Communication Skills

Is Working at a Nonprofit for You?

Ritu Sharma sqAs 2014 winds down and we all marvel at how quickly the year passed, thoughts about our contributions to the world and humanity inevitably come up. For some of us, these thoughts are passing wishes, but for some they’re deep career regrets.

Whether you are just daydreaming about greener pastures or seriously contemplating a leap over the proverbial fence, here’s what you need to know about the nonprofit sector, from Ritu Sharma, founding president of Women Thrive Worldwide and author of Teach a Woman to Fish: Overcoming Poverty Around the World. Read More

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Podcast: Boost Your Powers of Persuasion with Sara Canuso

Canuso, Sara 200x235When you speak, do people tend to nod their heads and agree? Being persuasive is a valuable skill whether you’re a project leader, company spokesperson or small business owner.

Listen to this 30-minute talk by Sara Canuso, president of Women That Influence, to learn how to communicate clearly and effectively and inspire the kind of confidence that gets people to buy in, come on board or just say “yes!” This teleclass, originally aired on November 18th, is brought to you by Beneficial Bank. Read More

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Going to the Conference? 3 Must-Do’s on LinkedIn

Tabor-KleimansmYou’re about to be in a convention hall full of people, some of whom could help your business, catapult your career or otherwise open doors for you. Logging onto LinkedIn is probably not on your pre-Pennsylvania Conference for Women to-do list. But the giant online networking site is incredibly useful for face-to-face encounters, too, says Susan Tabor-Kleiman, J.D., a LinkedIn profile strategist and owner of Your Professional Writer. Here’s what to do on LinkedIn to ensure that you make valuable connections at the Conference: Read More

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Best Boss Practices: Giving Constructive Criticism

Kate White“Delivering negative feedback is hard in any sphere, but it’s especially awkward at work, where you may not know the person well and you anticipate he or she may get defensive, become sullen or even tear up,” says Kate White, former editor in chief of Cosmopolitan and author of I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This: How to Ask for Money, Snag the Promotion and Create the Career You Deserve. “But the biggest mistake is not having the talk at all because your criticism is going to leak out in ways that won’t be constructive.”

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How to Ask for What You Want—and Get It

Jane Hyun headshotUnhappy about something at work? Stop grumbling about it and speak up! Here’s the right way to do it, from Jane Hyun, a global leadership strategist and the co-author of Flex: The New Playbook for Managing Across Differences.

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Crack the Confidence Code — Podcast with Katty Kay

Katty KayWhy do so many women—even women who have achieved unprecedented success in the public and private sectors—lack the self-assurance that drives many of their male colleagues?

“Psychologists uniformly agree that a little bit of overconfidence is better than a little bit of under-confidence, which is what most women suffer from,” says BBC World News America anchor Katty Kay.

In this podcast, Kay explains the research behind confidence, plus why—and how—women should work on boosting the confidence they’ve got.

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Build Your Persuasive Power — Podcast with Amy Richards

Richards, AmysmLearning to lead means building consensus. In this episode of Conference for Women’s radio show, “Office Hours,” author Amy Richards explains how you can strategically bring people around to your way of thinking.

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How to Solve the Work-Life Imbalance

Katrina AlcornMaxed Out book coverDitch the guilt and self-blame—and change the conversation about work and life, says the author of MAXED OUT. A new dialogue starts here…

Q: Most working moms feel maxed out. Yet we rarely say more than, “I’m tired” or “What a week!” What are we NOT saying to our friends, family, each other?

A: I hear from a lot of women who say they have the life they always wanted (kids, career) . . . and it’s killing them. They feel like they’re always letting people down, like it’s somehow their fault that they can’t be all things to all people. Read More

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Make Your Idea Irresistible

Berger, JonahsmThree key lessons from a master storyteller about making your concept, product or project contagious.

By Jonah Berger, best-selling author of Contagious: Why Things Catch On, and 2014 Pennsylvania Conference for Women speaker

Whether you agree with him or not, Malcolm Gladwell does an amazing job of communicating ideas.  Read More

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Let’s Talk Pushy

Join this month’s forum, as we tackle the p-word. What’s your experience of the term “pushy” as it relates to you, and to all women?

Mohr, Tara“‘Pushy’ is such an interesting term because work that is worthy of our time and energies often involves pushing for something. Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton were pushy—pushing against the legislation and culture of their time—and as a result, you and I can vote. Today, women push for improvements to our communities, for more transparency and accountability from those in power, for better lives for our kids. As bosses, we push for excellence, from ourselves and from those with whom we work. Women who push, are, of course, inconvenient challengers to the status quo. Let’s keep pushing.”

–Tara Sophia Mohr, author of “Playing Big: Find Your Voice, Your Mission, Your Message” Read More

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