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If you are ready to claim your power and change the world, then join women empowerment expert Eleanor Beaton for Fierce Feminine Leadership. Each week, Eleanor shares inspiring interviews with powerful women in business, along with practical tools and tricks you can use today to step into your power, smash your glass ceiling and take your seat at the tables where the big deals and decisions are made.
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Apr 26, 2017

J.J. DiGeronimo is the president of Tech Savvy Women, an international organization of experienced women in tech careers and organizations. Shortly after graduating college with a degree in computer information systems, she began her career designing data center infrastructures for Fortune 500 companies before deciding to quit her lucrative job and follow her passion. J.J. is the author of two books, including the newly released Accelerate Your Impact: Action Based Strategies to Pave Your Professional Path.

Today, J.J. joins me on the show to share her thoughts on self-efficacy and the challenges women in the tech industry often face today. We also discuss what women can do to advance their careers while following their passion within their organization, or how to start your entrepreneurial journey the smart way.

 

“If you’re not really clear on where you are and where you want to go, it’s very difficult for other people to help you.” – J.J. DiGeronimo

 

Today on the Fierce Feminine Leadership Podcast:

  • Why you need to assess your professional network – and how.
  • The difference between how men and women network with others.
  • What is self-efficacy and how can you learn it.
  • How learning self-efficacy can help you discover new opportunities.
  • How to get the most out of organized networking events.
  • How career coaching is different from mentorships and sponsorships.

 

J.J.’s Top 3 Success Tips for Women Making the Entrepreneurial Leap:

  1. Get the right people around you.
  2. Make sure you know who your customer is and what problem you are solving.
  3. Make sure you are marketing yourself and pricing yourself appropriately.

 

Connect with J.J. DiGeronimo:

 
 Download the Tip sheets with JJ's Insight's here.

 

Love the show? Let us know!              

Are you a fan of the Fierce Feminine Leadership Podcast? If the tips and interviews we share in each episode have helped you gain the confidence and inspiration to become a better, more powerful leader, head on over to iTunes, subscribe to the show and leave your honest review to let us know! Each month, one lucky podcast reviewer will be selected to receive a free coaching session with me – Eleanor Beaton!           

          

What are you waiting for? Head on over to iTunes, subscribe and leave a review to enter your name into this month’s drawing!           

          

And, if you really want to ramp up your fierceness…                     

Reach out to us for a free 30-minute Bold Women in Business Makeover Session with me or one of the fabulous coaches on my team!           

Explore your path and discover how you can be the fiercest lady-boss possible. Visit EleanorBeaton.com/Discover.           

          

Register for Your Million Dollar Message Women’s Leadership Retreat 

Are you interested in creating a powerful signature speech, owning your leadership presence, and leveraging it to receive breakout business results in 2017? Register for Eleanor’s Million Dollar Message Women’s Leadership Retreat – an exquisite, 3-day face-to-face retreat with powerhouse women leaders in Toronto, Canada.  

 

If you’d like to explore how you can deliver your message to the world and use it to take your business to the next level, join our group of powerhouse female leaders on May 26-28 in Toronto. For more details and register for this amazing, powerful event, visit YourMillionDollarMessageRetreat.com 

 

A Special Thank You to Our Sponsors          

         

This episode was made possible by our wonderful sponsors, BMO – Bank of Montreal – The Bank for Women.        

     

Join the conversation at BMO for Women to gain the insight, knowledge, and support you need to succeed and to truly understand how to manage your money!     

Apr 17, 2017

Video games have towered over many industry in terms of bringing new innovations and products to the marketplace quickly, efficiently, and cost-effectively. So how can you take a page from their game plan and use it in your own business to launch a highly successful, innovative new product or service idea quickly and effectively?

My guest today is Amy Jo Kim. Amy has a background in neuroscience, computer science, and psychology and is an expert in the fields of video game design and online community architecture. She has been responsible for a wide variety of game designs such as The Sims and Ultima Online, and is well-known for her work in applying game design strategies and techniques into online and mobile services. Amy joins me on the show today to share how she helps entrepreneurs and innovators build their products faster, smarter, and innovate successfully through “game thinking,” the characteristics of highly successful innovations, and the insight she has learned from working with these products and services that can help other innovators and entrepreneurs launch their next big idea successfully.

 

“The process looks messy, alliterative, and half-baked while you are in the middle of it, but this is how innovation happens.” – Amy Jo Kim

 

Today on the Fierce Feminine Leadership Podcast:

  • What is “game thinking” and why you should think like a game designer
  • What is “deep learning” and how it can help you work smarter and faster
  • The common characteristics of successful innovations
  • Having the humility to be genuinely curious about what works in your idea – as well as what doesn’t
  • Doubling down on your super powers to get 10X results – 10 times faster
  • The difference between your aspirations and your super powers
  • Who you really need to talk to in the early stages of creating an innovative product or service
  • How listening to your customers and clients can help you get innovative ideas for new products and services
  • Iterating your core learning loop

 

What It Takes to Bring a Great Idea to Life:

  1. Think like a scientist. Be able to hold a vision and be actively interested in what is wrong with your ideas.
  2. Know what stage you are at and who to test your idea on.
  3. Find the smallest bit of value – the starting point of your experience – and prototype that.
Click here for the free Cultivating Your New Product Idea worksheet

 

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Connect with Amy Jo Kim:

 

Apr 14, 2017

Have you ever felt as though you were sabotaging your own success? Many women in business – especially those in leadership roles – unknowingly, unintentionally, unconsciously self-sabotage their potential for success and drastically limit the scope of what is possible for themselves in their careers, their income, and their lives.

On today’s episode, I want to share some of the top five ways many high-performing, highly motivated, fierce feminine leaders tend to sabotage their own potential for success – and what you should do to avoid making the same mistakes.

When you use the word ‘can’t’ – you make it true.

 

Today on the Fierce Feminine Leadership Podcast:

  • The first step to avoiding self-sabotaging actions and behaviors is to understand the most common ways it happens.
  • You have a choice. The choice to deal with the discomfort of playing small, or the choice to deal with the pain and discomfort of being seen.

 

How to Avoid Self-Sabotaging Your Success:

  • Instead of saying “can’t” – ask yourself: “How might I…”
  • If you have a goal, go for it. The time is now. Make the time.
  • Ask yourself what assumptions you are making.
  • Be scientific and rigorous about applying logic to the ideas and beliefs that you are assuming to be true.

