Say What?! Effective Communication Workshop for Youths

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After the overwhelming response that we received for the first two youth workshops, we are happy to inform that a third workshop is now confirmed.

The “Say What?!” workshop is suitable for those between the ages of 16-21 who find public speaking, attending interviews, presenting in class or speaking up in a general a challenging thing to do.

TOPICS

  • Identifying your triggers: why your mind goes blank and you get nervous in front on people.
  • Body language matters: how to manage the way your body moves to inspire trust and confidence.
  • Learning to listen: how to separate good information from bad ones so that you can answer or react more effectively.
  • Tips & tricks: how to nail public speaking and keep your jitters in check.
  • Role-play: A Q&A session that will be recorded and critiqued so that you can improve your communications skills and style.

Workshop will be concluded with a role-play session where participants will act out different situations and are given tips and tricks on how to handle themselves gracefully in such. Participants will be given personal feedback via email within 24-hours of conclusion of the workshop.

DETAILS

  • Date: Feb 19, 2019 (Saturday)
  • Time: 9am – 1pm (breakfast and light refreshments will be served)
  • Price: RM120 per person
  • No of Pax: Only six (6) seats are available
  • Venue: Binjai Soho 8 in Kuala Lumpur (behind Intercontinental Hotel, Jalan Ampang).

If you would like to participate, write to us at kreatifmegamas@gmail.com or WhatsApp +601137253075 (Didi). We will send you the payment details and registration confirmation once payment is made. See you there!

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Raising Your Personal Brand Workshop

RAISING YOUR PERSONAL BRAND

Our most popular workshop is back after a 3-month hiatus with updated syllabus and content.

Open to everyone, it focuses on personal branding and how to be authentic to who you are and positively amplifying it to help you grow from strength to strength.

This workshop will help you identify and craft your master statement and narrow the reality vs perception gap so that you own a strong personal brand. While the specific circumstances and goals vary by individuals, the overall concept and processes will be relevant to everyone irrespective of his/her industry or stage of career.

TOPICS

MODULE 1: The Science of First Impressions

Building a recognizable personal brand opens up professional opportunities and starts within seconds of meeting someone. Learn to create a a positive halo effect whereby you are associated with having positive qualities as a result of a good first impression. These include:

  1. Manners maketh man – what people think of you within the first 20 seconds and how you can control your personal brand.
  2. Dressing the part – what does the different dress code mean.
  3. Managing difficult co-workers – how to say no and create an environment of trust.

MODULE 2: The 4C’s of Personal Branding

Personal Branding is an extension of who you are: what people remember about you. THINK: if you were to leave your job tomorrow, what would you like your colleagues to say and remember about you? These include how to:

  1. Write a master statement
  2. Edit your social media platforms
  3. Rewrite your cv
  4. Identify the elements of value that represent who you are

Workshop will be concluded with a role-play session where participants will act out different social and business situations and are given tips and tricks on how to handle themselves gracefully in such. Participants will be given personal feedback via email within 24-hours of conclusion of the workshop.

DETAILS

  • Date: Mar 23, 2019 (Saturday)
  • Time: 9am – 1pm (breakfast and light refreshments will be served)
  • Price: RM120 per person
  • No of Pax: Only eight (8) seats are available
  • Venue: Binjai Soho 8 in Kuala Lumpur (behind Intercontinental Hotel, Jalan Ampang).

If you would like to participate, write to us at kreatifmegamas@gmail.com or WhatsApp +601137253075 (Didi). We will send you the payment details and registration confirmation once payment is made. See you there!

 

 

 

“Coffee, Cake, Learn” Mixer

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This mixer is inspired by the “Drink, Talk, Learn” parties that are taking Seattle by storm.

Refine your public speaking skills and build confidence with this lightning-speed presentation mixer where you are required to give a 3-minute talk on any topic you are passionate about.

RULES

  1. All participants must give a 3-minute talk aided by a Powerpoint presentation on any topic that they love.
  2. Setting the automatic timer via animation in the Powerpoint presentation is NOT ALLOWED.
  3. For every one (1) minute that you go over the 3-minute mark, you will have to stop and eat a cupcake. WITHOUT USING YOUR HANDS. Once cupcake is eaten, you are to continue the presentation. More cupcakes to be eaten after the presentation is over depending on how many minutes you overshoot the 3-minute allotted time.
  4. Audience can heckle you and stop you for questions so you need to be able to adapt your presentation speed and style in order to allow for these “interruptions”. However, those who interrupt without cause will be penalized and required to drink an entire glass of Coke Zero. The presentation timer will be stopped in order to accommodate these questions.
  5. Come dressed in Business Casual!

