3 Tips to Make The Most Of Conferences (Without Feeling Awkward)

3 Tips to Make The Most Of Conferences (Without Feeling Awkward)

Going to a conference can feel a bit like the first day of high school. You’re nervous about what to wear, you expect to absorb a ton of new information, and you really hope people like you.

Whether I’m there to give a keynote or cover the event as a writer, a big part of my job is attending conferences. Fortunately, I like them.

I recently attended the National Speaker Association (NSA) Brand Lab in Phoenix, AZ and noted some of my favorite strategies to make the most of conferences and make them feel less awkward.

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Here’s What Negotiation Advice Doesn’t Tell You

Here’s What Negotiation Advice Doesn’t Tell You

A client recently reached out to tell me she was “in a pickle.” She’d gotten a job offer with a salary that was 43% more than she’d made in her last position and she felt torn about whether or not to negotiate for more. She texted me, “My gut says NEGOTIATE and make Lelia proud, but my head says the salary is awesome and appropriate.”

This kind of “pickle” comes up often for my clients. There’s a tension between being happy with the offer and the feeling that they “should” negotiate.

As she worked through her feelings, she realized she felt a responsibility to negotiate. Even though this was a fantastic salary offer, campaigns telling her to “lean in” and “#ask4more” made her feel guilt and self-doubt about accepting the role as offered. These well-intentioned campaigns can make women feel like gender bias and ending the wage gap are their responsibility to fix, when they’re actually systemic problems we have to navigate. Here’s how we should approach it instead.

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4 Steps To Prep For (And Ace) Your Negotiation

4 Steps To Prep For (And Ace) Your Negotiation

When negotiating at work, it helps to practice. You don’t want the first time you say the words out loud to be in a high stakes meeting with your counterpart. If you haven’t prepared, you run a high risk of negotiation word vomit. Role play with a trusted friend, partner, or advisor to help you find language that is comfortable, authentic – and will make your case more convincing.

There are four types of practice negotiations to try with your role play buddy, each of which will help you ace the real deal.

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The Surprising Benefits Of An 'Imperfect Action Plan'

The Surprising Benefits Of An 'Imperfect Action Plan'

Recently, I’ve felt stuck. This wasn’t paralyzed-by-self-doubt stuck or even exhausted stuck, though those happen to me too. This time, I felt stuck in a whirlwind with so many potential next steps to choose from. I was left overwhelmed and unsure where to begin.

Here’s the thing: if I think all of my next steps need to be perfectly crafted, I end up paralyzed with perfectionism, reluctant to take any steps at all. Here's where the Imperfect Action Plan comes in.

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Do You Suffer From The 'Need To Please Disease'?

Do You Suffer From The 'Need To Please Disease'?

A recurring theme at women’s conferences is the narrative that “women just need to be confident.”

If confidence were a switch in our brains that we could flip on, this well-intentioned advice would be transformative. Since it’s not exactly a binary system that we can activate – confident vs unconfident – it’s worth considering why women’s professional confidence might be a little shakier than our male counterparts’. (Hint: it’s not just you.)


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Feeling Overwhelmed Or Emotional At Work? Try This

Feeling Overwhelmed Or Emotional At Work? Try This

For me, the worst part of being upset is this completely irrational expectation that I will feel that way forever. I can’t see past my current emotions to recognize their fluidity.

In those moments of intense emotion it can be hard to remember that how you feel right then is not how you’ll feel for the rest of your life.

Here are tools that can help you navigate those more challenging emotions, maintain perspective – and keep your job.

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Mira Sorvino On #MeToo: ‘It’s Time For Action’

Mira Sorvino On #MeToo: ‘It’s Time For Action’

“Naming and shaming have their place,” says Oscar winner Mira Sorvino, but she wants policy change too.

Thrilled to share my conversation with actor Mira Sorvin and attorney Noreen Farrell about the #TakeTheLead campaign and toughest suite of anti-sexual harassment legislation in the country.

I was impressed by Sorvino's policy acumen and insights into the #MeToo and Time's Up moment and am tremendously inspired by Farrell's decades of advocacy on these issues. Definitely a fun one to write.

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Meika Hollender Is Starting A Vagina Revolution - Want In?

Meika Hollender Is Starting A Vagina Revolution - Want In?

Meika Hollender is fond of saying that she co-founded her sexual wellness company because, “...like most young women, I always dreamed of starting a vagina-friendly condom company with my dad. No? Just me?”

I sat down with Hollender to hear more about her inspiration for her new book, the term “orgasm equality”, and how Donald Trump’s election is making people more sex-positive.

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The Future Of Public Speaking - It's Not What You'd Expect

The Future Of Public Speaking - It's Not What You'd Expect

The days of the 1-hour keynote speech from a motivational speaker may be long gone.

At the National Speaker Association Winter Conference, the theme “The Future of Speaking” invited images of holograms and robots. While at least one robot did make it to the stage, content instead focused primarily on an industry that’s listening to and learning from its audiences.

Clarity of ideas, engagement with the conference audience and, of course, technology were the major threads.

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Life After Accusing A Powerful Man Of Harassment

Life After Accusing A Powerful Man Of Harassment

Following #metoo, there's far more pressure on women to be vocal about their experiences of harassment. The repercussions for women who do come forward is a topic that's largely been missing from the conversation.

Three women share their stories of what life is like after making those accusations public.

Following #metoo, there's far more pressure on women to be vocal about their experiences of harassment. The repercussions for women who do come forward is a topic that's largely been missing from the conversation.

Three women share their stories of what life is like after making those accusations public.

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