Brett Blumenthal, author of 52 Small Changes for the Mind, shares her top four strategies for saying what’s on your mind.
1. Develop self-awareness.
If you’re going to stand up for what you believe in, you need to have a strong vision of what your core values are. Try journalling, and write a list of values including purpose, success, family and faith. Ask yourself what values you would make a sacrifice for.
2. If you are afraid to take a stand,
do some soulsearching to find out what’s at the root of your discomfort. “There are ways to navigate fear, once you’ve identified it,” says Blumenthal. Identify the worstcase scenario. Once you can identify and accept that, you’ll likely find that the worst case isn’t that scary after all.
3. Do your research.
If you want to take a stand, you need to have the info to back it up. Be credible, and create a strong case.
4. “Fake it till you make it,”
says Blumenthal. Strong body language, such as establishing good eye contact, rolling your shoulders back and standing tall with your arms uncrossed, will create confidence and help you better convey your ideas.