You know you are confident. You know you have so much to say so why don’t you when men are in the room? A study in the New York Times found that when bright, successful women interact with their male colleagues, they clam up! Why? This research found that women face a double whammy when it comes to speaking up. They are either ignored or perceived as aggressive. Say, what! So we need to turn that clam upside down and speak up with both men and women. Check out two awesome books by women authors who will inspire you to step up and be heard.
1. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg: Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg, shares how she worked her way up the tall, challenging corporate ladder. As one of the most successful women in America, she knows there are many challenges for women and many of them not so friendly. In her best-selling book, Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead, she shares how small changes can dramatically affect women’s lives and careers in big ways. One she is most famous for is by “leaning in” when having a conversation. The book is candid, inspirational and “loud and clear.”
2. Taking the Stage: How Women Can Speak Up, Stand Out, and Succeed by Judith Humphrey: This amazing book shows women of all walks of life and career levels how to improve theircommunication skills with courage and confidence. Takin g the Stage is based on a training program that offers inspiring advice and techniques for women to step up and be recognized as strong, confident leaders. Taking the Stage masterfully focuses on skills women need to fine tune and strengthen for projecting a strong, clear and compelling voice.