What is the Best Way to Overcome Anxiety at Work Meetings?
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One of the most common times people feel anxious at work (after getting called in to
see the boss) is at meetings where you are expected to speak up in front of many
Let me give you a few quick tips on how best to approach those meetings:
Generally, these type of work meetings involve a group of people sitting around
taking it in turns to speak. Most people anxious about speaking in public dread
their turn and hope some divine intervention will save them from having to speak at
To get around this try the opposite approach. Pretend to yourself and the group that
you are actually dying to speak. Before you enter the room, say to yourself:
“I’m going to speak at any reasonable opportunity that presents itself”
-Be positively itching to speak!
-Before the meeting kicks off, talk to everyone around you. Don’t sit there in silence.
-If you have a short presentation to make and you don’t like the idea of having to do
it in one go, break it up by asking those present questions during your talk. This puts
the focus back on the group and can help you feel less under pressure.
-If everyone has to speak, it can really take the pressure off to be first up but if you
can’t be first then start asking questions of the other speakers when they are finished
if that is appropriate.
Come across as really interested and engaged. Give the impression to the room that
you want to speak and to be heard. Speaking up works because the anxiety only
gets worse if you sit there in total silence waiting to be called upon. Don’t wait for
them to call you -speak out.
If you take the above advice on board and it does come to your turn to speak, you
won’t feel the same level of pressure because everyone in the room is already used
to your voice and you don’t feel the pressure of hearing your voice for the first time in
Everyone is used to you an