Powerful Speaking for Powerful Women

Tricia Karp

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I’m willing to bet that other people value you and your contribution far more than you value yourself.

Here’s why that matters:

As I write this, I’m hearing the familiar voice in my head snitching, No-one wants to be seen as money hungry or greedy.

Rightly or wrongly, it’s not perceived as a particularly nice trait for women.  And that makes money awkward to talk about. I’m the last one who wants to be perceived as an ambitious capitalist (as one of my husband’s friends mocked recently. Yes, it was said in jest.  And it riled me up, mostly because those words were preceded with these: Who would have thought that quiet, little Tricia would turn out to be an ….).

It’s also true that it’s never just about the money.  Time and again, studies have shown that most women place more value on choosing work we consider useful to society and meaningful.  We’re often happy to help without necessarily expecting anything in return.  We also want to go to work and be the same person as we are at home.

Money, for most of us, isn’t a way of being better than or keeping score, as studies have often found it is for men.

We do want to be fairly compensated for the work we do. We want equal pay.  We want to work in an even playing field.

If knowing your value – and owning it – is difficult, I have a few tips for you:

And if that sounds confronting, too much, or too difficult, and is pushing your buttons, please know this:

When you truly own your value, and have mastered the skills to ask, you’ll claim what you want and deserve with confidence, strength and grace.  

May it be so.


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One Response

  1. This is such a timely piece! Just today I’ve discussed this issue with a female friend who was worried about charging a cancellation fee when an appointment was cancelled last minute – she told me she felt uncomfortable charging, even though she was greatly inconvenienced, because she “didn’t want to seem mean or rude or have them not come back”! I encouraged her to talk with her client about the cancellation fee – and guess what, they were fine about paying it.