How Betty Friedan Made Being Assertive (Not Aggressive) OK

It hardly seems possible that 57 years have passed since the publication of Betty Friedan’s groundbreaking book “The Feminine Mystique” in February, 1963.

She made it OK for women to be more assertive in the workplace at a time when companies still ran separate employment ads for women and men. Sure, how things have changed – but maybe not so much as we think.

Aggressive vs. Assertive

Many women – and let’s not leave out men – have issues to this day with being assertive in business. In male dominated industries assertive women are still seen as being “pushy,” while men who assert themselves are viewed as having leadership qualities. …Read more…

How to Give Feedback Without Reducing Someone to Tears

Employees, performers, investors and inventors always say they want feedback on how they did. But do they really want to hear the bad along with the good?

Most people are hoping for positive feedback. But most of us also learn from our mistakes and benefit from constructive criticism. There is a right way and a wrong way, though, to give feedback after a presentation or media interview, without reducing someone to tears.

Accentuate the Positive

When critiquing a presentation with someone, …Read more…

Do You Know What Your Audience Wants From Your Presentation?

audience 2One of the lessons learned from our many coaching sessions is this: don’t allow yourself to get complacent and think you can do the same old, same old as you plan your speaking engagements and media interviews.

Analyzing Your Audience

Speakers often go wrong by not doing a thorough audience analysis. …Read more…

Practice Makes Eli Pariser Almost “Perfect” for his Talk at a TED Conference

Being asked to speak at a TED conference is a very big deal. So when author Eli Pariser was given his nine minutes of fame in front of an influential TED audience, he needed to make the most of the opportunity to promote the ideas in his book, The Filter Bubble: What the Internet Is Hiding from You.Practice Ted Ideas Worth Spreading

TED conferences are prestigious events attended by industry leaders who come to hear “riveting talks …Read more…