Time to brave up

What's missing for women when we think to take on bold career moves? We are not brave enough... yet.

Speaker: Kathy Caprino, M.A., is an internationally-recognized women’s career success and work-life expert, leadership consultant, speaker, and trainer dedicated to the advancement of women in business. A featured contributor on women’s careers, business and leadership for Forbes, Huffington Post, and LinkedIn, she is also the author of Breakdown, Breakthrough: The Professional Woman’s Guide to Claiming a Life of Passion, Power, and Purpose. A champion for working women, Kathy is a former corporate Vice President, a trained psychotherapist, specialized career and executive coach, and sought-after writer and speaker on women’s issues. She is the Founder and President of Ellia Communications, Inc. and The Amazing Career Project, supporting women to build successful, rewarding careers of significance.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. 

A summary of this talk:

Many women in careers are facing what Kathy Caprino calls crises. Her response is that we need to be brave. It is our turn to shine. How? 

1. See bravely. Sit with yourself and write down everything that makes you who you are. What are your passions? Then look at it in a way so that you can leverage it.

We have a myth that in life we need to struggle. Instead, what if you were leveraging the talents that are easy for you? Because that's what the world needs. 

2. Speak bravely. Women are viewed more negatively than men when they are perceived as forceful. Women are afraid to appear boastful. But sharing is not bragging. Look at what you've done that's moved a needle. Share your brilliance. Come up with 20 facts of who you are and what you've done. These attract the people who need you. 

Be inspiring, compelling, engaging (not forceful). The world needs more examples of confident, passionate, competent women. Don't back down. When you say something forceful that might shake people up, frame it with a value of yours. You're then giving them a way to hear it. Help them listen to your bold idea by being vulnerable and truthful. 

Look at the most inspiring leaders, like MLK. Their language was uplifting, not condemning. Respect all ideas.

3. Shining bravely. You can have the ideal life, but you have to take one step. You are living your true life when you know who you are and are demonstrating it. When you're giving form to your life intentions that contributes to others. Ask yourself: What do you want to have stood for when you're 90 years old you look back on your life? 

See how you can use these questions to pivot your life for the new year at Kathy's website.