There is a lot of talk about the ways in which powerful verbal communication can contribute to career success. You’ve probably heard tips like, “Minimize your ‘ums’ and ‘you knows.’” And as women, we’re often told we should stop using “apologetic” language. For example, it’s better to tell your coworker, “I’d like to meet with you later this week,” than it is to say, “I just wanted to see if maybe you had a little time to talk this week.”
Month: July 2015
Whether you’re giving a presentation in front of a large audience, speaking up in a meeting, or simply trying to interact effectively with your manager, learning to own the podium is a critical skill to possess.
So what exactly does that mean? It’s not about being a flawless public speaker. Rather, it’s about learning to communicate and convey your ideas in a way that projects confidence and authority. You certainly don’t have to be perfect,
For many of us, turning down a request or invitation can be extremely difficult. As women, we are often socialized to go out of our way to accommodate others, so saying “no” can leave us with feelings of guilt. We may find ourselves worrying that we’ll be seen as selfish or uncaring. But the reality is, we need to maintain healthy boundaries. We cannot possibly say “yes” to every request and invitation that comes our way,
You’ve probably heard it said that you won’t get what you truly desire if you’re not prepared to ask for it. But for many of us, knowing how to ask for what we want in a way that makes a positive impression – and ultimately gets us the response we’re hoping for – can be challenging.
My friend and founder of Global EXEC Women, Virginia Bradley, cheekily poses the question, “How big is your ask?”