Click here for the Stopping Self-Sabotaging Behaviors worksheet

  

Love the show? Let us know!       

Are you a fan of the Fierce Feminine Leadership Podcast? If the tips and interviews we share in each episode have helped you gain the confidence and inspiration to become a better, more powerful leader, head on over to iTunes, subscribe to the show and leave your honest review to let us know! Each month, one lucky podcast reviewer will be selected to receive a free coaching session with me – Eleanor Beaton!       

What are you waiting for? Head on over to iTunes, subscribe and leave a review to enter your name into this month’s drawing!       

           

And, if you really want to ramp up your fierceness…            

Reach out to us for a free 30-minute Bold Women in Business Makeover Session with me or one of the fabulous coaches on my team!             

Explore your path and discover how you can be the fiercest lady-boss possible. Visit EleanorBeaton.com/Discover.       

      

A Special Thank You to Our Sponsors      

     

This episode was made possible by our wonderful sponsors, BMO – Bank of Montreal – The Bank for Women.    

 

Join the conversation at BMO for Women to gain the insight, knowledge, and support you need to succeed and to truly understand how to manage your money! 

 

Apr 12, 2017

As entrepreneurs, we hear all the time that we need to build our audiences and grow our businesses through authenticity and authority. But what does that actually mean? How do you build your authority in a highly competitive marketplace with a low barrier to entry – such as coaching or consulting? How do you distinguish yourself from the rest in your industry, and position yourself as the expert in your field?

On today’s episode of Fierce Feminine Leadership, I want to share with you six steps you can take to help cultivate your authority, position yourself as an expert, and take your business to the next level.

 

 

Today on the Fierce Feminine Leadership Podcast:

  • Why you should invest time in courses, reading materials, and certifications within your industry
  • How to engage with the thought leaders in your industry
  • How publishing your ideas and thoughts helps position you as an expert in your field
  • Why you should share your awards and accomplishments with others

 

6 Steps to Cultivate Your Authority

  1. Cultivate mastery in your field
  2. Read the latest research
  3. The power of association
  4. Publish, publish, publish, publish
  5. Highlight your awards and accomplishments
  6. Become your own media empire

 

 

Love the show? Let us know!     

     

Are you a fan of the Fierce Feminine Leadership Podcast? If the tips and interviews we share in each episode have helped you gain the confidence and inspiration to become a better, more powerful leader, head on over to iTunes, subscribe to the show and leave your honest review to let us know! Each month, one lucky podcast reviewer will be selected to receive a free coaching session with me – Eleanor Beaton!      

     

What are you waiting for? Head on over to iTunes, subscribe and leave a review to enter your name into this month’s drawing!      

     

      

And, if you really want to ramp up your fierceness…      

     

Reach out to us for a free 30-minute Bold Women in Business Makeover Session with me or one of the fabulous coaches on my team!      

     

Explore your path and discover how you can be the fiercest lady-boss possible. Visit EleanorBeaton.com/Discover.      

     

     

     

A Special Thank You to Our Sponsors     

    

This episode was made possible by our wonderful sponsors, BMO – Bank of Montreal – The Bank for Women.   

 

Join the conversation at BMO for Women to gain the insight, knowledge, and support you need to succeed and to truly understand how to manage your money!

 

 

Apr 7, 2017

Whether you’ve been in business for several years or are just getting started, scaling your business can be scary and complicated – but also incredibly rewarding. My guest today, Sue Bennett, is the Principle and CEO of Bennett Design Associates, Inc. – a company she founded 20 years ago, and has grown from the ground up. She is also the owner of the Air Force Mavericks All-Star Cheerleading Club, a company she founded from her passion and love for gymnastics and cheer.

Sue’s company, Bennett Design, started with a vision to build a better design firm; one that focused on delivering “detail-driven design.” Today, it is one of the largest interior design firms in Toronto with over 40 people on staff. Her company has developed proprietary software for workplace strategy and project management to provide her clients with the absolute best service available.

On today’s episode, she shares her story of how she got started in business and her journey to success, her secrets of scaling – not one, but two – highly successful businesses, and what she identified as the turning point in her career that helped her on her journey to success.

 

“Every time you grow, you need to make sure you are considering the people working, what’s working for them, and what’s not.” – Sue Bennett

 

Today on the Fierce Feminine Leadership Podcast:

  • Being curious and how following your curiosity can be a huge success factor for your business.
  • The critical nature of having self-belief an its role in achieving success.
  • Evolving your business to keep pace with the modern workforce.
  • Strategies to improve your workplace and work environment.

 

How to Scale Successfully & Thoughtfully:

  • Create a business plan and write it down.
  • Don’t scale just for the sake of scaling. Have intentional growth.
  • Hire slow, fire fast.

 

Connect with Sue Bennett:

 

Click here to receive the free Establishing a Clear Set of Ideals worksheet

 

Love the show? Let us know! 

Are you a fan of the Fierce Feminine Leadership Podcast? If the tips and interviews we share in each episode have helped you gain the confidence and inspiration to become a better, more powerful leader, head on over to iTunes, subscribe to the show and leave your honest review to let us know! Each month, one lucky podcast reviewer will be selected to receive a free coaching session with me – Eleanor Beaton!   

  

What are you waiting for? Head on over to iTunes, subscribe and leave a review to enter your name into this month’s drawing!   

     

And,if youreallywant to ramp up your fierceness…   

  

Reach out to us for a free 30-minute Bold Women in Business Makeover Session with me or one of the fabulous coaches on my team!   

Explore your path and discover how you can be the fiercest lady-boss possible. Visit EleanorBeaton.com/Discover.     

  

A Special Thank You to Our Sponsors 

This episode was made possible by our wonderful sponsors, BMO – Bank of Montreal.  

 

Apr 5, 2017

Being laid off is hard for everyone. My guest today is Kelly Meerbott. In 2009, Kelly was laid off from her high-paid, high-flying job as a Senior Executive of a Fortune 500 company, along with many of her co-workers. Today, Kelly is the founder of the company YOU: Loud and Clear, a highly sought-after coaching business where she helps executives and corporate leaders elevate their businesses, teams, and results to a higher level of consciousness, unlocking tangible results as well as the personal and spiritual benefits.

