Hey, Women, Stop Making Yourselves Small – Skirt! Charleston

By LB Adams

recently got to fulfill one of my big, giant life goals and give a TEDx talk. It was one of the most exciting, challenging and dangerous things I’ve ever done, and I’ve been scuba diving with sharks. Danger is my middle name.

Actually, it’s not, it’s Beth, but I still know from danger. Getting up on the TEDx Charleston stage and being authentic and vulnerable was brave. What if no one cared about my talk? What if what I was saying didn’t resonate with anyone? What if I forgot my own name? Thankfully, they did and it did, and I didn’t.

My family and I came to Charleston in 2012 to kickstart a new phase in our lives. A couple of years later, I jumped into entrepreneurism with both feet. I run a soft skills training company, and we’ve had the privilege to work with a huge range of people, companies and industries. I can tell you, we’ve seen some stuff!

Through the years, throughout all of the classes and workshops and speaking events, I’ve found that women and men speak very differently. They especially speak very differently about themselves. So while the following tips are applicable to everyone, they are very often more applicable to women. Yeah, girl, I’m lookin’ at you.

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