I’m embarrassed to say this cartoon is based on a real experience from my first months working at Google. I sent that lengthy email. Afterwards, my boss took me aside and said: “You sound like you’re fresh out of college.” To which I replied, “But I am fresh out of college!” And he said: “Right, but that doesn’t mean you should sound like it.” I’ll never forget that. He taught me how to be less apologetic. To remove the word “just” from my vocabulary. And to stop asking for permission. In talking to friends, I realized that I’m not alone. It’s easy to be submissive when you don’t realize it. Be concise. Be clear. You don’t need to be senior to speak like it.