Yes, it’s humbling to see all the things we can do, say or wear in order to display competency, hide insecurity and be taken seriously.
I don’t believe that a French accent is an asset of credibility – it’s a joke! If I take myself too seriously, you won’t take me seriously at all…
But I do believe that writing silly and cartoonish blogs is important for me to be taken seriously… Weird, no?
From time to time, if I feel a tension in my work around being taken seriously by others, one of my strategies is to wear a dark suit and high heels.
The issue isn’t so much what I wear, but how, if I feel insecure – even slightly- I can become absorbed by the fear of what others think of me. So absorbed in my head that I can actually forget to be there for others. In other words, to take them seriously too.
As usual, the recipe is very simple, even though it is hard to apply:
To get what we want, we have to give it first.
PS: I’d like to share this short video of a woman that – I confess – I discovered only last week. Wangari Maatai has beautifully demonstrated what women can do, in a country that traditionally didn’t take them seriously. A lot of women have probably experienced a residue of this patriarchal tendency… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5GX6JktJZg
Reflections: Do you have tension, sometimes, around being taken seriously? In which circumstances? With whom? What do you do to cope with your tensions?