Stop the Apology Speak – TEDxBayRidgeWomen
I’ve always dreamed about speaking at a TEDx event. In 2019, that wish came true when I was lucky enough to deliver two TEDx talks about ideas I wanted to spread within three months of each other.
At TEDxBayRidgeWomen on December 15, 2019, my talk topic was Stop the Apology Speak.
Stop the Apology Speak
Ever notice how often women say they are sorry, when there is nothing to apologize for? A study at the University of Waterloo in Canada found that women apologize more frequently than men while social scientists have noted that women have been socialized into a passive mindset and people-pleasing behavior at a young age. But there is a steep price to pay, as apology-speak diminishes the value of a woman’s ideas and accomplishments, setting you back professionally and personally. This talk will present 4 ways to break the cycle of unnecessary apology-speak, this idea matters as it helps women or people or any gender who over-apologize gain more confidence, credibility, well-being and influence.