How to Share Your Ideas in Meetings: Contribute with Confidence in Meetings

How can you share your ideas in meetings? Sharing your ideas in meetings and contributing with confidence is a key skill that emerging leaders need to master.

But meetings are a time when people commonly become nervous – when you can easily lose confidence in yourself and your ideas. As a result, you might refrain from sharing your brilliant ideas with others in the room.

This is a shame. 

When I work with emerging leaders, one thing I often preach is that you were invited to that meeting for a reason. People believe in you. They want to know what you think. It’s your responsibility and it’s your job to share your ideas with your coworkers and your boss in meetings.

Sharing your ideas in meetings doesn’t have to be daunting, complicated or difficult. In fact, there is a simple 5-step process that you can follow.

  1. Plan what you want to say.
  2. Break into the group conversation.
  3. Bridge people to your idea through facts, story observation or trend.
  4. Share your idea in the meeting.
  5. Follow-up to see what others think of your idea.

If you follow this simple 5-step process, you will be able to share your ideas with others in the meeting with ease and confidence.

Below I have a longer YouTube video which delves into this 5-step process.

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Kara Ronin is the founder of Executive Impressions. She is an executive coach who specialises in leadership presence, social skills and business etiquette. She is also the creator of Bestselling Udemy course, Business Etiquette 101. Kara’s advice and unique perspectives have been featured in Time Inc., Business Insider, Ignites Europe (a Financial Times Service), The Muse, The Local France, The West Australian, and more. Kara works regularly with lawyers, investment bankers, and finance professionals to help them build presence, authority and influence in business. Get Kara's insights delivered straight to your inbox