Dr Mumbo

Women writers: Don’t be too opinionated

Whenever Dr Mumbo needs advice, he turns to LinkedIn.

So he was inspired to tap into the wisdom of Singaporean blogger and Social Bakers account manager Jeraldine Phneah, on the subject of how to build a following.

Her most intriguing advice was for the ladies: know your place.

“Adopt a conciliatory tone, try not to sound overly opinionated/ aggressive as it doesn’t work well with Asian audiences and female writers,” explained Phneah.

Curiously, the column no longer seems to be online, although Dr Mumbo can’t think why.

For those who missed out, luckily there are similar sources available, such as this enduring gem from British comedian legend Harry Enfield, whereby a woman learns the consequences of speaking out of turn.

You heard it first women: “Know your limits”. At least in Asia anyway.


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