It’s one thing to bite your tongue from an inappropriate retort when you’re driving in traffic and get cut off, and it’s another thing entirely when you stop yourself from contributing to a conversation because you feel inept. We all hold back at the right time for the right reasons, but sometimes it’s the wrong time and wrong reason; when others need to hear your voice but you’re not confident, then it’s problematic for your business.
You wouldn’t be in your role if you were incompetent, but you must believe this. Once you accept your part in the business, then you’ll speak from a place of confidence. You’ll have found your voice. Your strongest tool is the ability to promote yourself, provide for clients, or make contributions, so you must embrace the fact that it’s imperative to share your voice. Be heard.
Lack Of Confidence and Other Barriers
It’s not always easy to find this sense of confidence, but the more you enable yourself to speak with it, the more you will find and use your voice. It’s empowering. The difficulty lies in the fact that we create barriers and become our own worst enemy. We must learn how to break those barriers down!
Your business doesn’t have to suffer any more because you have stifled your voice. You can fix this at any time. Like right now… Small business coaches offer methods that will help, and you can take the following three steps to begin the process and release your voice.
1. Practice Makes Perfect. If you find it difficult to promote yourself, then it’s important to keep putting yourself out there until it gets more comfortable. But you don’t have to jump into the deep end! Instead of heading to the nearest networking meeting where you’ll have to pump out your elevator speech to all in reach, start smaller. Place a few cold calls or send feeler emails in which you clarify your point of view about your business. Get used to the sound of your words and the feeling of talking about yourself, and then network into bigger and bigger circles as you gain confidence.
2. Define Your Preferences. If you feel tugged or pulled by others’ will, then you may not have your feet firmly on the ground. Before you engage with clients or business vendors, make sure you know your own mind on the issues. Do you know your billing practices and where they fall competitively? Do you know if you even like working in a particular industry or with a certain type of client? Is there a certain type of client or work that you would turn down? Figuring out your preferences will not only avoid falling into pitfalls when it comes to clients or business practices, but you’ll feel more confident turning away or deflecting those that don’t fall within your parameters. When you act with conviction, your voice comes through loud and clear.
3. Meditations and Self-Reflection. When negative feelings begin to override your voice, you can turn to a mantra or quote that will remind you about the power of your voice. Find a mentor or coach who inspires you and pull from their repertoire. When you can counter the negativity, then you’ll conquer it.
These steps will get you started, but it might still be a struggle. Don’t be afraid to reach out and use resources that can share with you the knowledge to help uncover your voice. Look, you got this far, and you can go the distance. You just might have to turn up the volume a bit more on your voice.