AWARDS

Winners will be voted by blind ballot and these are for:

  1. Best Speaker
  2. Best Dressed
  3. Most Interesting Topic, and
  4. Closest to 3 minutes Without Going Over.

DETAILS

  • Date: Mar 09, 2019 (Saturday)
  • Time: 3.00pm  – 5:00pm (Tea Time)
  • Price: RM75 per person
  • No of Pax: Only twenty (20) seats are available
  • Venue: Binjai Soho 8 in Kuala Lumpur (behind Intercontinental Hotel, Jalan Ampang).

If you would like to participate, write to us at kreatifmegamas@gmail.com or WhatsApp +601137253075 (Didi). We will send you the payment details and registration confirmation once payment is made. See you there!

 

Personal Development Series for Women #2

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A PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP FOR THE CAREER WOMAN

This workshop aims to empower women to be the best version of ourselves! Learn to move forward in life with confidence, courage and authenticity.

It is a full-day session and combines 3 modules and 1 role-play session and suitable for women who would like to tailor their personal brand more strategically so that their presence are memorable and effective (for example, if you run your own business; or if you have just changed jobs or promoted to a position of authority) and those who need a little help with public speaking and presenting, be it when seeing clients or chairing meetings.

We help participants by identifying their triggers, nervous ticks and suggesting how to react in such situations where they are required to speak up, as well as help to craft master statements for each so that their professional perception closely mirrors their strengths and skill set. In each module, we share gaffes or successes by VIPs, companies and public figures.

The last module touch on how to use social media platforms and create relatable content to suit your brand, and tips and tricks on using Digital Marketing such as Facebook Ads to widen your reach and/or professional and personal network

Seats are available for only six (6) participants to ensure a safe, stress-free and nurturing environment. Download full workshop programme here (in pdf format; right hand click to save): Personal Development Workshop for Women v2

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QUICK DETAILS

  • Date: 23 February 2019 (Saturday)
  • Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm
  • Venue: Binjai Soho 8, Kuala Lumpur
  • Fee: RM350 per person
  • Dress code: Smart Casual

EVENT PROGRAMME

  • 9:00am Ice-breaking Session
  • 9:30am Raising Your Personal Brand
  • 10:30am Coffee Break and Sharing Session
  • 11:00am 7C’s of Effective Communications
  • 12:30pm Lunch Break
  • 2.00pm Digital Marketing and Social Media 101
  • 3.00pm Roleplay and Sharing Session
  • 4.00pm Workshop Debriefing and Conclusion

TOPIC SUMMARY

  • Raising Your Personal Brand: Personal branding is about being authentic to who you are and positively amplifying it to help you grow from strength to strength. This topic will help you identify and craft your master statement and narrow the reality vs perception gap so that you own a strong personal brand.
  • 7C’s of Effective Communications: Learn to improve your personal communications style that will allow you to gain confidence and interact more effectively with your audience. This topic will include the do’s and don’ts, practical tips on public speaking, processing criticism and feedback and a recorded role-playing session so that you can identify your barriers and develop ways to overcome them.
  • Digital Marketing and Social Media 101: Digital marketing and social media are not just for the millennials. Learn to use the various platforms, create engaging content and use advertising to widen your personal and professional reach.

Fee includes writing materials, lunch and light refreshments throughout the workshop. Course materials are provided in e-version; participants are encouraged to bring own laptop or tablet for easy reference.

A courtesy discount of 25% will be given to all Peniagawati members; or to non-members who come in a group of 2 or more.

This workshop is conducted by Rafizah Amran; you can review credentials here.

For more information and/or to register, contact  +60 11-3725 3075 (Didi) or email kreatifmegamas@gmail.com or rafizah.amran@consultant.com.

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Upcoming Workshops Feb & Mar 2019

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February and March will see three of our most-requested workshops making their repeat appearance and a new one, a mixer called “Mocktail, Talk, Learn” which is inspired by the “Drink, Talk, Learn” parties that are all the rage in Seattle.

