Our big, hairy, audacious goal is for everyone in the world to be a Future Female – committed to and living by the Future Females manifesto.
We aim to increase the number of and success of female entrepreneurs & intrapreneurs, by breaking down the barriers to access the resources they need to be successful.
We will be the go-to destination for the key resources (community, inspiration, education, support) that women need to achieve massive things.
Future Females will provide a space – physically, digitally and emotionally – where women can be empowered and supported to create, to fail and to win.
Our community operates in line with our five key values – collaborative, inclusive, give first, community-driven, take action.
Future Females was founded by Lauren Dallas and Cerina Bezuidenhout in August 2017 in Cape Town, after seeing the systemic lack of female representation in entrepreneurship and in the existing incubator, accelerator and funding programs that support founders. They wanted to build a platform where female entrepreneurs can connect, be inspired and inspire and feel supported to create, to fail and to win.
The Future Females team now exceeds 200 contributors globally, united by a shared belief that to drive change through technology and entrepreneurship, we cannot have just 50% of the world focused on it. More focus is needed to accelerate the success of aspiring and existing female entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs, and Future Females aims to drive that focus.
Future Females are entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs, united by a common, unquenchable desire for success, on their own terms. They are women of diverse backgrounds from around the world, who are passionate about business, innovation and creating things.
They set massive goals and achieve these through consistent, imperfect action, to drive positive change and transform the world.
They want more and are willing to work and invest in themselves to get there – they are not interested in excuses and believe that they dictate their own futures.
Why we’re different
10X Framework – our offerings are underpinned by a framework that helps members to maximise their four scarce resources – time, money, energy and relationships – to transform their businesses, careers and lives.
Global network – we are a true global community, providing a digital space for women to connect and collaborate across borders.
Inclusive community – we are pro-women, not anti-men, and believe the statistics can only be shifted with both genders focused on it. We welcome people from all backgrounds across all aspects of our community – as members, speakers, partners etc.
Community-driven – we are a co-created business, taking community input on all things including our monthly themes, offerings and markets.
A platform for members – we are a marketplace, where members can gain visibility for themselves and their businesses, to facilitate collaboration and partnership.
This reality has eventually led to the emergence of hundreds of millions of resources on the different ways to give effective feedback. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about being on the other end: there just isn't enough information out there on how to receive feedback well. That being said, here are six tips that can help you get the most out of all the feedback you receive:
1. Handle your emotions offline
We can't help it if certain comments make us feel certain ways -- we're only human after all. However, your emotional response is yours and yours alone to deal with. To ensure that you are capable of addressing every piece of the feedback with determination and an open mind, get negative emotional reactions out of your system through simple breathing exercises.
An article by Pain-Free Working explained how exercises like deep breathing, the 4-7-8 breathing technique, and the lion’s breath technique can help release tension in the head, promote relaxation and improve your mood in just a few minutes.
2. Identify good intentions
Taking in criticism or feedback can be hard -- no matter how meaningful, constructive or true it may be. However, it is something you must overcome in order to become better at receiving feedback. Again, you have to remember that the person giving you an evaluation isn’t out to get you and intentionally hurt your feelings. They are there with the intention to help you see points of improvement.
3. Actively listen
Whether you are listening to a talk or participating in a class, the only foolproof way to learn as much as you can is by listening actively. This undeniable truth also applies when taking in feedback. When the other person is sharing his or her feedback with you, make sure to listen closely. Let the person share their complete evaluation, without interruption. Avoid analysing or questioning each and every comment, and instead, focus on trying to understand what the other person means and the perspective they are coming from. Once they are done, The Muse suggests repeating back the comment to ensure that you got everything right.
4. ASK QUESTIONS
In addition to repeating the other person’s comments, it would also be in your best interest to ask questions if there are parts that you weren’t able to fully grasp. Asking questions will not only show how willing you are when it comes to understanding their assessment. This simple act can also help you have more clarity, get to the root of the issues raised and have access to some possible solutions for addressing said issues.
5. Learn from each feedback
Even if the feedback you’ve received is unfavourable, there is surely still something you can learn from it. Just like how you would try to ‘Overcome Failure’, ask yourself why you got such commentary. Then, use that knowledge to further improve your work and to ensure that the next feedback you’d get will be much better.
6. CIRCLE BACK
As the old saying goes, actions speak louder than words. With that in mind, after making sense of the feedback you've received, make sure to work on the items mentioned and issues raised. It would also be a good idea to circle back with them to see how things are going from their perspective. Doing so will not only strengthen your relationship with them, but also provide you with an opportunity to get more feedback.
Feedback can be thought of as two-way streets. Meaning to say, in order for it to be as effective as it can be, the giver should know how to offer meaningful comments while the receiver should know how to receive assessments well.