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Three Ways Women Can Wow

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1. Because women have naturally higher voices, it’s particularly important to ensure we’re speaking from our diaphragm. To check, place your hand on your abdomen while you speak. If your hand’s not moving, your diaphragm’s not engaged. An easy way to practice engaging it is to lie on the floor with a heavy book on your stomach and breathe til the book is moving up and down. When you stand up, your voice will have dropped about an octave.

2. It’s important for everyone to be aware of how they are taking up space. As women, we often make ourselves smaller rather than larger. As you sit in your next meeting, look around at the posture and attitudes of others at the table. If you’re leaning back with your hands in your lap while others are leaning forward, move to the front of your seat, lean in, and place your hands flat on the table to indicate accessibility.

3. Listening without interrupting is a vastly underrated skill set—and interruptions come in many forms. As women, we often interrupt by agreeing and encouraging—not recognizing that this can interrupt others’ thought patterns. Practice signaling your encouragement and agreement via non-verbal techniques: by leaning in, nodding your head, and smiling.

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