If you can’t own it, get off the stage.
This post will be a serious one, it however is a serious issue that needs to be addressed. We’re worth more! Frankly, I’m saddened by how I’ve seen women treat public speaking versus men. Do men tweet, “I’m so nervous,” or, “I cant believe I’m doing this?” … Nope. If we want the same recognition and pay, we need to own it. That stage is yours, and you are the only one who might believe you’re not worthy. Get over it, ladies.
During the recent Blogher preparation, Twitter was abuzz with ladies discussing how nervous they were, what they should wear and the inevitable, “But it’s a ROOM FULL OF PEOPLE!”
Shameful, isn’t it? We are human and have a right to worry about what others think, but I see too much of that owning our confidence. I counted SIX tweets from women at #MNBlogConf speaking about sitting in a corner because of nervousness or not wanting to interact. We as a community need to recognize that and make sure we are including everyone, and to those who don’t want to go out of their comfort zone: It’s time to grow.
I’m astonished that no one else is calling out this behavior. It’s time to support other women, but not debilitate ourselves.