8 Tipps How To Stand Up For Your Conviction: Be Brave, Speak Up!

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Stand Up! Speak Up! - 8 Tipps on How To Stand Up For Your Conviction: Speak Up!

Be Brave, Speak Up!

 

Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.

Václav Havel

You do not want to look away?

 

Some people have a personal opinion that deserves attention. However, if this opinion is not heard loud enough, then it is time to decide whether it should stay that way or to share the idea with others.

 

Leave the hiding place

 

Unfortunately, a lot of people hide, stay in cover. Not everyone dares to take the step and takes responsibility. Often possible consequences are feared, sometimes for good reason.

However, it is often not necessary to sacrifice yourself as a martyr to the hyenas. Often it is enough to have the courage to talk about it so that other people also form an opinion on it. Sometimes they join your project. Sometimes we run open doors where we expected resistance. Do not be surprised if your intentions are received with open arms. And if not; then there is some headwind. Yes and? You do not live in a totalitarian system? Then you dare to express your own opinion. As long as you do not destroy any unnecessary porcelain, get at most a few bruises. But even that usually feels better than swallowing everything.

Those who have the impression of being at the mercy of the events suffer sooner or later. Sooner or later, people who build up such internal pressure will become unhappy, sick, and sometimes they will eventually explode emotionally. Then the frustration discharges in a way that is no longer appropriate and easily meets people who often do not even have anything to do with it. Therefore…

8 Ways to be heard

 

 

1. Motivation

 

Knowing why it pays to work for something helps to find the courage and to stick to it. Know what you want to accomplish. What is the key message you wish to communicate? Before you begin, you need to know what the desired outcome is. What is the exact reaction you want to get from your audience? Before speaking, visualize how you want your audience to react when receiving your message and the way you want them to feel afterward.

 

 

 

2. Know your content, your position

 

If you have dealt extensively with a topic, it feels safer to talk about it. Be prepared by doing your research and having visual aids to support your message.

Conviction is a feeling of certainty in your beliefs. Knowing that you’re on the right side of an issue makes it easier to stand up in the face of opposition. Challenges will come, but you can withstand them with a firm belief. Walk your talk.

When people challenge your belief, they are testing it. If you back down, then they will see it as a weakness in your position. Therefore be armed with the facts and data points needed to convey your message if challenged. Review your message in advance, to determine whether there is conflicting data, and try to anticipate where there could be a difference of opinion. test your arguments before you leave home. It is useful to have a list of opposition arguments and counter-arguments.

 

 

 

3. Know your audience

 

Not only the arguments count, they also have to be understood by the recipients. So adapt the communication style to the listener. In order to do that, it is necessary to know the target group, which in turn allows many insights into their thinking and other arguments.

It is important to understand your audience. Before communicating, try to better understand your audience.

  • Who are they?
  • What do they already know?
  • Do they need a lot of details?
  • What may they want to hear?
  • Are they engaged and interested in what you have to say?

 

One of the most important aspects to be heard is to be a good listener. Too many times when others speak, we are just waiting for a break where we can jump in to share our opinions or experiences. Practicing active listening and pausing to collect your ideas before your share yours will refocus the audience’s attention on your message.

 

 

 

4. Authenticity

 

Listeners sense whether someone is pretending or actually means what is being said. Body language plays an essential role here.

 

 

 

5. Relationship

 

If you’re tired of feeling like you’re talking to a wall, think about your relationship with your audience. Only when enough rapport (sustainability of a relationship) is established, messages will actually reach the recipients. Only then will even the best arguments get a real chance.

 

 

 

6. Personal attitude

 

Listeners perceive the attitude towards them. Does the representative of an idea understand his point of view as an offer or does he consider anyone stupid who does not immediately accept it?

 

 

 

7. Travel companions

 

It can be easier to work with other people. At least if the common goal and the values match. Especially with larger challenges, it helps to mutually encourage each other.

 

 

 

8. Support

 

External help benefits topics. This will give you additional perspectives, inspiration, helpful knowledge, and skills as well as concrete support.