Once again I’m in a room filled with men; I’m only one of two women in this planning session. These are good men—creative, sharp, looking for good ideas no matter what corner of the table they come from, yet the chest pounding has begun. The one-upmanship that happens in a room filled with testosterone can be intimidating. What’s a girl to do?
1. Let the room breathe.
A strong woman doesn’t have to talk as loud, as forceful, and most certainly does not have to thump her chest in order to be heard. She just waits for the right time.
2. Don’t be afraid to use your knowledge of women.
“From a female perspective, I think…” They will value whatever you pitch because they have no clue what women think.
3. Speak sensibly.
Communicate calmly, logically, and without antagonizing because you’ve got a brain—a good one. One that has an amazingly unique perspective; especially in the testosterone-filled working world.
You don’t have to prove you’re one of them, you’re not. As one of two women in a room of ten, your perspective is unique and valuable. So step in, step up, and step out in this world where your very gender, along with your vast ability, gives you the opportunity to shine.
Check out the following articles to read more on being a working woman: Being a Successful Leader Starts With You, Can Female Bosses Be Nice and Successful?, 5 Lessons Every Woman in the Workplace Should Learn, Rising to the Challenge and Earning My Job at ESPN, and 4 Apps That Will Make the Working Woman’s Life Simpler