Saturday, May 31, 2014

Top ten takeaways from successful women entrepreneurs

Right from the start when seven women danced their way into the conference room to the song "Happy" you just knew that the energy would run high for the event.  Soon everyone was on their feet, clapping and tapping their feet to the music. 

Our theme this year was Be bold. Be brave. Belong. and the speakers were selected to showcase just how as women entrepreneurs you can succeed by plunging yourself into the brave unknown and taking calculated risks.  

We also had lots of questions to ask ourselves – mainly what’s our why?   Why are we doing what we are doing?  Why would customers buy from us and not someone else?

But there was much to think about, and here are the top ten takeaways from the day. 

  1. Be willing to start where you are.  Don’t wait until you’ve got it perfect, or you may never start.
  2. Be positive.  Expect it to happen and it will.   Life is rigged in your favour.
  3. Learn to trust yourself and ask for help when you need it.
  4. Be authentic. Own who you are.
  5. The lessons aren’t in where I stand today, the lessons are where I started.
  6. Create an experience for your client – go above and beyond and do something unexpected.
  7. Be committed, not just interested.  It is the level of passion you put into your business that will make the difference.
  8. Learn to follow the nudges.  Trust your instinct.
  9. Be true to your values. Let them guide you.
  10. Become part of a community of like-minded women,   Support and respect each other.
As part of the belong segment of the day, in teams of ten, we packaged school bags for girls who are part of  Girls Inc,  a charity that encourages young girls to be bold and strong.  Each woman wrote a special message for the student who would receive her bag and we also raised $1,200 through our raffle for the charity.

All told it was a wonderful day, one that empowered us to take that bold step into our future, while helping young girls to do the same.

1 comment:

Patti Pokorchak said...

Great takeaways and good lessons to take to heart. Nice short list to keep handy. Caring about what you do and who you are is key.

Love the energetic start to the day, that song is contagious!

And also love that you included something to help girls too.