The most effective way to earn respect from colleagues, partners and peers and get your point across, is by being direct and sharing your thoughts when they occur. 

That being said, I am not encouraging you to blurt out every thought that crosses your mind. The ability to put your thoughts into words in a diplomatic and professional way is a skill that you can develop over time. Be clear, concise, to the point, and respectful in the way that you present your argument or idea. 

Having the courage to speak your mind is hard. It takes confidence and boldness. So why do it? By being direct and saying what you think, you are reducing the likelihood that your point of view will be misunderstood, and making your argument stronger. 

Being clear, concise, and to the point will ensure that your audience doesn’t get lost in the weeds when you argue your point. “Be brief, be bright-be gone!” 

Being assertive will tell your audience that you mean business, and you will hold their attention for the duration of your explanation. 

Finally, being prepared with documents or evidence to back up your argument will be the deciding factor in convincing your audience that your point of view is worth considering. 

Are you any good at speaking your mind? Let me know in the comments.