A courtesy discount of 25% will be given if you come in a group of 2 or more. For more information and/or to register, send a WhatsApp message to   +60 11-3725 3075 (Didi) or email us at kreatifmegamas@gmail.com.

Details about the individual workshops are as below. Looking forward to seeing you there!


FEB 16: SAY WHAT?! Effective Communication For Your Teens

This workshop is suitable for those between the ages of 16-21 who find public speaking, attending interviews, presenting in class or speaking up in a general a challenging thing to do.

Topics include:

  • Identifying your triggers: why your mind goes blank and you get nervous in front on people.
  • Body language matters: how to manage the way your body moves to inspire trust and confidence.
  • Learning to listen: how to separate good information from bad ones so that you can answer or react more effectively.
  • Tips & tricks: how to nail public speaking and keep your jitters in check.
  • Role-play: A Q&A session that will be recorded and critiqued so that you can improve your communications skills and style.

Only eight (8) seats available at RM120/person; 9am – 1pm at Binjai Soho 8 in Kuala Lumpur (behind Intercontinental Hotel, Jalan Ampang). Breakfast and light refreshments are provided.


FEB 23: PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR WOMEN

This workshop aims to empower women to be the best version of ourselves! Learn to move forward in life with confidence, courage and authenticity.

In this workshop, you will learn to equip yourself with essential skills and tools that will help get you ready for the next level. Build your communication assertiveness, rediscover your talents and strengths and harness the power of social media to market and discover a network of like-minded people and potential clients.

Only six (6) seats are available to ensure a safe, stress-free and nurturing environment; 9am – 5pm at Binjai Soho 8 in Kuala Lumpur (behind Intercontinental Hotel, Jalan Ampang). Breakfast, light refreshments and lunch are provided. Download full workshop programme here (in pdf format; right hand click to save): PDS Women #1


MAR 09: “MOCKTAIL, TALK, LEARN” MIXER

This is a public speaking mixer inspired by the ‘Drink, Talk Learn” parties that blew Twitter up. All party-goers are required to give a 3-minute talk using Powerpoint on any topic that they are passionate about. If you want to polish your public speaking skills and meet new people, this is for you.

But wait, there are rules!

  1. You are not allowed to use the Transition feature in Powerpoint to automatically time your talk to 3 minutes.
  2. Who gets to talk first will be determined by randomly picking out names out of a bowl. So you will have to be prepared at all times.
  3. For every minute you are over the 3-minute mark, you have to eat a cupcake without using your hands.
  4. Questions from audience are allowed but only after the presentation is over.
  5. Winner will be determined by everyone — you will be given a evaluation sheet and this will be collected and tabulated at the end of the session.
  6. There are 3 prizes to be won – Best Dressed, Best Presentation and Crowd Favourite.

Only twenty (20) seats are available; 3-5pm at Binjai Soho 8 in Kuala Lumpur (behind Intercontinental Hotel, Jalan Ampang). Fun party food and colorful mocktails will be provided.


MAR 23: RAISING YOUR PERSONAL BRAND

Our most popular workshop is back after a 3-month hiatus. Open to everyone, it focuses on personal branding and how to be authentic to who you are and positively amplifying it to help you grow from strength to strength. This workshop will help you identify and craft your master statement and narrow the reality vs perception gap so that you own a strong personal brand. While the specific circumstances and goals vary by individual, the overall concepts and process will be relevant to everyone irrespective of the industry or career.

Topics include:

  • The Science of First Impressions
  • What You Are Doing Wrong on Social Media
  • Strengthening Your Identity (appearance, personality, communications style)

Only eight (8) seats available at RM120/person; 9am – 1pm at Binjai Soho 8 in Kuala Lumpur (behind Intercontinental Hotel, Jalan Ampang). Breakfast and light refreshments are provided.

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Personal Development Series for Women #1

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A PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP FOR THE CAREER WOMAN

This workshop aims to empower women to be the best version of ourselves! Learn to move forward in life with confidence, courage and authenticity.

In this workshop, you will learn to equip yourself with essential skills and tools that will help get you ready for the next level. Build your communication assertiveness, rediscover your talents and strengths and harness the power of social media to market and discover a network of like-minded people and potential clients.

