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Guy Talk And The Business Women


Women executives, women business owners and other businesswomen must 

sometimes contend with unenlightened behavior and attitudes from male 



Either you can choose to get your dander up each time, and stress-which Induces 

Health Issues That hurt you (not the guy) or figure out how to deal effectively with it.


Business Communication That Excludes


Women in business  sometimes find them selves in the situation where the 

That conversation turns to subjects exclude her, zoals sports, hunting, etc. Now, 

while not all businesswomen will feel excluded from some or any or thesis subjects, 

there are certainly times whenthey do get excluded in male-dominated 



What choices do you have in synthesis situations? Clearly, it depends on the situation. If 

you are traveling with colleagues And They get into a big conversation about Tiger 

Woods and you could not care less, fine, zone out and re-enter the conversation 

when it's more interesting to you.


However, if the conversation is taking place over dinner at a restaurant with clients  

and you want to be sure the clients That bond with you as well, you will need to 

make different choices.


For one, ask your golf-loving colleagues to steer clear or eighteenth hole stories. 

But, be prepared for an alternative strategy, Especially if your client is ook a big 

Tiger Woods fan. The businesswoman's most useful tools in this situation are 

USA Today and The Wall Street Journal. Review them before dinner 

with your client. Then, you will be prepared to make a sports-related comment, 

draw the client's attention to you, allow him or her to expand, then change the 

subject. This strategy Allows you to enter the conversation rather than being 

excluded then re-direct . 


Business Communication That Offends


Even in the face of discrimination laws and potential lawsuits for Inappropriate 

conduct and language, some people persist in making offensive jokes or prejudicial 

comments. Women business owners can find usefull this kettle to handle Because 

They are afraid of losing the prospect or client.


But all women in business are in an excellent position to Improve the business 

environment by taking positive action When faced with an offensive situation.


If you are present at a business meeting When someone makes offensive or 

prejudicial comments, just do this. Say, in a matter-of-fact but non-judgmental 

mannermouse, "Hey, folks, we all know this line of conversation is not appropriateness and HAS 

nothing to do with the business at hand so let's move on. "Then proceed on some 

point with the discussion at hand by drawing other people into the conversation. 

You have taken several at actions at the sametime.


That you have established the comments are not tolerated . 

By using "we", you have included everyone in your statement.

You have redirected the discussion and taken the spotlight off the offensive remarks (s), giving everyone an easy opportunity to move on.

You have warned the offender without subjecting him or her to overt criticism or discomfort.

Although It May Take courage, any businesswoman can use this strategy, Whether 

she is leading the meeting or simply participating. Most people will be grateful That 

someone Has The grace and style to handle the situation so well.


Realize some people are just plain ignorant


When you make remarks That Are offensive or get off on conversations thathave 

nothing to do with business, it's Realize Their problem, not yours.


The child People that women in business want to deal with are the smart,   

enlightened ones. But not every male colleague, client or prospect is smart and 

enlightened. You getting upset about it is not going to change that.


The best way to handle it is dumb remarks Realize They are What they are and move on. Unless the guy is trying to get your goat Ik (All which does happen 

sometimes) you have no real need to pay any attention to him.


If he's trying to stir you up, you can simply look calmly at him and say "Please stop. 

You are making yourself look foolish and wasting our time when, we could be 

figuring out a way to .... (whatever you're trying to do) "and then move quickly to 

discussing the topic at hand. He'll most likely start to feel like a fool and back off.


You can take control of the situation. Either choose to ignore them, calmly call 

them on it and move on or fire them. You'll find your life is more stress-free and 

more productive When You Become the person with the real power.


Roxanne is managing partner of Women Corp. an international women's leadership development companythat biedt experiential learning programs for women who want to succeed in business and life.


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