Imagine having no fear when you speak in meetings!

Check out these steps to help you have the courage and confidence to speak up in a meeting.

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Your heart’s literally beating out of your chest.

You’ve got sweaty palms, and an extremely dry mouth

You would do anything but have to speak up in just a few seconds….. 

We all know the feeling. Even the most proficient speakers in the world have all felt the fear at some point.

And whilst it might not go away completely, there are some steps you can take to help you have the courage and confidence to speak up in a meeting. Or at least, realise that how you may be feeling on the inside, isn’t what you are projecting on the outside!

Prep Prep Prep!

If you can prepare ahead of the meeting, then you absolutely should! 

Being confident that you have prior knowledge around the potential content/topic to be discussed means you are already half way there. 

Honestly, the difference I’ve felt going into meetings when I’ve prepped vs when I’ve not has been huge. 

Make a few key notes. Clear bullet points on a single sheet of paper means you will avoid getting flustered through reams of paper in front of you, and again helps to set yourself up for a confident contribution during the meeting!

Visualise a Positive Outcome

This may sound a bit strange if you’ve never done it before, but give it a go.

You can do this a couple of ways – 

  1. Imagine yourself after the meeting, and then say to yourself (out loud if possible) – “I’m really thankful that the meeting went really well and that I made some really valid points that were well received, and I spoke with confidence and enthusiasm. I feel fantastic coming out of that meeting”
  2. Or you can imagine yourself ahead of the meeting and give yourself a talking to “Cmon Becca you are going to be great in this meeting – you are going speak with confidence and will feel energised when you’re walking out of the meeting.”

This way you are setting yourself up for a positive outcome.

 In the Meeting

Take take some deep breaths and SLOW DOWN – if you were to video yourself practising (which is not a bad idea either – depending how important the meeting is) then you would be really surprised how much calmer you come across than you actually feel inside. By just slowing down and taking a pause, which may feel like a lifetime, is in fact a really helpful way of ensuring you’re in control when you’re speaking and just taking your time. 

 Remember that people are kind. Everyone is not out to get you, and they will actually be wanting you to speak well. Making eye contact with people in the room that you know can actually help reassure you. 

 After the Meeting

YOU will feel AMAZING after you’ve done it! The feeling of achievement for having spoken up when you wouldn’t normally will give you such a rush.

Even if you question what you said, or how you said it, at least you raised your hand and said SOMETHING which is more than you’d done yesterday! 


I would love to hear any other tips people have in helping to reduce nerves ahead of their meetings.

If you found this useful, then you can also get my Free Guide - “5 Life Changing Habits for Success” which you can pick up at my website where you can find more helpful blogs like this.

Becca Forshaw - Life & Mindset Coach


I help women to create and build a life & career they love. If you're feeling stuck, then I can help you to realise that You have the power to change your life. I help you to challenge your thinking. During our sessions we explore your values, vision, strategy and how you can increase your self-confidence, take that next step in your career or drive your business forward. I can help you choose a fulfilling work life, help you have better relationships, and help you to see that life can be everything you want it to be. I have worked with organisations and individuals across many areas including Times Top 100 Companies and Non Profit Organisations, and have a background of over 20 years top performing sales experience working across many sectors. If you'd like to talk to me about where you feel like you're stuck, then please get in touch via my website for a no obligation call.