To speak up in a meeting is considered public speaking, and according to Psychology Today, there are many reasons some people are afraid to do it:
- Thoughts and beliefs about yourself
- The situation (lack of experience, audience etc.)
- Skills or lack thereof
However, speaking up in meetings is important for personal and professional reasons. When you share ideas or questions, you take part in the conversation, provide value, and show that you’re trying to be an active participant in the workplace. All of this can lead to being seen by upper management, which can be critical for moving ahead in your career.