How to gain confidence

Learning to SPEAK UP and voice your opinion at school, in meetings, or  at work is a vital skill that only comes with practice. You have to practice sounding confident until you actually start believing in it.

The video below reminds me of a great quote by the first African-American woman CEO to head a Fortune 500 Company, Ursula Burns, Chairman and CEO or Xerox, she said:

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Modesty is useless for women


Quote by Tar Mohr, career coach

In a 2010 study analyzing the challenge of modesty for women, researchers found that it is more beneficial for a woman’s career to SELF-PROMOTE rather than to be modest about her accomplishments.

What we know is that women:

  1. Need to learn HOW to self-promote.
  2. Need to get over the comfortableness of self-promotion and stop viewing it as a negative, boastful or conceited thing.
  3. Need to support other women and share strategies on how to display accomplishments and the significance of these achievements.

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To help you de-clutter your mind, here’s some phraseology to use when saying “nope, not gonna’ do that.”  (I got the idea for this from Sarah Knight’s great book)

Invited to a destination wedding:

Don’t sayI’m actually on a no-fly zone.

Do say: This sounds amazing and I hope your wedding is everything you’ve wished for. Unfortunately, it’s simply not financially feasible for me to attend. Please let me know where you’re registered or where I can send my gift. Thanks! Read More

Black women lean in….and still don’t get noticed.

The consulting firm McKinsey and Company and  (Sheryl Sandberg’s nonprofit leadership organization) released their latest research on women in leadership positions.

Here are the key findings from Women in the workplace:

Women are negotiating as often as men—but face pushback when they do

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Hey Ladies Stop Apologizing, THE WORKBOOK now available!!!!

The companion to the original book Hey Ladies, Stop Apologizing…and other career mistakes women make (Sept 2016) is now published and available on Amazon, Chapters, Rock’s Mills Press.

You’ll find the  Workbook on Amazon

or Rock’s Mills Press

or Chapters/Indigo

This workbook will help you:

  • Rid yourself of the disease of perfectionism
  • Break your obsession with being “nice”
  • Banish your procrastination and avoidance habits
  • Improve your communication skills
  • Learn the importance of self-promotion
  • Challenge that shitty committee in your mind
  • Force you out of your damn comfort zone

Leadership Summit for Women -Prof. Maja is key note speaker

I’ll be speaking at the upcoming Leadership Summit for Women on Saturday November 12th, 2016 at 2:30 pm in Hamilton, Ontario. The title of my talk is “Hey Ladies, Stop Apologizing” and I’ll discuss  the ways our internal barriers of fear, confidence and mindset negatively impact women’s careers.

Among the problems women face:

  • We’re perfectionists.
  • We apologize. ALL. THE. TIME
  • We’re over thinkers (especially when we make mistakes!).
  • We don’t self-promote.
  • We’re obsessed with being nice.

This is a half-day conference with the goal of  developing leadership skills and facilitating conversations about meaningful change within our organizations, communities and society at large.

This is a community-wide event that brings together women, trans individuals, and allies from the McMaster and Hamilton communities. This event provides the skills, space, and support for all participants to reach their full potential.

The event takes place at the David Braley Health Sciences Centre (100 Main St. West) 

Admission is free!

Please see the link below for the agenda of events. 

Leadership Summit for Women | November 12, 2016

Hope to see you there!