That niggling feeling in meetings when you briefly consider speaking up, but choose not to? That’s one of your superpowers going to waste. This inaugural article in Joe’s monthly ‘Ask Anyway’ column for us explains why.
Design reviews are an important way to work with stakeholders. But when a design review goes poorly, it can feel uncomfortable and awkward.
The anxiety we feel when threatened extends to the workplace when our ideas are challenged – our defences go up and we search for a way to deal with the threat. Some of the more well-known responses are the fight-or-flight, and the closely related freeze and appease response.
How can we learn to win the battle between thoughts and feelings during design reviews?