As a young leader and communicator, I allowed the green monster of envy influence in my life for far too long. Everyone was better than me. I spent years comparing myself to others who were more persuasive, who had larger audiences, and were more compelling. These were unnecessary wasted years of self-doubt and I’d like to give you two things that can help you to build confidence in your voice.
1. Don’t underestimate the uniqueness of the voice you bring to the table.
One of the things I am most passionate about in my role at GiANT is the opportunity to help others become aware of the unique voice they bring to the table. We talk about five voices that exist within a team and how we are wired up to access some voices more naturally than others. You have a unique voice and a set of experiences and perspectives underneath that voice that your team needs to hear.
2. Remember that what is obvious to you, is not always obvious to others.
This is one of those understandings that has potential to bring immediate breakthrough in how you communicate on your team. One of the reasons I didn’t always speak out was because I felt that what was obvious to me was obvious to everyone. That is simply not true. While there may be some on the team who share your perspective already, it’s always good to communicate simply and clearly what your perspective is.
Stop looking around at how gifted and confident other people seem to be and trust that your unique voice will make a significant contribution.