I recently attended an event organised by Adira Women’s Network and the theme was how to position yourself for growth and leadership. As you can see from the name of the organisers, their target audience is women but I feel like the message can apply to everyone in the workplace. Now that I think about it do men attend networking events? Would they attend networking events if they were invited? I really don’t have an answer to that but one of the speakers did point out that the boy child is endangered.
I had never heard of Adira but my mum sent me the poster and asked if I would like to join her. Seeing that I had a lot of time on my hands I was open to attending the event. It was held at the Michael Joseph Centre and was to start at 5:30pm. I was there at 4 pm, decided to sit in a café nearby and read a book to kill time. I walked down to the venue at 5:30 pm, a few people had arrived and were having some snacks. I think I was among the youngest people in the room and my mum thought she was one of the oldest people (the irony). Most of those women had so much experience in the work place and wanted insight on how to grow their career. The event started late and most of the time was taken interacting with other people. I remember every time I introduced myself my mum would finish by saying and I am her mother.
Anyway, the talk from the panellists gave me so much insight on the work place and also how to approach certain scenarios you might encounter such as asking for a pay rise. I will share a few points that I jotted down which I feel apply to everyone.
✓ People ignore the basics. The basics mainly includes the relationships you have with your boss, co-workers and those below you. How you relate has an impact on your productivity and is also a reflection of who you are as a person.
✓ You don’t have to be modest. This point seemed to excite most of the women in the room. It doesn’t mean ladies show up to work in a short dress but it simply means learning to speak up and not hiding in the corner. The panellist gave an example of a meeting he attended which had three other people but when they walked in to the boardroom the lady went and sat at the back and said nothing while the two men sat next to him and bounced ideas off each other.
✓ You have to earn your space and respect. A simple example given was, if you enter a house and someone has a white carpet what will you do?
✓ It is not about your papers but your attitude.
✓ Don’t think about what they will say before you speak.
✓ Top of mind awareness (TOMA) what do people say about you when you walk into a room.
Those are the few points that I picked up from the event. Hopefully they can come in handy for you.
The girl with the red lipstick.