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Ladies, Make Your Voice Heard!

Ladies, have you ever made a great point in a meeting, only for some guy to come along, parrot your idea two minutes later, and get all the credit? Have you ever started a thought to be cut off by a guy whose idea isn’t particularly better (but is particularly louder)?

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These experiences can happen even in the best of workplaces. The guilty party usually has the best of intentions, and doesn’t even realize that he’s doing it. Here are some ways to make sure your contributions get heard, and to help create an environment where every voice is valued.

Call them out. If you’ve been working for weeks on a great new plan, and Johnny’s getting all the credit because he’s the one who brought it up in the meeting, don’t let him steal the spotlight. Speak up! A simple “hey, wasn’t that the initiative I brought up in the last team meeting? I’ve already started working on it” can be enough. If Andrew is getting pats on the back for repeating your idea in different words, you can let him know that he’s doing that – “How is this plan different from the one I proposed a few minutes ago?”

Finish your thought. You’re presenting something new, and there goes the new guy again, cutting you off mid-thought to offer his two cents. Since you can’t reinstate those “it’s my turn to talk” sticks from second grade, you can bring it to his attention that you were in the middle of speaking. “There are a few more points I need to make – can you hold that thought until I finish?” or “I’ll get to that in just a minute, but I wasn’t done covering this topic yet.”

Support each other. Building an environment where everyone’s voice is heard means having each other’s backs. If you hear someone taking credit for a peer’s work or cutting off a friend mid-sentence, stick up for them if they don’t feel comfortable sticking up for themselves. You can also shine a light on other women’s contributions – “I really liked Jenny’s idea,” or “Andrea brought up something in last week’s brainstorm that really made me think.” Let them know you’re listening!

Got any good tips for amplifying women’s voices in the workplace? Got any mansplaining horror stories? Share them with your friends on HearMeOut!

 

How To Tell The Spookiest, Scariest Stories

Happy Halloween! You’ve pulled your plastic skeleton decorations out of storage, you’ve found the absolute perfect costume, and you’ve put the candy mix on the front porch with a sign that says “TAKE ONE EACH” (You know they’ll all be gone within an hour, right?). The one thing you need to make your Halloween absolutely perfect is a good scary story. A story that’ll give your friends chills and goosebumps, and keep them up long after midnight thinking about it. Here are some tips to keep in mind for telling your best scary story.

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Ground it in reality. Not just reality, but as close to home as possible. Are you and your friends college students? Well, so was this group of hikers that got lost not so far from here. Is there a creepy building in your neighborhood that’s always been boarded up? There’s a rumor that some high school kids broke into it and never came back. When setting the stage for your story, make sure it’s familiar and believable – this’ll amp up the fear factor.

Flip the tone. If your story takes place on a dark and stormy night, your audience will be waiting for the twist – and find themselves underwhelmed. Take them by surprise by starting out with a funny story that turns dark, or a boring anecdote that takes an unexpected turn. The characters in your story shouldn’t know what’s about to happen to them, and neither should the audience.

Show off those theatre skills. This is something you’re going to want to rehearse. Speed up on the suspenseful bits, but keep it slow and measured in between. Keep your voice low, but figure out how you need to play with the pitch and volume it as the tale progresses. Bring emotion into it with your face and voice, as if you’re really experiencing it.

End on a high note. This doesn’t have to be a jump scare, just a tidbit to drive the point home, like “see that fresh patch of grass? It covers where they found the bodies,” or “they tore down the haunted hospital, rebuilt it, and now it’s called [name of local medical center]” or “they never caught the murderer, but if you look closely, you can see that he’s standing right behind Michael.” If your audience was going to sleep before, now they’re not.

The most important part, is, of course, to have fun. After your friends are particularly spooked, lighten the mood with a costume contest and some candy corn. What’s the best scary story you’ve ever heard? Want to share your own? Take it to HearMeOut, and spread the chills.

 

 

 

 

 

WHO’S A GOOD BOY! Why We Babytalk To Our Pets

Here’s how it happens: you move in with someone with a cat. You’re not a “cat person,” and they make your nose a little itchy, but you relent. You don’t expect to love the cat. You don’t expect to rename the cat “Madame Grumpface Von Fluffbutt.” Read more

Use Your Voice For Good During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Every October, like clockwork, the streets change color: gone are the trappings of summer, the last of the beach toys and the back-to-school frenzies. Bright August hues become the orange, brown, and tan earth tones of autumn. The weather cools, the kids ease into their classwork, the leaves start to change. And while families roll out the pumpkins, the scarecrows, and the Halloween props, another color begins to appear. Pink ribbons take over streets, schools, and businesses, a reminder to do a little good.

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. While big organizations, charities, and institutions often take the lead in organizing events and fundraisers, there are so many ways that you can use your voice to pitch in as well.

  1. Talk to your doctor about breast exams and screenings – how to conduct a self-exam at home, when to start coming in for screenings, and what warning signs to look for. Reminding your friends to do the same might save a life one day.
  2. Organize a run, a drive, or a competition – if you’ve got a flair for planning events, or even if you just love healthy competition, organizing a local event can drum up awareness and proceeds – not to mention fun. How about a race? A cupcake bake-off? A clothing donation drive? Maybe some local businesses will be willing to pitch in some worthy prizes for a good cause. After some careful research, choose a charity for breast cancer research, survivors, or other related groups that can use your help.
  3. Tell the story of a survivor you know, or someone who lost their life to the disease – about one in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. It’s very likely that someone you know is a breast cancer survivor. Whether it’s a family member, a friend, a teacher, or a coworker, they have a story to tell about living with cancer, or about someone they love who they lost to it. Making sure that those around you see those with breast cancer as people rather than statistics means that they’ll be more likely to take preventative measures themselves, or give to groups that can help.

Do you or someone you love have a story about living with or surviving breast cancer? Tell it on HearMeOut to get the word out this Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Embrace Your Voice – How to Get More Comfortable with Your Voice

Our voices are our main way of self-expression, and we don’t mean just our physical voices. Many of us have some issues with embracing our inner and outer voice, the same voice that makes us who we are.
We talked about how to get more comfortable with our physical voices, but how can we embrace our inner voices and make it, and ourselves, stronger?
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Bring Your Friends Over – How to Turn Social Network Followers into HearMeOut Friends

Social networks are a huge part of our lives, and that’s a fact. Both our social and business lives are highly affected by social networks, and in order to spread our ideas, sell our products or make new friends, we need to have more followers or online friends.
The thing is – how can we make our other social networks followers, such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter etc., into HearMeOut friends?
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Content is King – Be the Star of Your HearMeOut Posts!

In this crazy world we are all living in, ruled by media and social networks, stories are coming and going so fast that sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming and confusing to make ourselves noticed.
We mean, we all have our HearMeOut accounts, but how do we make ourselves heard among all the other voices?
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Why Voice Platforms Are Here To Stay

The last three decades or so have been remarkable in terms of technology. Things that were considered imaginary in the late 80’s, like light-weight computers and mobile phones, are so common nowadays that most of us can’t even understand how life went on before.
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Voices Bring People Together – It’s a Fact!

Human beings are social creatures. Social interactions are necessary for our well-being as humans. Studies show that people who have been isolated from society for long periods of time have shown a significant cognitive decline.

Studies also show that the younger generation mainly interacts with each other by written words and emojis, through social networking and instant messaging.

Does nonverbal communication give us the same benefits of interactions with other people using our voices?
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