I am absolutely thrilled to be one of the keynote speakers at the DiG Festival in Newcastle, Australia October 16 & 17, 2014 presenting my new topic:

Bossy or Bro? How not to be a douche in the digital age

Men and women are socialized to communicate differently. Those differences can mean big problems for individuals and organizations alike. Never has this been more true than in a digital age. Messages are amplified and go viral through the social ether faster than you can say Like. Gendered obnoxiousness — what we really mean when we use Bossy for women and Bros for men — can spread out of control like wildfire.

Words are powerful. Tone matters. Bad communication feeds bad company culture. Bad culture stops organizations performing at their best or attracting the best talent, and damages their brands in the marketplace. Just ask TechCrunch, SendGrid, Pycon, Klout and many more. Markets are diverse. For product teams to create things people want, they need to be diverse too.

In this presentation, we look at:

* How gender (or even more importantly, perception of gender) can derail perfectly good chances to communicate, listen, and create community and culture.

* How women can be assertive, take leadership, and get powerful work done without being labelled “Bossy”.

* How teams and organizations can make positive communications practices part of their culture, and how people (of any gender) can cultivate good habits of clear communication without walking on eggshells.

Edit: I had an AMAZING time at DiG Festival and my keynote was a total success! Unfortunately the video was damaged so I wasn’t able to get a recording (you have no idea how bummed this makes me) but I have some fun photos I thought I’d share.

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