Keep Your Hand Up

I recently listened to a TED Talk from Sheryl Sandberg.  During her speech, she told the story of when she was once doing a presentation, and as it approached the end, she told the audience she only had time for two more questions.  After she made this announcement, she went on to answer more than two more questions, however, all the questions she answered were from men.  She came to realize later that the reason all the questions came from men was because all the women put their hands down.  In her speech, she encouraged women to stay in the game and “keep their hands up.”  Today, I put that advice into practice.

I received information about a conference that would be perfect for me to present a speech.  The only problem was that the deadlines for proposals had passed.  Were this three days ago, my response would have been to put the date for the next conference on my calendar as a reminder to submit a proposal.  After hearing Mrs. Sandberg’s TED Talk, however, I decided to send a proposal anyway.  You never know, I could get called because of a cancellation.  What about you?  Have you had any “keep your hand up” moments lately?

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