Today at work there was a panel discussion for the 'Emerging Professionals,'...aka assistants (like me). All in all it was a great event (especially because my boss spoke and totally kicked ass), but there was one little comment made that I have to say, I didn't like so much.
Ok -- so, one of the women on the panel seemed timid. She wasn't speaking very loudly or forcefully, you could say not too much power was really 'emerging.'
Then, round two of question and answer and she says, "You'll have to forgive me. I'm talking quietly because I'm trying to hide my adult braces."
What?!!!! At first I was like...AWESOME! Not only an adult with braces but a highly SUCCESSFUL adult with braces (I totally wanted to take my pictures with her). But THEN I thought...hold up! That's kind of offensive. Why in the world would you change your speaking tone, especially in front of a huge audience, because of the wires? Should I be speaking more softly?! Whaaaaat? You could totally tell she was embarrassed of them, why else would she use self-deprecating humor to explain the situation (hello Wired Lady Blog?!)?
It was completely bizarre. For anyone out there with braces who is asked to speak in front of a large audience, please learn from this.
It doesn't matter what you look like...from row 3 I couldn't see a thing anyway.