I’ve said this a few times covering different pieces and thoughts, but I feel like it’s worth repeating.
To define your role as the executive in charge of a topic, talk in the language of the audience and not in the language of your team.
Putting yourself in the shoes of the audience and using their vocabulary takes more work — but it yields far superior results. Not only in increasing the likelihood that real communication happened (vs. multiple people saying things) but also in making you be perceived as more knowledgeable and more helpful.
It takes practice and it takes time, but this is a habit you will want to build sooner than later. Understanding that people are doing this for themselves gives you clarity on why it has such a big impact. Driving up your own social sensitivity increases not only the impact you have personally, it can set the stage for a more effective team as well.
I’m privileged to often be asked to speak about Women in Tech.
In the era where the gap of women in technology is growing, I am happy to lend my voice to this conversation. I love to highlight the accomplishments of my team and my company. How we are transforming our own business, to help our customers leverage the cloud, to drive up innovation and customer centricity.
I can talk about that forever. Seriously, keep the Oscar music volume option handy or I may never stop.
It’s also nice to remind people that technology is an industry that benefits from diversity and that #LifeAtOracle is pretty great. It is my not-so-secret objective, to encourage more women and girls feel welcome in this industry. Tech has been great to me, it has given me the opportunity to use my passion for innovation and given me a career of purpose and impact.
Huge thanks to TheCube #WomenInTech series and @JeffFrick for inviting me to share my story and do my part to pay it forward.
Cross Post: LinkedIn