From A List Apart: The Full Feed –Why Aren?t You Asking Questions?:
It's the kickoff meeting. You are the lead designer on the project, and this is the first meeting with everyone in the room. Your client is reciting her wish list, and you're taking diligent notes – probably with cute, relatable doodles. An hour passes, and you've barely said a sentence. You're nodding your head, scarcely making eye contact. You have some thoughts, but you aren't speaking up. Why aren't you speaking up? You've likely been burned in the past. Perhaps you've shared some ideas and they were turned down. You have felt embarrassed in meetings. Projects that you put your heart and soul into were changed at the last minute without your consultation or discarded, apparently without a second thought….