Femgineer Forum on Compelling Communication

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This presentation is tailored to women in technology. It covers how to communicate concerns to a team and supervisors, as well as how to craft an ASK regarding a promotion, pay raise, or change in role.

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Femgineer Forum on Compelling Communication

  1. 1. FEMGINEER FORUM: COMPELLING COMMUNICATION #femgineerforumPoornima Vijayashanker@femgineerpoornima@femgineer.com 1
  2. 2. INTRODUCTION 2POORNIMA VIJAYASHANKERCEO & FOUNDER‣ Duke University - Electrical Engineer & Computer Science‣ R&D Engineer @ Synopsys‣ 2nd Employee/Engineer @ Mint.com‣ Femgineer.com 2
  3. 3. FEMGINEER FORUM: COMPELLING COMMUNICATION 3AGENDA‣ Assessing the Environment‣ Communicating Concerns‣ Crafting the ASK 3
  4. 4. INSPIRATION 4 4
  5. 5. MOTIVATION 5 5
  6. 6. FEMGINEER FORUM: COMPELLING COMMUNICATION 6 Myth: Tech is a meritocracy. 6
  7. 7. FEMGINEER FORUM: COMPELLING COMMUNICATION 7 Disrupting tech. 7
  8. 8. FEMGINEER FORUM: COMPELLING COMMUNICATION 8 IMPOSTER SYNDROME 8
  9. 9. IMPOSTER SYNDROME 9 9
  10. 10. FEMGINEER FORUM: COMPELLING COMMUNICATION 10USE CASES‣ Interviewing in a male dominated team‣ Communicating concerns to team and supervisors‣ ASKing for a promotion, raise, or project 10
  11. 11. FEMGINEER FORUM: COMPELLING COMMUNICATION 11 Assessing the Environment. 11
  12. 12. IS IT SUPPORTIVE? 12 Does it value everyone? Is it open to change? Speed of change? - minority of thought - have you witnessed it - is there a plan in place first hand? that is being executed? - diversity in roles both employees and leadership - has someone else experienced it? 12
  13. 13. FEMGINEER FORUM: COMPELLING COMMUNICATION 13 Sometimes you have to move on to get what you need. 13
  14. 14. FEMGINEER FORUM: COMPELLING COMMUNICATION 14 Communicating concerns. 14
  15. 15. FEMGINEER FORUM: COMPELLING COMMUNICATION 15 Compassionate confrontation. 15
  16. 16. FEMGINEER FORUM: COMPELLING COMMUNICATION 16 Because you cannot operate in a dysfunctional team. 16
  17. 17. FEMGINEER FORUM: COMPELLING COMMUNICATION 17 Because some of us just don’t want to be a B*TCH. 17
  18. 18. FEMGINEER FORUM: COMPELLING COMMUNICATION 18 Storytime. 18
  19. 19. BEFORE YOU PLAY THE VICTIM CARD 19 Your Do your homework first. Part Being No one can read your mind! Vague 19
  20. 20. FEMGINEER FORUM: COMPELLING COMMUNICATION 20 Crafting the ASK. 20
  21. 21. FEMGINEER FORUM: COMPELLING COMMUNICATION 21 You are NOT ASKing for permission. 21
  22. 22. FEMGINEER FORUM: COMPELLING COMMUNICATION 22 1. KNOW WHAT YOU NEED 22
  23. 23. No Regrets! GOALS MATRIX 23 TIME FRAME MUST BE ALIGNED MUST BE ALIGNED What Do You What isCategory Career Goals Lifestyle Goals Need? unacceptable? Find a supportiveLong Term Goal Be able to work. Get married. man who will let me Unsupportive man. work and travel. Company that encourages Companies where no one Be able to build products &Mid Career Goal companies. Start a family. families and supports has a family or women mom’s in leadership roles. aren’t in leadership roles.Mid Career Goal Build a profitable business. Travel twice a year. Self-sustaining team. Me being the linchpin. Take time off to Environment that will let Work on a project I Any culture where takingEarly Career Goal am passionate about. recharge through me take 2 weeks vacation time off is frowned upon. every 6 months. travel. Pay off car & student Being paid belowEarly Career Goal Work for a startup. Challenge and $. loans. market. 23
  24. 24. FEMGINEER FORUM: COMPELLING COMMUNICATION 242. TELL THEM YOU KNOW WHAT YOU NEED 24
  25. 25. FEMGINEER FORUM: COMPELLING COMMUNICATION 25KEYS TO CRAFTING AN ASK‣ Know what you need.‣ Point our reasons that benefit THEM (boss and company).‣ Always use active voice and words. 25
  26. 26. FEMGINEER FORUM: COMPELLING COMMUNICATION 26 I need... here’s why. Would it be possible... Is it ok if I... I think... Is it alright with you if I... 26
  27. 27. FEMGINEER FORUM: COMPELLING COMMUNICATION 27 Don’t muddle the message. 27
  28. 28. PITCH 28 Analyze Take stock of where you are and where you need to be. Refer to the No Regrets Matrix. Apply Craft the ASK: know your needs, list benefits, and explain everything clearly. Assess Set a consistent frequency to review situation: weekly, monthly, quarterly, or annually. 28
  29. 29. FEMGINEER FORUM: COMPELLING COMMUNICATION 29 Why we don’t ASK. 29
  30. 30. FEMGINEER FORUM: COMPELLING COMMUNICATION 30 Visualize failure. 30
  31. 31. EXERCISE 31KEY OBJECTIVE(S) AGENDALearn to negotiate & get the 15 minutes 1.Craft your ASK.offer you want! 2.Pick partner. 3.Deliver the ASK. 4.Switch.DELIVERABLE RESOURCESShort skit. Use no regrets matrix and pitch steps. 31
  32. 32. FEMGINEER FORUM: COMPELLING COMMUNICATION 323. PROVE THAT YOU DESERVE WHAT YOU NEED 32
  33. 33. FEMGINEER FORUM: COMPELLING COMMUNICATION 33 To yourself. 33
  34. 34. FEMGINEER FORUM: COMPELLING COMMUNICATION 34 Don’t play the victim, value yourself! 34
  35. 35. FEMGINEER FORUM: COMPELLING COMMUNICATION 35REVIEW‣ Assessing the Environment‣ Communicating Concerns‣ Crafting the ASK 35
  36. 36. FEMGINEER FORUM: COMPELLING COMMUNICATION 36 What’s next? 36
  37. 37. FEMGINEER FORUM: COMPELLING COMMUNICATION 37 Office Hours Fridays 2pm PST Sign up for a 30 minute slot here! Next Femgineer Forum January 10th! 37
  38. 38. FEMGINEER FORUM: COMPELLING COMMUNICATION 38 APPENDIX 38
  39. 39. RESOURCES 39BooksBasic Black - Cathie BlackSecrets of Six Figure Women - Barbara StannyNice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office - Lois P. FrankelYes! 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive - Goldstein, Martin & Cialdini4 Hour Work Week - Tim FerrisGroupsWomen 2.0Femgineer Forum 39

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