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When the US Needed Leaders, Women Saved the Day - Women's eNews

When the US Needed Leaders, Women Saved the Day - Women's eNews | Inspiring Women Leaders | Scoop.it
Women's eNews When the US Needed Leaders, Women Saved the Day Women's eNews Most notably, the women in the U.S. Senate.
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The Science of Stage Fright and How to Overcome It

The Science of Stage Fright and How to Overcome It | Inspiring Women Leaders | Scoop.it

Palms sweaty, heart racing, too panicked to even breathe? No, you aren't being stalked by some monster ): you're about to speak in public!

 

While some would claim public speaking is a fate "worse than death," public speaking might actually feel worsethan death: at least you won't feel stage fright in death! If public speaking is so nerve-racking, do genetics cause social anxiety?

 

Stage Fright

 

At some point in your life, you will have to communicate in front of people. Learning what stage fright really is could make you more comfortable doing so. Basically you, as a human, are wired to care about your reputation or what people think of you. So what happens if you get up there and forget a few lines or completely bomb a speech? This fear of being considered an idiot by your peers is a natural instinct called the flight or fight response, a primitive function in your brain that acts to self-protect at all times. The flight or fight response is a very difficult thing to control. Though it's present in all animals, most creatures don't have to get up in front of the entire animal kingdom to make any speeches!


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There are alternatives to it being a fact of life. Using technqiues that change your physiological and emotional state can eradicate stage fright for ever. You kust need to learn how.

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David Hain's curator insight, October 14, 2013 2:07 AM

Happens to us all - some good ideas here.

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See The 5 Kick-Ass Women This Mom Dressed Her Daughter As Instead Of A Disney Princess

See The 5 Kick-Ass Women This Mom Dressed Her Daughter As Instead Of A Disney Princess | Inspiring Women Leaders | Scoop.it
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This is so good....Move over Disney Princess- real women role models are here! 

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The strong correlation between fair leadership and inspiring change

The strong correlation between fair leadership and inspiring change | Inspiring Women Leaders | Scoop.it
A paper from Journal for Business Ethics suggests fairness in leadership is a powerful motivator inside and outside a company

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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And I think fairness follows on automatically if you have integrity very high in your values, both personally and as accompany.fairness and integrity go hand in hand

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Begoña Iturgaitz's curator insight, October 8, 2013 11:44 AM

It's great to be confirmed by sound research, but many of you already knew...

Don Cloud's curator insight, October 8, 2013 8:45 PM

Integrity and strength of character are at the heart of leadership ... and a culture of "fairness" resonates across and outside of an organization.

Helena Gonçalves's curator insight, October 23, 2013 5:03 AM

Would you use "fair" to describe your leader?

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My Advice for Aspiring Female Leaders - Business 2 Community

My Advice for Aspiring Female Leaders - Business 2 Community | Inspiring Women Leaders | Scoop.it
Business 2 Community My Advice for Aspiring Female Leaders Business 2 Community One of the most talked-about business books of this year was Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook, which gave advice to women who want to be...
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And I would add that you need to be self aware- aware of your strengths and where you need to develop your skills and then go and develop them. What would you add?

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Government hails more women in the boardroom

Government hails more women in the boardroom | Inspiring Women Leaders | Scoop.it
The Government has welcomed new figures showing an increase in the number of women on company boards, saying good progress is being made towards a target of 25% by 2015.
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Encouraging signs?

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Ladies, Stop Pointing Fingers and Climb That Corporate Ladder Already!

Ladies, Stop Pointing Fingers and Climb That Corporate Ladder Already! | Inspiring Women Leaders | Scoop.it
Why are women struggling to move up the corporate ladder? Is it simply a case of not leaning in?

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We need to learn the skills and techniques to be confident and relaxed to play a bigger game. That's why it's time to  STEP UP and STAND OUT  http://bit.ly/1aVRIxr

 

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AnYes van Rhijn's curator insight, October 4, 2013 12:12 PM

Take action, just do it!

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Women leaders walk the line between being powerful and nice ...

Women leaders walk the line between being powerful and nice ... | Inspiring Women Leaders | Scoop.it
When we speak from our values, we can focus on being authentic - and embrace both our inner "nice girl" and our inner "Iron Lady".
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It is possible to be successful and authentic when you have the right mindset...

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Women, Leadership, and a Flexible Organization

Women, Leadership, and a Flexible Organization | Inspiring Women Leaders | Scoop.it
There is a trend that is taking place and it seems to be the opposite of what many may expect. Women are leaving organizations before they make it to upper management. One could speculate as to what may be driving this trend.

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Advocate | National Museum of Women in the Arts

Advocate | National Museum of Women in the Arts | Inspiring Women Leaders | Scoop.it
NMWA advocates for women artists and you can, too. Get the facts, take online challenges, check out favorite artworks, and see what's happening around you.

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I wonder what the figures are like in Europe?

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Founded in 1987, NMWA is the only major museum in the world solely dedicated to recognizing women’s creative contributions.
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Gender diversity in leadership is key to business success

Gender diversity in leadership is key to business success | Inspiring Women Leaders | Scoop.it
To achieve parity for women in decision-making roles, men must beware of unconscious bias

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Sandberg is right. In order for real change to occur, men need to step up and take the issue seriously.

