Your path to greatness in business

by | Aug 20, 2020 | Blog, Inspiration, News, Tips | 0 comments

There is less than 1 week to go before we kick off our FREE 2-day virtual event, the #MakeItHappen Summit, and we are BEYOND excited to be able to bring you some of the most incredible global speakers and sessions that are going to help you take your business to the next level.

Our speakers will be talking about the 4 key resources you need as an entrepreneur to be successful and grow a thriving business: Time, Relationships, Energy, and Money. These 4 areas are so incredibly vital for any business, which is why we’re so excited to be bringing you the following speakers for each topic:

TIME

Rolene Strauss, (SA), former Miss World, transformative coach and speaker
Lucy Johnston, (AUS), Director of TCLH & Gold Coast woman in Business of the year 2019
Franziska Van Hardenberg, (DE) Serial Entrepreneur, Mother & Startup Advisor

RELATIONSHIPS

Kelly Lundberg, (UAE) Branding Expert and TEDx Speaker

ENERGY

Ipupa Kasheeta, (NA) Capacity Building Mentor & Founder of IpupaK Grow You
Lily Wu, (SG) Head of Programs and Co-founder of Austern International
Nic Haralambous, (SA) Founder, author and global keynote speaker

MONEY

Patsy Mugabi, (UG) Transport Economist and Financial Blogger
Floris Van Geen, (NL) Senior Advisor ING
Jenny Costa, (UK) founder & CEO of Rubies and the Rubble

The virtual conference looks to educate, support, and inspire as many entrepreneurs as possible by connecting business owners with experts and thought leaders who can show them how to drive growth and success in their business. For us, entrepreneurship is innovation and we’re beyond happy to help as many entrepreneurs with their journey.

Many entrepreneurs are held back not just by practical challenges, such as lack of funding and lack of time, but also by intangible setbacks such as mindset challenges. 89% of entrepreneurs admit to dealing with mental blocks such as imposter syndrome, procrastination, and the fear of failure. It is evident that now more than ever, entrepreneurs need support, both from a business perspective and on a personal level.
This summit has been designed to help business owners overcome these challenges and take crucial, game-changing steps in their business. It looks to be an incredibly exciting opportunity for any entrepreneurs who are not certain what the ‘correct next move is, and for anyone looking for inspiration, best-practice tips, and guidance during this time.

Once a wise woman said: “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” –Maya Angelou. Never give up on your dreams, because you just on your path to greatness.

This FREE 2-day virtual summit is set to be absolute power! If you haven’t already registered you can do so here:
https://member.futurefemales.co/makeithappensummit

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Your path to greatness in business

by | Aug 20, 2020 | Blog, Inspiration, News, Tips | 0 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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