If it wasn't so offensive it would be hilarious. Certainly glad that I don't work at this firm or any other that would issue this list of do's and don'ts.
Before a member of the Women's Committee at law firm Clifford Chance emailed her "Presentation Tips for Women" to the company's female employees, she probably should have considered how they might be received.
Website Above The Law received the five-page document from one of the email's recipients, who told the publication:
Female associates are very upset by not only the elementary nature of the tips themselves, but the suggestion that these would only apply to women. We have never been a very female friendly firm, but this is beyond the pale.
Even though it seems like helpful advice for anyone giving a presentation (certainly not just women), other points are downright ridiculous. Here are seven of the most condescending ones:
"Your friends will still like you afterwards, even if you adopt a formal tone."
"No one heard Hillary the day she showed cleavage."
"Practice hard words."
"Pretend you're in moot court, not the high school cafeteria."
"Think Lauren Bacall, not Marilyn Monroe."
"If you're wearing a skirt make sure your audience can't see up it when sitting on the dias."
Read the complete memo here: Above the Law