The latest issue of Advancing Women addresses communication styles and differences, including tips on becoming a better communicator.
Here at CUES we are celebrating the first anniversary of our digital publication, Advancing Women. Last year we published four issues and covered topics ranging from pay inequality, the importance of mentorship, asking for and negotiating a raise, board diversity and much more.
Our latest issue explores communication. In “Speak Confidently And Unleash Your Power,” freelance writer Pamela Mills-Senn highlights how some communication behaviors and habits can undermine their message.
These are good tips for anyone. Learning to speak clearly and articulately is an important skill for career development. Leaders and potential leaders are judged on their ability to communicate effectively.
However, I also caution the current leaders reading this to be aware of your reactions to these vocal habits. Does the sound of “vocal fry” make you cringe? Do you want to roll your eyes at “up talk” (where the speaker seems to be asking a question)?
Ultimately, if the message is compelling, the tone of the voice shouldn’t matter so much. I gently encourage you to examine your own internal biases to the way people speak when it is different from your own mannerisms and preferences.
As a leader, what do you do to make sure everyone has a voice at your credit union? Be sure to read to the end of the article, where Mills-Senn includes two important tips for leaders who want to create a culture where everyone feels comfortable contributing.
Continuing on the theme of communication, Jennie Boden of CUES strategic partner Quantum Governance L3C, writes about embracing differences in the boardroom but her suggestions are valid for any group of people working together.
“Communication styles clash because people are diverse,” she writes. “Ultimately, however, making a diligent effort to work effectively and even thrive in a diverse world will not only enrich you as an individual but strengthen your board and your credit union’s leadership.”
Finally, be sure to read “CU Women: Globally Stronger By Acting Locally.” Brian Branch, president/CEO of the World Council of Credit Unions writes about the 10th anniversary of the organization’s Global Women’s Leadership Network, an amazing resource for credit union women around the world.
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Theresa Witham is managing editor/publisher at CUES.