On today’s episode, Kelly shares how she navigated the turning point of being laid off to growing a highly successful business as a leadership coach and speaker. She shares how she got started in her business, the power of resilience, and the importance of having patience in all areas of your business or organization.

 

“Embrace the pain. Try to endure it because the more you resist it, the more it’s going to come back in full force.” – Kelly Meerbott

 

 

Today on the Fierce Feminine Leadership Podcast:

  • How your physical body can sometimes indicate that you need to pivot your career – even before your heart and head.
  • Your social self and what can happen when it is at odds with who you really are.
  • Honing emotional intelligence and creating a culture of ownership.
  • Raising the level of consciousness inside your business to drive results.
  • Being a good corporate citizen and being socially responsible within and outside of your business or organization.
  • How to build a diverse culture within your organization.
  • Being resilient and unafraid of failure.
  • How painful moments and experiences in your career are important for making changes.

 

Connect with Kelly Meerbott:

 

 

Love the show? Let us know!   

   

Are you a fan of the Fierce Feminine Leadership Podcast? If the tips and interviews we share in each episode have helped you gain the confidence and inspiration to become a better, more powerful leader, head on over to iTunes, subscribe to the show and leave your honest review to let us know! Each month, one lucky podcast reviewer will be selected to receive a free coaching session with me – Eleanor Beaton!    

   

What are you waiting for? Head on over to iTunes, subscribe and leave a review to enter your name into this month’s drawing!    

   

    

And, if you really want to ramp up your fierceness…    

   

Reach out to us for a free 30-minute Bold Women in Business Makeover Session with me or one of the fabulous coaches on my team!    

   

Explore your path and discover how you can be the fiercest lady-boss possible. Visit EleanorBeaton.com/Discover.    

   

   

   

A Special Thank You to Our Sponsors   

  

This episode was made possible by our wonderful sponsors, BMO – Bank of Montreal.   

 

 

 

 

Apr 3, 2017

Every day, we hear from women with incredible dreams. Dreams of achieving big things, big goals. Dreams of making an impact and connecting with thousands of people. The dream of doing more and making an impact on the world around you is a huge endeavor!

But what does it really take to achieve these big goals? What does it take to become the CEO of your company or to grow your business and become a speaker? What does it take to become one of the top 4-percent of powerhouse women leaders?

Last week, I was honored to share the stage with several powerhouse speakers, including Hillary Clinton and Rosario Dawson, at the Professional Business Women Association of California’s annual conference to talk about how the top 4-percent of women think. Today, I want to share with you some of the insight I have learned throughout my career of what it really takes to achieve the big goals in your professional career.

 

“The scope of your goals are in direct proportion to your willingness to do what is required to reach those goals.”

 

Today on the Fierce Feminine Leadership Podcast:

  • The missing piece of the equation preventing you from achieving your big goals and dreams.
  • Determining your willingness to achieve your goals.
  • The qualities that the top 4-percent of women leaders have that allow them to achieve their goals.

 

4 Qualities of the Top 4% of Women Leaders:

  1. Intentional
  2. Commitment
  3. Willing to do the work
  4. Willing to make sacrifices

 

My Challenge to You:

  • Think about the goal that you say you want.
  • Ask yourself if you would still want that goal if it took three times as long to achieve it
  • Ask yourself if you would still want it if it took three times the sacrifice to achieve it.

 

 

Love the show? Let us know!   

   

Are you a fan of the Fierce Feminine Leadership Podcast? If the tips and interviews we share in each episode have helped you gain the confidence and inspiration to become a better, more powerful leader, head on over to iTunes, subscribe to the show and leave your honest review to let us know! Each month, one lucky podcast reviewer will be selected to receive a free coaching session with me – Eleanor Beaton!    

   

What are you waiting for? Head on over to iTunes, subscribe and leave a review to enter your name into this month’s drawing!    

   

    

And, if you really want to ramp up your fierceness…    

   

Reach out to us for a free 30-minute Bold Women in Business Makeover Session with me or one of the fabulous coaches on my team!    

   

Explore your path and discover how you can be the fiercest lady-boss possible. Visit EleanorBeaton.com/Discover.    

   

   

   

A Special Thank You to Our Sponsors   

  

This episode was made possible by our wonderful sponsors, BMO – Bank of Montreal.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mar 29, 2017

Women have been successful in moving into the middle management positions within their companies and organizations, but despite the number of women’s initiative events, social gatherings, and conferences, the number of women in senior leadership roles has barely moved over the last few decades. Many women initiative event organizers host events that provide little more than a way for the group of women within their organizations to gather, chat, and network with each other.

How do you invigorate the female leaders in your organization? What can you do to truly support and help the women in your company grow and develop new skills to advance in their careers?

On today’s episode, I’m going to share with you a few powerful tips that I use when working with businesses and organizations hosting women’s initiative events. These powerful tips can help any organization ramp up their program and empower their female leaders to step into their power and achieve their true potential within their organization.

 

“If you are going to bring people together, it’s got to be more than just a networking event.”

 

 

Today on the Fierce Feminine Leadership Podcast:

  • Why organizations should train women on how to deal with unconscious gender bias.
  • Why the CEO and men in senior leadership roles should also attend women’s initiative events.
  • When it comes to diversity inclusion, there is no such thing as one and done.

 

3 Tips to Invigorate Your Women’s Initiative Events:

  1. Ensure the programming supports your women to overcome unconscious gender bias.
  2. Involve your senior leadership in the programming – especially the men.
  3. Make it part of a more comprehensive program.

 

Love the show? Let us know!  

  

Are you a fan of the Fierce Feminine Leadership Podcast? If the tips and interviews we share in each episode have helped you gain the confidence and inspiration to become a better, more powerful leader, head on over to iTunes, subscribe to the show and leave your honest review to let us know! Each month, one lucky podcast reviewer will be selected to receive a free coaching session with me – Eleanor Beaton!   

  

What are you waiting for? Head on over to iTunes, subscribe and leave a review to enter your name into this month’s drawing!   

  

   

And, if you really want to ramp up your fierceness…   

  

Reach out to us for a free 30-minute Bold Women in Business Makeover Session with me or one of the fabulous coaches on my team!   

  

Explore your path and discover how you can be the fiercest lady-boss possible. Visit EleanorBeaton.com/Discover.   

  

  

  

A Special Thank You to Our Sponsors  

 

This episode was made possible by our wonderful sponsors, BMO – Bank of Montreal.  

