The Benefits Of Speaking Up

The Speak Up! Series

There you sit. Your head is down and you’re not offering your opinion. You’re quiet and waiting for the meeting to be over.

You have this nagging feeling you should speak up. You believe you have something to offer. Yet, you just can’t speak up. You stay silent and the meeting ends.

Boxer in red headgear getting a pep talk

Photo by Xuan Nguyen

Exiting the conference room, you have this sense of dread. You believe you should have spoken up but you couldn’t. You didn’t have the power to use your voice.

How many times does something like this have to happen before you and I realize we need to speak up? We need to share our voice with those we lead. If we don’t speak up, are we truly leading?

Stop Being A Consumer

Here’s a hard truth we all have to swallow.

WE HAVE TOO MANY CONSUMERS.

Is it time to stop consuming?

What’s A Consumer?

Typically, the term consumer is bandied about in the retail world. A consumer is someone who consumes a product or service.

They’re paying, sure. But all they’re doing is consuming.

They take the product. Use the product. Return for more.

It’s all about consumption.

The world doesn’t need more consumers.

What The World Needs Instead

Let’s stop being people who continue to consume. We have enough people doing this.

Rather, become a person who contributes.

That’s what the world really needs. People who pour back into others.

Whether that’s through mentoring a young student or serving in the local church or stepping up at work. We can be people who serve the world.

I can do that. You can do that. WE can do that.