Last week, a group of my female colleagues and I met with one of the few directors at our company that happens to be a woman. We wanted to pick her brain about what she has learned about being a woman in the GIS/tech world. The first thing we all did was introduce ourselves. Immediately after the introductions, the director gave us all some feedback:
"All of you mumbled when you said your names."
She said that in order to be respected and taken seriously, she has learned a few little things go a long way:
- dress professionally
- always shake hands when you meet someone
- always enunciate your name so that no one will forget it.
These things go for men and women, of course, but they are perhaps are not taught directly to women.
I agree wholeheartedly with her suggestions, and I have a few more I've picked up myself. Does anyone else have any other Little Things that go a long way towards gaining the respect and confidence of their colleagues?