Revisiting the NAWBO Woman of Distinction – I realize that there are certain “evergreen” topics that are some of the top tips for women to really add jet fuel to their goals, whatever those goals may be. These are some of the same “hot topics” I cover in my Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership course at the George Washington University. These included:
- Negotiation (and that men negotiate starting salaries 4x more often than women)
- Finding your 5 (because 5+ is the magic number of mentors and shows a confidence gain of 20%)
- Confidence is a proven equation (and many are not following the equation: Surrounding themselves with frenemies, and engaging in negative self talk).
Scroll down to bottom to know WHY we care about women – as a gender – economically…
One of the things I love to do is bring the real world to the classroom. While speaking at NAWBO, I asked “What hat do the women out there have to share with us?”
These women are running their businesses, their homes…whether a W-2 or a 90210 – the women below, shared a vast array of golden bumpersticker pieces of wisdom (and one token dude – thanks dad):
50 Mentors Share top Wisdom (okay..it’s more than 50)
“Take the High Road”
Karen V. Simons
Put on your own mask first.
Be the change you want to see in the world. Mahatma Gandhi
Keeping life in perspective is critical and humor allows perspective to creep in.
Do the right thing for the organization, even if individuals don’t like your decision.
Keep moving forward…no matter what.
I tell myself this every morning before I start working on my business.
Never be afraid of change. Change is the catalyst to many great things in life.
Wells Fargo Bank, NA
Be honest with others and yourself.
Debi Jo Wheatley
Believe in yourself. Don’t let anyone de-rail your dreams
Set positive goals and manage your time with a to do list.
Stay committed to your decisions, but flexible in your approach.
Approach each day, task, project with confidence
The shortest distance between two points in business is found in asking directions. If you assume you know the way, you may find it goes through a sketchy part of town, so to speak!
Courtenay V. Shipley, CRPS, AIF
Retirement Planology, Inc.
You can do it, so get going!
Always have a positive attitude, even if you are faking it, and positivity will follow.
Plan at least 40% of your budget to go to sales and marketing
The Maslow Media Group, Inc.
Slow down, be intentional and get complete.
Do not settle and always believe in yourself.
Visualize your success every day. You have to train your mind as well as build your skills for success.
Happiness lives at the intersection of the skills you value, the things that make you passionate, and focus on an outcome that others value.
JP Events & Consulting
You were created for a specific purpose that only you can fulfill. If you
Don’t do it, it wont get done.
Opportunities doen’t knock. It lies in the periphery or you create it. Learn it, ask for it. Time it.
Kara Vanderpool Ward
Your Launch Group
Listen to your heart. It’s spot on and never lies to you. And, raise your prices:)
Mary Beall Adler
Georgetown Bagelry: STAY CALM AND BAGEL ON
Get out of your comfort zone. And if you fail, so what? Learn from it. If you haven’t failed, you aren’t doing enough.
My ROI: Look for the job/work you want and create the experiences that will get you that job OR create that job for yourself.
When you are starting up, say yes to every opportunity – every one on one meeting, every networking event, every opportunity – no matter if you think it directly relates to you or not; you never know who you are going to meet.
The importance of self care and balance. You must make your wellness #1 in your life so that you can fully show up!
Melisa A. Rivera
“Progress with Purpose”
Know what the next step is, what the expected result is and take action. Slow progress is still progressing!
Talmar It Up LLC: Turning Vision into Action!!
Top piece of ROI advice: Always be clear on why you say both “no” and “yes.”
Holland & Knight, LLP
If your head, heart and gut are aligned in telling you something is wrong, not right for you or misaligned in your hearts passion and desire then trust that instinctual gift and change your direction!
Cynthia de Lorenzi
Follow your passion, be purposeful and true to yourself.
Arti Patel Varanasi, PhD, MPH
Advancing Synergy, LLC
Put on your Kevlar big girl panties and be bullet proof – you will always be in the line of fire and it is how you deflect the bombardment with positivity, forge ahead and keep your chin up during the surge that will prevail with your success.
Life is Baskin Robbins – there are 31 flavors for a reason. Not everyone likes every flavor so don’t expect to like everyone or be liked by everyone but always be respectful of differences and enjoy the flavors of life.
