Hello SOTGC community,
I was honored to have been a panelist on the recent SOTGC webinar on March 27, 2014. We discussed the “Lean In” approach and other ways that women can succeed in male-dominated industries.
Even prior to being in the workforce, I was one of only a handful of women in my peer group. I experienced that as a high school student taking AP Physics and AP Calculus, and then as an undergraduate at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Most of my professional career was spent in government affairs in the telecom industry, and now I’m a financial advisor in yet another male-dominated industry.
Here are four tips that helped me succeed and that you can apply to your own situation:
- Embrace Your Intelligence. You are smart. Know it, feel it, and embrace it.
- Continually Study, Research and Learn. Being smart doesn’t cut it. You must also continually build your knowledge base. That means after working hard on your direct job responsibilities, you spend a few hours a week studying something you don’t fully understand, researching issues and solutions that could be valuable to your team and employer, and learning about other issues that will help you grow as a person.
- Don’t Pretend To Know What You Don’t Know. Male bullshitters don’t get much slack, and female bullshitters get even less. The number one way to blow your credibility is to pretend to know something that you don’t.
- Be Warm and Engaging. Exude warmth and even charm. Ask people questions about themselves. Stop by the desk of a colleague and fill them in on something that might be helpful or funny. Ask how their week is going. Even if your don’t like the person, still be warm and engaging. Successful women are often perceived (unjustly) as bossy or bitchy, and having a warm and engaging demeanor is the most effective way of neutralizing that.
If this post helped you, then sign up for our next SOTGC Webinar as we continue to discuss tips for women to succeed in business, everything from Social Media Marketing for Entrepreneurs, career tips for corporettes, and health tips for the every day woman.