I write about the phenomenon of “mean girls” in the workplace and beyond on my blog because I want to help others who have also been through similar painful and confusing experiences like this, and it seems it struck a chord with some readers.

I am so touched by feedback from a mom who came across one of my posts and gave it to her daughter to read. We don’t always hear direct feedback from readers on how our content helps them, and this is a great example of why it’s worth taking the time to write and share your insights with others.

Mean girls affect women of all ages. People you never expected will stab you in the back. I have been the target of mean girls both personally and professionally many times. I try to not let it bother me, but of course it hurts. The sooner you realize that you’ve done nothing to deserve mean girl behavior, the easier it is to let their actions roll off your back.

A lot of good can come out of dealing with mean girls. Developing a thicker skin is a useful skill to have throughout your career. Show your detractors that not only can they not stop you, but you will succeed and help others around you.

It’s great to help lawyers make more money and brand themselves with my marketing tips on the blog, but to be able to have a forum to do good for the world, is even better. I am grateful to Lexblog for giving me my blog.

Here are some of the articles in case you’d like to read them.

This is exactly why I do what I do. It’s great to have a platform for good. If you have a blog or a public voice, use it to help others with your experiences and knowledge. Your readers really do appreciate it even if you don’t directly hear it from them.

If you don’t have a blog, write an article on LinkedIn Publisher or on Medium, or submit an article to a niche/trade publication.

Remember to always be YOU and to silence the naysayers by ignoring them and cutting them out of your life. Mean girls are generally motivated by jealousy and insecurity and they appear in our lives over and over.

Let’s make a vow to not gossip about others and to show kindness to those who exhibit mean girl behavior in order break the chain of these actions. Let’s consciously try to stop being mean girls and channel our efforts toward being more supportive of each other.