Future Females Turns 3 🎉

by | Aug 3, 2020 | Blog, Inspiration, News, Social Media | 2 comments

Today is the Future Females 3rd birthday! And while we of course have lots of exciting celebrations planned and love any opportunity to have a party, reaching our yearly milestone is also a time for us to reflect and take a good look at the year that’s past. We will be the first ones to say, entrepreneurship is not easy!! If it was, everyone would be doing it. You’re literally birthing something out of nothing. Creating, testing, winning, losing, and fighting for your dream when no-one else is (and often at 1am when the rest of the world is fast asleep 😴).

We have yet to meet an entrepreneur who has not had to sacrifice. And so our third birthday celebrations, comes with a HUGE amount of appreciation for our team, our ambassadors, and everyone in this community – it has been a wild, crazy, exhausting, AMAZING three years, and since we are always focused on growing and learning, we wanted to share the 3 key things we’ve learned over the last 3 years:

​Consistency is key

We hear people say this so often, and it’s just so true. We were once asked, about a year into Future Females, why we had managed to be successful with our events and with our ambassadors, and our honest answer? We just kept doing it. Every single month, we would host an event. No matter how many things went wrong behind the scenes, or how many obstacles we had to get around in order to execute, we were determined to deliver an impactful event to our community every.single.month. Consistency leads to trust – if your customers, clients, and community know that you will reliably show up for them, then they will keep coming back to you, and you will build a powerful, brand-loyal following. In every aspect of your business, be intentional and be consistent.​

​Your people are your power

Future Females is nothing without the people – from every single community member, every single ambassador (past and current), and every single team member, this movement would not be where it is without the energy, attitude, and determination of everyone involved. It is so important to leverage your network when you’re building your business, ask for help when you need it, ask your customers for feedback, and connect with your community – use your network as the powerful asset that it is.​


​Keep moving (and not just forwards)

Our theme this month is ‘re-thinking failure’ and one of our mentors said to us recently, “if you’re not failing, then you’re not trying hard enough”. We couldn’t agree more. We know ‘failing’ can be hard, but the entrepreneurial journey is littered with highs and lows, and the lessons we learn along the way are almost always more profound from our mistakes than from our successes. There will be setbacks in your journey, but a setback is still movement, and you can use it to help create the momentum you need to get back up. If the recent global pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that it is SO important to be dynamic, adaptable, and ready for change. So when we say keep moving, we don’t just mean in the same direction, we mean EMBRACE the movement, no matter the direction, and trust that if you’re following your passion, you’re on the right path. 🙌✨​

We are so grateful for everything that has happened in the last 3 years, and everyone who has been a part of the journey, and we are so excited to see what this next year brings, alongside all of you. 😊👩🏼‍🤝‍👩🏽

If you’d like to hear more about the celebrations we have planned and the fun opportunities there are for you to get involved, go check out our Instagram!

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  1. Noluvuyo

    Good morning team. This sounds so interesting I’m so inspired as one of female entrepreneurs, I’m new in this industry and hoping for the best in the near future, I would like to know how can one became a member of this initiative, I’m currently living in Cape Town

    Looking forward hearing from you.

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Future Females Turns 3 🎉

by | Aug 3, 2020 | Blog, Inspiration, News, Social Media | 2 comments

For many years now, the Millennial workforce has been consistently changing the way we work in more ways than one. As noted by NBC News, aside from raising awareness over various topics such as employee and workplace well-being, work-life balance, and flexibility, this new generation of professionals has also made it the norm for managers and company leaders to provide a steady flow of feedback.

  

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.

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  1. Noluvuyo

    Good morning team. This sounds so interesting I’m so inspired as one of female entrepreneurs, I’m new in this industry and hoping for the best in the near future, I would like to know how can one became a member of this initiative, I’m currently living in Cape Town

    Looking forward hearing from you.

    Reply

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