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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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Jun 27, 2016

 

Hey there, fierce leaders! Welcome back to another fantastic episode of the Fierce Feminine Leadership show. On today’s episode, I am joined with one of the world’s leading expert in selling products and managing brand presence online as an Amazon Seller – Robyn Johnson. Robyn is the CEO of Best from the Nest, an Amazon seller who went from being a struggling Youth Minister to becoming a power seller on Amazon. Her company focuses on buying and reselling products on Amazon while coaching and mentoring individuals and brands on how to begin a business selling products on Amazon and helping brands learn how to manage their online presence through the Amazon e-commerce platform.

Today, Robyn shares her story about how she got started in the business and the struggles she has had to overcome while building her business in the industry. She explains her philosophy on goal setting for new and aspiring entrepreneurs and women leaders, and how she went from struggling with debt to building a 7-figure business in under five years. She has become a master at developing systems and processes in her business to make things run more smoothly for her team while allowing herself more time to handle the important things in her business and life.

I am incredibly excited to have her on the show today. Thank you, Robyn, for sharing your wisdom with my amazingly Fierce Feminine Leaders!

Here’s a Breakdown of the Topics We Covered:

  • Robyn shares her story – from being a Youth Minister to growing a wildly successful, 7-figure business.
  • What Robyn does at Best from the Nest, who her target audience and clientele are for her coaching and mentoring programs, and how she helps individuals and brands grow their businesses and online presence through Amazon
  • Robyn’s business model
  • What was the turning point for Robyn? What critical strategies did she put into place that allowed her to create such amazing results?
  • A ‘Day-in-the-life-of-Robyn example of her monthly goal strategies and how frequently she checks her numbers.
  • Robyn’s philosophy on setting goals and how many goals an entrepreneur should work on at one time.
  • When Robyn decided to go from working the business independently to outsourcing some of the work, what did she have to tell herself to make the transition more bearable and less stressful?

“The biggest cap in your growth as an entrepreneur or leader within an organization is the failure to delegate” – Eleanor Beaton

 

Getting Intimate with Robyn – the Wrap-up Questionnaire Session:

  • What is Robyn’s idea of ‘Perfect Happiness’?
  • What is her greatest fear?
  • Which living person does Robyn most admire?
  • What historical figure does she most identify with or aspire to be like?

 

Robyn’s Message to the Fierce Feminine Leaders listening today:

“Being an entrepreneur is kind of like being a superhero. Living in that gap and pushing through that wall is what defines us. It’s what characterizes who we are as leaders and as women. We can’t judge ourselves off of someone else’s ending chapter. Give yourself lots of grace. Judge yourself off your own best hard work.” – Robyn Johnson

 

Connect with Robyn:

 

Resources Mentioned in the Show:

 

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Jun 24, 2016

 

Processes – or more specifically, creating processes. If you are anything like me, you have a love: hate relationship with creating systems and processes within your business or organization. What are systems and processes? If you are an entrepreneur or a female leader in your organization, they help to empower your team by setting clear expectations and are a critical aspect of building a successful business.

Most female entrepreneurs and women thought-leaders go into business desiring more freedom. However, if your organization is lacking systems and processes that make it easy for your team to follow, can you really consider yourself ‘free’?

 

“If you really want to be free, the number one thing leaders and entrepreneurs need to do is set up systems and processes for everything in their business or organization.” – Eleanor Beaton

 

In today’s episode, I am going to share with you some practical ways that you can begin setting up systems and processes within your organization.

3 Practical Ways to Set Up Processes in Your Business or Organization:

  1. Pay attention to each and every instance that you notice yourself doing something more than once.
  2. Ask yourself (or your team): How can I improve my company? If you work with a small team – or even within a larger department – invite your team to participate in workshop-style meetings to brainstorm areas that can be improved. The second session can help you dwindle down their list of ideas into a “top 3” list of priorities as well as develop an action plan to implement a process to improve this area of the business.
  3. Devote at least one hour each week to improving specific aspects of your business, based on the initial feedback from your team – or for entrepreneurs – from the list that you created noting positive improvement areas.

 

“One of the things that you do as a female entrepreneur or leader is empower others. Setting up systems and processes in your business or organization promotes empowerment within your team or department and creates the foundation of success for your business.” – Eleanor Beaton

Like many of you, I am still learning how to love creating systems and processes in my organization, but we don’t have to do this alone. Take the journey with me and let’s build our successful businesses together.

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Jun 22, 2016

Today, women are starting businesses faster than ever before! For instance, in the United States, women are starting businesses at a rate five times higher than the national average. In Canada, we are starting new businesses at twice the national average. At these rates, it is undeniable that women-lead businesses are taking industries by storm, but many women are failing to see (or utilize) the benefits of developing recurring revenue streams.

Today, I am going to explain to you what recurring revenue is, why millions of business owners consider it the “Holy Grail of Business,” and why it is crucial for you to begin developing a way to generate recurring revenue in your business.

“If you want to create a business that allows you to be truly free, you’ve gotta find a way to add recurring revenue into your business model.” – Eleanor Beaton

 

What is ‘Recurring Revenue,’ Anyway?

Recurring revenue is a way for your business to make one sale, and generate a steady income flow month after month on that initial sale. Recurring income is a lot like your phone bill – your telephone provider does not have to keep throwing sales pitches your way for you to continue giving them your business. Instead, the sold you on their telephone service once, and you continue to pay your phone bill month after month, year after year.

 

Two Great Examples of Businesses with Recurring Revenue:

 

2 Important Things to Consider To Build a Sustainable Business

  1. How much does it cost you to acquire a new customer?
  2. What is the lifetime value of that customer you have acquired?

 

How to Determine Your Customer Acquisition Costs:

  • The number of customers you currently have divided by the total sum of your marketing investments equals your customer acquisition cost.

 

“Recurring revenue decreases your customer acquisition costs and increases the value of that customer.”

 

My Challenge to You:

Identify a way to create recurring revenue in your business. It will this help you work smarter and increase your company’s worth as much as 2 1/2 to 3 times compared to other companies in your industry without recurring revenue streams.

Ladies, if you’re going to be working hard, I want to make sure you are also working smart. Developing recurring revenue in your business is a critical aspect of building a sustainable business that will allow you the freedom you want with the income you deserve.

 

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Jun 20, 2016

Entrepreneurs – and aspiring entrepreneurs – frequently, and quickly, come to the realization as their businesses begin to grow that balancing their work life and personal life is a difficult challenge. I can relate – I have two boys, I travel every month, I run my own business, plus my husband is an entrepreneur.

Life can be pretty chaotic at times, and it can sometimes feel out of balance.

Today, I want to share with you my secret – my rule of thumb – on building my successful business while juggling travel, marriage, and raising my kids.

 

“Success in business is not about reinventing the wheel. It’s about doing a few core things and doing them very well, over and over.” – Eleanor Beaton

 

My Rule of Thumb for Keeping Life & Business ‘in Check’:

  • I remind myself: “I can handle the chaos and lack of balance as long as my family life is working well and my health is in good working order.”
  • Make sure that the effort you put into your business or career is worth it and makes sense

 

“Don’t change the act, change the audience.” – Lisa Sasevich

 

If you are looking to build a powerful career or business, you need to:

  • Get very clear on your message.
  • Get very clear on what the core things are that you need to focus on in your business.
  • And ask yourself: “Do I have the discipline and determination to continue focusing and perfecting those specific things – or am I going to catch the “bright, shiny penny” syndrome?

 

Remember, ladies, when you are pursuing something with dogged determination, the natural by-product of that persistence is that other aspects of your life are going to get out of balance.

Come to terms with this reality, and remind yourself that even when things are out of balance, you can handle the chaos as long as you maintain good health and are spending quality time with your family.

 

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Jun 17, 2016

Welcome back, my fierce feminine leaders! In today’s episode, I am recording from the beautiful, warm, Austin, Texas where I am speaking at the EBW 2020 Abundance Live conference with several fabulous women, many of which are reinventing themselves in their careers.

But, today, I want to talk with you about the common question that many women leaders ask themselves – whether they are stepping into a bigger corporate role within their companies, or reinventing themselves as entrepreneurs.

 

Have you ever said to yourself: “What gives me the right to…”

  • Wear that dress
  • Apply for that promotion
  • Tell someone (respectfully) to shove it
  • Speak at an event or workshop
  • Write a book
  • Take off work early or take a break from work
  • Spend this much money on myself

 

Ladies, we all ask ourselves “What gives me the right” – especially when we are in the beginning stages of transforming our lives and careers – of reinventing ourselves.

 

“You have to come to terms with the idea that the only person that is going to give you the right to step into your power – to lead your way – is you.” – Eleanor Beaton

 

Do you know what’s the one thing that gives you the right to step into your power; to do the thing you truly want to do? The answer is simple – as simple as one word.

Desire.

Ladies, don’t make this journey harder than it needs to be by asking yourself whether or not you have the right. If you want to do it – if you have the desire to do it – that automatically imbues you with the right to do it.

Listen to me:

You have the right!

 

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Jun 15, 2016

Changing careers and reinventing yourself is a difficult challenge. In my experience, many women who are trying to reinvent themselves and their careers often try to leave their past careers, experiences, and skills behind them. However, if you are trying to recreate yourself, your career, and your business, leaving your past behind you along with all of the experiences, skills, and insight that you have developed throughout your previous business is a huge mistake!

“Leaving your past behind you – especially when you are reinventing yourself – creates incongruence and in-continuity in your new career path.” – Eleanor Beaton

Ladies, if we want our new clients and customers to trust us, and to believe that we are a thought-leader in our industry, we must tell our stories!

 

Here’s a Breakdown of Today’s Show:

  • Telling a cohesive, congruent story is critical for building brand equity, culture, and credibility for your business
  • Sonia Samen from Ebby Rane reinvented herself from a corporate attorney to a high-end fashion luggage entrepreneur.
  • Legendary CEO, Christine McGee, CEO and Founder of Sleep Country – the country’s biggest mattress retailer, started her career as a banker

 

6 Reasons to Tell a Cohesive, Congruent Story about You and Your Business:

  1. It is a key part of your brand equity
  2. It acts as a major differentiator
  3. It makes you more memorable
  4. It creates a sense of who you are
  5. It helps you build a culture for your business
  6. It is critical for building credibility

“Explaining your previous experience & how it helps you serve your current clients builds trust, positions you as an expert, and helps you attract your ideal clients” – Eleanor Beaton

 

Ask Yourself:

  • What are the threads that connect career #1 to career #2?
  • Think about the skill sets you used.
  • Think about the experiences you had.
  • Think about the insights they gave you and how they helped you be even better in your business and help you serve your clients or customers even better.

“When you are reinventing yourself – there is no such thing as a clean slate.” – Eleanor Beaton

 

For more information about the group coaching program – Bold Women Thought Leaders: Grow Your Business by Becoming a Recognized Expert, email me at Fierce@EleanorBeaton.com.

 

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Jun 13, 2016

In line with the “Women and Risks” theme from last week’s episodes, today I am joined by the wonderful business and career coach, Sarah Vermunt. Sarah’s journey started while working toward obtaining her Ph.D. in human resources management and organizational behavior. After devoting four years of her life, and investing a lot of money into developing her career, Sarah began to realize that this career choice was not what she dreamed about after all. After spending two years dedicating her time to her previous career dreams, she went on a mission to find the work she loves – being a coach and teacher for entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, and new graduates.

Sarah is the founder of CareerGasm and works primarily with aspiring entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, and college graduates to help them figure out what they want from their careers and businesses. She is the author of an up-and-coming book and has written several articles for leading business publications such as Forbes, Entrepreneur, Inc., the Huffington Post, and U.S. News & World Report. Today, Sarah shares her insights and tips for our wonderful listeners to help them gain some clarity into what they really want from their careers or businesses, and what they need to do to achieve that dream.

 

Here’s a Breakdown of Today’s Show:

  • Sarah explains how she came up with the unique name for her business: CareerGasm.
  • We talk about the turning point in her career that caused her to change career paths and begin building her thriving coaching business.
  • Sarah explains why she “stuck it out” for two years in a field she hated – instead of shifting gears and starting her coaching business sooner.
  • She shares some of the most common fears and apprehension that many of her clients often experience when they are considering a career change.
  • She explains some of her key developments as an entrepreneur – both past and current achievements and developments.
  • We talk about her new book: CareerGasm: Find Your Way to Feel Good Work, which is due to hit the bookstores in March 2017.
  • How Sarah arrived at the point of clarity; knowing who she wanted to serve, the problem she wanted to solve, and how she wanted to help her clients achieve their dreams.
  • Sarah shares her thoughts on branding as a differentiator and how she markets her business.

 

“People don’t quit their jobs on a whim. They quit when they just ‘effing can’t do it anymore.” – Sarah Vermunt

 

5 Common Fears That Keep People From Leaving a Job They Hate to Follow Their Dream Careers:

  1. Afraid that their skills are not transferable or applicable in other career
  2. Afraid that they will not be valued.
  3. Afraid of being rejected.
  4. Afraid of what other people will think
  5. Afraid that they will not make enough money – maybe lose their house, their car, etc.

 

“Ask yourself: Is this fear really true? Look at your fears alongside some facts when deciding to make a career change.” – Sarah Vermunt

 

Sarah’s Advice for Professionals That Want To Start Their Own Business:

Build your business slowly, while you are still working at your full-time job. Use this time as your “trial and error” period while also creating a financial safety net. Hash out your business ideas to learn what will work and what won’t work for you, your clients, and your business.

“Whether it comes to career or business, it’s not just about logic. Intuition plays a large part in career and business planning. Very often, we use logic to discredit the things we know intuitively. Lean into your intuition – it can help you make some really good decisions.” – Sarah Vermunt

 

Learn more about Sarah and her coaching business:

 

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Jun 10, 2016

 

Following a discussion from Episode 29 with best-selling author, Linda Davies, today I would like to dive a little deeper into the “women and risks” topic and talk about mitigating risks. Ladies, do you know what your $10,000 per hour tasks are? Out of everything that you have to do each and every day to build and maintain your businesses or your career, what are some of the most valuable tasks that you need to complete each day to continually advance in your career or industry?

We all have them. The problem often resides in identifying those top value tasks that are imperative to developing our careers, growing our businesses, or stepping into our roles as Fierce Feminine Leaders. So, today I am going to share with you some examples of my $20, $100, $1,000, and $10,000 tasks that are relevant to my business and explain why each of these tasks provide different levels of importance and urgency throughout my company’s growth.

Here’s a Breakdown of Today’s Show:

  • How identifying your $10k tasks can help you mitigate risks in your business, organization, or career.
  • What are $10k tasks and why you should focus more on these tasks than the $20 or $100 ones?
  • What does it mean to “close the loop?”

“Don’t leave a meeting with a foggy idea on how you will follow-up with that person. Close the loop.”

Here’s a Few Examples of My $20 Tasks:

  • Scheduling appointments with clients
  • Bookkeeping
  • Filing papers
  • Going to the Post Office
  • Creating and scheduling Social Media posts

 

Here’s a Few Examples of My $100 Tasks:

  • Creating content, images, & uploading videos to my YouTube channel, as well as making sure each video is tagged correctly.
  • Creating spreadsheets
  • Creating and distributing posters

Anything under $200 tasks are in the red. These tasks cost a business or organization money with no direct link to a company’s revenue.” – Eleanor Beaton

 

Here’s a Few Examples of My $10,000 Tasks:

  • Strategic planning
  • Copywriting, creating advertising and marketing campaigns
  • Developing professional relationships
  • Having sales conversations
  • Public speaking engagements

“$10k tasks are tasks that are at the top of the value chain. They are tasks that have a direct impact on a company’s return on investment.” – Eleanor Beaton

 

My Challenge to You:

Determine what your $10k tasks are for your business or career. What are the tasks that you handle each and every day that significantly impact your company’s revenue?

Although smaller tasks do play a significant role in an organization’s survival, top value tasks – the $10k tasks – have a direct link to your company’s growth and revenue. These tasks should be made a high priority for your organization.

 

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Jun 8, 2016

Competition in the workforce over the years has become a “taboo topic.” Many women do not want to talk about having a competitive edge in their field. We keep saying “It’s not about competition, it’s about collaboration.” Ladies, competition is a healthy aspect of building your career and business. It allows us to push ourselves past our comfort zones, and while being open to collaboration is important, having a strong competitive edge is also essential.

In our last episode, I spoke with internationally best-selling author, Linda Davies. Some interesting points came up in that episode regarding women taking risks and why it’s necessary for career growth and development. In today’s episode, I talk with you about taking risks, and how taking risks can help you “out hustle” your competition. Taking risks is critical to personal, business, and career growth. Without risks, our businesses cannot flourish. So, what are some ways that you can take a risk to continue developing your business or career?

 

9 Practical Ways to Take Risks in your Life, Business, and Career:

 

  1. Make a career or business shift. Interview people who have your dream job, dream business, or work at your dream organization.
  2. Making the commitment to quit your job on a specific date to start a new business.
  3. Launching a new product or service
  4. Taking time away from your business – perhaps for a vacation, holiday, or personal time.
  5. Working with a new mentor.
  6. Investing in learning a new skill, or honing a skill that you already have.
  7. Applying to be a speaker at an upcoming conference.
  8. Raising your hand for a stretch assignment.
  9. Introducing yourself to a “key player” at a networking event.

 

Your ability to mitigate risk is directly linked to your willingness to hustle.” – Eleanor Beaton

 

My Challenge to You:

 

  • Ask yourself: Is there an opportunity for you to take more risks?
  • Ask yourself: What would it mean to you to take a risk that can open the door to more rewards in your life, your business, or your career?
  • Take a risk, and lean into the work to out-hustle your competition.

 

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Jun 6, 2016

Welcome back, my Fierce Feminine Leaders! I am incredibly excited about today’s episode and our guest on the show today.

Today we talk about women and risks. Many successful women are afraid to take risks in their business or career, but do not realize that taking risks – stepping out of their comfort zone – often leads to personal and professional growth.

Our lovely guest today, Linda Davies, knows all-too-well the advantages and feelings associated with risk. Linda is a former investment banker who left the corporate world to follow her dream – to take the risk – of making it as a successful writer. She is an Oxford University graduate with a degree in politics, philosophy, and economics and has worked for one of the largest U.S. investment banks in the country. She was the first woman to work in their European Corporate Finance Division. After seven years, she “escaped” the investment banking world to write fiction novels, having published several books, of which, her first was published in over 30 countries and sold over 2-million copies.

Linda has lived in Peru for three years, as well as eight years in the Middle East, where she was kidnapped and held hostage by Iranian government forces for two weeks. Following her rescue, she wrote her memoir – “Hostage: Kidnapped on the High Seas.”

Linda shares her incredible story of how she became a successful author, what happened during her kidnapping and detention in the Middle East, and how this experience has changed her views of the world and the things she considers most important in her life. Her story and the experiences and tips that she shares with us in this episode are nothing short of inspirational.

Thank you, Linda, for sharing your experience with us today.

Here’s a Breakdown of the Topics We Covered:

  • Linda’s story – how she went from being an investment banker to a best-selling author.
  • How Linda balances writing and family life.
  • Why Linda feels that taking risks is important to growth and development – both personally and professionally.
  • What happened to Linda while living in the Middle East – and how it changed her perspective on life and values.
  • Why Linda believes that writing your story – your speech – helps capture what your story

“If you don’t have the confidence to take risks, you won’t grow.” – Linda Davies

 

Linda’s Suggestion to Professional Women & Women in Business

  • Go for what you want.
  • “Self-belief and the idea that you can change the odds in your favor is key. Plan, plot your dream. Take that risk.”

