Ask yourself what you really want to tell but haven't yet told your audience – a personal account, a powerful anecdote, a strong plot line. If you're too unsure to just go for it, run it by your team. Chances are, it will resonate with them, too.
As a woman who's worked for startups and small companies (where the oldest team member is often somewhere in their mid 30s), I never felt like "gender equality in the workplace" issues applied to me. After all, my coworkers and bosses have always been generations removed from the 50’s and 60’s workplace dynamic (think: Mad Men). But after reading Tara Mohr's Playing Big, I'm not so sure I was right.
There’s something special behind the energy and the support of karaoke that creates a specific breed of confidence, "karaoke confidence". But where does that confidence go when we leave the stage?
Running a marathon may seem like an impossible task. Running for 30 minutes this morning? Not so bad. This idea of goals vs. systems isn't an entirely innovative one, but in a world that finds you and I driven by our big, hairy, audacious goals, it can be a real challenge to ignore the big picture in favor of small, manageable actions.
The thing is, change is hard, even if its for the better. Even if you have your customer’s best interests in mind. And it’s critically important that you maintain their trust during times of testing and transition. If they complain, listen.
Passion for your company is a good thing. But, often, we tend to think about our product before we consider our prospect. That’s where the fear of "pushiness” is generated. And if that's the case, you've got it backwards.