The Self-Promotion Gap Is Holding Women Back at Work – Here’s What to Do

More than a quarter of of women (27%) would prefer to visit the dentist than talk about themselves in public. This is one of the findings from a new survey of over 1,000 professional women that explored the “self-promotion gap.” This term describes the discrepancy between women’s impressive talents, abilities and accomplishments and their willingness to share their strengths publicly.

In fact, the survey – which was conducted by a team of female entrepreneurs from Mighty Forces, Southpaw Insights, Upstream Analysis and Grey Horse Communications – found that most women take pains to avoid sharing their strengths. The vast majority of women – 84% – feel uncomfortable talking about professional or academic accomplishments.

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