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AnYes van Rhijn's curator insight, October 3, 2013 10:14 AM

I love that statement: "Equality means business. Equality means good business."...

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30 Things we need less ... 30 Things we need more

30 Things we need less ... 30 Things we need more | Inspiring Women Leaders | Scoop.it

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7 Sources of Stress You Tolerate Too Often

7 Sources of Stress You Tolerate Too Often | Inspiring Women Leaders | Scoop.it
“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.” ―E.E.
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Are women in the West being left behind on leadership?

Are women in the West being left behind on leadership? | Inspiring Women Leaders | Scoop.it
Women in Brazil, Russia, India and China hold many more leadership positions than their female counterparts in Europe and America. Why?
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Eight Leadership Lessons From The World's Most Powerful Women

Eight Leadership Lessons From The World's Most Powerful Women | Inspiring Women Leaders | Scoop.it
Some of the world's most successful women show what it takes to get to the top.
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Five tips for developing your all-important personal brand

Five tips for developing your all-important personal brand | Inspiring Women Leaders | Scoop.it
First impressions count, so being able to articulate who you are and what what you stand for is essential to career progression, says Michelle Wright (Useful for academics too: female leaders - Five tips for developing your personal brand
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That's why developing your persuasive and powerful presence is all important for women leaders.http://bit.ly/1aVRIxr

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7 Ways to Stop Fearing What Everyone Thinks of You

7 Ways to Stop Fearing What Everyone Thinks of You | Inspiring Women Leaders | Scoop.it
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This reminds me of a very  a powerful quote that I came across a while ago.... " What someone else thinks of me is not my business" 

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FTSE 100 companies still 66 female directors short of boardroom target - The Guardian

FTSE 100 companies still 66 female directors short of boardroom target - The Guardian | Inspiring Women Leaders | Scoop.it
The Independent FTSE 100 companies still 66 female directors short of boardroom target The Guardian Concerns continue to be raised about the number of female executives at the top of British business after the latest update on progress towards the...
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Nothing lasts forever ...

Nothing lasts forever ... | Inspiring Women Leaders | Scoop.it
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Just Make a Decision Already

Just Make a Decision Already | Inspiring Women Leaders | Scoop.it
Why decisive leadership is so rare.

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The best way to slip into a decisive mindset is to make a decision so why is it so difficult sometimes?

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Anita's curator insight, October 4, 2013 8:49 AM

How quickly and well do you decide?

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In an impoverished Israeli Arab town, women are learning the ABCs of leadership - Weekend

In an impoverished Israeli Arab town, women are learning the ABCs of leadership - Weekend | Inspiring Women Leaders | Scoop.it
A leadership project in Jisr al-Zarqa aims to redress an appalling lack of literacy among local women, and to encourage their activism and involvement in local civic affairs.
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Maya Angelou on Freedom: A 1973 Conversation with Bill Moyers

Maya Angelou on Freedom: A 1973 Conversation with Bill Moyers | Inspiring Women Leaders | Scoop.it
"You only are free when you realize you belong no place -- you belong every place -- no place at all."

In the early 1970s, revered interv

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Tamara Filipovic's curator insight, June 18, 2013 2:49 PM

Maya's response below is incredible, provocative, and essential in our examination of women's rights and cultural history in the US:

 

When Moyers asks Angelou whether she sees the women’s liberation movement, reaching its most critical zenith at the time, as “a white woman’s fantasy,” she replies with a meditation on sociocultural history:

No, certainly not a fantasy. … A necessity. … They definitely need it. … [But it says] very little [to black women], I’m afraid. You see, white women have been made to feel in this society that they are superfluous. A white man can run his society.

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The white American man makes the white American woman maybe not superfluous but just a little kind of decoration. Not really important to the turning around of the wheels.

Well, the black American woman has never been able to feel that way. No black American man at any time in our history in the United States has been able to feel that he didn’t need that black woman right against him, shoulder to shoulder — in that cotton field, on the auction block, in the ghetto, wherever. That black woman is an integral if not a most important part of the family unit. There is a kind of strength that is almost frightening in black women. It’s as if a steel rod runs right through the head down to the feet. And I believe that we have to thank black women not only for keeping the black family alive but the white family.

Elizabeth Martinez's curator insight, July 26, 2013 12:48 PM

Maya Angelou is a powerful speaker and conveys the meaning of inequality very well. Her point about the women's movement being a white women's movement is so important. Women from different ethnic, racial, and class backgrounds will face different forms and combinations of sexism, racism, and classism.

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Moving women to the top: McKinsey Global Survey results | McKinsey & Company

Moving women to the top: McKinsey Global Survey results | McKinsey & Company | Inspiring Women Leaders | Scoop.it
A majority of executives believe gender diversity in leadership is linked to better financial performance, but companies take few actions to support women in the workforce. A McKinsey & Company article.
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J. K. Rowling & Harry Potter Quotes

J. K. Rowling & Harry Potter Quotes | Inspiring Women Leaders | Scoop.it

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Which of these resonates with you the most?

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Karin Sebelin's curator insight, May 31, 2013 10:48 AM

Did you read the stories of Harry Potter?

And ... did you like the stories?

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