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HOW TO ASK FOR WHAT YOU NEED TO ELEVATE YOUR GAME

July 2, 2019

Master resilience and communication at 2019 WFF Leadership Development Workshops
We tend to think of communication being about telling; how well you explain, advise or instruct. But learning how to ask is just as important. Learn to master this career-expanding skill and others when you join WFF for a powerful one-day 2019 WFF Leadership Development Workshop (LDW): Elevate Your Game in seven cities this fall.
 
“I’m a big proponent of advocating for yourself and asking for what you need to succeed,” explains Colette Carlson, LDW co-presenter, human behavior expert and founder of Speak Your Truth, Inc. “It’s not about entitlement because you earn the right to ask. It’s about asking for the tools you need to increase your contribution. That includes guidance, a sponsor, administrative support, a raise, resources, access or a new opportunity to stretch,” she says.
 
“I know women face very real challenges in the workplace,” Carlson adds. “At the same time, I want to help women stop focusing on how little power they may feel in a particular situation and start using the power they do have to make a difference in their careers, their companies and in the lives of other women.”
 
Words matter
One way that Carlson does that is by empowering women with words. “Participants will leave the workshop with real clarity around what healthy communication sounds and feels like, as well as the tools to share their successes with others in ways that help them garner the respect and recognition they deserve,” she says.
 
She will provide participants with suggested phrasing and practice scripts they can use until they develop comfort with their own language. “Sometimes, asking for what you need can make you, and others, feel uncomfortable. That’s not a sign something is wrong — it’s a sign to push through,” Carlson advises.
 
Stay the course
To develop greater comfort being uncomfortable, LDW co-presenter, Anne Grady, President & Founder of the Anne Grady Group and expert on emotional intelligence and resilience, will help participants develop their capacity for intentional risk taking and (yikes) even failure.
 
“Knowing that you have the capacity to get back up if you get knocked down frees you to stretch and ultimately contribute more in every aspect of your life,” Grady explains. “Fear of failure shuts down creativity, innovation and abstract thinking in your brain.”
 
Do I have what it takes?
When men take risks and miss the mark, they are often described as bold and brave. That reflects a growth mindset characteristic of people who can use setbacks as valuable information to learn from and use to fine-tune their strategies moving forward.
 
Women are often judged more harshly by others and themselves, seeing failure as a reflection of their total worth and intelligence. “Building our resilience muscles with new mindsets and better habits around challenge can increase our willingness to feel the discomfort of uncertainty and failure and to bounce back when things don’t go as planned,” Grady says.
 
Grady finds that people often ask how they can know if they have resilience. “If you’re still standing, you have already survived the worst thing that has ever happened to you, and I can tell you, you are resilient,” Grady prompts. “But there is no need to wait for difficulty to cultivate the skills and habits that increase resilience. We can do that right now by being proactive rather than reactive.”
 
Learn how while networking with colleagues and expanding your strategic connections. REGISTER today to master the skills to Elevate Your Game!


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