 

Mar 22, 2017

Do you feel stuck in your career? Perhaps you feel like you’re not advancing as quickly as you’d like; that you could do more – advance more – in your professional life, but are unsure of what you need to do to get there. 

So, how do you find ways to get out of your professional rut? What can you do to ramp up your career; to take the steps to achieve the next level of success? 

Today, I want to share with you three powerful ways you can overcome your professional rut, advance your career, and pave the way to the next success path. 

 

Experiencing a career rut is very common. The challenge, of course, is that it can feel really lonely and you’re not sure how to boost yourself out of it.” 

 

Today on the Fierce Feminine Leadership Podcast: 

  • What is a high-impact initiative? 
  • Why is it important to continually invest in your professional skills? 
  • How building relationships and asking insightful questions can help you build your network and gain valuable insight. 

 

3 Breakout Career Moves to Overcome Career Ruts: 

  1. Take on a high-impact initiative. 
  1. Upgrade your skills. 
  1. Engage in “minute mentoring.” 

 

 

 

Love the show? Let us know! 

 

Are you a fan of the Fierce Feminine Leadership Podcast? If the tips and interviews we share in each episode have helped you gain the confidence and inspiration to become a better, more powerful leader, head on over to iTunes, subscribe to the show and leave your honest review to let us know! Each month, one lucky podcast reviewer will be selected to receive a free coaching session with me – Eleanor Beaton!   

  

What are you waiting for? Head on over to iTunes, subscribe and leave a review to enter your name into this month’s drawing!   

  

   

And, if you really want to ramp up your fierceness…   

  

Reach out to us for a free 30-minute Bold Women in Business Makeover Session with me or one of the fabulous coaches on my team!   

  

Explore your path and discover how you can be the fiercest lady-boss possible. Visit EleanorBeaton.com/Discover.   

  

  

  

A Special Thank You to Our Sponsors 

This episode was made possible by our wonderful sponsors, BMO – Bank of Montreal.  

Mar 20, 2017

Being a fierce feminine leader can sometimes be exhausting. High performing leaders often wear so many hats in our professional and personal live, thinking about other people’s needs and wants, that we often forget about our own. Whether you are running a business or climbing the corporate ladder, you need to stay in peak physical and emotional condition to continue to perform well.

But, how do you keep in top physical condition to have the energy you need to stay at the top of your game? What does it take to have the energy and vitality to underscore your ambitions? As your professional career grows, the self-care needs that once worked for you may change and grow with you.

My guest today, Kristen Nolan, is a powerhouse in the woman’s health industry. Kristen is a high-performance health mentor and fitness and metabolism expert that is passionate about helping busy professional women take control of their bodies and feel energized, physically fit, and confident in their business and life. We discuss what you need to do to take better care of yourself as a high-performing female professional and the physical and dietary changes you may need as you advance in your career.

 

“When you increase your energy and brain focus, you have so much more power and presence in your area of work and at home.” Kristen Nolan

 

Today on the Fierce Feminine Leadership Podcast:

  • How to identify when you need to tweak your diet to perform at a higher level.
  • How stress affects your metabolism and overall health.
  • Ways to bring mindfulness into your day and how it helps reduce stress and improve performance.

 

 

Stress-Reducing Strategies for High-Performing Women:

  1. Move your body for at least 5 to 10 minutes per day.
  2. Eat at regular intervals and balance your snacks.
  3. Spend 5 to 10 minutes per day meditating – focusing on something that calms you.

 

Connect with Kristen Nolan:

 

 

 

Love the show? Let us know!  

 

Are you a fan of the Fierce Feminine Leadership Podcast? If the tips and interviews we share in each episode have helped you gain the confidence and inspiration to become a better, more powerful leader, head on over to iTunes, subscribe to the show and leave your honest review to let us know! Each month, one lucky podcast reviewer will be selected to receive a free coaching session with me – Eleanor Beaton!  

 

What are you waiting for? Head on over to iTunes, subscribe and leave a review to enter your name into this month’s drawing!  

 

  

And, if you really want to ramp up your fierceness…  

 

Reach out to us for a free 30-minute Bold Women in Business Makeover Session with me or one of the fabulous coaches on my team!  

 

Explore your path and discover how you can be the fiercest lady-boss possible. Visit EleanorBeaton.com/Discover.  

 

Mar 17, 2017

As a woman, it can be challenging to gain the respect you deserve if you are working in a male-dominate industry and now one knows that better than today's guest.

Elem Rinomato’s journey into the construction industry began at the tender age of 8 when she asked her father the simple question, “Daddy, what is drywall?” Today, she is the president of Torino Drywall, a company that builds wall and ceiling system for high-rise and low-rise residential and commercial construction projects as well as the owner of Country Homes – a residential home construction company for the Greater Toronto Area. She is also the Vice President of the Rinomato group of commercial companies, the Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Interior Systems Contractors Association, and a board member of the local apprenticeship committee.

Elem is an incredibly fierce feminine leader in the construction industry, and today, she joins me on the show to share her story. She explains what it was like to be the only woman in the boardroom and how she overcame gender bias in a male-dominated business world.

 

“At the end of the day, one of the only things you have in life is the ability to make your own decisions. If you don’t voice your opinion, if you don’t say how you really feel, you become guilty of letting other people make choices for you.” – Elem Rinomato

 

Today on the Fierce Feminine Leadership Podcast:

  • What she did to set her company apart from her competitors.
  • What it was like to be the only woman in the room – and how she earned the respect of her male counterparts.
  • How to get your voice heard in a male-dominant industry.
  • How removing negativity – and negative people – from your life helps you shift your mindset and become a powerhouse businesswoman.
  • Female intuition and how it helps you achieve success.
  • Why energy, authenticity, and attitude in business is more important than facts, education, money, circumstances, failures, and success.
  • Overcoming the fear of success.

 

Elem Rinomato’s Top 3 Success Strategies:

  • Know your stuff.
  • Attitude is everything.
  • Believe in yourself.

 

Love the show? Let us know!  

Are you a fan of the Fierce Feminine Leadership Podcast? If the tips and interviews we share in each episode have helped you gain the confidence and inspiration to become a better, more powerful leader, head on over to iTunes, subscribe to the show and leave your honest review to let us know! Each month, one lucky podcast reviewer will be selected to receive a free coaching session with me – Eleanor Beaton! 

