The first of three blog postings providing my recap from Kiki McLean’s WWPR annual meeting keynote.
‘BE TRUTH TELLERS’ – Kiki suggested we help the women we know be the best they can be. Share motivating feedback with peers after a big presentation. Show friends how others see them in professional situations to boost confidence, provide opportunities, create alliances and support networks to enable success. Very powerful ideas.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be?” — Nelson Mandela
And just imagine what would happen if we all became such truth-tellers. It might make room for another women’s chair at the board of directors table because you endorsed her idea. Or perhaps help a fellow WWPR member get on an interview short list because you took time to write an unsolicited recommendation letter at just the right time.
Make Time to Be Truth Tellers
It all makes perfect sense, yet do we take the time to do it? I’ve been truth telling for the past few weeks and it’s been fun to see how sharing a compliment, lending an ear to a friend from across the country, or getting a progress update on someone’s job search can lift my spirits and put a spring in my step. I can only imagine how those on the receiving end of the truth-telling feel. I get a rush realizing I have the power to inspire. Perhaps I am my own Super Hero.
Super Hero Resources to Share
Last fall, I heard Margie Warrell speak during an ExxonMobil Women’s Interest Network session. Talk about motivating and truth talking with an audience. After absorbing her charge to live courageously, I was so inspired, I sent Margie’s book and blog posts to many of my female friends across the country.
Margie believes that…“we are all — and yes, that includes you — powerful beyond measure. That within you lies the resources to create and accomplish extra-ordinary things and to affect change in the world in extraordinary ways. Truly. The thing that keeps most people from doing that is not all the barriers the world has erected to keep them stuck. It is simply their lack of belief in themselves; in their own personal power.”
Excerpts from Margie Warrell http://margiewarrell.com/blog/how-powerful-are-you/
Time to Test Your Super Hero Powers
In case you haven’t already picked it up, Margie is pretty passionate about empowering people to reconnect with their personal power; to be their own super hero. Check out Margie’s blog. Check out the WWPR blog. Take time to share a good word or boost up a female colleague. As Kiki suggested, be a truth teller, and pay it forward.