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Women of Google+
Destination to learn, share and explore what it takes to thrive on social networking platforms both personally and professionally.
Destination to learn, share and explore what it takes to thrive on social networking platforms both personally and professionally.


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"The Global Rise of Female Entrepreneurs" @HarvardBiz

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"How to succeed in the ‘old boys club’ of venture capital" @venturebeat

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Social entrepreneurship in India: "Building a business around solving a chronic female health-care problem"

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The Women of Social Media

No surprise here! Women are the dominant force using social media channels today and marketers are taking notice! This report issued by +Weber Shandwick Digital and KRC Research highlights some of the key statistics in social media use and purpose by North American women today.

From the infographic report:

Recent research from Pew Research Center found that the percentage of female Internet users who use social networking sites well exceeds that of men (75% vs. 63%, respectively) and women are also more active in their use of these sites. Women are the “low-hanging fruit” of social media today and deserve closer attention from marketers.


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I was hoping to read this Harvard Business Review and not agree with the six paradoxes they feel women leaders and professionals will face in 2013. Sadly, I think we still have some fighting to do. Better yet, we need to help each other out when we can...

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This is so much a poem I wish to share with my own daughter... and one I wish I could share with my younger self...

Thanks to +Margie Hearron for the share.

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Women of Google+ just switched email providers to +AWeber so if you were subscribed before - you will be getting a new confirmation email to re-opt-in. I'd rather be safe than sorry and make sure that you really want to be in on the info!

Visit the link below to sign up if you aren't already, thanks!

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Happy Birthday Hilary Clinton! +The Huffington Post gives a 65 point list of why Secretary Clinton rocks! Some of my favorites:

1. As a child she wrote to NASA asking them how she could become an astronaut. The agency responded that they did not allow women in their programs.

10. She tried to join the Marines in 1975, but was turned down. According to the New York Times, a Marine recruiter told Hillary: "You're too old, you can't see and you're a woman."

13. She was named one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers by the National Law Journal in 1988 and 1990.

32. She's unafraid to leave the house without makeup. After an image of Hillary going "au naturel" went viral, she told CNN: "I feel so relieved to be at the stage I'm at in my life right now. Because you know if I want to wear my glasses I'm wearing my glasses. If I want to wear my hair back I'm pulling my hair back. You know at some point it's just not something that deserves a lot of time and attention. And if others want to worry about it, I let them do the worrying for a change."

45. She's the 2nd most powerful woman and 16th most powerful person in the world, according to Forbes.

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Tech & Your Daily Routine

I think we can all admit that (computer) technology can be both a blessing and a curse. As professional women we use tech to help us get just one more thing crammed into our day. Calendars. Texts. Alerts. Reminders. Emails. Facetime / video chat. Oh, and actual phone calls too. I don't know exactly how it happened, but we are somehow expected to respond 24/7 to anything that comes to our phones or tablets. Respond to text messages within 30 minutes. Emails within an hour.

Right now I'm sitting pretty (not really) with almost 2,000 unread messages across all my accounts. That's stressful. I'm sure I look to be non-responsive but in reality it would take me all day, every day to deal with messages alone. I have been pretty good at separating myself from my devices during the times I do not wish to be tethered to them. My husband gets twitchy when he sees I get an alert on my phone (usually a Twitter @ or DM) and I don't JUMP up to read and respond to it. Too bad so sad! Dinner time is dinner time. I know a lot of women people may try to cling on to this illusion of dealing with everything all the time and coming out ahead, but I know I work, function, and think better when I can single-task my efforts.

So, ready to think about all the time you spend with your cell phone or tablet in your hand?

1. Check your phone / tablet before you get out of bed?
This one is easy, don't keep your devices next to your bed. If someone calls or messages me late at night it can (yes it can!) wait until the next morning. Besides, I have a handset of my home phone in my bedroom. If someone calls me at 2am on my house phone - someone has either died or wound up in jail. NO ONE calls a house line that late at night without a reason, but plenty of people will call a cell line that late (drunk / butt dialing anyone?)

2. Check your phone / tablet during your commute to work?
Let's hope you take the train). Not to mention how dangerous this can be it's highly unlikely you will be able to type coherent responses to emails or messages during your drive. Part of the requirements for the car I bought last year was that it had built-in Bluetooth for my phone for hands free talking. Those ear pieces just never worked for me. Sadly taking business calls in my car with my kids is hard because they can hear the entire convo - and my caller can hear my kids. Hindsight is 20/20.

3. Check your phone / tablet during a meeting?
Stack 'em if you've got 'em! I highly recommend suggesting to the entire meeting that they place their phones and tablets on the table during a meeting. Fun twists - the first person to take their phone brings coffee for the next meeting. When I've done this meetings go quicker and stay on target because twitch people really twitch want their devices back quickly.

4. Check your phone / tablet while on another phone call?
I'm guilty myself of being on a Skype / land line call and fiddling with my cell phone. Heck, I can even put a cell call on speaker or use Bluetooth and surf ON my cell phone. Don't. Confession time - I've accidentally hung up on someone and conferenced in another number. 

5. Pretended to GET a call / text to get out of a situation?
Yes and YES. Thinking back, this tactic would have been amazing in 'boring date' situations when I was younger, but cell phones (or at least ones you didn't have to bolt into your car) didn't exist yet. While I haven't used the idea, I've thought about it during discovery / sales meetings where it was clear I needed an 'out'. 

6. Pretended to MAKE a call / text to get out of a situation?
Professionally I've postponed 'catch up' phone calls to continue a great meeting I happened to be in at the moment. The reverse also holds true - feigning a scheduled phone call is an excellent way to keep meetings or other calls on time and on track. Having a 'hard stop' time keeps things from dragging on too long. Most times I really DO have a hard stop time and really dislike being late. Besides, it just ripples down the line and makes me late for everything. I set audible reminders and alarms on my phone to keep me an honest lady. Also, pretending to call Santa, Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy is funny as hell. Sadly my mom thought of this first so apparently my kids think only she has Santa on speed dial.

I know I've left the house with my cell phone and not my wallet. I know I've answered calls or messages when I should have been paying attention to my kids at dinner or a person on the other end of the call. 

I love technology just as much as the next person, probably more, but learning to juggle and drop it into my life when needed has made me much more productive, focused and happy.


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