Seats are available for only six (6) participants to ensure a safe, stress-free and nurturing environment. Download full workshop programme here (in pdf format; right hand click to save): PDS Women #1

QUICK DETAILS

  • Date: 12 January 2019 (Saturday)
  • Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm
  • Venue: Binjai Soho 8, Kuala Lumpur
  • Fee: RM350 per person
  • Dress code: Smart Casual

EVENT PROGRAMME

  • 9:00am Ice-breaking Session
  • 9:30am Raising Your Personal Brand
  • 10:30am Coffee Break and Sharing Session
  • 11:00am 7C’s of Effective Communications
  • 12:30pm Lunch Break
  • 2.00pm Digital Marketing and Social Media 101
  • 3.00pm Roleplay and Sharing Session
  • 4.00pm Workshop Debriefing and Conclusion

TOPIC SUMMARY

  • Raising Your Personal Brand: Personal branding is about being authentic to who you are and positively amplifying it to help you grow from strength to strength. This topic will help you identify and craft your master statement and narrow the reality vs perception gap so that you own a strong personal brand.
  • 7C’s of Effective Communications: Learn to improve your personal communications style that will allow you to gain confidence and interact more effectively with your audience. This topic will include the do’s and don’ts, practical tips on public speaking, processing criticism and feedback and a recorded role-playing session so that you can identify your barriers and develop ways to overcome them.
  • Digital Marketing and Social Media 101: Digital marketing and social media are not just for the millennials. Learn to use the various platforms, create engaging content and use advertising to widen your personal and professional reach.

Fee includes writing materials, lunch and light refreshments throughout the workshop. Course materials are provided in e-version; participants are encouraged to bring own laptop or tablet for easy reference. A discount of 25% will be given if you come in a group of 2 or more.

For more information and/or to register, contact  +60 11-3725 3075 (Didi) or email kreatifmegamas@gmail.com or rafizah.amran@consultant.com.

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Why Do I Need to Learn Chemistry?

 

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I was asked recently on how to give a talk about Chemistry to a group of 16 and 17 year olds and make it exciting.

I answered truthfully — I don’t know.

When I was 16, I had a Physics teacher who caught me writing graffiti on the laboratory’s desk instead of doing the experiment. He reprimanded me and while he was talking I interrupted him and said I would finish all the experiments in the Physics workbook in a month if he could explain to me how Physics is relevant to my ambition of being an accountant. He could not and I got out of doing Physics homework for the rest of the semester.

So if I am asked to give a talk to 16 and 17 year olds about the importance of a certain subject that they take in school, I would not be able to answer. But I can certainly answer what are the skills that you need to master by the time you finish secondary school that would be useful in college and at work.

1. TIME MANAGEMENT. Completing various homework and getting the correct results within the stipulated time are actually a good training to meet deadlines and managing your resources. Later in life you will be constantly asked to multi-task or take on more responsibility that you are comfortable juggling. You need to learn which ones need to be completed first, and which ones could be done later. You also need to learn how to do things correctly the first time so that you minimize wastage. If you use this frame of mind when you are tackling your lessons (or a Physics experiment), you will get better at getting the correct results, and getting them in the allotted time. Deadlines are real, stress is real, being overwhelmed is real. Start preparing now so that you are better equipped to handle challenges that you meet along the way.

2. BEING PREPARED. I never bothered to read anything up before I went to any class so as a result, I went unprepared and could not absorb much of what was being taught. I didn’t understand that I had to do the work myself and then flag areas that I did not understand so that I could use the time in the classroom to seek clarification from my teachers. Well, try walking into a meeting or seeing your client unprepared! Make it a habit to prepare prepare prepare and be ahead of the curve so that you can identify your problem areas and get help to rectify them. At school, just like at work and in life and everything else in between, you will find that you will be asked to learn or do a lot of things that you hate or are not trained for. The subject doesn’t matter, it could be Chemistry or Physics or even Geography…whatever. What matters is that you gear yourself up to tackle it and that’s by being prepared.

3. LEARN TO LISTEN AND TAKE NOTES. If there is only one thing that you could learn from your school life, make it this one. When I was a student, I didn’t take notes, I transcribed everything that my teachers said word for word. This habit continued in university. Like a court reporter, I spent all my time writing and writing and writing. As a result, I didn’t distinguish between what is important and what is not because I simply wrote everything down. When I started working I realized how useless my writing skill was because I did not learn how to listen. Often I found myself in meetings where several people would speak at the same time and many ideas or suggestions were being thrown into the hat — without the ability to listen and take notes, these quickly became overwhelming, particularly if you were assigned to take the minutes. So use the time in school to hone these skills. Hold the the pen on the ready, but listen to what the teachers are saying and decide whether it is important to be written down before you write anything. You will find that some teachers are just reading out texts from books (in which case you should not write them down, just get the books!), some teachers are just feeding you answer keys for you to memorize so that you can regurgitate them later during exams, and some teachers teach.