 

Check Out These Books by Linda:

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To participate, head over to iTunes, subscribe to and review the show, then take a picture of your review and email it to fierce@eleanorbeaton.com to enter your name in the contest!

 

Jun 3, 2016

Welcome back, my Fierce Feminine Leaders! If part of your business consists of public speaking or giving public presentations, then this Is an episode you do not want to miss! Today is all about public speaking. Are you making the most of it? Are you ensuring that your message is delivered the way you intend it – strong, powerful, and making a positive impact on your listeners?

Many women put a strong focus on their visual appearances when they are about to give a speech or present for a room full of engaged professionals, but we often fall short in one critical area. An area that can have just as much of an impact on our message and the way our listeners perceive us. Our voice. Your voice is a crucial element in delivering a powerful speech that resonates with your audiences. It ensures that the message you want to convey gets through to your audience, making them want to seek you out for your expert opinion or buy your product or service. In today’s episode, I will share with you five tips to improve your voice before you get on stage at your next presentation.

 

5 Tips to Help You Embrace Your Voice:

  1. Stand Up Straight.
  • Stand up straight with your shoulders back. Stand proud. A great voice originates from deep within your core.
  1. Slow Down.
  • Speak slowly and with purpose. Let people absorb your words, your message – don’t try to rush through your speech.
  1. Allow Yourself to be Seen.
  • Don’t be a ‘wallflower’. Embrace your moment in the spotlight – your ’15 minutes of fame’. Enjoy it. You earned it!
  • If you choose to speak and be seen, be 100% committed to it. Let your audience adore you!
  1. Speak from your Stomach.
  • Speak with authority and end on a down note. It punctuates your sentences and allows you to deliver them with more authority.
  1. Lose the Modifiers.
  • Eliminate these words from your vocabulary: “I think,” “kind of,” “maybe,” etc. They are all weak words that detract from the point you are trying to make and make you seem uncertain.

“People have a natural respect for a good, strong voice.” – Eleanor Beaton

 

Want instant access to these tips? Click here to download the “5 Tips to Help You Embrace Your Voice Checklist” pdf.

 

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To register for the webinar, click here.

 

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At the end of each month, one lucky reviewer will win a free private coaching session with me! Are you feeling lucky? Head on over to iTunes, subscribe to the show and leave your honest feedback to enter your name into the contest!

 

Jun 1, 2016

Have you ever felt conflicted in your success? Felt confused, uncertain, or even felt like an imposter? Have you recently made a monumental change only to hear a negative voice in your head saying, “Who do you think you are to do something like this?” Thousands of highly successful women go through these feelings each and every day. They feel like they’re crazy. They feel like a “hot mess.”

Rest assured, my Fierce Feminine Leader – you are not crazy. You are upleveling.

 

In today’s episode, I explain to you what it means to uplevel as well as many familiar feelings – or “symptoms” – that women feel during this great transition.

 

Here’s a Breakdown of Today’s Show:

  • What is “upleveling,” anyway?
  • You’re not crazy. You’re not an imposter. There are millions of professionals, CEOs feeling the same way you do. It’s called growth – and it hurts.
  • Feeling this way is normal.

“The bigger the uplevel – the hotter the mess.”

 

When you uplevel, you’re thrown into what’s called “Liminal Space.” You’re not the ‘same ol’ you,’ but you’re not quite settled into the ‘new you.’ You’re somewhere in the middle, and learning to step into the new you.

“Darkness, confusion, and uncertainty is the starting point for major growth and transformation. It’s the necessary ingredient for change.”

 

My Challenge to You:

Stop thinking you’re crazy. Buckle up and enjoy the ride. Step into your brilliance, your power, and enjoy your success.

 

Exciting News!

I am excited to announce this special, exclusive offer with all you Fierce Feminine Leaders!

Mindy Weinstein, SEO and internet marketing expert and founder of Market Mindshift has agreed to conduct a 1-hour training webinar exclusively for the Fierce Feminine Leadership tribe! This webinar specifically targets women entrepreneurs wanting to learn how to significantly improve their online marketing and SEO strategies.

