by Dr. Schien Ninan

How to make yourself heard in meetings

Meetings are often hectic, and it can be challenging for you to make yourself heard. However, there are some proven strategies to ensure that your voice is heard:

1. Timing is (almost) everything

Choose the right moment to speak up. Try to find a natural pause from your counterpart to introduce your thoughts. If you're dealing with talkative individuals, use the proven 'hook'.

This quick-wit card from our Rhetoric and Quick-wittedness training provides you with introductory phrases to interrupt chatterboxes: With sentences like 'By the way,' 'I have a thought on that,' or 'That reminds me of,' you can find the right entry point.

2. Radiate confidence

Although it's not always easy, try to project self-confidence. A straight posture, a clear voice, eye contact, and active gestures enhance your confidence.

All of this is difficult to change overnight. In our training programs, you receive continuous feedback from our experts - tailored to your personal profile. Through video recordings, you can see for yourself how you improve from one practice to another. This strengthens your self-confidence!

3. Clear and concise statements

You can also get a word in faster when other meeting participants don't feel that you're the one who talks excessively.

Ensure that you make clear and concise statements. The Blitz structure, with a strong statement at the beginning, three clear information blocks in the middle, and a clear concluding statement, appears clear and compact.

You practice these and other rhetorical structures that help you appear competent and clear in Powertalk.

4. Emphasize what's important

When you have an important message, emphasize it. Repeat it if necessary. This helps ensure that your key point is not overlooked – but don't overdo it!

If you emphasize everything, you emphasize nothing

You can support your colleagues' statements through active agreement and measured repetition. When you show that you're 'listening' to others, you'll also be heard more.

For you this means:

Meetings are often dynamic environments, but with the right strategies, you can ensure that your voice is heard. Don't let chatterboxes and talkative individuals dominate the conversation; assertively interject and make clear, concise statements that you repeat when necessary.

Trainings that match

Rhetoric training: Quick-wittedness

Tackle professional and personal attacks effortlessly: from charming replicas to strong eye-level responses.

Show all

More articles

NEW: Delivering “Apple Style“ Presentations

Amaze your listeners! We have firsthand knowledge of the Apple method and will show you in the 'Storytelling Pro' training how to package your business topics into attractive stories.

Representing your company excellently

How well do your employees manage to present your company optimally in just a few seconds? At HR fairs, trade shows, client meetings, events, or even in private settings, they frequently find themselves in this situation! We'll show you how to master this challenge.

Stage fright: You would have liked to know this curve sooner

Anyone who claims that he is never nervous, cheats. It is okay to feel excitement before a “performance”. However, the decisive question is: How much of it is good for you?

Show all