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Speaking Up

Why It's So Important To Find Your Voice As You Age

Pat Blumenthal | Posted 07.09.2016 | Fifty
Pat Blumenthal

On the porch of my childhood home, a plaque hung on the exposed beams, just about where your eyes would naturally rest when you were gazing up in thought. The plaque contained a quote, attributed to Abraham Lincoln: 'Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak up and remove all doubt.'

Speaking Up (Not Down): Why Innovation Cultures Can't Afford Your Silence or Negativity

Alison A. Quirk | Posted 04.26.2017 | Business
Alison A. Quirk

The old children's fairy tale about the emperor's new clothes still conveys a powerful message - including for adults in the workplace. For those of y...

The Secrecy Code in Hollywood

Stacy Slotnick | Posted 04.20.2017 | Entertainment
Stacy Slotnick

It is a privilege to have amazing experiences with icons, but we cannot let awe turn into awful by revealing confidences or gushing about the private lives of public figures. Loose lips sink large luxury yachts.

Why I Should've Talked Back to My Parents

Brent Stoller | Posted 02.04.2017 | GPS for the Soul
Brent Stoller

For four years I managed the behind-the-scenes operations of a summer camp. Dealing with difficult parents was integral to the job. Most parents were,...

Distancing Yourself From Toxic Parents

Kristen Brown | Posted 11.30.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Kristen Brown

The decision to disengage from emotionally unhealthy parents does not ever come easy for a child even when s/he is grown. It is a heart wrenching, pai...

The Shocking Truth of Not Speaking Up

Susan Harrow | Posted 11.09.2016 | Business
Susan Harrow

The Shocking Truth of Not Speaking Up

13 Tips To Help You Speak Up To Your Boss In Tricky Situations

Quiet Revolution | Alice Bradley | Posted 09.29.2015 | Healthy Living

Dear Val, I work for two women bosses who are experienced, extremely capable, and excellent at their jobs. There are many good things about working fo...

The Right Way To Encourage Introverts To Speak Up In School

Quiet Revolution | John Spencer | Posted 09.29.2015 | Healthy Living

This story is one of three that we’re featuring on the question of class participation. For other perspectives, see “Participation Penalizes Quiet...

An End to an Era

Lani Renaldo | Posted 06.09.2015 | College
Lani Renaldo

Teens have a voice and it is important for us to use it, no matter how small or big the issue.

Women, Ask For What You Want!

Jeena Cho | Posted 04.28.2015 | Women
Jeena Cho

If I could encourage women to do one thing, it would be to ask for what you want. Stop overthinking every simple (and not so simple) request, and just ask! Ask without apology.

Life As a Thirty-Something: One Lesson Learned

Mac Grambauer | Posted 04.19.2015 | Women
Mac Grambauer

One thing I've discovered in my experience as a 30-year-old is that, while I had no angst about reaching this particular age and no specific expectations about my 30-year-old life, I have come to require, seemingly quite recently, higher standards for myself.

A Thank You to the Teacher

Regan Long | Posted 03.24.2015 | Parents
Regan Long

I didn't realize the full impact I had made until I received a letter from him several years later. It was a short letter. Only a few lines, but very well may have been one of the most impacting letters I've ever received in my 31 years of life.

How To Ask For What You Want -- And Get It

Posted 01.08.2015 | OWN

By Iyanla Vanzant It isn't always easy to express our desires. We worry that others will see us as pushy or demanding, or that we'll be turned down...

Speaking Up Is Hard To Do

Dani Alpert | Posted 03.08.2015 | Women
Dani Alpert

The way I saw it, I had several options: I could kick her in the teeth while I hurled epithets; I could take the Zen approach and let her be, because Karma is a she-bitch; or I could choose what's behind door number three.