Function in disaster, finish in style – my alma mater
Only do something if you can do a good job. If you throw something together just to get in the door or so “they” know who you are, they’ll know you as the person who does a sloppy job.
Design To Delivery Inc
If you really believe in an idea, push hard to make it happen. The universe gave the idea to other people and expects one of you to execute.
Donna Vincent Roa, PhD, ABC
Vincent Roa Group, LLC
Two pieces of advice
1. Always live life to the fullest
2. Find your passion and you will exceed
Donna Jarvis-Miller, CMP, CEM
APHSA Conference Manager
Don’t come to the table with a per-set ideas of the outcome, focus on the process as an opportunity to learn. The outcome will turn out better.
Carol Singer Neuvelt
Perseverance- don’t let others view if you define who you are or what you do.
A smile changes everything.
from “unforgettable” Ritzya!
The advice I give out a lot is: “Let your yes be yes and your no be no.” In other words, be decisive and stick with your decision no matter if it turns out not to be the right choice later on. You must be steadfast.
Theresa Royal Brown, CMP
Event Planner Extraordinaire and President
This is not an original but one of my favorite “to live by” quotes: If you tell the truth you only have to remember one story. I think honesty and integrity are so very important, both personally and professionally.
Lee Ann Burr & Associates
Strategic Event Marketing and Management
90% of your success is based on the 10% your willing to walk away from (not everyone is your client, if there’s not a fit, get them to someone who is)
My piece of advice is figure out how to be unique. When I changed my business model to align it if my passions, I created something no one else is doing and my roi took off.
It won’t happen unless you make it happen.
An obvious truth but so hard to act upon.
Measure a person’s success not by how high (s)he climbs, but how high (s)he bounces back after (s)he’s fallen. ~Unknown author
Natalie Goldberg, LCSW
When you’ve had a bad work experience and are going to quit, never burn your bridges. Always leave with in a positive way.
Never stop learning and remain the expert in your field particularly if you are in a male dominated field.
Do not be afraid to let marginal clients go. You know who they are. Your life and business will be better for it. Be courageous.
Figure out what people want and learn to use that to achieve your goals.
When you aren’t feeling confident, fake it until you make it, eventually you’ll convince yourself.
La Shaun Berrien
Seek out mentors and ask for advice. Stay curious.
Jaqueline Pearce Garrett
Done makes more money than perfect 🙂
Space & Serenity
Failure will help you focus…embrace it.
Everyone you meet wears an invisible sign. It says “Make me feel important.”
Amy Leigh Campbell
Determine/Know what you do well, then go do it.
Sharon Korman Weiss
Psychological and Educational Services
1. She showed no fear when the battle came.
2. I have three balls in the air at all times, two of which are my own.
We could tell you, but we’d have to kill you…
Be more prepared than the other side. (That’s a lawyer thing that could apply to humans as well.)
James W. Korman
Bean, Kinney & Korman
1. Tactical: Don’t be a statistic – A woman who negotiates less. Earn it, prove it, then ask for it.
2. General: You make your own luck (c/o “Grampy” Korman).
Kathy Korman Frey
The Hot Mommas Project
The rest of it? It’s from you. Go out and:
1. Offer yourself as a mentor – email or text someone about a goal. Offer your assistance. “What have you been working on?”
2. Find a mentor “I’ve always considered you an expert in ____, I’d love to ask you something….”
3. Mentor yourself: What advice have you gotten, that you are NOT following, and should START?
About the Hot Mommas® Project
The Hot Mommas® Project is the world’s largest women’s case study library providing free online access to stories of diverse female role models and mentors. It makes the stories of everyday women teachable because exposure to role models – even in the form of case studies – increases the self-confidence of girls and women. The Hot Mommas® Project teaching tools measurably increase confidence up to 200%. The project partners with women’s organizations, universities, corporations, and institutions to teach its confidence building, mentoring programming, and leadership curriculum.
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Oh – PS – why we care about women and opportunity / success:
- Women earn the majority of Masters Degrees and PhDs
- Where women are promoted into executive leadership, those companies are more profitable.
- Where countries invest in female entrepreneurs, the GDP increases.
- Women make the majority of household purchase decisions.
Themes from that day’s talk:
Mentorship and role modeling = “If you can’t see if, you can’t be it.”
Ambassadorship = “If you can’t teach it, you can’t preach it.”