Another meeting is coming up at work, and you’re dreading it. But if you want to get ahead, it’s important to speak confidently in meetings.

This is a goal one of my clients, Allison, had when she first started coaching. She came to me asking, “Why do I get so nervous before speaking in a meeting?” The fear of speaking in meetings paralyzed her. Whenever it came time to contribute, Allison would freeze, overthink her response, and end up rambling. Afterward, she’d beat herself up and feel like an imposter—incapable of doing the very job she had been recruited for.

She was what I call a "Sensitive Striver."