International Women's Day - a time to say "you're doing great"

Monday March 8 will be the 99th time that Intermational Women's Day has been celebrated, and 2010 is exactly 100 years since the concept of the day was adopted at the 2nd International Conference for Working Women in Copenhagen. At that time most women were unable to vote, let alone choose and create a career.

This year is unlikely to be marked by the protests and rallies that have been held over the years as women campaigned for safe working conditions, political rights and economic parity.

Whilst there is a long way to go in many societies around the world, women do not yet (universally) earn the same as men, the ratio of males to females in senior roles is not what it could be and the subtleties between how women and men work can cause disparity in the workplace; women have come a long way in the last 100 years.

Internationalwomensday.com says that the day "has grown to become a global day of recognition and celebration across developed and developing countries alike".

You may be planning to celebrate on March 8 by attending one of many functions that will be held by organizations, networking groups and companies. What better excuse could there be to spend some time focussed on networking with career-minded chicks!

My plan is to also contact as many women as I can in my network and say (what I should say more often),"you're doing great!"

Do you know some women who are doing great that you can give some encouragement on March 8 as your way of celebrating International Women's Day?

What you say, what others hear...are not necessarily the same...

Last week I spent several hours on the tarmac at Melbourne airport as we waited for storms to clear. Being an industrious Career Chick I fired off a few text messages to people in my team and asked one of my colleagues for his thoughts on a particular business issue.

He responded, and as is usual with a text messaging, did not include much punctuation. The issue at hand was discussed and then the message finised with "First cut off the top of my head". He meant "First cut, off the top of my head" meaning these were his initial thoughts. I read, "First, cut off the top of my head". :) Which of course has a very different meaning!!

There was plenty of time to sort out the miscommunication, and it was the best laugh I had all day. But it really does illustrate that what we mean and what is heard are often very different things. Being aware of this is a great skill for Career Chicks!

Have a successful week - Karen

The importance of Communication for your career

The fact is, the workplace is dominated by a communication style that is more reflective of how men communicate than women. Traditionally, there have been more men in business and their natural style has dominated. But it can put you, as a Career Chick, at a disadvantage without you even being aware of it. Understanding and adapting your communication to the accepted business style can have a substantial impact on your career potential and success. Speak the language and you can more effectively demonstrate your knowledge, skills and how you can contribute.

The challenge for anyone when learning or speaking a new language is being understood. The business world has its own complex and unique language. Your ability to understand and speak the language of business will allow you to be more successful when working with both men and women. Clear communication is essential so that what you say is understood and valued. Your interactions and communications with others will determine your effectiveness, your reputation and the perception of how capable you are – and ultimately your success in the business world.

There are several elements of communication that significantly influence career success. These include:
• the words you use
• how you say them
• your ability to impress when you make presentations
• how well you write, and
• the messages you send with your body language.

Excerpt from "Hot Tips for Career Chicks: Unlocking the CODE to success"
By Karen Adamedes

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