Women in Business Workshop

Have you ever walked into a room and felt like you just belonged? Or even just stepped into an environment that is just saturated with so much great energy? If you know what I'm talking about, you will understand what an amazing time I had at the event.

Okay, so let me give you some context of what it is I am going on about. This week is Global Entrepreneurship Week, and today, my uni was hosting an event called Women in Business. In a nutshell, the event was mostly networking, and the highlight was definitely having a panel of four very successful women talk about their journeys in and around different business sectors. So I'm going to share the responses to the questions and some of the things I learnt from the workshop.

Q1: Advice on starting a business

Each speaker gave their own genesis story of what got them to the place that there are now, with most of the stories being those that seemed to suggest that the business was started of a need for something. For one of the speakers, it was a need for a new job (she had invested in a company and when it flopped, she lost everything); for another, it was a need to get income as she was a single woman with children needing to be looked after and so on. But the overwhelming similarities to their stories was that there was a need, personally, environmentally or even just for the community.

The other thing that they all kept drilling it was the idea of shooting your shot and not allowing the fear of anything stop you from trying it. It got me thinking of all those times people asked in a group of people if anyone can do something, and I knew I could, but I was too scared to say it. Or even the opportunities I have passed by because I was afraid of failing at them . . . Like honestly, even today, your prof could have asked a question in class that you absolutely knew the answer to, but you didn't say anything. And this is a word for me too, hey and something I need to work on in my life for sure. I mean, you can stop reading this post right now because that's a mic drop statement there... wait, but there's more...

Q2: Staying Motivated

This question got me in my feelings, especially because I've felt really unmotivated this week (send help). So the first one was to prioritize yourself and your time. The speaker spoke about spending time with people you love and making them a priority in your life. But she also suggested that you fire those that are not valuing you the way you are them, which I 100% agree with.

The second and third point has a beautiful way of working together. First, go back and remember/ rediscover the WHY for your business, which is pretty self-explanatory, but I have a podcast about this, have a listen. They also have some accountability. This could be in coach or a friend or even a partner... but you need someone you can answer to about your business goals and even someone who can push you.

Last was, HAVE FUN!!!!

Q3: Glass Ceiling?

I hadn't really known that this was the name people gave to this thing, in all honesty. So, I did a quick google, which I got: A glass ceiling is a metaphor used to represent an invisible barrier that keeps a given demographic from rising beyond a certain level in a hierarchy. This mainly affects women and minorities (Indigenous People, Visible Minorities, LGBTQ Communities,... etc.).

I will list all the things because I will be posting more information about it next podcast.

  • Most of the women agreed that it is a little self-imposed, and for the most part, this can be fixed by a shift in mindset on our parts.

  • Stop complaining about things without doing anything about it, be the change you want to see in the world.

  • Please do what you do well, be confident about it and stand your ground.

  • The man spread you get into a room of people.

  • Respect yourself

  • When your business starts, have a clear idea of what you will and will not do (this includes who you are allowing to invest in your brand, #saynotobigotry).

Final Remarks

There is so much more than was discussed above, and I learnt that this wouldn't be too long; I will do part two on my podcast.

I had an incredible evening and met some of the most amazing people. Thinking about it now, I so glad I stepped out of my comfort zone and actually attended the event. And the one thing that I will be leaving with is that one should shoot their shot... unapologetically and confidently. The worst-case scenario is you get a big juicy NO, which sucks at the moment, but it just means there is room for improvement. So my challenge for you this week is to SHOOT THAT SHOT! I believe in you, and I know you've got this.

Quote of the day:

"No man ever achieved worth-while success who did not, at one time or other, find himself with at least one foot hanging well over the brink of failure."
-Napoleon H