- Poll on silencers: Women at the SXSW tech conference were polled about a variety of what I call "silencers," from sexual harrassment to being told not to speak. As a sample: 88% have colleagues and clients who address questions to their male peers that should have been addressed to them, and 50% of women have been told that they're "too quiet" in performance reviews
- The shrill pill: The long, sexist history of 'shrill' women reminds us that the criticisms leveled at Hillary Clinton (and the rest of us) stem from ancient and stubborn biases. This, to me, is *the* reason to stay informed about history and research on women and public speaking: "Those who have the most reason to speak up tend to be the ones told to keep quiet." A popular read on our Facebook page last week!
- A classic: Last week saw the 48th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination, so I shared this Famous Speech Friday post about Robert F. Kennedy's speech to an audience in Indianapolis that night. To my mind, it's one of the best impromptu speeches ever, and it calmed a crowd many feared would riot after the learning of King's death. It is the polar opposite of today's careless and incendiary speech. What a great man and moment...
- Did you miss? This week, the blog shared another installment in our Talk About the Talk series, with Ann Davison sharing how she prepped and delivered a remembrance of her friend at his memorial service. Davison took part in my recent workshop on giving a TED-quality talk and put the lessons to use here. Famous Speech Friday shared Emma Watson's UN speech on feminism--and what we learned about it later. The Moderating Panels blog asked whether there is something lesser about the moderator's role, especially for women. Ragan Communications shared my recent post on 8 graceful ways to say 'I don't know' in a presentation.
- About the quote: What kinds of events are your words, eloquent women? Find more quotes like this one from Ursula K. Leguin on our Pinterest board of great quotes by eloquent women.
Monday, April 11, 2016
If you want to keep up with my wide-ranging reading list about women and speaking in real time, follow The Eloquent Woman on Facebook where these links are posted all week long--or just head here on Mondays, where I summarize them all for you. Either way, you'll be expanding your understanding of women and speaking: