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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.

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