To register for the webinar, click here.

 

Subscribe to and Review the Fierce Feminine Leadership Podcast for a Chance to Win This Month’s Contest!

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May 30, 2016

Mindy Weinstein is the “expert to the experts” when it comes to SEO and internet marketing strategies. She is the President and Founder of the digital marketing firm, Market Mindshift, as well as a digital marketing strategist, public speaker, trainer, and a published author. She has taught dozens of large companies and major brands how to market their online products and services using digital marketing, social media, and SEO strategies. Mindy has had media appearances and has been interviewed and quoted in countless publications including FOX, NBC, ABC, the Huffington Post, and Bloomberg Radio. She has an MBA from Arizona State University and is currently working on her Ph.D. in Psychology with a special focus on technology.

In today’s episode, Mindy shares her story on how she got started in the digital marketing industry as well as several actionable tips on how you can improve your visibility and discoverability online.

Thank you for joining me on the show today, Mindy.

 

Here’s a Breakdown of the Topics We Covered:

  • Mindy’s story – how she got started in the internet marketing and SEO field
  • Things you need to be doing and thinking about to make sure your website is working hard and creating results.
  • Mindy explains what “discoverability” is and why it is important.
  • Ways you can become more visible online – and why it’s
  • Universal traits and behaviors you want to have to kick start your career and get promoted fast.
  • What prompted Mindy to leave the corporate world and start her own business?
  • Internet marketing trends Mindy has noticed and you should be using.
  • Valuable tips for fierce feminine entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs to increase their online visibility, discoverability, and market themselves online.
  • Mindy tells us what Market Mindshift is, and shares her business model and revenue streams.
  • The difference between personal branding and corporate branding, and why Mindy chose to brand her business as a corporate entity.

“If you don’t ask for what you want, you won’t get the opportunities.” – Mindy Weinstein

 

Mindy’s Advice for Women in Organizations and Ready to “Go It Alone.”

  • Plan how you will get clients. Plan out what the bare minimum income you need each month to pay your bills and live comfortably. Plan what steps you want to take immediately once you’re on your own.

 

Mindy’s Top 3 Tips for Entrepreneurs Trying to Market Themselves Online

  1. Work on your website. “Your website is your central hub. You have to make sure what’s under your hood is working correctly. If you can’t get your website indexed by search engines, you’re never going to rank for anything. Make sure you have the right technical structure for your website.”
  2. Work on your website’s “Your message is what is on your homepage, landing pages, blog posts. Showcase your expertise. Build trust and authority.
  3. Work on your social media message. “Make sure you are on the major social networks. Know where your audience is and make sure you are there, too, and engaged. Stay socially involved.”

 

How to Make “Becoming Your Own Publishing Company” Easier for Entrepreneurs

  • Create an editorial calendar for yourself and your blog.
  • Schedule out blog posts, video/audio publications, and social media posts. Stay Engaged.

 

Tips for Professional Women Within Organizations for Improving Their Online Presence

  • Take a hard look at your social profiles.
  • If you have your own website – do a technical review of it.

 

Resources Mentioned In This Episode:

 

Connect with Mindy:

 

Exciting News!

I am really excited to share this news with the Fierce Feminine Leadership “tribe!”

Mindy Weinstein has agreed to conduct an exclusive 1-hour training webinar for all you fierce feminine leaders in July! This webinar specifically targets women entrepreneur wanting to learn how to significantly improve their online marketing and SEO strategies.

 

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May 27, 2016

Ambitious women in business, especially those in high-energy careers, often struggle through many obstacles and dilemmas. Probably one of the most common dilemma that high-achieving women face are those that are internalized – feeling as though you are “not up to snuff” in your career, despite having a glowing resume, awards, or fantastic recommendations. This dilemma is what I call “Ambitious Woman’s Dilemma, and it is the most common condition affecting ambitious, high-achieving women in business.

In today’s episode, I share with you 6 of the most common symptoms of Ambitious Woman’s Dilemma (AWD), and what you need to do to overcome this condition.

