For a long time, I got feedback that I was “too aggressive” in how I communicated — too much, too fast, too bold. (How many women have gotten similar feedback?) At some point, I got overwhelmed by that feedback and I decided to stop talking so much. But once I started down that path, I couldn’t seem to stop; it got harder and harder to speak up in meetings, and easier to focus on elevating the voices of others rather than sharing my imperfect opinion.
So relatable. Thank you for writing this post.
I am really happy I found your publication, a lot of these topics are ones I didn’t know how to tackle and you’ve put it right on the page. Thank you for being so intentional. I’ve learned so much in the past 5 minutes.
That's a very insightful post, thanks for your perspective!
Double likes! Cannot agree more.
If I may add to "having a clear goal". Have a clear POV and ideal solution in mind, even if you don't always to push it forward exactly you envision it. This is super important as you are at mid/senior level. Try to lay out the alternatives you have thought of, pros/cons in context that is easy to digest and/or help guiding discussions. For example, I like putting variables and parameters in tables.
Yesterday I discussed challenges and structural issue the current PM team faced with my manager and the GM of the business; while we mostly agreed on direction, I recap action items on both parties and myself. I too, need to hold them accountable especially support is required at their level.