 

What are you waiting for? Head on over to iTunes, subscribe and leave a review to enter your name into this month’s drawing! 

 

And, if you really want to ramp up your fierceness… 

 

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Mar 6, 2017

Today on Fierce Feminine Leadership…

Today we’re talking to the accomplished copy conversion mentor, speaker and published author, Sarah Grear. Sarah has personally written copy for over 200 businesses from start-ups to 7 figures. She has been featured by Huffington post as one of the top 50 must follow entrepreneurs for 2017.

Her focus is on helping entrepreneurs turn online lookers into online buyers with persuasive writing. Today Sarah will demonstrate to us the wealth of opportunity inherent in the world of online business for women entrepreneurs.

More about Sarah Grear….

  • Sarah has been a speaker at many events, including social media week in Los Angeles
  • Her DIY online writing class has over 1000 students
  • She was previously a travel blogger
  • After doing several online videos, Sarah was offered many speaking opportunities. People saw her confidence and authority shine through the camera and realized her potential. 

The online world helps you close the income gap for earning online, and changes the possibilities from what you were told could not be possible to reality. There is no ceiling for how much you can earn within the online world.  

According to Sarah, many of her female clients have closed the income gap and been successful in their online businesses by leaning into their strengths. Being clear on what you are good at and building a strong team to fill in the gaps where you have weaknesses is crucial.

 

3 power moves that Sarah implements to help her be more successful:

  1. Celebration- Sarah celebrates every step of her business. All the little things need to be celebrated. No matter the results you have got out of your launch or event, you should still celebrate.
  2. Learn how to upgrade your thoughts-You need to learn how to look at things in a positive light, and look at them as upgrades.
  3. Learn how to be playful. Learn to be playful, even when there are a lot of moving parts around you. This will allow you to stay grounded and focus on your goals.

 

Mentioned this episode

The Well Fed Writer

 

Connect with Sarah Grear

 https://www.sarahgrear.com/

 

Mar 3, 2017

Recently I was coaching a very successful, experienced, and established woman in business about speaking and taking the stage more, and she expressed to me that one of her number one concerns around doing that is opening herself up to public criticism.

When you are on a stage and somebody raises their hand to ask a question, there is always the possibility that you may encounter some kickback from an audience member.  Here's what you can do if you find yourself face-to-face with a dreaded heckler:

5 Tips to Handle Hecklers:

  1. Breathe. This is an opportunity for you to step into your leadership and demonstrate your poise. Do that by making sure that your brain is filled with good clean oxygen. 
  2. Determine if the person is simply asking a tough question or if it is a personal attack. If it's a tough question, you have several choices:
    1. You made endeavour to answer that question,
    2. You may respond with a question,
    3. You may pivot the question to something you actually want to talk about,
    4. Or you may simply say” let me get back to you on that, I don't have that information right now."
  3. Don’t engage, disengage. Do not respond to them by staring at them directly but by looking around at the audience while you are responding. Do not give a heckler energy and focus because that is what they feed on.
  4. If there is a rant, interrupt the rant. Say “Excuse me sir/ma'am, what is your question?” If they start ranting again you ask them to use the words “My question is” to receive more clarity.
  5. Ask for support. You may ask someone from your team to speak with this person individually or you may choose to involve the audience. You may say respectfully, to the audience, “Should I go on with the rest of my presentation, or do you want to hear more from this person?” At this point you will likely receive support to move on with your presentation.

 

Calling all Coaches, Consultants and Thought Leaders…

If you are starting a business or have just launched a business and you are in the thought leader, coach, consultant, or expert space, I want to share with you a fabulous new video training series that I’ve just launched.

In this 4 video training series you’ll learn:

  • The biggest mistakes that I see coaches, consultants and thought leader based people making when they are building their businesses.
  • Tips and strategies that you can put in place in your business right now in order to build a healthy thriving business

Head over to http://www.eleanorbeaton.com/training to learn more.

 

Mar 1, 2017

 

On This Episode of Fierce Feminine Leadership...

How willing are you to engage in politics in the workplace?  Bonnie Marcus, author of the Politics of Promotion and international speaker says that learning to successfully embrace and navigate workplace politics can give you the leg up that you need when it comes to reaching success.

More About Bonnie Marcus

  • Bonnie has 25-years of experience in corporate America.
  • Bonnie’s wake-up call came early on in her career she was passed over for a promotion because she didn’t position herself properly.
  • Politics of Promotion arose from a keynote Bonnie did called “Anatomy of a Blindside”
  • She has spoken at major events such as; the Dynamic Women in Business Conference at Harvard, the MIT Sloan School of Management, and the Massachusetts Conference for Women.

 

It takes more than great performance to get ahead in business. You need to know how to position yourself, build advocates and build influence across the organization.

 

How can you increase your political savvy?

  • Build a relationship with yourself- take the time to understand how you and your work contributes and adds value to the organization. This is the foundation for you to promote yourself and build influence across the organization.
    • Own your ambition- recognize what it takes to move your career forward and make decisions that support your ambition going forward.
  • Develop an awareness of what is going on around you and what your organization and bosses are trying to achieve
  • Build a network in a strategic way- It’s not only about who is in your network, but it’s also very important that you are selective in how you spend your time. Consider:
    • How powerful is each person in your network?
    • And how strong is your relationship with each of those people?
    • How you can build visibility with the powerful players?
    • Do the people in your network understand how you bring value to the organization?
  • Understand the dynamics of your organization. How are decisions made, who makes the decisions, & who influences the decisions?
    • What does it take to get ahead in your company?
      • Have there been other women who have reached leadership roles? did they have relationships with
      • What kind of assignments did they get?
      • Did they have a sponsor, a mentor, and or a coach?
      • What was their executive presence like?
    • What kind of behavior is condoned in your organization?

 

What can companies do to retain female talent?

  • The underlying problem isn’t addressed- women don’t necessarily want to leave work when they have small children or when they have elderly parents to care for, but they have little choice because there is little flexibility in corporate America to understand and support women throughout the entirety of their career.
  • Don’t make assumptions about what women want and need, ASK them what they need to be successful.
  • Individual women and their companies need to identify ambitious women who want a long-term career and then have an individualized career track that the leaders in their company will be held accountable for.

