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Speak Up, Show Up, and Stand Out: The 9 Communication Rules You Need to Succeed by Loretta Malandro

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COMMUNICATION RULE 5

Speak Up—Stop Holding Yourself Back

We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? . . . Your playing small does not serve the world.

—Nelson Mandela

Do you spend more time moving away from what you don’t want than moving toward what you do want? Do you avoid discomfort? Sidestep conflict? Steer clear of difficult people? Keep your mouth shut so you won’t get in trouble? If you’re clamming up more than you’re speaking up, then you may be seriously limiting yourself.

For instance, does this sound like something you might do? You are on a videoconference call with your peers and higher-ups from several other departments. There is a moment when you consider chiming ...

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