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Feel like your opinions don’t count?

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When Angie, an administrative assistant, shares her opinions in meetings, she feels the group tunes her out. Sometimes, others make decisions about her workspace without even asking for her input.

She says she comes home some days feeling like a “whipped puppy.”

“Unfortunately, those feelings are nothing new within the administrative field,” says Jennifer Webb, a consultant, trainer and coach (www.magiccomm.com).

Her advice for making your voice heard:

Look for underlying beliefs.
Ask yourself, “Where did I first hear that my opinion wasn’t valuable?” Don’t stop with the first answer you come to.

“It goes deeper than whether or not you’re in an administrative position,” Webb says.

Align with someone of higher authority.
Use the phrase “the CEO and I believe” or “the CEO and I would like for you to....” Or copy a high-ranking person when sending out an important e-mail request, to give your words more clo...(register to read more)

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