Struggling to be heard in meetings? Here are the three things you need to start doing NOW

Struggling to have your voice heard around the boardroom table is a source of stress for many corporate leaders. But I have to admit…

I LOVE it.

(Discussing the topic, that is…)

My name is Stacy Mayer and I am on a mission to bring more diversity to the leadership table by getting a thousand managers promoted each and every year – worldwide.

So…why am I excited to be talking about this topic?

Because it’s one of the main things I teach in my Promotion Accelerator, 1:1 coaching program.

So, here’s my advice:

If your voice isn’t being heard around the boardroom table, the first thing you need to do is this:

STOP doing what you’re doing.

It’s not working.

Here’s the thing: it’s easy to be misguided about what it takes to show up like a senior executive leader when no one has shown you the guardrails.

I’m here to guide you.

If you’ve ever struggled with this problem, you likely responded by:

A) Talking louder, or…

B) Shutting down.

There is a middle way.

Before I tell you the solutions, you first need to realize these three things:

#1 You deserve to have your voice heard

Let me repeat that.

Your voice is worth hearing at the executive table.

Write this down and stick it by your desk to remind yourself that your organization needs your knowledge.

#2 You’re not wrong

If you’ve ever thought that your voice wasn’t being heard or noticed that people were taking credit for your ideas, you need to know…you’re not wrong.

What you are observing is actually happening.

#3 You need to commit to doing something different

No more yelling or shutting down.  It’s time for something different.

Which brings me to…

The three things you need to START doing instead:

#1 Have a meeting before the meeting

You’re going to want to spend some time preparing before the meeting, both by yourself AND with someone else.

Here’s how:

By yourself: Before the meeting, think through what you actually want to accomplish in the meeting. What is the main outcome you are looking to achieve?

With someone else: This could be the leader of the meeting or another executive. During this time, you want to share some of your ideas and let this person know what you’re hoping to accomplish in the meeting.

#2 Speak to the organization’s vision

Figure out your organization’s vision and make sure that whatever you are speaking about ties into that vision.

If you don’t know how to figure out your organization’s vision, I recommend checking out episode #35 of my podcast, Maximize Your Career with Stacy Mayer, “Executive Ahead of Time: Making an Impact.

#3 Connect your ideas with what others are saying

When somebody around the boardroom table says something, speak up and connect what they are saying with what you want to talk about.

For example, you could say: “That’s such a great point, Bob, because it really relates to what I’m working on…”

This will help you get others on your side AND committed to your big vision.

THAT is how you communicate like an executive leader.

If you are interested in taking this work deeper and scaling yourself to the C-Suite, then I invite you to apply for a free career strategy session with me.

Together, we’ll create a systematic promotion blueprint so that you can move from under-appreciated, under-recognized, and underpaid to a valued member of the leadership team.

Go to stacymayer.com/apply to apply.

PS: If you have a question you’d like me to answer on one of my upcoming Your Promotability Factor Weekly Q&A, direct message me the answer to this question: “If you and I were to have 30-minutes together and you could get my input on anything, what specific questions would you have for me today, this week, this month?”

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