Sometimes speaking up at work is not easy, especially if you are in a male dominated environment where women’s voices are not easily heard. (I so love Mary Beard’s comment: “We have not yet learned to hear authority in women’s voices.” Sometimes it’s easier not to bother trying, to keep your thoughts to yourself and hope that hard work and talent will be recognised and rewarded.
Well, it might, but research into women’s career paths seem to indicate that you’d be in a minority if it did.
Ask yourself this question, do I always say what I want to in work meetings, and if so am I listened to? If the answer is no, ask yourself, what holds me back? Is it wanting to be liked? Not wanting to look stupid? Not wanting to get lumbered with more work? Not feeling that my arguments are well prepared?
Whatever the reason it’s important to identify it because then you can choose to do something about it.
“The most courageous act is still to think for yourself.
The picture above is of Sam Roddick who was one of the first women I interviewed for this blog. She had some very interesting things to say about women and business, which you can read by clicking this .
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