How to get your ideas heard in work meetings If you're getting interrupted, your ideas are being stolen or you're being talked over in meetings, this tip could help: Make sure you're "amplifying" one another's ideas.

22 tips for 2022: Get your ideas heard at work

22 tips for 2022: Get your ideas heard at work

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Illustration in comic style of a woman sharing her ideas in a meeting. A man to the right of her interrupts repeatedly.
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It's a major issue in the workplace: Getting interrupted, talked over and ignored in meetings happens to everyone — but more often to gender minorities, people of color and more junior employees.

One tip to stop this: Make sure you're amplifying one another's ideas.

Here's how it works:

  1. One person makes a point in a meeting.
  2. Immediately, another person repeats the idea and commends it.
  3. A third person chimes in and moves the idea forward.

And voilà: The original idea is said, repeated, supported and amplified.

"It works," says Tina Opie, a visiting scholar at Harvard Business School and the head of Opie Consulting Group. "It's amazing how well it works."

She says learned this amplification strategy from an article in The Washington Post about women in the Obama administration.

Here's a comic to help you visualize the strategy:

Comic-style illustration of the technique of "amplification" where marginalized workers plan a strategy to amplify one another's ideas in meetings.
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There's another benefit to speaking up on behalf of others when they get interrupted: People don't have negative associations with someone who defends other people and helps them be heard.

Stick up for others at work, and they'll stick up for you, too.

Check out this illustrated guide on how to take up space at work.

22 tips for 2022 is edited and curated by Dalia Mortada, Arielle Retting, Janet W. Lee, Beck Harlan, Beth Donovan and Meghan Keane. This tip comes from an episode of Life Kit hosted by Stacey Vanek Smith, produced by Janet W. Lee and adapted into a comic by Connie Hanzhang Jin.