It's not a new conversation-- women's voices typically go unheard when it comes to conversations in the workplace. Most of us have struggled throughout our careers to learn how to speak up for ourselves.
Why? Well, if we don't, we typically get passed over for opportunities or promotions. If we don't speak our professional opinion, business and organizational decisions don't have the important insights that WE see from the inside. That can result in major fall-out. Our voices are important!
However, if we
do speak up and make ourselves heard, we often run the risk of being looked-down on as "overbearing" or "bossy" or.... perhaps another "b" word.
It can create stressful angst, especially for the young female professional or entrepreneur.
But to grow and succeed, we must face these challenges and learn why and how to speak up in often male-dominated environments.
This is why we need to learn from women like Renita Alexander. She had a whole career in probably one of the most male-dominated industries in the world-- the U.S. military! Throughout her career she, a Black Woman, learned how to rise in the ranks to eventually become a United States Air Force Colonel.
Key Learning Points:
Gender Differences: How do gender differences in conversational style affect how we communicate and what we communicate about?
Connection vs Competition: How do different motivations for conversations between men and women affect how we hear each other?
Hear and Be Heard
What can men and women do to hear each other better?
What can women do to ensure they are heard?