Q. I'm really shy and it's hard for me to make myself speak up at work, either to others that work near me or in meetings when we discuss department projects. I think it's holding me back and I wonder if there's anything I can do about it.
Ans. There are a lot of ways to get ahead without becoming an "extravert." And one way to raise your visibility is to write your thoughts and ideas, according to Nancy Ancowitz, author of "Self-Promotion for Introverts: The Quiet Guide to Getting Ahead " (McGraw Hill $18.95). She suggests writing for the company newsletter or publications your colleagues read and get active on online networks. It's one of the best ways to get noticed. Also face your problem and take some public speaking courses, she adds. Also prepare, prepare, prepare before any meeting so you feel more confident about actually speaking up.