In working with professionals and organizations all over the country I have heard one thing that has surprised me (or maybe it shouldn’t). All types of people that I come in contact with will pull me aside and say, “What if I hate my job?” I’m starting to talk more about this when I consult with the leadership team. In this video I share the two choices you have if your truly hate your job.
Sheryl Sandberg, author of the book Lean In, writes that we should stop telling little girls they’re bossy, and start telling little girls that they have leadership skills. As these women enter the workplace, communicating, speaking up and feeling part of the conversation can be a challenge, without being labeled as “bossy”.
I did a Q&A to answer some of these questions about empowering women
Question: What’s your first recommendation for women to find their voice in an organization?
Michelle: Contribute in meetings. Speak up when you agree. Provide additional ideas when you disagree. Don’t just leave the comments for the vocal few. Even introverts need to find their voice and contribute on their teams, and in their organizations. Stand up for people, champion projects and share your voice.
Question: When there are problems on their organization or team, how can they speak up and contribute without sounding bossy?
Michelle: Find and share solutions more than complaints. One of the ways you can add the most value to your team and organization is to provide solutions without complaining. This is great tip for men and women. Sometimes in an effort to encourage change we share all the things that aren’t working, but it’s hard for management to respond because it can be perceived as having a bad attitude. Instead, provide and offer solutions and be creative when it comes different ways to address issues. Managers the trait they wish every employee had was the ability to problem solve without complaining.
Question: What if a “problem” escalates into a disagreement, or if you feel like you’re not quite sure how to respond?
Michelle: One of the best ways to find your voice is to know what to say AND when to say it. When things get heated, give yourself permission to table the conversation and revisit it when emotions cool down. Also, practice the phrase “It seems like you’ve had time to think about this, could you give me a day to think through my thoughts and I can come back to you with some ways we can resolve this issue” or “I may need a day or two to think through this situation, could we revisit this conversation on Friday after I’ve given it some careful thought?” Sometimes you need time to consider the right response so you don’t say things you don’t mean.
Question: What if someone takes your idea after you have already shared it?
Michelle: This is the MOST COMMON complaint we hear at our events. Women will share an idea in a meeting and then later in the meeting or another day someone will share the SAME idea and claim it as theirs. That can be discouraging, and if you’re gutsy, be willing to stand up for your idea. However, “Thank you for validating my suggestion” sounds better than “Hey, that was my idea!” In the moment, that can be tricky to pull off without attitude. If this seems to be happening to you frequently, practice a validation statement before you go into your next meeting. Also, remember that passion is okay. If your emotion feels competitive or combative you may be criticized for your emotions. Lead with passion and a commitment for the best interest in the team and organization, and you may find that this positive approach inspires people to lead with passionate positivity.
We love men and aren’t men bashers, but there is something powerful about a group of women getting together to learn and support each other. For more information about our annual Power Women event for female professionals, check out:
I had the opportunity to speak at a conference this year on the 50 best apps for your business. Today I get to share 4 of my favorite apps on KSL’s Browser 5.0 but I wanted you to have my whole list.
In the digital world that we live in, we’ve got apps for everything from health to money.
Check out the list of my favorite 50 apps below.
It’s my favorite time of year. I get to wear sweats and hoodies AND I get to prepare for my annual marketing planning event.
In it’s 5th Year, The Marketing Blueprint Workshop is designed to help you create your 2018 marketing plan in two days. But it’s more than that! Here are the top 5 Reasons you should attend the Marketing Blueprint.
1. Write your marketing plan for 2018 in two days. I’ll walk you through a checklist of structured exercises to help you target the correct market,
define your key marketing messages, set your budget and choose marketing mediums. Repeat attendees will tell you that their favorite part of this event is getting so much done to prep for the new year in a short amount of time.
2. Learn the latest in social media marketing. The social media landscape changes every year, but this year, big changes are in store. We’ll talk about how to make the most of the algorithm changes and how to use social media best in your business.