As We Start Our Family Tree

Elisabeth Corey | Posted 02.22.2015 | Parents
Elisabeth Corey

I cannot begin to describe the impact you have on my life. You are the blessings sent from the divine to wake me up. You are the little life tornadoes who never let me choose the easy way out of the pain. You are the epitome of forgiveness as I made mistake after mistake as a parent. You are the comic relief that comes just when I need it. And you are the reminder of how important the small, daily life events really are.

Question Authority: A Workplace Imperative

Edward Muzio | Posted 10.14.2014 | Business
Edward Muzio

"Question authority. Go ahead, ask me anything." This remains one of my all-time favorite bumper stickers. Someday I'll put one on my own car, for comedic value. I'd also like to hand out boxes of these stickers to executives in my large corporate clients, to post on their office walls. In that case, my goal isn't to get a laugh.

On Escaping The Shame Spiral

Jill Di Donato | Posted 06.21.2014 | Women
Jill Di Donato

It's no easy feat to admit to flaws, because that means they're real and we have to confront them. Accepting our mistakes or shortcomings -- choices that may not have served us well, unflattering ways others may perceive us, or subtle imperfections that gnaw away at us -- is uncomfortable in the short-term, but acknowledging them can ward off long-term problems.

Be Your Own Advocate (If You Don't, Who Will?)

Joanna_Montgomery | Posted 05.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Joanna_Montgomery

Raise your hand. Ask questions. Listen to your gut. And when in doubt, check it out. You're worth it. Wouldn't you rather risk having someone think you ask an awful lot of questions than to find yourself laying on your death bed wishing you'd spoken up when you had that bad feeling?

Why Women Don't Speak Up and What We Can Do About It

Dr. Sonya Rhodes | Posted 05.12.2014 | Women
Dr. Sonya Rhodes

Would we speak up if someone made racial slurs? Or anti-Semitic ones? Or, anti-gay comments? I think so. It is easier to defend someone else. But as women, why don't we step up in a situation when there is unwarranted verbal aggression toward us? What makes us so afraid of confrontation?

'I Am No Longer Hiding Behind A Fake, Cheery Exterior'

Morgan Hegarty | Posted 04.22.2014 | Teen
Morgan Hegarty

So in the end, I'm glad I decided to stop concealing. It's all right to feel off and not be yourself and ask for the love to make yourself feel better. You shouldn't be ashamed of having problems. Tell people. Let them know. They can help you.

Dare to Be Brave

Rutendo Nyamuda | Posted 04.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Rutendo Nyamuda

A few weeks ago, my older sister sent me a YouTube link to "Brave," a song by Sara Bareilles. The more I listened to it, the more I became captivated ...

How to Stop an Argument in Its Tracks

Andrea Wachter | Posted 03.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Andrea Wachter

If you are someone who finds yourself in too many argumentative conversations, give some of these tips a try. You will be amazed at how easy it is to stop an argument in its tracks.

From America to Morocco: Never Be Afraid to Talk to Anyone!

Sam Vaghar | Posted 12.04.2013 | Impact
Sam Vaghar

Twenty minutes into the conversation, I asked him, "How do you survive?" Looking up at the passerby, he replied, "I'm not afraid to talk to anyone. I'm not afraid to look up at those above me and ask for help. Never be afraid to talk to anyone." Never be afraid to talk to anyone. This advice changed my life.

Don't Call on Me, Please!

Jennifer Rosen | Posted 10.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Rosen

Whenever I catch myself reverting to a place of doubt, I latch onto certain markers like my therapist's feedback as a reminder that my thoughts do indeed have their rightful place and that somebody somewhere is interested in what I have to say.

One Physical Attribute You Really Shouldn't Ignore

Terry K Carr | Posted 10.09.2013 | Women
Terry K Carr

Growing up in my house, I chose to be a quiet girl as a way to feel safe. When I was 7, I was taken to an outdoor concert where I saw a beautiful woman on stage about to sing. As soon as her voice floated over our seats, the desire to sing grabbed a hold of my heart and didn't let go.