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(At least) 3 things women need to stop apologising for

“Women need to stop apologizing for routine workplace events,” Bloom
shared with me in an email. “Ladies, every time the word ‘sorry’ is
about to fly out of your mouth, think: Have I actually done something
wrong? Or has this just become a verbal tic?” 
Here are three things that women often apologize for and what we can do to stop, today.

1.  Our financial expectations.
Ever since women entered the workforce en masse, there have been
reports revealing that we make less on average than our male
counterparts. Although this gap is lessening, there is still much
progress to be made. Yes, talking about money can be an uncomfortable
endeavor. However, if you’re armed with good ammunition to back up your
demand, you’ll feel more confident and ready to engage in that dialogue.
In other words, be clear what you want, and don’t leave until you get
it (well, within reason). Moreover, when in contract negotiations for
any job or project, engage an advisor so that you have a second set of
eyes on the details and can work out what’s acceptable and what’s not
with someone well-versed in the small print.

2.  Our physical appearance.
Earlier this week I did a little tally of how long it took me to
prepare for one of my other jobs, working as a national TV host on a
business news network. The night before our shoot, I spent two hours
with my clothing sponsor picking out my wardrobe for upcoming shoots.
The next morning I spent two hours getting my hair done, two hours
getting my nails done, and 30 minutes in makeup just before the show.
Almost a full day, and I haven’t even started my job, compared with my
co-host, who literally grabbed a clean shirt and was ready to go (yes,
he’s male). 

3.  Our professional accomplishments.
“Women are trained to be sensitive to everyone’s feelings, not to be
selfish, and not to brag,” Bloom explains to me when I ask about this
culture of saying sorry. “These are good traits to have. Be we also need
to understand that sometimes it’s not appropriate to apologize–like
when we haven’t done anything wrong.”

From the article by Amber Mac, at Fast Company

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What Qantas is about to learn about women, our loyalty and the way we buy

We need to talk about Qantas.  Or at least, everywhere I go, the women I meet are talking about their reaction to the Qantas dispute and what they’re going to do about it.  I flew to Adelaide last week for a speaking engagement with CPA Australia (hello to all the lovely ladies from SA who […]

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Sending a huge thank you to Virgin Australia, BPW Geelong, Network Central

OK so it’s not always smooth sailing in my world… which is why I need to say thank you to everyone who manages to keep me on track!  So I firstly need to thank Virgin Australia for coming to the rescue on Tuesday night when Ethan and I found ourselves stranded in Melbourne.  Long story […]

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Go ahead, make a ridiculous pay request… and receive a 9 per cent pay hike!

News this week from Harvard Daily Stat has confirmed my opinion that there’s no place for being sensible when it comes to negotiating your salary!  In this study, job candidates who jokingly requested ridiculously high salaries received 9% higher wage offers than candidates who made no such jokes, according to a simulation conducted by Todd […]

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Is the best person for the job a woman? Recruitment tips and strategies for headhunters, business leaders and women

We need to talk about recruitment. Specifically it seems we need to talk about recruiting women into key leadership roles, because still I keep hearing there aren’t enough suitable women out there.  So who makes this assessment anyway?  The recruiters? Business leaders? The women? It seems that all three have an important role to play.  And if we’re to […]

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Sitting at the table and the self-promotion commotion – why women need to back themselves and how leaders, recruiters and media can help

By now you’ve probably seen the Sheryl Sandberg video from TEDwomen, and her 3 tips for making it to the C-suite.  As COO of Facebook, Sandberg has achieved dizzying heights of career success.  Her advice to other women seeking to do the same is as personal as it is practical, yet also acknowledges the social, biological and […]

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Anna's words are how she lived her life. She has been an amazing inspiration, a wonderful support, a gracious mentor to me throughout my career. So many of us counted her as a girlfriend to look up to, and her legacy will live on in the many women she has inspired to live their very best life.

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