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Why Conquering Your Fear of Being Judged Will Make You a Better Communicator

June 05, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 202

You're in a meeting, and you've got a great idea to contribute to the project being discussed -- but you're afraid to say it.

You're scared that someone might shoot down your idea down, call it stupid, or simply ignore it altogether. Then, without fail, someone voices the same thought you just had and it's praised by the group. Now you must shamefully accept your idea from another.

It's time you put an end to this.

Today, make a commitment to stop letting your great ideas go unheard because of your fear of being judged.

Fear of criticism from our peers is one of the most unfounded and unreasonable reasons that prevent us from communicating our ideas, both in business and in our personal lives. The reality is that the judgements we fear are self-inflicted. We think our idea is stupid and so we keep it to ourself.

To change this, start by observing a successful person that you admire. Chances are they're not afraid to own their ideas. And it's a good chance that their ideas are heard because they voice them with confidence and conviction.

I've learned that good managers and supervisors actually welcome diverse ideas -- even if they don't agree with them -- because they provide a starting point for brainstorms and new ideas.

Try these tips whenever the fear of sharing your idea during a meeting starts to consume you:

  1. Flesh out your idea before the meeting -- It's amazing how many people forget this important preliminary step, yet it's one of the surest and best ways to communicate your thoughts with authority and confidence. It's also helpful to think of possible counters to your idea so that you can be ready to respond.
  2. Think about the people in the room -- One of my former bosses was a lists and strategy person. With her, you needed a fleshed-out strategy document just to brush your teeth. Another of my bosses was visual and preferred pitches that consisted of diagrams and charts. Consider the differing personalities in your workplace when presenting your idea.
  3. Hype yourself up! -- Really, this is important. When I'm going to a meeting or hosting a red carpet event, one of my strategies is to play my music -- everything from Jay-Z to Stevie Wonder -- as loud as I can in the car and sing along. My music is so loud that my ears are usually ringing after. This is my way of reliving tension, shaking out the cob webs and getting ready for the moment, like a boxer throwing punches in the air before entering the ring. Find a ritual ritual that will get you energized before your meeting or presentation. Then, ignore the fear and judgment and share your idea!

-By Ryan Jackson

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