(1) Stories are an effective way to communicate our strengths and accomplishments. While listing credentials and achievements can sound like bragging, effective story-telling provides context to how we apply our talents, drawing in the listener without sounding arrogant. Telling a story about how you solved a complicated problem is more engaging than stating you have strong analytical skills — and people remember stories.
(2) Women supporting women is critical to women’s engagement, progress, and staying power in the workplace. As I have stated previously in another response, we are more powerful individually when we support each other collectively. This is not a zero sum game — one women’s success does not crowd out other womens’ successes. There is room for all of us to make our mark on the world.
So let’s tell stories about each other and how someone applied her knowledge, experience and capabilities to achieve extraordinary results. And if we hear someone downplaying herself in a story, let’s speak up and explain her role and contributions to ensure people know how talented and valuable she is.
I am a passionate believer in the power of women supporting women — let’s work together to fuel each other’s success. The positive impact of rising together dwarfs the impact of rising alone.