 

Connect with Bonnie Marcus

Womenssuccesscoaching.com

 

Feb 27, 2017

Positioning is ultimately a skill, that when mastered will become one of the most powerful communication tools you have. This tool can ultimately separate women of pre-eminence from everybody else.

You use positioning anytime you want to influence an outcome:

  • when asking someone for a sale,
  • when engaged in business development,
  • when sitting around the boardroom table,
  • or when asking for a job/raise/promotion.

Why is it that so many of these opportunities break down? It’s a lack of, or improper positioning.

 

Positioning is the way you frame your ask, argument or offer to make it relevant, compelling and urgent.

If you want to influence an outcome, you must make it relevant, compelling, and urgent to the person who you are addressing. The idea behind this is that people are far too preoccupied and stressed to care about what you have to say. On a day-to-day basis, the average person focuses primarily on their own problems and issues. If you want to really reach a person, you need to give someone a reason to care about what it is you have say.

Most people are tuned into “WIIFM” (What’s In It For Me) radio. Moreover, most people do not like change and will avoid making decisions until they need to. That is why if you are trying to make a change, you MUST make it relevant, compelling and urgent.

Feb 24, 2017

On Today's Episode.……

Mechanical engineer, social advocate, and writer Yassmin Abdel-Magied discusses redefining the narrative and views on young Muslim women.   Eleanor and Yassmin discuss how Yassmin has set out to do the things that she wants to do, rather than go along with the expectations deemed by society around her.

As a young Muslim women Yassmin faces unconscious bias and racism in her line of work as a mechanical engineer where she is surrounded primarily by white males. Yassmin is a force to be reckoned with and has proven time after time that it is possible to stand out and be who you want to be as well as do what you want to do in life.

 

About Yassmin

  • She is mechanical engineer by profession, amatuer boxer, and race car enthusiast
  • 2015 winner of the Queensland Young Australian Of the Year Award
  • Yassmin advocates for the empowerment of youth, women, and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • Yassmin founded the non-profit organization Youth Without Borders at age 16 and today at age 25 she is a passionate advocate for young Muslim women.
  • The Truth About Racism is a documentary that Yassmin filmed last year that covers the neuroscience behind racism and bias.
  • Recently started an organization called MUMTAZA which empowers women of color to reach positions of power and influence

 

Takeaways

  • Live your own story- choose what you want to do versus following what everybody else is doing
  • Consciously choose to believe your dreams are possible- First you need to consciously make the decision you’re going to do something and then figure out how you’re going to execute.
    • Don’t let doubt negate your ideas or dreams
    • Make your dreams achievable by breaking them down into smaller steps to get there

Within Yassmin’s line of work and organizations she has started, she has encountered criticism. Typically if you are a women, who is young, black, Muslim etc, you will most likely be told you are wrong and that you shouldn’t have the opinions that you have. Yassmin’s goal is to bring light to these racial issues and be an advocate for the empowerment of young diverse women.

 

Connect with Yassmin

http://www.yassminam.com/

Youth Without Borders

 

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In this 4 video training series you’ll learn:

  • The biggest mistakes that I see coaches, consultants and thought leader based people making when they are building their businesses.
  • Tips and strategies that you can put in place in your business right now in order to build a healthy thriving business

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Feb 17, 2017

Today I’m talking to Carol Sankar, founder of the global executive leadership firm The Confidence Factor for Women in Leadership. They focus on diversity and inclusion initiatives for high level women.

 

Carol has been feature on TEDx, The Steve Harvey Show, Bounce TV, The Society for Diversity, and the Huffington Post.

 

We are going to talk about why confidence is like a beautiful piece of jewelry, and some insights Carol has gained on the differences between how men and women step into leadership to build and scale their businesses.

 

 

Building your confidence is the single most significant asset that you can cultivate if you want to smash the glass ceiling, take your seat at the table where the big deals and decisions are made, and have a voice!

 

Takeaways

  • You must wear confidence as a beautiful accessory that only you know how special you feel when you have it on.
  • You must work to develop confidence. You have to have an open and honest discussion with yourself to stop playing small, stop minimizing your accomplishments and to stop discounting yourself.
  • Carol learned that she needed to build up people’s confidence before anything else. People had too much self sabotaging behaviour to move forward in their business. Everything came down to them not believing in themselves.

 

Connect with Carol Sankar:

http://www.carolsankar.com/

 

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In “3 Critical Mistakes Women Entrepreneurs Make That Prevent Them From Replacing Their Corporate Salaries” you’ll discover:

  • Why your addiction to being efficient will keep you in under-earning jail.
  • The critical mindset shift you MUST make if you want to separate yourself from the millions of women entrepreneurs who are never able to replace their corporate salary.
  • 3 internal shifts you must make to join the top 2% of women entrepreneurs.

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Feb 15, 2017

I highlight some common reasons why adversity is not only your best friend, but an incredible tool for deepening your leadership.

 5 Great Reasons Why Adversity Is Your Friend

  1. It deepens your ability to empathize with people. It gives you a much broader range of experience that you can then use to connect more effectively with your staff, colleagues, stake holders and customers.
  2. It gives you great stories. You must learn how to use these stories provide examples and illuminate your meaning. The three most important types of stories to note are: “to hell and back”, “reversal”, and “hero saga” stories.
  3. It deepens your grit and your resilience. Anybody can have a dream. Anybody can have a goal. It takes a woman with true grit and resilience to see it through. You build up that grit and resilience through experiencing adversity.
  4. It helps you attract better people into your life. Game recognizes game meaning if you’ve experienced adversity, you’ll connect with others who have as well.
  5. It helps you appreciate what you have. Sometimes it takes getting down on your luck or experiencing a health wake up call to help you appreciate what you already have.

 

Final Thoughts…...

If you are a fierce woman in business, adversity is your middle name. Understand that you can lean into adversity, see it for the gift that it is and embrace it. Make friends with adversity, because as long as you are trying, adversity is absolutely going to be a part of the journey and a part of the destination.

 

Calling all Coaches, Consultants and Thought Leaders…

If you are starting a business or have just launched a business and you are in the thought leader, coach, consultant, or expert space, I want to share with you a fabulous new video training series that I’ve just launched.

In this 4 video training series you’ll learn:

  • The biggest mistakes that I see coaches, consultants and thought leader based people making when they are building their businesses.
  • Tips and strategies that you can put in place in your business right now in order to build a healthy thriving business

Head over to http://www.eleanorbeaton.com/training to learn more.

