10 Career Tips for Women. Number 3

Resolve to Speak Up Women are usually credited with being good communicators, with high emotional intelligence.

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Yet it seems to be a commonly held idea that women talk too much. Researchers looked at a huge selection of business meetings and at the end asked everyone as they left who talked the most.

The men said ‘the women’.

They asked the women and they said ‘we did’.

The researchers said actually the men talked most in those meetings, not the women.

So what we can deduce from this in relation to improving our careers: that women’s talk is under valued or that we don’t value ourselves enough?

I suspect it’s because we women are trying to thrive in a male dominated business world where all custom and practice has evolved around male behaviours. Women don’t talk like men so we are therefore perceived as talking too much. We’ve even taken that belief on ourselves.

And that can hold us back in the world of work. Resolve not to buy into the ‘women talk too much‘ fallacy and make sure you give you opinion assertively and confidently. This may require practise but speaking up in a meeting as soon as possible is a good idea, as is getting some communication training. Or finding a way to practise this outside of work, maybe by volunteering to be a committee member, or giving a talk.

Before each meeting you attend ask yourself:

  • What do I want the outcome of this meeting to be?
  • What am I looking for from this meeting/interview etc? It might not be related to the actual topic at all.
  • What is the message I need to get across?
  • How can I succinctly give that message in a headline? This is really helpful when talking to mainly men if you want to get their attention first; save the supporting arguments for later.
  • Who normally dominates?
  • How can I make sure my contribution is heard?

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Jane C Woods

Women's Personal Development Specialist - Changing People, -

Hi, I’m Jane C Woods and I have an absolute passion for helping women achieve success in their lives. Be it the glass ceiling, the crystal maze, or very personal issues, I’m all about helping women achieve to their full potential and live the way they want to without being carbon copies of men. But I’m not about putting men down in order for women to get ahead, there’s plenty of room; I just want the guys to shifty up a bit… If my face looks familiar it's because I love Psychologies magazine (I've been buying it since the very first issue, such a good resource) and it's the only place I choose to advertise my courses. I write on women’s issues on my blog, www.changingpeople.co.uk, and am regularly featured in magazines, and on radio, but I’m probably best known for RenewYou. RenewYou is my one day personal development course for women. We have an international network of experienced, specialist women licensed to deliver it and empower women across the globe. Our goal is to reach one million women. It’s a big goal but… In 2013 we started with a single RenewYou specialist, me. Now you can find a RenewYou Courses across the UK, in the USA, Canada, Greece, Bangkok, Pakistan, South Africa, Belgium, with new countries being added all the time. My dream was to create a thriving and caring business on ethical, and dare I say, feminine terms, with a real community spirit of help and encouragement. And it’s actually happening with the support, expertise, and enthusiasm of my wonderful trainers. I think, (apart from my two lovely kids, a daughter and a son) that it’s probably my proudest achievement to date. Wonderful Changing People Women: One of the joys and privileges of my work is that I’ve connected with some really inspirational and wonderful women – from politics to entertainment to academia. They include: TV presenter, house fixer and matchmaker Sarah Beeny Amazing entrepreneur Sam Roddick of Coco de Mer Outspoken and entertaining academic Mary Beard Politicians like Siobhan Benita and Natalie Bennett Ex BBC broadcaster Miriam O’Reilly who bravely took on the might of the BBC- and triumphed A very rare interview with Sarah Montague, of the influential BBC Radio 4 Today programme I hope you like the posts and I hope they are helpful. Live life to the max and never hide your light under any bushels!

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