Use the time in secondary school as your training time. Remember: 10 years from now, the subjects don’t matter but the skills are (unless you want to be Chemist that is, then Chemistry absolutely matters!).

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What Would Be Your Strategy to …….?

 

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During meet-and-greet sessions, I am always asked this question.

“If we hire your company as our consultant, what would be your strategy to help us ……?

The blank part could be any of these:

  1. raise awareness about our brand.
  2. increase sales.
  3. promote positive corporate culture.
  4. ….and so on.

I am sure when you go to job interviews, you get these kind of questions too.

My answer has always been the same: I am unable to answer that adequately  until I understand the company and industry better and been given a briefing on its challenges, KPIs, strategic and business goals and its immediate and mid-term marketing direction.

For example, if the company wants to promote its new e-commerce platform — for the sake of this post, let’s call it ShopNow — I need to know what’s happening in the e-commerce landscape, how is ShopNow better than its competitors, what is it that ShopNow want to achieve first:

(a) Get more vendors to sign up as sellers?
(b) Get more people to come to ShopNow and browse?
(c) Create word-of-mouth for ShopNow so that people start talking about it and recognize it as a brand?
(d) Get more people to buy from ShopNow vendors?

There is no blanket strategy that can cover everything; and there is no on-the-spot answers that can adequately cover these either. I think anyone who tries to answer this off-the-cuff is doing the company a disservice as they would not have enough information to answer it adequately. Or, they will use big words to try to appear clever. Listen carefully and you will realize that these are just words.

On the other hand, you, too, should not be asking this question in order to assess an agency’s suitability for your company. You can ask them for their opinion on where they think the industry is headed (this will tell you if the agency has taken the trouble to at least research the industry you are in) or what the agency think is the biggest challenge in creating brand recognition in a market where new products are born every second (this will tell you if they are aware of market conditions that consumers are facing every day). These will give you a taste of their strategic hat and whether they are genuinely interested in the company (not just in the money that you can pay them!).

When formulating a communications strategy that supports brand growth and marketing KPIs, writing articles and getting the press to publish it or organizing press events are actually a very small component of the whole machinery. I’ve had clients coming to me and saying things like “Agency A came up with a very good idea and proposed that we do a roundtable with the press,” and I always have to pull them back gently and ask “But what is the topic that we want to discuss at the roundtable? Why would this topic be interesting to the intended audience? What do we want to achieve from it? How does this roundtable support the overall business goals?”

Lots of people are interested in the “what can we do” but not enough on the “why do we do?”. As a result, communications team is always seen to be working alone or doing its own thing instead of working together with the marketing and executive teams. More often than not this leads to communications department becoming a service provider or a “vendor” to the marketing team (“Hello Comms Dept, please write a press release for our new product.”) rather than a consultative, strategic partner (“Hello Comms Dept, can we meet up to discuss about the launch and publicity strategy for our new product?”).

Obviously there are many ways to skin a cat. However, asking “What would be your strategy to help us ……?” should not be the magic question upon which you decide if an agency (or potential employee) is right for you.

Focus on the WHY, not on the WHAT. Asking the right questions are just as important as getting the right answers.

Top 3 Tips to Prepare for a Presentation

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Having to present your paper, or chair meetings, or even answer a question during a discussion can be intimidating and make you extremely nervous. This is because we don’t want to say the wrong things, or appear un-knowledgeable, or because we feel our grasp of the language is not good enough and people might look down or laugh at us.

