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You want to show your team you think they did a great job, so during a virtual meeting you give them an enthusiastic “thumbs up” gesture.  Whoops. You may have just insulted half of them.  Common gestures in one country often mean a completely different thing in another.

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Courageous Women, Powerful Speeches

As women continue to be more prominent on the world stage, we find powerful lessons in their inspirational speeches. PowerSpeaking, Inc. CEO Carrie Beckstrom introduces three women who demonstrate how to move an audience and have an impact.

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Courageous Women, Courageous Work

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.

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Who Gets Heard—And Why

Immediately after the recent U.S. Democratic debates, newspapers and social media ran commentaries observing how much more often the male candidates, vs. the female, interrupted other panelists and the moderators (especially on the first night). Because of those interruptions, the men commanded much more airtime over the course of the debates. The New York Times, The Atlantic, and Inc. Magazine were just a few media we read that took a closer look at that gender phenomenon. Then there was the Los Angeles Times, which didn’t mince words with this headline: “Democratic debates mirror life: Men yell and interrupt. Women (mostly) wait their turn.”

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Women Learning from Women: The “3 Cs” of Powerful Communication

In the process of developing Confident Speaking for Women, we interviewed dozens of women in leadership roles to learn how women can become more successful communicators and leaders at work. From that research, three lines of thought emerged, which are at the core of Confident Speaking for Women. We call them the “3 Cs” of powerful communication: Be Clear, Be Confident and Be Courageous.   Listen to women executives like Shannon Brayton of LinkedIn and Yvonne Lin Liu of Genentech talk about how important it is to “Be Clear.”

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Women, Make a Powerful Entrance

In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8, we’d like to share some recent research we’ve conducted among women leaders in business, science and government—and then, get some insights from you. Read on to hear some sage advice about how to make a powerful entrance to a meeting, then tell us about what you’ve experienced

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PowerSpeaking Joins “TechSheCan” Initiative for Women

According to the National Science Foundation, women currently hold only 13% of engineering jobs and 25% of computer, math, and science jobs in the U.S. In a 2016 study sponsored by Women in Technology International (WITI), only 30% of women surveyed said they knew a woman (other than their mother) working in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) while they were growing up. And even though most of the WITI survey respondents were seasoned professionals, only 13% held C-level or executive jobs.

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Leave the Baggage Outside!

Have you ever noticed that the most a businessman will bring to the meeting is generally a phone and a pad of paper (or maybe a laptop)? By contrast, it’s not unusual to see a businesswoman haul in a shoulder bag, a briefcase, an armful of files, a purse and a phone. No biggie? Actually, biggie. That’s just one of the many insights incorporated into our Confident Speaking for Women course that offers wisdom from over a dozen interviews with highly successful women. Here’s another gem. Listen to Cindy Solomon talk about being comfortable owning our successes:

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