Don't Let It Fester, Let's Talk About Microaggressions

Don't Let It Fester, Let's Talk About Microaggressions

One of the most significant challenges in the workplace, and in everyday life for that matter, that women and women of color have to cope and strategically manage are microaggressions. Dealing with these energy-draining and disempowering comments can take a toll on you. It's like, “Death by 1000 papercuts”.

In this episode, Monica shares why it is important to address microaggressions when they happen, how to address a microaggression, and what to do if if you’ve committed a microaggression.

Highlights:

[02:01] Microaggression defined
[03:49] Examples of microaggressions
[07:43] How to address a microaggression
[16:21] What to do if you’ve committed a microaggression 

Quotes:

“Be specific when you address a microaggression, don’t generalize. Let the other person know how their action or words made you feel.” – Monica Marquez

“Turn a microaggression committed against you into a teachable moment. Take the opportunity to help that person grow.” – Monica Marquez

About Nikki Barua:

Nikki Barua is a digital innovator, serial entrepreneur, author & speaker. Learn more at nikkibarua.com.

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About Monica Marquez:

Monica Marquez is a senior corporate leader, ex-Googler, and diversity expert. Learn more at themonicamarquez.com.

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