Top 10 Reasons to Speak Up on Your Next Conference Call

10. All that multi-tasking during calls is ruining your productivity.

9. You aren’t paid to “just sit there and look pretty” (and that’s a good thing!).

8. Someone is wondering “Who all the people are on this call and what are they doing here?”

7. Bueller? Bueller?

6. If you don’t speak up, someone else will. No guts, no glory!

5. Your instant message sound alerts are going off. Might as well say what you have to say out in the open.

4. You don’t have to worry about whether your phone is muted or “did everyone just hear that?”

3. Your boss might be on the call. This is a good time to remind him why he hired you.

2. Your boss’s boss might be on the call. ThisĀ is a good time to show her what you can contribute.

1. Someone needs to speak up against bad ideas before they become reality.

Heather Nelson is a partner with PeopleResults. You can reach her at or on Twitter at @HeatherGNelson1. Sign up to receive the PeopleResults blog at Current.