 

 

Feb 13, 2017

Today I am talking Desiree Adaway, the Principal Owner at the Adaway Group based in Nashville, North Carolina. She specializes in leading difficult conversations on race, class, and gender and building resilient, equitable and inclusive organizations. One of her prime success factors is the incredible skill she has for not caring with other people think of her.  Her purpose is to move the needle on diversity and inclusiveness inside organizations.

 

What you will learn

  • How to help create more diversity and inclusiveness inside your organization, and how to implement these changes.
  • How to test where your unconscious bias lay in your organization
  • You will hear Desiree challenge Eleanor how the assertion that Facebook algorithms are making it harder to have a good broad diverse range of conversations.

 

Takeaways

We need to change our vision of who is the definition of a leader -most organizations are still very bias towards gender, specifically white males.

Women in positions of leadership and power can help move the needle on inclusiveness by becoming mentors to other women, specifically women of color.

Some of the most common forms of unconscious bias are:

  • where we are posting our job openings
  • who are we hiring
  • how we look
  • and how we judge people by the institutions that they have attended

Recognizing your own biases is difficult. The Harvard Implicit Bias test can help. Sometimes you have to step away from a situation and ask yourself “where did that thought come from”, and learn how to handle a situation differently.

 

Connect with Desiree Adaway:

Desireeadaway.com

 

Calling all Coaches, Consultants and Thought Leaders…

If you are starting a business or have just launched a business and you are in the thought leader, coach, consultant, or expert space, I’ve got a fabulous new video training series that I’ve just launched.

In this 4 video training series you’ll learn:

  • The biggest mistakes that I see coaches, consultants and thought leader based people making when they are building their businesses.
  • Tips and strategies that you can put in place in your business right now in order to build a healthy thriving business

Head over to http://www.eleanorbeaton.com/training to learn more.

Feb 8, 2017

On Todays Episode….. 

We’re discussing 5 “good girl” habits to break in order to unleash your true power as a leader. Ready to dive in? Let’s go: 

 

5 Good Girl Habits to Break 

Habit #1: Finishing your to-do list.  

As you advance, you will almost always have more complex tasks on your to-do list than you can possibly complete.  

Leadership is not about completing your to-do list, it is about deciding what on your to-do list you are going to bring the force of your attention to this day. 

Habit #2: Feeling the need to answer every question.  

She who asks the questions has control. If you are in a conversation and someone asks you a question that threatens to derail the conversation, consider responding with a question. 

Habit #3: Treating everyone equally.  

Triage your meeting requests according to those that line up most powerfully with your priorities. 

Habit #4: Respecting authority.  

Respect your own intentions, and self worth. 

Habit #5: Not playing hooky.  

Give yourself permission once and a while to play hooky. It will do wonders for your creativity. 

 

Helpful tips 

If you have another good girl habit that you want to break this year, I encourage you to let us know what it is. You can send us an email at eleanor@eleanorbeaton.com. While you are at it, I highly suggest that you head over to elearnobeaton.com/successpack and download my fierce success pack. This is my e-book Success Secrets of Fierce Women in Business + 5 interviews with power house women in business who can give you great insight on how to advance your career and grow your business to the 7-figure mark in the end.  

 

Feb 6, 2017

A pioneering entrepreneur, Ipelang Mkhari, founder and CEO of Motseng Investment Holdings, took a 20 year journey to become the successful and recognized woman she is today.

What does it take to build your career as an entrepreneur?

Discovery. Courage. Risk Taking. Sacrifice.

 

“Create a vision and make it so absolutely attractive that people want to kill to achieve that particular vision.” – Ipelang Mkhari

 

Moving Your Business from Version 1.0 – 2.0

  • Realize that you cannot do everything.
    • Be willing to let go.
  • Surround yourself with great people, hopefully people much smarter than you. That is critical.
    • Ensure the business has a corporate structure and foundation from HR, to IT, to finance.
  • Allow others to become strong leaders in your business or organization.
    • Make the people who work with you central to your business.
  • Create a culture of performance.
    • Treat individuals as individuals, while urging them on the journey of your vision.

 

Core to leadership is understanding what it is that you care for and being confident in pursuing that.

 

“It's a continual process to understand what it means to lead. Because you're not leading robots, you're leading individuals, you're leading human beings. They are feeling, thinking people. They have aspirations and goals. And so being able to impart or at least articulate and represent that which they want to become is critical.”

 

Top Three Pieces of Insight

  • Recognize Your Confidence.
  • Recognize the Importance of Training.
  • Recognize the Need for Sacrifice.

 

“We tend to believe that the people that we see on the cover of these magazines or women we see on television have not gone through difficulties, although we continue to go through difficulties … It couldn't be further from the truth. The reality is all of those women have had to really go through huge obstacles, they had to face their own fears, and they’ve had to take on challenges that are far larger than they are and with possibly a lot of trepidation.” – Ipelang Mkhari

 

Practices to Cultivate Courage

  • Establish a spiritual connection and tap into that source.
  • Surround yourself with advisors.
  • Find people travelling a similar journey and communicate openly and regularly with them.

 

“It's good to celebrate our successes but it's more important to celebrate the difficulties that we've encountered along the way because they're the ones that we learn from.” – Ipelang Mkhari

 

Two Most Important Steps to “Go Big” with Your Business

  • Get Great Consultants.
  • Get Great Sponsors – both financially and people who understand your industry.

 

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Feb 3, 2017

5 “Alternative Facts” For Women In Business

I am just wrapping up a 3-day retreat with the beautiful and fierce members of our Bold Women in Business Mastermind. 3 days of intensive strategic planning, masterminding, sisterhood and just a touch of Malbec. FUN. Fun enough to make me reimagine a new term I learned this week, care of Kellyanne Conway: “alternative facts.” The term is both terrifying and hilarious. And I have decided to grab the term back.

5 alternative facts I’d like to share with you.

