On Thursday evening, September 26, 2019 the FWA-NJ hosted “Strategies for Getting Your Voice Heard” at Investors Bank in Short Hills, NJ. Sylvia Merino-Topley Assistant Vice President Compliance from Investors Bank welcomed the attendees from the FWA-NJ community and Investors Bank. From there, Stephanie Hauge, FWA-NJ co-chair and former past-president moderated a panel featuring Casey Carpenter a business coach, speaker, author and founder of “The Sales Breakthrough Coach” and Jennifer Critchley a partner at Connell Foley in Roseland and a commercial litigator with in-depth experience representing corporate clients in complex business disputes.
Casey and Jennifer both highlighted their experiences and career paths and, in a personal way, shared lessons learned along the way as they found their voices, hit their stride, and realized their impact. Injecting humor as they did so, both panelists were very relatable and authentic; their insights certainly resonated with the audience of 30+ attendees. Their commentary reinforced that with practice, preparation, and increased confidence having one’s voice heard is absolutely achievable.
Here are some tips Casey and Jennifer shared:
Ensure your voice is heard by: planning your points in advance, listening carefully to others, maintaining eye contact, using positive body language, projecting your voice by breathing deeply and speaking on the exhale.
Exude confidence even when you don’t feel confident by: preparing and rehearsing aloud, wearing your most confidence-instilling outfit and carrying yourself with positivity, looking for friendly faces in the crowd, recognizing you are probably not the only one outside of her comfort zone.
Deal with difficult people by: figuring out their motivations, using collaborative language versus contentious, separating the person’s behavior from the issue, avoiding taking it personally.
Recognize when politics are at play and your ideas are being co-opted by: keeping senior leaders and others informed on an on-going basis, showcasing your ability to get work done and get results, recognizing others for their contributions to “your” project.
For a full list of tips, as prepared by Casey Carpenter, click here.
In closing the panelists reinforced the importance of networking, being the best version of yourself, and being seen as a leader. Based on the questions posed by the audience and personal anecdotes shared, the session’s topic and tips were on target. Hosting this event in a safe and supportive environment and allowing voices to be heard in the room contributed to its success.
Many thanks goes to Sylvia Merino-Topley at Investors Bank for partnering with the FWA-NJ to host this event. Special thanks goes to Casey Carpenter and Jennifer Critchley for sharing their perspectives with authenticity and a bit of humor.
Many thanks to Investors Bank for hosting this event.