These would be my top 3 tips on how prepare when having to present or speak to an audience:

  1. MOCK Q&A: The night before, write down 10 potential questions that you think you will be asked about. Then, spend between 10-15 minutes before you sleep answering these questions ‘live’ i.e. don’t write the answers down but try to answer them off the cuff. It will force-learn you to think on your feet and test your level of preparedness. Go to sleep and let your subconscious work it out. If you are still stumped, then use the time the next morning to brush up on these “weak” areas. The best way to maintain confidence when facing a tough crowd is to know your stuff.
  2. CREATE ELEVATOR STATEMENTS: If your problem area is not knowing how to put a story together in your head, then try to do this every day. Pick a subject that you are very good at, set your watch to 2 minutes and then practice explaining this subject in that time frame.  These are called “Elevator Statements” i.e. explaining a concept in an concise way as if you are asked about it during an elevator ride. For example, I would challenge myself to imagine that I have to explain the plot of various Final Fantasy games to a group of non-gamers. This exercise forces me to think about the game, summarize the storyline so that I capture only important points, and simplify my language so that my audience understands me. This exercise is harder than it looks. I would repeat it a few times until I am satisfied (or tired) and then try again the next day and the next day until I get it right. I use the same technique when explaining more difficult concepts like Game Theory or Maslows hierarchy of needs. Setting a time limit of 2 minutes helps me get rid of unnecessary chatter and focus only on important points.
  3. NUMBER THEM: Practice to think in term of numbered list. Sometimes a question has many layers and you can get flustered trying to remember them all. What I usually do is to write down key words in a numbered list. For example, if I am asked why we should open a certain project up to public tender when direct award is faster, I would write these on my notepad before I answer:
    1. Evaluate competitiveness – cost, time, effort. Existing vendors may pitch at price that they know we can afford; we need to check if these are fair and at market value.
    2. Transparency – eliminate any accusation of favoritism: contract will be awarded based on merits, not on existing relationships.

Speaking to an audience requires practice. Try these and see if the tips would help you in your next presentation.

2 Lessons for Women at the Top

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On a recent coaching session, I was asked what are the common mistakes made by women in senior management. I responded by saying that I will share the two things that I feel women in senior management need to learn.

LESSON ONE

Women need to learn how to debate, and how to accept it when you lose a debate. Notice that I use the word debate instead of argue. For some reason, a lot of women take the word “argue” or “argument” to mean combative and that it will result with one party winning, and the other losing. This is not true. In the context of senior management especially, where consensus is rare and hard decisions need to be made quickly (and often, forcefully), being able to debate an issue and then accept the outcome of that debate is an important skill to learn. Too often I find that women need a lot of time to lick their wounds – and in the meantime they would avoid bumping into the “winning” colleague at the corridor; they would turn down invitation to socialize; they would limit interaction to absolutely essential work matters.

But I see this behavior rarely in men. They take their defeats, brush it off and then move on to the next task. We should learn how to do this i.e. to accept that losing an argument does not define who we are, it is not a criticism of our personality, it does not belittle the quality of our work or our intelligence – that it is a contained incident and should be left at that. Of course some decisions are harder to accept than the rest, but women need to learn to bounce back and bounce back quickly and the way to do that is to learn to debate and accept the loss (if at all) gracefully.

LESSON TWO

Women need to know how to manage up. This is something that I struggled with earlier on in my career. I had a boss who once told me that I needed to learn to buy him a drink or dinner once in a while. When I shared this incident with a male peer from the same industry, he told me that there is a value in learning how to manage up. However, I was not able to shake the feeling that in doing that I was kissing up and trying to get into the boss’ good books — ie where I would be leveraging on our good “relationship” to get easier buy-ins or approvals as opposed to getting them based on the merits of the projects or my capabilities as the project lead itself.

As my experience and skill sets grow, I now understand that “buying the boss a drink or dinner” does not mean exactly that. It means, once in a while, I should casually check in with the boss in order maintain open communication. Once in a while, I need to check the temperature and seek his opinion on whether I am on the right track or if I need realignment to ensure that I am on the course that he’s charted and have not veered off into a different direction. While the work relationship could always remain at  arms-length, I should learn to talk to my boss on matters other than the immediate work requirements. By that I mean I should not see him ONLY when work requires me to do so like when I need him to sign something.

Unfortunately, lots of women still find opening up to the boss about the problems and challenges at work equals exposing one’s weaknesses and would diminishes one’s value to the organisation. This is not true. Well, certainly it is not true anymore in this day and age where most bosses are hugely invested in being the catalyst to push you to do greater things or helping to remove roadblocks so that you could progress further. Having a coffee session with the boss is still considered as a “bro” thing to do. We women need to get over that.

Your thoughts?