Every month I write an article about a member to help showcase her business and it’s a great way for me to get to know my members better.
But it is interesting, as I have observed that despite all the rhetoric about women leading the way; that we have something distinct to offer in the workplace… in the world for that matter, we still have difficulty tooting our own horn.
Case in point, Sherry, this month’s profile, only brought up at the end of the interview that she’d been chosen to speak at an eight-city symposium by Mortgage Professionals Canada. She just casually tossed this tidbit into the conversation. To me, this is a big deal. However typically as females, we downplay these career milestones, reluctant to step into the spotlight.
Much of it is societal. Growing up, especially in the UK, it was seen as vulgar to brag; to boast about something you’d achieved or worse, bought. And that attitude holds us back. We have a special section on our website, where members can share successes. But they don’t.
Now admittedly it is a fine line. None of us likes or admires someone who is always putting herself front and centre, but credit where credit is due, we need to share those special accomplishments with others.
Maybe as a start, we can tell our friends, who then, in turn, can broadcast the news for us. It is always easier when someone else says “Did you know that Susie… “
Certainly, it is easier to highlight our successes online through LinkedIn and other social media. But make sure your accomplishments are documented somewhere on your resume.
Part of it also is that you have to value the recognition and respect the source. It is a family joke in our household as my daughter when she was a teenager won a sailing award but she never mentions it in her resume. We’d constantly tease her about this omission, but truth is, it never mattered to her, so she leaves it out.
Often at Rotary Clubs, part of their meeting (and a way of raising funds) is you have to pay a happy buck when you have something positive to share. What a great way to raise money AND get comfortable talking about a recent win or success story.
Maybe we should be introducing this strategy into our Company of Women meetings. Asking the question about good news helps us to formulate answers without that squishy feeling inside that we’re being inappropriate or bragging. It helps us feel proud of what we’ve achieved and encourages us to celebrate with each other.
And it doesn’t have to be a big thing. It’s not a competition. It’s about celebrating the small steps we take to achieving success on our own terms.
Company of Women
I have had an eclectic career from running non-profit organizations and being editor of a national magazine, to working for government on women’s issues. In 2003 I launched Company of Women, an organization that supports women in business. A prolific blogger, I also write for the Huffington Post, and several other online publications. I am the author of five books on women and entrepreneurship, and co-author of Good Enough. Embrace who you are. Unleash your brilliance. which is available on amazon.ca In June, 2016 I launched Full Circle Publishing offering one-stop services to get your words out into the world.