3. Learn how to make your small business budget get BIG results. Your budget doesn’t have to be huge to make an impact, but I’ll guide you to make the best decisions for your business, and the best bang for your buck.
4. I’m funny. I mean, I don’t want to toot my own horn, but Jana Finch called me the Melissa McCarthy of Marketing. Two days can be hard to get away from work and life, but not only will it be jam packed with valuable info, I’ll make sure you have a good time, too.
5. Learn how I got 20 TV segments in the last year For FREE. I didn’t pay for the spots, but I used my unique formula to reach out to decision makers and now I have two regular segments on the NBC and FOX affiliates in my market. I’ll lay all the cards on the table and show you how to be successful with media!
6. New this year, live and Livestream attendees get a new addition to their workbook: Market Plays. I’m creating 10 ready to go market plays. You plug in your content and decide the reach but you can use my checklist to create a powerful campaign, on demand.
I hope you can join us. Use code SPEAKMICHELLE to save 30% off between now and November 15. And, anyone who purchases this week will also receive my How To Get Noticed By Local & National Media CD as a bonus! ($50 value)
Date: Thursday, January 28, 2015
Time: 7:00-9:30 PM
Where: Provo Recreation Center THEATER ROOM
Michelle will share the 5 simple decisions that will help you crush it in life and business. You’ll learn how to operate at your prime so that you can accomplish more without sacrificing your most important priorities.
Whether you’re trying to tackle health or organizational goals or if you’re ready to take your business to the next level, this event is for you!
AND you’ll also make your own vision board! Today I shared why vision boards are such a great part of your New Years goal setting, and here’s your chance to make one. Join us on the 28th and ALL the supplies will be provided for you to create your 2016 vision.
In honor of my appearance on the place, tickets are only $16 (get it, 2016…) so snag your spot. Tickets go back up to $26 on Thursday, January 7th at 11:00 PM.
Bring a friend for this fun night!
Join speaker, strategist and success expert, Michelle McCullough, as she shares her four step program to bring greater results and success in your life and business.
– How successful people like Oprah, Jack Canfield, Darren Hardy and Brendon Burchard overcame their circumstances to become national names (and how you can, too!)
– The two traits that EVERY successful person demonstrates.
– The behaviors and actions that are keeping you from really achieving your goals and dreams.
– The four step approach Michelle teaches her clients and shares at her speaking events.
This is a 2 part teleseminar series. The first call is Wednesday, February 15th at 4:00 PM MST/6:00 PM EST. The second call is Wednesday, February 22nd at 4:00 PM MST/6:00 PM EST.
If you are unable to attend both calls live, the calls will be recorded and shared only with those who register. And yes, if you register after the first call, we can send the first call to you!
Have you seen Michelle’s TEDx Talk? If not, you can view it here.
You’ve heard me say that I don’t make New Years Resolutions. I never keep them, even though I “RESOLVE” to. Now I create a vision board and do my “New Years Roles and Goals” Activity. It’s super powerful and I want to share it with you.
Join me at the next, “Life Balance Myth Workshop” where I will share with you BETTER than New Years Resolutions that will lead you to having your BEST year yet. My mission is for your 2012 to be your most fulfilled and meaningful, yet.
I do personal coaching on this area and my clients pay hundreds of dollars for the information I’ll be giving away in this workshop for only $30! And since you read this post, if you enter code: speakmichelle you’ll get $10 off! It’s a steal! (Next year, I’ll be selling this course for $99, so this is your last chance at this price!)
As a bonus, I’m giving away a free Marketing and Business Strategy workbook that will help you plan out your your business goals for 2012. This is a $49 value, that you’ll receive for FREE. And you’ll get it within 24 hours of your registration. The event will teach you how to transform your personal life, and your bonus is for your professional life!
I only have 25 seats available for this class on Wednesday, November 30th, at 6:00 PM, so reserve your seat soon!
As always, I’m here to answer questions you may have! Contact me here.