PLEASE DON'T DIMINISH YOUR WORDS
I mean this most especially for young women, but really for everyone, when speaking in class, a meeting, a podcast, really anytime you speak.
- •"Oh, I was just gonna say ______""Just" makes it seem unimportant. Maybe it is. That's ok. Someone's indicated that it's your turn to talk. Also, instead of saying you're going to say something, just say the thing. I think this phrase is sometimes used to buy a few seconds of thinking time; "ok, so _____," or "well, _____" can be used instead.
- •"Um, yeah, I just had a quick question..."This seems to devalue your question. Also, your quick question is now taking longer to ask. Just ask your question.
- •Speaking up can be scaryIt's scary for me. Props to those who are brave enough to overcome their fear. Make your effort worth it; don't minimize your words.