April 29, 2011

Developing People ... Inspiring SuccessTM 


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   Volume 8, Issue 4   April 2011   ISSN 1556-3820

"Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else."

– Judy Garland, American Actress and Singer

Note From Regina 


Have you noticed that we women are in the news a lot these days? It seems like now more than even there is a focus on women and leadership.

Earlier last week, the Wall Street Journal published a series of articles on the topic of women and leadership titled, Women in the Economy: A Blueprint for Change. (Read it here.)

These articles focused on such topics as: where are all the senior women; what are ways to help women move forward industry-by-industry; tales from the front lines; climbing the hill; a view from the top; and from kindergarten to the boardroom: the top priorities.

So, what does that mean for you? OPPORTUNITY!! Need a strategy to take advantage of these opportunities, then read this month’s feature article, Five Tips for Talking Yourself Up! 

Until next month,

Until next month! 

Regina Barr

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P.S. Suffering from Nice Girl syndrome? (Find Out Here)  Then join me April 28th at 12 noon CDT with Nice Girls Just Don’t Get It author, Carol Frohlinger. (Register Here)

   Feature Article

Five Tips for Talking Yourself Up!

It’s time for me to get on my self-promotion soap box. Again! I recently spoke at the Women Who Step Forward conference. During my keynote, I made it a point to tell attendees that they must talk themselves up.  You need to talk yourself up too. And, no need to be shy when you’re doing it either.

Research has shown that there are a number of barriers women must overcome with the concept of self-promotion. Unfortunately, we are socialized as children not to talk about ourselves. The result is that many women not only loathe talking about themselves but they also loathe talking about their accomplishments. Why? Because most women feel that this is - dare I say it? - bragging.

In our adult lives, many women often feel that their work should speak for itself. While that sounds good on paper, this strategy simply doesn't work very well for most women. The result is that many women are often passed over for plum assignments, or worse, for that coveted pay raise or promotion.

It’s critical for women to develop a comfort level with talking about themselves and their accomplishments. Self-promotion can help do the following: make you visible, help you realize your goals and dreams, establish you as an expert in your field, and perhaps most importantly, lay the groundwork for future opportunities.

Effective self-promotion requires preparation. Here are a few simple steps to get you started: 

  1. Take Inventory. You need to have a sense of what is worth promoting about you and why it is important. 
  2. Identify Your Key Accomplishments. These should be quantifiable and showcase your contributions.
  3. Describe Your Accomplishment. A simple technique is the "CAR" method: Describe the challenge, the actions, and the results. Think in terms of telling a story.
  4. Craft a Vision for Your Self Promotion. Start by answering these questions: What is the outcome you want to achieve? By When? How will you measure success? What is your timeframe for getting started? 
  5. Identify Individuals to Help You. Include individuals both inside and outside your organization. Don't be afraid to ask for help!

These five steps should help you talk yourself up without feeling like a self-serving fool. Keep in mind that you need to sing your own praises every chance you get. And, you need to tell your success story through as many mediums as possible. Remember, if its fact (f-a-c-t) then it’s not bragging. Period!

Regina Barr is a nationally recognized authority on women and leadership. Her mission is to educate and empower women to stand tall and take charge of their careers by inspiring them to dream big, take action and make it happen. Regina is an executive coach, professional speaker, trainer, writer and media commentator with master’s degrees in business administration and human development. For more information, call 651-453-1007 or visit www.redladder.com, www.theWATTnetwork.com.

Copyright 2011 Regina Barr. All rights reserved.


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About Red Ladder

Red Ladder, Inc. provides services for individuals and organizations with a goal of developing people and inspiring success. Regina Barr, Red Ladder’s CEO, holds a BBA, an MBA and an MA in human development. With over twenty years in the financial services industry, she has a broad range of leadership experience in product, sales, and marketing.

in this issue ...
  • Note from Regina
  • Five Tips for Talking Yourself Up!     
  • Speaking Schedule
  • Resources
  • What's New
  • About Red Ladder

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What's New ...

04/06/11 Is she FOR or AGAINST brown-bagging your lunch? Read what Regina Barr has to say in the Wall Street Journal article, The New Power Lunch: Strategies for Brown-Bagging at Your Desk, With Executive Image Intact.

04/16/11 Regina Barr provided the closing keynote for the Women Who Step Forward conference. Her topic: Stand Tall & Have it All.

Here are upcoming programs featuring or hosted by Regina Barr ...

April 28th (12 noon CDT) Author Interview with Carol Frohlinger. This 45 minute call will feature an interview with Carol Frohlinger, co-author of Nice Girls Just Don't Get It: 99 Ways to Win the Respect You Deserve, The Success You've Earned and the Life You Want. FREE to attend. Registration required. Learn More or Register Now.

May 4th (12 noon CDT) Emotional Intelligence: Overview. Join Regina Barr and find out what EQ is and why it’s critical to your career success. FREE to attend. Registration required. Register Now.

For complete details and information on how to register for our public programs, visit our Schedule of Events. Preview a list of Regina’s five most requested programs.

Interested in having Regina speak or present a seminar or workshop at your next event? Contact us at: 651-453-1007 or .


Resources ...  

Amplify Your Success eBook and Audios: Regina Barr presents Amplify Your Success: 25 Powerful Leaders Help Accelerate Your Career! Inspirational speakers cover five key topics including interpersonal skills, self-management, personal accountability, influencing others and goal achievement in this eBook and Audio program. Learn more or order your copy now. 

Testimonial: "I was very impressed with your keynote speech. Your message and delivery were fantastic! A perfect ending to a great event. Beautiful job!"

Susan Bye Auer, attendee, Women Who Step Forward conference

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