That feeling that people are talking about you after you offer what you know about a matter that you heard them chatting about but probably are not but still that instinct is there.
Did you want to feel included and knowledgeable in this matter that you heard people discussing? Or did you just pipe in because you knew the information and thought I have that answer? After you spoke you went back to your own task but heard the whispers of laughter.
Maybe they were and maybe they were not. But your body flushed with embarrassment, now you feel like shrinking back and not wanting to add in your two cents into other conversations.
Most times I stay quiet even though I know the information as I feel like if I chime in then they’ll expect me to do the work. Trust me that has happened in the past where I know other people can do the leg work themselves but act like they can’t find the answers.
Then I feel like if I don’t chime in with the answers I’m not being helpful to my team.
I always try to give the benefit of the doubt and hope they appreciated the information and weren’t talking about me. In the end, they now have a better understanding of something and if they chose to use it then great. If they don’t, its not my issue.
I trust that the universe will always set you in your rightful path in life. I just have to remember that from time to time.