Telling that story recently at the Hunter College commencement in Manhattan, Ms. Solis roared into the microphone that she, the daughter of immigrants, did become a secretary — the nation’s labor secretary. The crowd thundered with applause.That line--admittedly usable only by women who reach state or national cabinet posts--does one more thing only a woman speaker can do, and that's to underscore a disparity in titles that sometimes makes a secretary someone you address as "Madam Secretary." Do you have a similar laugh line that makes a point about women, their careers and aspirations? Share it in the comments!
Monday, July 6, 2009
Telling stories from your personal experience adds dimension to your presence as a speaker, particularly when you can inspire as well as share your depth. And it's best of all when you can work in a verbal twist to tie it all up and make a memorable phrase. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, the first Hispanic woman to serve in the cabinet, told that kind of tale in a recent speech, according to today's New York Times. She told how a high school guidance counselor advised her mother that Hilda was better cut out to be a secretary than to go to college.