me. I would look away and brush it off. I’m glad I stopped doing that. At the moment, people know what I feel is crossing the line. Some jokes yes, you can do it with other colleagues but it might be very sensitive to someone else. You have to be very careful. Therefore if anything is in my eyes crossing the line and if it bothers me for a long time, I point it out so that the awkward situation doesn’t repeats itself again.
Also, when I used to be quiet I saw how some extroverts could get away with anything because they can talk the talk. I’ve learned that if I don’t want to be someone punching bag or come across like someone you can walk over me, I had to speak. I had to come up for myself at situations when needed. Saying this, I’m not saying that everything that doesn’t go your way should be pointed out. Sometimes you should have to turn the blind eye. I mean, you have to chose your battles here. But if it’s anything that will make you take that awful feeling to your home, make you uncomfortable to go to work, or something you will dwell on it for days. Speak your mind and say how you feel.
3. Build your confidence at work
Everyone has an opinion and everyone has the right to have one. But I believe an opinion should no where be any form of bullying, attacking, undermining or hate speech. Obviously there should be a limit to expressing an opinion. Since I’ve decided to speak up or to actually share my thoughts and ideas at work I’ve also built my confidence this way. At work but also as an individual. I know that at times it’s easier said than done. Trust me, I know all about it. But don’t shy away from speaking up to something that you know was crossing the line or is making you very uncomfortable at work. Furthermore don’t think your ideas are bad, weak or not important. Even if the company or your team members won’t consider it. You have spoken and that’s all it matters. You have voice. The more you share your ideas during meetings and speak up when you personally aren’t comfortable about certain situations will definitely build your confidence.
So this are the 3 Reasons Why It’s Important To Speak Your Mind At Work. I hope these tips were handy. I would like to hear your story. Have you ever been in a situation at work before where someone made you feel uncomfortable in anyway? Did you speak your mind or did you turn the blind eye? Share your stories below.