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100 Bytes Of Wisdom: Day 2^5

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Having a voice in a team is crucially important. There are plenty of times when you should speak your voice. Be heard, and let others know your opinion or expertise. Equally, there are times to shut up and listen. To acknowledge you're going out of your lane and to just listen and learn. I got this really quite wrong a lot early in my career and it's something I'm constantly monitoring (boy, am I a chatterbox!).

This is really only one of those things a trusted peer or manager can help you with. However, if you're unsure where you're at, try to stay silent in your next group meeting. See if anyone asks for your opinion, or if you learn something from someone else who is now able to speak. Like I was, you might be surprised at the outcome.

Heads up: As with any terse bit of advice, there will be exceptions of course, and subtleties and nuance that can't possibly be captured in a Byte of Wisdom. This has been what I've experienced, I'd love to hear yours in the comments too!

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