Have you ever watched a co-worker over-contemplate and protract a basic decision? It doesn’t inspire confidence, does it? If anything, appearing indecisive tends to make us doubt a person. We may assume our peer is trying to play it safe and protect themselves from risk at any cost. We may think they lack the grit necessary to deal with the consequences, good or bad. We may even question their knowledge and experience.
It’s no wonder that for many people, the fear of public speaking registers as more terrifying than the fear of death. Just think about where are minds go when we’re about to give a key presentation and all eyes are on us. So often, what we tell ourselves in this critical moment is not in any way conducive to presenting well. Then there’s our bodies which add some other complications to manage: the light feeling in our stomach, the tight, short breaths, and the booming heartbeat. All the while we’re trying to harness our deepest concentration and most eloquent words!
Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Nash-Taylor, co-presidents and co-founders of Juicy Couture became famous for their celebrated casual clothing line, which they went on to sell in 2013 for a whopping $195 million. Sure, their story of success has had its share of ups and downs—like any other business—but according to the best friends, the greatest decision they ever made was to go into business together. Noted Skaist-Levy, “You spend more time with a business partner than almost anyone…When you’re together, the highs are even higher and the lows don’t seem so bad.”
If you think about it, a great networking event can be career-changing. When this kind of magic happens, you connect with people that “up” your skills, you form lasting alliances—you may even engage those with the power to expand your career options and mobility.
Have you ever avoided sharing good news—let’s say a big accomplishment—with a colleague or friend for fear of turning them off?
Just the other day I asked this question of a room of 150 ambitious, 20-something women. When polled to ask if attendees could relate, nearly every audience member raised her hand.
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