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Unleashing Your Professional Power: A Guide to Finding Your Corporate Voice

Unleashing Your Professional Power: A Guide to Finding Your Corporate Voice

What does “find your voice” mean in the corporate world, and more importantly, how do you do that? How do you articulate your beliefs and values and then gather the courage to express them professionally?

I get if you’ve ever found “finding your voice” challenging in a corporate setting. I hesitated to share my experiences and truths at work, mainly due to fear. The fear of potential repercussions or disagreements held me back. As a recovering perfectionist, I wanted everyone to like me, making it even more challenging.

But over time, I realized I needed to show my authentic self to be seen and valued for who I am. One great way to do that is by building your career brand. It’s about being visible and getting noticed in a professional setting. When you dive in and focus on what you want to be known for professionally, the value you bring to the table, and how you want to impact the workplace, you’ll feel more empowered to share your voice in the corporate setting. 

Not sure what your brand is? Where to start? 

Here are a few corporate-friendly questions:

  • What am I passionate about in my career?
  • What are the things I hesitate to say at work?
  • Am I concerned about how people will perceive me?
  • Do I fear I won’t communicate my thoughts effectively?
  • Am I worried about lacking expertise or dealing with imposter syndrome?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, don’t worry. I was also filled with fear and doubt, making using my professional voice feel impossible.

Finding your corporate voice is crucial; remember, the business world needs the unique message only you can deliver.

Four Tips for Kickstarting the Process of “Finding Your Corporate Voice”

  1. Be Authentic in the Workplace:

  Unapologetically own who you are professionally. Your quirks, personality, viewpoint, and experiences make you unique. In a polished corporate environment, authenticity is a breath of fresh air.

  1. Clarify Your Professional Message and Values:

  Reflect on your core values, your vision for your career, and the impact you want to create. Once you’ve identified these, consider how to communicate them professionally.

  1. Set Professional Boundaries:

  Despite the initial fear, clearly stating your professional stances can be liberating. Taking a stand on workplace issues you care about, like diversity and inclusion, brings authenticity to your professional identity.

  1. Take Action Professionally:

  Stop worrying about what others think, and start using your corporate voice. Finding your professional voice is about doing it, even if it feels uncomfortable initially.

Navigating Conversations in the Corporate World:

While finding your professional voice is gratifying, it takes courage. Expect discomfort, but embrace it; there’s growth on the other side. Keep conversations productive by resisting personal attacks and listening actively. Accept that not everyone will agree with your professional views, and reassessing relationships is okay.

After helping numerous coaching clients build high-value career brands, I noticed one main similarity in these driven, professional women. First, they felt being ambitious was looked upon as a negative. The negative feedback they encountered left them feeling less than confident enough to advocate for their professional goals. One way to overcome this is by being intentional about gaining visibility in the workplace. Here’s a simple guide designed to help you identify the mistakes professionals make and avoid these roadblocks in the workplace. 

Embrace Your Brand and Be Confident

Don’t be afraid to express your professional voice. Life in the corporate world isn’t a popularity contest. Embrace those who appreciate your professional voice, and remember, finding your corporate voice is not just for yourself—it becomes a powerful tool to help others in the Workplace.


About the Author

Women Thrive Magazine Article Author - Chellie Phillips

Name: Chellie Phillips

Professional Title: International Bestselling Author, Corporate Trainer, and Coach

Bio: Chellie Phillips is an International Bestselling Author, Corporate Trainer, and Coach dedicated to reshaping today’s workplace by crafting people-centered cultures where both employees and business thrive. With over 25 award-winning years in the utility industry, she’s not just transforming offices; she’s making sure each person’s value and contribution is recognized in the workplace. This vivacious Southern force is rewriting the rules of work, one transformative step at a time.

Website: chelliephillips.com

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