Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Speak Up buddy....

Manager's cabin:
Anish, You are doing good, in fact great. I want you to handle more responsibility. I want you to handle the team. but but but...... You speak very less in team meeting. I know you know most of stuff going around in project and you have good hand, good control on the framework but you need to show that to team. In short, You should speak more that you know all these things and you can handle any issues. So speak more, OK. Thank You.
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There is problem with me, I don't do non-sense talk in the meeting. I don't ask stupid questions in the meeting. I don't raise silly concerns/issues in the meeting. I feel it is waste to time of yours and others. And it irritates me lot when people raise issues which were non-avoidable and you had to live with that. and most of people do complains all the time and I don't like to do complains. Company is paying to you to get the job done and you should do it. 
It is not like that I am not talking at all in the meeting but I only talk when I feel it is the right place and right time. And I don't want to do non-productive discussions in the meeting just to show that I know blah blah things.
When I was fresher and attending interviews in campus, one incident nurture my belief that it doesn't matter how much you speak and it matters what you speak. Tata Infotech came for an interview and there were 1500 people. They took written test and eliminated 1300 people, now we had 200 people. Then they arranged group discussions, 10 people in each group. Me and Muntakim in the same group. I know him as he is friend's friend. He speaks very less. In the group discussion, apart from him, every other person is shouting instead of discussions to show off. I too tried to shout but.. :( . At the end of group discussion, interviewer asked Me and Muntakim to express our views. and you know the result, only Muntakim selected from our group. and that was the big lesson for me.
Thanks to God that I am in IT industry where only work matters or let me rephrase that, Most of the time only work matters. You can't survive here with out work and all talk. But still, in every appraisal, I got the comment like, you are good/fine in work but you should improve your communication (in short speaking) skills. oops..... 
Even in IT industry, you still need to market yourself, even after doing work. why? why? why only work is not enough as it gets job done anyway. 
Because there is lots of people like you around buddy... uff..... :( ....

6 comments:

Urvashi said...

Weell...I have a similar experience too.. not in boardroom meeting or conferences but classrooms....Wat happens is our professors insist that we speak up n ask questions etc etc....but when I dont hv any doubts I dont speak up till I am asked anything...they feel M nt communicating, I m introvert, I shd SPEAK UP.... but some ppl who ask silly doubts or verify even things that are clear(in short, they just speak up for the sake of it n all blah blah stuffs...) are considered smart n outgoing......!!!

Ur post jus reminded me of this...!!! So now..ur turn to SPEAK UP..!! :)

Anish Patel said...

I am trying Urvashi.... Let see how it goes...

WarmSunshine said...

You know Anish, you're boss is right I guess. I'm in the IT industry too. I have always been a shy girl, but ever since I started working, I realized it's equally important to project the work you do. Why let someone else get the credit of what you do?

Good luck! :)

Anish Patel said...

I agree with you, WarmSunshine. But here, I got the credit too. It is only problem of speaking in meetings.

Adorable said...

In this competitive world you have to speak right things @ right time even though it's not required :) :)..
That's what I experienced.

Anish Patel said...

right things @ right time even though it's not required!!!!
then how it is right time???