Author Archives: Jocelyn Giangrande
A question I often ask women is to rate their level of confidence. To my surprise, most rate themselves pretty high. On a scale of 1-5, the majority rate themselves between a 4-5. That is pretty darn confident. However, it always baffles me when I ask the same women to tell me what they do well. Most struggle to answer the question. Continue reading
When a woman tells me she wants to work on communicating more effectively with her boss, she most likely is referring to her verbal communication. This is the number one mistake professional women make.
The more and more I work with women; I find that we often neglect the development of our nonverbal communication. Most of us think of communication as just talking.
Study after study has proven that body language is far more effective in communicating the right message than any words that may come out of your mouth. Continue reading
The best way to network, is to build a strategy around helping others meet their goals. Master this approach, and you’ll be surprised by how much you’ll get in return.
Getting out of an unfulfilling situation is the right thing to do. However, making sure you get the most out of your current situation, is worth exploring. If you are miserable or looking for something new, part of your exit strategy should be to gain as much as you can from your current position before moving on. Exit with a bag full of transitional skills, information, and knowledge. Continue reading
Most of us are constantly being told to change and be “who we ain’t”. We are rarely told to be “who we is”, often fighting our natural tendencies. Maybe changing “you” is not the answer, but finding a place where you can be “you”,….is.
Why don’t we ask for help?
Women of color are usually the last group to ask for it. Many times we think we should solve our own problems. Coming from families where independence and self- reliance is valued, most of us have been taught to be responsible for ourselves.
In the world of business, names are everything. Decisions involving jobs, promotions, demotions, salaries, perks, development, etc. are made based on names. So what names are people calling you? Are you called a people-person or a “B” on wheels, a friend or backstabber, a pushover or powerful, innovative or stuck in your ways, frumpy or professional. If you don’t know, you could be in for a rude awakening.