Why do women say they are sorry?
When I saw this piece by Pantene I immediately thought about the Womens Entrepreneur Festival a few years ago. I started out the morning asking women to stop saying I am sorry. Sorry for what? Sorry that I am interrupting you, sorry that I bumped into you, sorry that I don’t agree, etc., It is something for whatever reason that women do and they need to stop it.
Year ago, in the mid 90′s I was at a conference that Fred was invited to. I knew all the people and they said I could participate too. It was a small event, maybe 60 people. At one point about 30 people sat around a conference table discussing a topic. I tried to get my point across but just couldn’t seem to jump in the conversation. Needless to say it was the tech industry in the mid-90′s and it was mostly all men. The guy I was sitting next to was someone I really liked and did business with. He saw how frustrated I was and whispered to me, stop starting with “I think”. Women do that. Just state your opinion and you will jump in much easier. Really? I tried it his way and the next thing I know, I took over the floor.
I learned a huge lesson. That goes with never saying I am sorry. Watch the video. It is spot on and shows the difference it makes by leading with no apologies.