Five steps to speaking up

Your voice matters

Five steps to speaking up

Ever felt like you weren’t being heard?

Maybe your bestie didn’t agree with your plans. Or your parents thought you should be a doctor instead of an actor. All this made you feel a little bit frustrated, right?

Truth is, it’s important to speak up, to make sure you’re being heard. If you’re not sure how to go about it, these tips will help:

Trust Your Gut
Always listen to that little voice in your head. If something someone has said or done doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t right.

Be Confident But Respectful
When speaking up, use a calm and clear voice. If you feel frustrated, walk away for a while. This’ll help you focus well and think about what to say

Listen to the Other Person
The other person may have a different opinion, but they still have the right to be heard. Listening to them will help you understand the different ways people think and feel. We won’t always agree on everything, and that’s okay.

Make it Personal
Use ‘I’ at the beginning of your sentence. For example, say “I feel it wasn’t nice of you to speak to me like that” instead of “What’s wrong with you? Don't ever speak to me like that.” People respond better when they don’t feel attacked.

Make Your Point
Share your thoughts and opinions in your normal speaking voice. For example, if your bestie wants to play Ludo while you want to play Whot!, just talk to them in an honest, respectful way.

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