Employees in the workplace – Standing out from the crowd

applesNot everyone who wants to develop their career is comfortable with being loud, bold and confident with their opinions. It’s often thought that this is required in order to progress yourself but there are ways of getting yourself heard even if you’re naturally more quiet. Here are some steps to help with getting yourself heard around the workplace.

Arrange a meeting
It can be difficult to approach certain subjects on a day to day basis. People are often busy and on calls which makes it difficult for you to tell when is a good time to talk to someone. Arrange a meeting to talk something through at a later date, whether it’s with one person or several. That way, you know that the subject will be covered and you will get an opportunity to say what you need to. People often take more notice of what is said in meetings also, as the context and purpose of them dictates this. Furthermore, having the discussion at an appointed time gives you the chance to prepare what you need to say, so you don’t miss anything out.

Your thoughts
It’s important to offer your point of view and not always be in agreement. If you want to progress and be heard, then offering your opinion on some points will be essential. This will demonstrate that you are passionate about the subject and are confident enough on it to put forward your thoughts. Just always ensure that you have a credible reason to support your point and put it across in a polite way. Actually, then people will appreciate a bit of discussion and varied ideas.

Add suggestions
A great way to add value is to offer new ideas and suggestions. Anything that is going to be of help to people, speed things up or keep up with competition will be of value to your co-workers. If you think something could be done better/differently then say so. The worst that can happen is that someone will disagree, and this doesn’t mean they don’t appreciate the thought behind your suggestion. When a suggestion of yours gets taken on board, you will gain a lot more confidence in your opinions and ideas, which will make you feel more comfortable when you contribute next time.

Share Expertise
To ensure you are heard, have something interesting to talk about. Keeping up to date with industry news, the latest studies, surveys and more will give you plenty to share around with your colleagues. Keep this up and you’ll find you might even become the port of call that people come to with questions or to see if you have anything of interest to them.

When finding your voice at work, remind yourself that what you have to say is of value and will be seen that way by your co-workers. This should help you become more confident in speaking up and approaching people.