Janis Joplin was an amazing artist. She was a Rock Star, and yet she was able to use music to openly express her vulnerability and pain. Although she was inspired by others, she remained true to herself. We knew that she was the “real” deal, and she was fearless. I’m not suggesting that you emulate Janis Joplin- no screeching on the job site! But here are my 6 tips on how to become a Rock Star as a woman in design and construction.

1) Stay Calm

There are constant pressures and frustrations on a construction site. Keep your cool and you will build respect.

“When angry count to ten before you speak. If very angry, count to one hundred”

-Thomas Jefferson

2) You don’t have to know everything

Embrace your vulnerability. It’s OK to say, “I’m not sure, but I’ll get right back to you with the answer.”

3) Become an expert

Become an expert in something that interests you. You don’t have to know everything, but you do have to know a lot about something. Then you become a go-to person.

4) Be true to yourself

Nobody trusts a faker. When your authentic self-shows, others will trust you.

5) You don’t have to rush everything

“Delay is preferable to error.”

-Thomas Jefferson

6) Overcome your fears

You can do this-! I can teach you to do some hands-on exercises that will help you see that your fears are usually overblown. (Just email me and we can do a group training session).

Follow these steps and soon you will rocket up the ladder of success.

Leslie S. Saul, IIDA, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
President, Leslie Saul & Associates, Architecture and Interiors
Cambridge, MA and MIAMI, FL.C

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