Tips for Women to Bring Value at a Meeting

Women often do two things at meetings:  

  1. Try too hard to be heard and in the process lose their credibility.
  2. Say nothing and become an nonentity in the conversation.

Both decrease their value. High performing women and men with executive presence have keen self-awareness. They anticipate their emotions, become a third party observer of them and allow them to pass like clouds before the emotions show.   

Tips for women at a meeting:  

  1. Watch three YouTube videos of speakers you admire. List what you like about their delivery, presence, voice, intonation, cadence, use of hands.
  2. Place your phone on a shelf and record yourself speaking. Listen to what you sound like. Observe your presence. Become familiar with what it is to have “certainty” in your voice. Practice using a pause to make a point. Raise intonation on what is important.
  3. At a meeting know your role and where you bring value.
  4. Listen first. Process what others have to say.
  5. Introduce yourself before you speak if others do not know you.
  6. Speak when you have something to say – not to be heard. Begin by asking a question that others have not addressed. This immediately puts you in the power seat.
  7. Speak slowly. Don’t use uptalk. When you make a statement it should sound declarative – not like a question.
  8. Be process oriented. Make sure you know what your deliverable is for the next meeting. “Will it bring value if I _______ for the next meeting?” Their agreement validates your value.

The year is more than half over. If you are ready to get off the treadmill to nowhere and have peace, confidence, executive presence, career advancement and high performance request a free consultation call to see if coaching is a good fit before being 'stuck' is your new normal. If you don’t know where you will be at the end of the year you are already there. 

You coach,

Mary Lee

 P.S. Feel free to send this link to someone who could benefit from it. We are all walking down the same road in life looking for a hand to hold. Sometimes we must be the hand that reaches out.

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Mary Lee Gannon, ACC, CAE is an executive coach and 19-year corporate CEO who helps leaders have more effective careers, happier lives and better relationships. Request a free consultation call now.

 

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