Thursday, January 21, 2010

Madeleine Albright: "Learn to interrupt"

Speaking up in meetings continues to be, for many women, the most common public speaking challenge they face. This fresh advice from former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright offers you a shortcut to rising to that challenge. In an interview on Womens Media, she said:

I tell women to act in a more confident manner. You need to learn to interrupt. Ask questions when they occur to you and don’t wait to ask. Also, you don’t need to ask permission to ask a question. Be a risk taker; business appreciates risk takers. This trait is desirable in prospective leaders.

I want to emphasize: Don’t be a woman with a chip on her shoulder. I see many women with this attitude. They don’t accomplish as much as they could. Others don't want to assist them with their concerns.