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By Lydia Belanger

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Getting your voice heard at work -- whether you're in a meeting, talking with your boss or communicating with collegues -- can sometimes be challenging. But here are a few things you can do:

  • First, everyone should be aware that in meetings where both men and women are present, women speak 25 percent less than men on average, according to a study published in the American Political Science Review. It's something many of us can work on.
  • Leadership expert Jill Flynn suggests treating every meeting "as if you're visiting a foreign country." Figure out what's on the agenda, and prepare questions and comments accordingly.
  • When you speak up, be authoritative! Instead of saying "How about we do this …" say, "I strongly suggest we do this … ." To show agreement, say, "I agree completely.

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Lydia Belanger is a former associate editor at Entrepreneur. Follow her on Twitter: @LydiaBelanger.

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