Conversations are at the core of what most of us do every day.
much happens through and in them. They play a truly
our lives –
both at work and at home.
We all have a natural need to be heard – to want to have our say, and
have our ideas, views and feelings listened-to, acknowledged and understood.
While we want to have a say in conversations, though, not all of us
plunge fearlessly into them.
Have you ever envied those who seem to effortlessly connect with others
in conversations, get their attention, get noticed and get heard? It’s
just not fair!
Whatever’s going on for them on the inside, from the outside they come
across so conversationally confident.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the table, there you are:
in creeping anxiety at the possibility you might have to speak-up; and
hoping your invisibility shield will hold a little bit longer, at least
until the end of the meeting.
For a good many, conversations can be a pretty scary, anxiety-provoking
proposition. For some of us, it’s a major dread: we fear that what we
will be ignored, scoffed-at, picked-apart or just come out all wrong.
Whether it’s shyness, self-doubt, fear of saying the wrong thing or
making a fool of yourself, or feeling a bit awkward or out-of-your-depth
at times, many people zip their lips and say as little as possible.
That's where this clinic comes in... Our theme is
'speak-up' with confidence, persuasion and influence. It’s about helping you overcome conversational reticence;
to combat anxiety and engage positively in meetings where you can say what you have to say
and put your views forward in ways that will be heard.
It also aims to show you how to stay engaged in, and follow, a
conversation; listen to hear what others have to say, and connect with
them. For some, it might also be about making it safe for others to
speak up and learning how to include them better in your team talk!
on 'What to do when your Conversational Invisibility