  1. An alternative fact to Imposter Syndrome: No dear, you actually ARE qualified to do this thing that you’ve worked so hard for. Your hard work, your dedication and the depth of your desire to do it well are what qualify you. It is only your quest for perfection that disqualifies you. So get over it. #Sorrynotsorry.
  2. An alternative fact to being confused: Sorry Fierce One, I won’t take that one lying down. You are in fact VERY clear on your vision and mission and you know exactly the right next step to take. But you have trained yourself to stop trusting YOU. So for a moment, trust in me and hear that after coaching many, many wonderful women I can tell you this: the wisdom and clarity you seek are inside you. But that wise creature? She’s a Queen, OK? And she never raises her voice. So listen hard.
  3. An alternative fact to waiting to have things perfect before you make a move: Good luck with that. When you’re over it ping me. We have a WHOLE HOST of fierce, action taking women who can’t wait to meet you.
  4. An alternative fact to thinking that if you don’t do it yourself then you’re incompetent/unqualified/weak: The very best work comes from teams of people working together. Please refer to the movie Hidden Figures for further evidence.
  5. An alternative fact to the desolate feeling dogging so many that this is a troubling time for women: Pink hats. January 21, 2017.

 

Feb 1, 2017

Happy February! It is Black History Month and we are focusing even more on promoting diversity and diverse women in leadership.

Interesting Facts

  • Black women are doing an incredible job on moving barriers and rising to the top.
  • Studies show that black women are 3 times more likely to aspire to positions of power and a prestigious title than white women or other races.
  • However, white women are twice as likely to attain said position of power and prestigious title.

What is Happening in the World?

  • Currently there are 20 women at the helm of those fortune 500 companies. (about 4%).
  • Once Ursula Burns, the CEO of Xerox leaves, there will be NO black women as leaders in the fortune 500 companies.

 

What We Can Do to Help

Even though black women have networks and support, they lack sponsors! One of the things that is critical is that if you want to reach the upper echelons of your ambition and reach the top levels in your business, you are going to need sponsors. The problem we are seeing in the world of business is that black women lack sponsors.

Sponsors are powerful well connected people, who talk about you and circulate your name, they unlock their networks to help you be more successful.

“Sponsors are like steroids for your growth trajectory”

 

My Challenge To You….

I would like to be a sponsor to aspiring black women in business. I am currently an advisor for the Visiting Women Executive Exchange Program at the Yale School of Management.

This program focuses on supporting diverse, especially African American, African Canadian women, into positions of senior leadership, in both the non-profit sector, the private sector, and in government.

We are running another cohort, and are looking for up and coming ambitious black women who would like to participate in this powerhouse program at the Yale School of Management. You will have access to the networks, the skills the resources that will help you reach the top.

If you know of a woman in your network who could benefit from a program like this and benefit from studying at the Yale School of Management, I invite you to have this person reach out to me personally at eleanor@eleanorbeaton.com. Please put “Yale” in the subject line, and I will respond to you as soon as I can with more information about the program.

 

Jan 30, 2017

Whether you’re thinking about starting an online business, you want to take your current business to the next level by selling your products or services online, or you’re ready to really step up your game, step into your power, and find more freedom through the power of online sales – there are many things you must consider. One of the first things, though, is creating powerhouse sales funnels that will work for you and help you reach your goals faster – and easier.

But – what is a sales funnel? How many funnels does your business need? How do you create these powerhouse funnels that will put your business on auto-pilot so you can focus less on generating sale and more on spending time with your family?

Stephanie Nickolich is recognized as “The Millionista Mentor”. She’s a successful business mentor and expert in building and scaling online businesses using sales funnels. Stephanie has been featured and recognized by the Huffington Post as one of the Top 50 Online Women Entrepreneurs to Watch by the Huffington Post, and has helped countless online entrepreneurs grow their businesses to the 6-figure income level by helping them identify and create the sales funnels they need to continually scale their businesses. She joins us today to share her insight on what the term “sales funnel” really means, how they can help you automate your business, and grow your income on auto-pilot.

 

“You cannot have a business beyond yourself without having a sales funnel in place.” – Stephanie Nickolich

 

Today on the Fierce Feminine Leadership Podcast:

  • Stephanie shares her “Come to Jesus” moment and how it impacted her decision to pivot her career.
  • She explains how she helps entrepreneurs create businesses around the life they want to live instead of around the goals they want to achieve.
  • She explains what sales funnels are as well as how each funnel type differs depending on the products or services you want to launch.
  • We discuss the importance of implementing systems in your business to push your business to the next level without sacrificing your freedom.
  • She explains the difference between “cold leads,” “warm leads,” and “hot leads,” and why entrepreneurs should have funnels in place for each type of lead.
  • We discuss when you should consider outsourcing certain tasks or whether you should do them yourself.
  • She explains why she believes that if you’re doing something more than once within your business – you should create systems to automate the process.

 

3 Core Things New Entrepreneurs Need to Find Success Online:

  1. Patience
  2. Testing
  3. Paying attention to your numbers.

 

Connect with Stephanie Nickolich:

 

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Jan 25, 2017

“Let’s meet for coffee. I want to pick your brain about something.”

You oblige. You meet. Then, you quickly discover that what was supposed to be a simple chat over coffee has turned into a free consultation.

Does this situation seem familiar to you? You’re not alone. The request for free brain picks is rampant among successful women. Many women-in-business have expressed mixed feelings about these types of requests. Almost everyone I have talked to want to genuinely help by sharing their time, encouragement, and expertise, but are unable to do so because they are already maxed out.

In today’s episode, I will be sharing 5 tried and tested strategies on how you can handle requests for free brain picks with respect and care towards the person, while also protecting yourself in the process.

“Remember that NO is a complete sentence. No explanation, no apology required.”

 

Key Points from today’s Fierce Feminine Podcast:

  • While most women-in-business want to be helpful, they are unable to do so because they are maxed out. They want to use the spare time that they have, outside their business or careers, with family, friends, and for themselves.
  • Many women find it difficult to say no to brain picking meetings, because they know that it’s dangerous for a woman-in-business to be perceived as “not nice” or “unhelpful”.
  • Free “pick your brain” sessions are different from connection calls or networking meetings, because with the latter there is a clear win-win for both parties. With “pick your brain” sessions, the help is clearly going in one direction alone.
  • Networking is critical for your business. You need to spend enough time networking and this means that sometimes you will need to say no to requests, such as “pick your brain sessions”, to prioritize meetings that are crucial for your business.

5 Strategies to Say No to Free Brain Picks

  1. Send them to your free content.
  2. Thank them and connect them to the next step of your sales process.
  3. Tell them the next networking event that you will be attending and meet them there.
  4. Allot a specific time per month for “pick your brain meetings”.
  5. Just say NO.

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