Before we dive into all the great things we have in store for you in 2020, we’re wrapping up 2019 with some more big themes:
- the courage to speak,
- visibility in business,
- visibility blocks,
- women’s empowerment.
Scroll down and read on!
The courage to speak
I’ve watched women step away from me as I’ve offered a contrary perspective in a group conversation. I’ve seen women huddle in circles and bitch about my forthrightness. I’ve had women physically turn their backs on me and encourage others, through their tone, to keep the conversation ‘light and fun’.
Next time you see a woman speaking up please don’t be one of those women. That’s not sisterhood. That’s upholding the patriarchy.
Don’t let her stand there on her own. Let other people know that you agree with her. That you’re with her.
Because you are going to benefit from her battle one day. You and your daughter and your daughter’s daughter and many other people besides.
Visibility in business
Entrepreneurial visibility requires a type of courage that – as women – we’re not conditioned to feel comfortable with.
As a gender we’re great at supporting and encouraging others, at following the rules and getting good grades, at juggling a million responsibilities. Self promotion though? That’s another story all together.
In order to promote yourself and your work in a healthy way, you have to couch it in self love and self worth, in self acceptance and in a deep knowing that your contribution matters. You need to get comfortable with being seen and heard by others, without feeling attached to their response.
Creating your visibility strategy
Toward the end of 2019 we started a series on creating a visibility strategy. To date we’ve published 5 chapters of that series. They are:
- Establishing your visibility intention
- Your visibility commitment
- Blocks to creating a visibility strategy
- Creating a visibility platform
- Your visibility strategy and the enneagram.
If you have had any trouble with consistency when it comes to showing up and being visible to the people you’re here to reach, developing a visibility strategy is a key action for you to take immediately! This series will help you with that.
The most common hurdle to overcoming visibility blocks is actually seeing them. They’re so embedded in the way we think, the way we act, the way we respond to people, that they don’t seem like blocks at all.
They seem like ‘Just the way life is’.
So in the interests of not being bogged down by visibility blocks for the rest of time, here’s a useful tip for spotting a block; What behaviour really annoys you?
The women’s empowerment space is an interesting space. On the one hand it attempts to boost women’s confidence and claims to be about women standing in their power.
On the other, there’s so much unacknowledged patriarchal conditioning there that it actually serves to entrench inequality and disempowerment just as often as it attempts to liberate women from it.
#girlboss is a prime example.
#girlboss is not empowering for women.
For girls? Absolutely.
But you’re not a girl. You’re a woman.
All year we’ve offered free audio training ‘How To Speak Up in a Noisy World’.
It shares three simple tips for speaking up with confidence and clarity.
If you haven’t checked it out yet, here’s where you can access it.