For most of us, the Labor Day weekend merely marked the unofficial end of summer (back to school! back to work!). But of course, the holiday has its origins in much more serious issues about the workplace and workers’ rights. Today, it’s meant to honor the value of labor and laborers—no matter what the work entails.
Since Labor Day was established as a national holiday in the U.S. in 1894, women gained the right to vote (1920), increased their presence in the workforce from 18 million in 1950 to 66 million in 2000, and made a dent in the glass ceiling (first female CEO of a Fortune 500 company, Katharine Graham, Washington Post, 1972).
All of those inroads, and the hard work they demanded, took a whole lot of courage.
In our Confident Speaking for Women program, courage is one of the three cornerstones to becoming not only a more powerful, effective speaker, but also, to developing the leadership skills women need to succeed in any position. Listen to several of the women executives we interviewed in developing the program, talk about courage:
As these executives point out, women themselves can do a lot to make sure they are heard and respected in the workplace. In our Confident Speaking for Women program, we teach women how to:
- Develop the three essentials of powerful speaking and communicating: Be Clear, Be Confident, Be Courageous
- Avoid “talk traps” that undermine conversations
- Use vocal power to project authority
- Develop a well-organized, systematic message for speaking up in meetings and making requests
- Practice increasing their impact through direct, clear language
- Project personal confidence and credibility through effective nonverbal language
- Use PowerSpeaking’s PREP Model to respond to questions and assert their opinions
- Evaluate their individual strengths and areas for improvement
- Develop and own their careers by stretching and connecting
If you’re interested in bringing Confident Speaking for Women to your company or organization, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’d like to register for an upcoming program, here are the dates and locations:
Confident Speaking for Women: October 1, 2019 (9AM - 12PM) in London, UK
Confident Speaking for Women: October 17, 2019 (9AM - 12PM) in Santa Clara, CA
Confident Speaking for Women: October 22, 2019 (9AM - 12PM) in San Francisco, CA
But back to historical milestones and national holidays, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the National Day of Courage. It was established by The Henry Ford Museum in 2013, in honor of civil rights activist Rosa Parks, on what would have been her 100th birthday. It’s not an official, government-declared national holiday, but it’s marked on our calendars at PowerSpeaking for 2020. We’re just sayin’.
On the journey with you,
The PowerSpeaking Team