The Importance Of Speaking Up

Be Heard By Speaking Up

Speaking Up And Breaking The Silence

This topic is particularly well timed given that it was just Canada Day on July 1st.  If there is one thing that me, and most of my fellow Canadians are guilty of en masse, it is not speaking up. Compared to our boisterous neighbours to the south, we are like church mice, as a rule.  We are unfailingly polite and while that isn’t a bad thing, in and of itself, it does mean that we don’t voice our opinion as often and not nearly as loudly as we should. There are exceptions of course, but most Canadians will not tell you what they really think of you or your actions.

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The Danger Of Not Speaking Up

I do agree that there are times that being quiet and not letting your emotions get the way is a better tack to take. And there are times when it would be better to let people know what you think before you go along too far and assumptions are made. People often believe that if they don’t hear anyone speaking up in opposition, then everyone must agree with them.  That likely isn’t true all the time. The best time for speaking up is when you are aware that you don’t agree with what the other person is saying, and yet they believe that you do. You have to let people know right up front that you don’t agree or you don’t understand what they are saying.

Questions People who are like myself have to be less concerned about whether they are being a pain in the ass (or looked at as such) and ask the hard questions. But wait, there is more. If we get an answer that doesn’t make sense or that we don’t understand, then we have to say so and ask another question. Questions that are intended to provide clarity, so choose your words carefully. All too often I find myself in situations that I never intended to get into, all because I didn’t clearly state what my thoughts or feelings were clearly enough.

I can’t speak for you, (and you likely wouldn’t want me to), but I do know that I have to shoulder the lion’s share of responsibility when it comes to not speaking up. If I used my voice more, I would save myself some difficulty and misunderstanding. If I don’t speak up, then how is anyone to know what I am thinking or what I am feeling? Speaking up is a huge and necessary part of communication, spawning a two-way exchange of thoughts and ideas.

If you’re a person who typically is more reserved or shy, I encourage you to find your voice and to start speaking up for yourself. I think you will be pleasantly surprised by both how easy it is, and how beneficial it is as well.

Let me know how it works for you.

Till Next Time

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