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How to Be More Assertive in Meetings


assertiveNo matter how confident you are, chances are the following scenario feels at least a little familiar: You’re in the middle of a meeting when you have the mother of all lightbulb moments. You speak up but downplay the true genius of your idea because, well, you don’t want to put anyone off, or you’re suddenly not sure it’s as great as it seems. Kudos to Alexandra Petri of The Washington Post for putting a hilarious spin on the issue in a recent piece that imagines how women would say famous quotes during meetings.

While the piece offers a fresh, funny take on the continuing conversation about how women talk at work, it also speaks to the frustration of feeling uncomfortable fully owning what you want to say. Here, Hallie Crawford, certified career coach and founder of, shares the best tactics for getting your voice heard in meetings.

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