In my career as communications person, I was often privileged to attend meetings with the executive board, command group and senior management, political leadership.
But did I always add my two pennies worth?
Sometimes, because I was too in awe of the bling and brass.
In other cases, it was made clear that my views were not welcome.
And sometimes, when I spoke up, I perceived surprise and even depreciation. So, I stopped again.
But mostly, I did not add my voice because I felt I have nothing to offer and that my opinions are worthless.
In particular, I felt my "expertise" was not sufficient because I don't hold a degree or other kind of certification in the discussed field (that's maybe a bit "German", without certificate, one cannot do a job).
I suffer(ed) from the imposter syndrome.
So, I share this blog post to encourage you.
Make your voice heard when you have an idea, a solution, knowledge that is missing in the discussion you are witnessing, and (after reading this) participating.
(Shut up, if you really have nothing to contribute, no clue about the issue.)
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