Speaking from a position of power when you are the lowest person on the totem pole
Whenever I have a client who struggles with confidence, I encourage them to watch a wonderful TED talk about “Power Posing.” Amy Cuddy gives scientific reasoning about how certain postures can impact the perception others have of you, and how you feel about yourself in a blog post from last week, I outlined what type of skills we should be investing into our junior staff. I would include using Cuddy’s Power Posing techniques to enhance those skills.
Talking with confidence goes hand in hand with looking confident. The best ideas do not usually come from those with the loftiest position titles. They more often come from creative and intelligent people who speak with passion and look confident when sharing their views. So, if you have a good idea, smile and speak up. Don’t let your fear of not being in a powerful position on the team hold you back.