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Be straightforward

Meridith Freese is the marketing manager for the West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce and the West Des Moines New View Young Professionals coordinator.

For young professionals in the workplace it is often easier to sit in a meeting with upper management, people you might not know, or even with co-workers and just willingly agree EffectiveComm with everything that is said, (even if you think it is a lousy idea). It could be because you do not feel comfortable disagreeing with your boss or simply because you do not want to rock the boat.

On the other hand, if you do muster up the courage to speak your mind, you may beat around the bush or gently relay your feelings so as not to step on anyone’s toes.

Being straightforward is not a bad characteristic to have. In fact, many people appreciate a simple and easy to understand communication style. I know I do. Being a straightforward communicator can carry a stigma that you are too frank or too impatient. While I disagree with the stigma, I do believe that while being straightforward, you should still always be polite.

I am fortunate that when growing up, all my siblings were taught to “say what we mean and mean what we say.” My family members are all outspoken, straightforward people. I am just hardwired to be that way.

I was also extremely lucky to come into an organization where I was encouraged to speak my mind and bring in new ideas. But even if you are not hardwired like me or don’t work for a company that you feel you can be open with, do not be afraid to be straightforward with anyone.

If done the right way, being straightforward can make you look humble and sincere. Be genuine, be authentic, and be straightforward.

-Meridith Freese  171A6085

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