Hello!Women ask disproportionately fewer questions than men in professional settings, even when women make up a majority of the audience. This was even more apparent when the Women's ERG group at my company hosted Travis County District Attorney District Margaret Moore for a fireside chat. Attendees were 80% women and only 30% of questions came from women. In response, the ERG sent out a survey on questions. Examples include "How comfortable are you asking questions?", "What are the reasons why you are not asking more questions?", "Do you agree in these reasons for asking questions?". From the survey, women lacked confidence, even with 15+years' experience and being the subject matter expert. Next, we took the survey results and built/conducted a workshop around asking questions. The workshop was successful and the results were immediate with several questions being asked at the next Town Hall meeting!
I'll be presenting the workshop at the other site in the company and would love more input.
Why is using your voice so important in the workplace? Can you give an example when it made difference early in your career? Have you ever helped someone else find their voice? How did you find your confidence?
Do you have any tips for asking questions? How do you prepare differently from 1:1 meetings versus larger town hall meetings and the meetings in between (brainstorming, metric meetings)?