Be aware of your voice and influence

Over the past few years, the Stanford GIN group has discussed research on gender differences, voice, and body posture.  We have learned that standing stand tall and lowering our voices can help to increase power and risk tolerance. But, how can we, as individuals, translate this research knowledge into action?  This week the Clayman Institute for Gender Studies launched an online education program that aims to do exactly this and to catalyze change. For example, hear Business School Professor Dr. Deborah Grunfeld discuss how to match your body language to each situation and other thought leaders and leading researchers about how women and men can maximize effectiveness within diverse organizations.


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One Response to Be aware of your voice and influence

  1. Lulu says:

    Thanks so much for the link. This is a very useful online course. Our posture and voice level determines/changes the interactions with people. I think that applies to both men and women. I also think this course is useful for both gender.

    I have to admit that I do understand the reason why we promote this course for women, but at the same time, I guess I still feel a bit uneasy why we exclude male for this course? Isnt that a sign of women admitting that we are less than men?
    Is it that we are expecting/hoping that women will finally learn how to speak and fight back, so that we women can finally get even with man?
    Really? I dont think we need more classes to be even with them, because we are already equal (if not better than) to them from the start.

    Maybe by large women tends to have less confidence (probably because the society often treats women ‘lesser’ than men); changing posture and voice level would definitely help the women to have their points across. But at the same time, I have witnessed many times that male (who also is very good at having high confidence conversation with great posture/voice level) attacks female regardless if they speak up or not, sometimes, male would attack them even more when the women is ‘opinionated’.
    I guess what I am saying is “is that the best we can do? slowly and passively changing ourselves, and wish that one day men will see and accept?”

    I think it is good for women to learn how to fight back (or negotiates peacefully), but at the same time, isn’t it more important to teach men how to behave better?
    I agree that education will help to create a better future. I guess I should be more patient…….

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