Learning to “Own Your Voice”
Speaking loudly over people, so only your points are heard?
Speaking only when spoken too?
To make others feel intimidated by you?
2. Engage/Capture. When I talk, do it in a way that engages my audience. Share personal stories, crack jokes—simply relate to others
3. Listen. Successful speaking is not one way; you must listen to others and acknowledge their points of view.
4. Respect. Be mindful when others are talking, allow them to have the floor when needed. When you disagree with someone start off by saying “With all do respect…” or “Respectfully, I disagree with your observation and feel…” Respect THEIR time to talk and they will equally respect YOURS.
5. Own It. When a mistake is made, don’t use excuses. Don’t try to pass the buck onto someone else. More importantly, DO NOT try to throw someone else under the bus during a meeting. This looks weak and is unprofessional. Plus, in doing so, this will come back tenfold, if you do. If you were responsible or had some portion of a mistake, you need to own it. I am not saying confess to each single detail of that mistake. What I am saying, is to admit and own your mistakes.
7. Legacy. When the time does come for you to move upward or onward in your career path, it is crucial to leave your legacy behind. Make sure to set up your successors for success. Give them the tools they need to perform. Remember, this is a full cycle process! If you leave your legacy behind (in a positive way) when you move onward, it leaves little room to ever burn any bridges. Remember, you never know when you may need them again.