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If you could give advice to your younger self, what would it be?

If you could go back and tell yourself one thing at the start of your career based on what you now know, what would that be? That’s the question Media Specialist Tania Yuki posted in summer 2011 on the Women 2.0 LinkedIn Group. Since then more than 230 group members have responded with their advice.

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That’s great, because, as Tania said, women may operate in more isolation than their male counterparts. By sharing what they have learned, women can mentor each other and save each other a lot of time and stress and perhaps even accelerate your progress and career.
This group includes more than 27,000 members and is a great place to learn what’s up with women in business as well as current technology issues. The answers ranged from ideas about financial security to faith in oneself, to understanding the politics of the situation, to planning and so much more.
There are enough good ideas to fill 17 articles, but I’m going to start with the suggestions from a dozen smart amazing women who talked about nurturing relationships with other women. They emphasized the importance of surrounding yourself with supportive people, who very often — not entirely by chance — happen to be other women.

Where to find supportive people? Get out more!

Xuan Tran stated it beautifully: “Put yourself in a place where opportunities can see you.

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“Honestly going to more conferences has helped,” said Justyna Surowiec. “I meet like-minded people that are passionate and taking action to make their goals realities and so many conferences are free they are win-win situations!”

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“It’s not all about working,” agreed Marcelle Farag. “It’s more about networking, meeting others, starting a discussion or even offering a cup of coffee to a new person… every day!”

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“Go to more networking events, socialize a bit more,” said Thyreast Pinckney. “I’m introverted, and tended to avoid large get-togethers because they can be energy drainers. I would tell myself to go get a chai tea latte and go rub elbows!”

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There you have the first installment of advice that members of Women 2.0 would like to give their younger selves. Stay tuned for more tips about trusting yourself, keeping faith, following your passion and much more.

Maggie Castrey

Work With Other Women

“Reach out earlier to other people, especially women,”  wrote Mei Lin Fung. “A network of women is a force of nature.

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“I would make sure that I connected with as many amazing aligned women as possible–from day one,” said Maureen Simon, “to support them and to receive their  guidance. We grow by supporting each other.”

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“Don’t be afraid to speak up and say what’s on your mind,” said Katy Tafoya. “When good ideas get shared (especially by other women in a room full of men), speak up and ‘second’ that good idea.” Andra Keay modeled that process for us and took the idea even further. “I second Katy’s comment about ‘seconding’ other women’s good ideas. Too often I see a good idea go unheard when raised by a woman, especially a junior, only to be lauded later when repeated by a man, even a junior. It doesn’t hurt to arrange for seconding for your own ideas either.”

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“Keep talking with other women – especially like this,” said Sheila Bailey. “Help others – don’t put anyone down. Women have always had to cooperate since the days we were gatherers, whilst men were hunters.”

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“Find a trusted mentor,” advised Patricia Cunningham. “Build strong teams rather than trying to do everything yourself.” A great way to draw other people into your circle is to “Ask for help,” advised Sue Bock. “Co-active is more satisfying than going it alone.”

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In addition to being more fun, effective teamwork allows each person to focus on what they do best. “Know your strengths and spend a lot of time in activities that use them,” said Leanna Frederich. “Know your weaknesses and delegate those activities.”

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Krylyn Peters, MC, RTC talked about some fine points of support. “I would surround myself with truly supportive people. True support involves encouragement (not discouragement), gentle and loving nudges to help you see your blind spots, and helping you realize YOUR dreams (not theirs).”

 

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Don’t Meet Just To MeetCoach Paula Shumaker O’Donnell featured Dr. Nancy’s tips on keeping meetings purposeful and effective (printable PDF)  in the Monday Motivation newsletter she distributed today February 13. Paula began writing this weekly dose of inspiration 20 years ago. Employers and individuals subscribe for the wisdom and encouragement that Paula provides. Many employers provide it to all their employees because in addition to its feel-good nature, it helps them work more productively.
Paula has subscribers in all 50 states and more than 90 percent of them renew each year, which says a lot! Individuals or businesses with fewer than 10 employees pay $9 per month. Larger businesses pay an annual fee based on the number of employees (up to $34 per month). She has a separate pricing schedule for businesses that send it out to their clients.
 
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Lisa Mininni Me Myself and Why

Lisa Mininni

What do you want from life? Do you feel powerless to create the life you want? Are you stuck in a relationship, a job or a situation you feel like you didn’t choose?
In her new bestseller, Me, Myself, and Why? The Secrets to Navigating Change, Lisa Mininni presents a framework for people to get unstuck from old attitudes to move themselves forward.
Lisa Mininni should know. She has documented success at navigating change within corporations on the fast track of mergers, acquisitions and reorganization. Her own business, Excellerate Associates, helps others help themselves create the health, prosperity and professional success they desire.
Dr. Nancy’s conversation with Lisa reveals clues about why many of us stay in uncomfortable situations and tips about how to recognize these and let go. These tips about how to use change as a catalyst for transformation might give you the insight and encouragement you need to transform your own life.

 

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Dr. Claire Damken Brown

Do you feel tuned out and turned off by the men you work with?
Whether it’s your boss, co-worker or life partner you’re trying to get through to, if it’s a man, you need to hear this week’s Conversation with Dr. Nancy.
Dr. Claire Brown is an amazing communication expert, women’s advocate and savvy speaker with 25 years of experience working with Fortune 50 companies. Claire joined forces with Dr. Audrey Nelson, an internationally known communication specialist to co-author a groundbreaking new book, Code Switching, How to Talk So Men Will Listen.
Code Switching offers a way to reach across the aisle and open the lines of communication between men and women, crack the gender code and speak in common terms. It’s amazing, when you speak their language, how men respond, work gets done and leadership is recognized.
Learn what it takes to transform your power of speech when you cross the gender divide of communication.

 

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Do you feel tuned out and turned off by the men you work with?

Whether it’s your boss, co-worker or life partner you’re trying to get through to, if it’s a man, you need to hear this week’s Conversation with Dr. Nancy.

Dr. Claire Brown is an amazing communication expert, women’s advocate and savvy speaker with 25 years of experience working with Fortune 50 companies. Claire joined forces with Dr. Audrey Nelson, an internationally known communication specialist to co-author a groundbreaking new book, Code Switching, How to Talk So Men Will Listen.

Code Switching offers a way to reach across the aisle and open the lines of communication between men and women, crack the gender code and speak in common terms. It’s amazing, when you speak their language, how men respond, work gets done and leadership is recognized.

Learn what it takes to transform your power of communication when you cross the gender divide of communication. Listen to Dr. Nancy’s Conversation with Dr. Claire Brown.

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