How to talk like a man but still be seen as a woman.

Her new book is intended for “any woman who can read.”

Launch slideshow to view ‘Chapter 2: How To Talk Like a Man But Still Be Seen As a Woman,’ from the upcoming How to Be Successful Without Hurting Men’s Feelings.

Meet the author: Sarah Cooper

Sarah Cooper is a writer, comedian, and creator of Her new book, How to Be Successful Without Hurting Men’s Feelings, is a satirical take on what it’s like to be a woman in the workplace. Drawn from her experience working in the world of tech (she’s a former Googler and Yahooer), Cooper’s decision to pursue comedy writing came after finding something she’d scribbled in an old work notebook.

“During a meeting, a product manager who was on his laptop the whole time and hadn’t been paying attention suddenly went to the whiteboard and drew this ridiculous Venn diagram. It was irrelevant to the discussion and made no sense and I figured everyone was going to tell him to sit down. But instead, everyone started helping him draw the Venn diagram. I was amazed as he handed the whiteboard marker to someone else, and went back to playing on his laptop. I thought it was amazing. So I wrote it down in my notebook: how to look smart in a meeting: draw a Venn diagram.”

This is what she drew:

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Seven years and many meetings later, she wrote a blog post about these ‘tricks to appear smart’ that quickly went viral, getting over 5 million hits and hundreds of thousands of shares. She quit her job and published her first book, 100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings, to acclaim. While quitting one’s day job to pursue comedy isn’t all that unusual (who hasn’t considered doing that?), leaving what many people consider their dream job at a place like Google certainly is.

Pursuing such a bold path took some guts.

“When my passion for writing outgrew my passion for what I was doing at my job, I knew I wanted to give comedy a full-time try. I didn’t know if I was making a huge mistake, but then I when I quit, my manager let me know I could always come back to Google if I wanted to. That’s when I realized that not giving it a shot was actually the bigger risk because then I’d never know.”

With her new book (out this Tuesday!), How to Be Successful Without Hurting Men’s Feelings, Cooper continues to point out the ridiculous rituals taking place in the modern workplace, but this time focused on the female perspective.

Image courtesy of Sarah Cooper.

“The point of the book is not to offend guys, but I guess that’s going to happen,” Cooper said. “It’s about pointing out the ridiculous double standards women face. And I’m hoping that by pointing them out, we can stop reinforcing them.”

And how have men reacted to it?

“I think the weirdest part about writing a book about what it’s like to be a woman in business is all the men telling me what they think it’s really like to be a woman in business. It’s so funny, because it’s like, by telling me I don’t know what I’m talking about, and ignoring all the women who agree with me, they are pretty much proving my point.”

While a lot of dudes are big fans, the hostility from men on the internet, while not surprising, is still a bummer. But who cares, the book isn’t for those guys, “it’s for any woman who can read.”

What hopes does she have for the impact of the book, as well as her personal story?

“I hope this book causes women to be more powerful at work. And also for people to see how I believed in myself and went after those dreams, too!”

To hear more about her fascinating journey from business exec to comic, check out this inspiring speech she gave last year at INBOUND Bold.

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Fredrick Douglass was born into slavery in 1818. At the age of 10 he was given to the Auld family.

As a child, he worked as a house slave and was able to learn to read and write, and he attempted to teach his fellow slaves the same skills.

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The building was a thorn in the side to local government and residents to say the least.

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In 1989, a stone from the building was inscribed with:

"For Peace, Freedom

and Democracy.

Never Again Fascism.

Millions of Dead Remind [us]."

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For three decades it was home to an organization that offered support and integration assistance for disabled people. But in 2011, the organization vacated the property because Pommer refused to bring it up to code.

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In 2017, the fight between the government and Pommer ended with it seizing the property. Authorities said it would get a "thorough architectural remodeling is necessary to permanently prevent the recognition and the symbolism of the building."

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"The future use of the house by the police should send an unmistakable signal that the role of this building as a memorial to the Nazis has been permanently revoked," Austria's IInterior Minister, Wolfgang Peschorn said in a statement.

The house is set to be redesigned following an international architectural competition.

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Amazon's "The Man in the High Castle" debuted the first episode of its final season last week.

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The Salvation Army faced criticism after a leader in the organization implied that gay people "deserve to die" and the company also came under fire after refusing to offer same-sex couples health insurance. But the organization swears it's evolving on such issues.

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The Fellowship of Christian Athletes explicitly announced it was anti gay marriage in a recent "Statement of Faith."

God instituted marriage between one man and one woman as the foundation of the family and the basic structure of human society. For this reason, we believe that marriage is exclusively the union of one man and one woman.

The Paul Anderson Youth Home teaches boys that homosexuality is wrong and that same-sex marriage is "rage against Jesus Christ and His values."

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In 2012, Chick-fil-A's CEO, Dan Cathy, made anti same-sex marriage comments on a radio broadcast:

I think we are inviting God's judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, "We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage". I pray God's mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about.

But the chicken giant has now decided to change it's says its charitable donation strategy because it's bad for business...Not because being homophobic is wrong.

The company recently lost several bids to provide concessions in U.S. airports. A pop-up shop in England was told it would not be renewed after eight days following LGBTQ protests.

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"There's no question we know that, as we go into new markets, we need to be clear about who we are," Chick-fil-A President and Chief Operating Officer Tim Tassopoulos told Bisnow. "There are lots of articles and newscasts about Chick-fil-A, and we thought we needed to be clear about our message."

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Instead, the Chick-fil-A Foundation plans to give $9 million to organizations that support education and fight homelessness. Which is commendable regardless of the company's troubled past.

"If Chick-Fil-A is serious about their pledge to stop holding hands with divisive anti-LGBTQ activists, then further transparency is needed regarding their deep ties to organizations like Focus on the Family, which exist purely to harm LGBTQ people and families," Drew Anderson, GLAAD's director of campaigns and rapid response, said in a statement.

Chick-fil-A's decision to back down from contributing to anti-LGBT charities shows the power that people have to fight back against companies by hitting them where it really hurts — the pocket book.

The question remains: If you previously avoided Chick-fil-A because it supported anti-LGBT organizations, is it now OK to eat there? Especially when Popeye's chicken sandwich is so good people will kill for it?


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