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How to Own Your Voice in a World of Charged Opinions

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Here are a few easy ways to find your voice in a world that celebrates sharing one’s own unique perspective. It’s important to strategize ways to cultivate a voice when first setting out to define one’s own opinions.


The millennial generation’s relationship with social media tends to focus on the idea of sharing one’s voice. It seems as if many writers and speakers are interested in compelling people to use their voice in order to speak up for the values they hold. It’s an important and empowering act to use your own voice instead of repeating the things you hear from others. However, there is a process often not spoken about that results in finding your voice that should be remembered.

It can be easy to jump to “using” our voice instead of taking the necessary steps to cultivate it first.

It takes time and patience, but it is ultimately worth the effort to be sure we know what we believe before setting out to share our opinions. There are a few ways to do this that will ensure we are consistently expanding our minds while developing ideas about topics in the future.

1. Educate yourself on various opinions

One of the ways to find your own voice is to read many different styles of writing and open yourself up to various opinions. Discover people in the public sphere with whom you agree, but also seek out those people that have different ideas from yours.

When we share our voice before truly finding it, we run the risk of sharing our thoughts in a way that don’t necessarily line up with our mission. Cultivate your voice first—then, watch it grow.

You can do this by engaging in whatever platform they are active on—whether it is podcasts, television or writing. By venturing out of the safe circles and echo chambers where people agree with whatever message you are trying to send in your own life, you can learn from the strategies and methods of a diverse range of thought leaders.

When we have the desire inside us to share our voice, this is most meaningful when we do so in the most effective way.  

2. Seek out accountability and mentorship as you cultivate your voice

Another method to creating your own voice—and finding what it is you want to say—is to share your voice as you create it. Find other people who you trust enough to share your thoughts, writing and ideas with. Make sure they will be honest with you about their true feelings and let you know whether or not they feel that what they are reading is authentically you. Other people in our lives tend to know us much better than we know ourselves, and their perspective allows us to get unfiltered advice about how we share ourselves with the world.

When we share our voice before truly finding it, we run the risk of sharing our thoughts in a way that don’t necessarily line up with our mission. Cultivate your voice first—then, watch it grow.