 

Here’s a Breakdown of Today’s Show:

  • What is Ambitious Woman’s Dilemma?
  • How common is AWD?
  • Is there a way to “cure” the AWD condition – and if so, how?
  • Why highly ambitious women begin feeling the effects of AWD?

 

What Is Ambitious Woman’s Dilemma?

AWD is a common condition among smart, ambitious women who want to make a difference in the world while genuinely being present for their families and being financially secure but tend to feel like their “not up to snuff” or should be further ahead in their career or personal life than they are currently.

“You know you have Ambitious Woman’s Dilemma if you feel like the rope in a real-life tug-o-war game.” – Eleanor Beaton

 

6 Common Symptoms of Ambitious Woman’s Dilemma

  1. You feel you are only as good as your last deal, sale, or project.
  • You feel like you have to do things to be awesome and feel safe in the world.
  1. Your ratio of thinking about exercise and your health versus actually doing it is greater than 7 to 1
  1. You do not have any hobbies
  • AWD sufferers do not have any hobbies because, at the end of the work day, they are too busy sleeping, eating, driving, cleaning, or feeding someone.
  1. You sometimes have the feeling that you have lost the sense of play and wonder, that the creative part of you is somehow “dying.”
  1. You can’t slow down.
  • AWD sufferers often think, “Slow down? That’s what losers do!”
  1. You know you’re a confident person, but you don’t understand why you feel insecure at times.
  • Understand the difference between confidence and worthiness.

 

“When you truly embrace your sense of inner worthiness, you begin to approach your work & your life with a rested edge.” – Eleanor Beaton

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May 25, 2016

In our last episode, I spoke with Joan Michelson of Green Connections Radio. She brought up a fascinating topic about the differences between how women support other women in business compared to the ways men support other people in business. This discussion led me to evaluate how the women within my own network have supported me through various business ventures, as well as how the men in my network have shown their support. One thing that I have found interesting during this evaluation was that women typically demonstrate their support through emotional support while men will often support you through practical support.

In this episode, I share with you the reasons why many women in business often tend to stick with emotional support, and why they need to step out of their comfort zone, step into their power, and help other women in business through practical support strategies.

Here’s a Breakdown of Today’s Show:

  • Women are more likely to offer emotional support to other women in business while men often offer practical support.
  • Women need more than just emotional support to help us step into our economic power. We need practical support and access to professional networks.
  • One of the main reasons women do not offer practical support to other women is often because they do not realize their power. The first step to stepping into your power is to understand that you have it and realize that your biggest source of power is the relationships you have built.

“Business & success are like a river – they’ve gotta flow. If you treat your success like a pond, it will just get stuck.” – Eleanor Beaton

My Challenge to You:

It’s time to start “walking the talk,” ladies. Continue to offer emotional support to the women in business, but step it up a notch and also offer practical support! Here are two tips that you can use to offer practical support to other women in business:

  1. Find ways to make powerful introductions to key business partners, clients, and customers.
  2. Identify people in your network that would be a good supplier to someone else, then introduce them.

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May 23, 2016

Today, I am joined by a fabulously fierce feminine leader, advocate for female leaders throughout the corporate and entrepreneurial world, and owner of Green Connections Radio, Joan Michelson. Joan has made a huge impact in the corporate world and helping women “claim their power” in their industries. Her very specific, unique niche in the business community is in the Clean Tech area, also known as the “green space.” She joins us today to share her story about how the “green space” niche fell in her lap and provide some insight and tips to other women in leadership roles on ways they can find their voice within their organization.

 

Here’s a Breakdown of the Topics We Covered:

  • Joan’s story – how she dived into the Clean Tech space, the struggles she has endured, and how she overcame those struggles and how she empowers other women to do the same.
  • Statistics show that women tend to get promoted on performance while men get promoted on potential.
  • Women walk into a discussion or decision with a laundry list of assumptions.
  • How Joan felt “held back” in her previous career goals, and what she did to overcome this common obstacle.
  • Women have permission to change the rules in the corporate world, even though many feel as though they don’t.
  • Using relationship building skills and deal closing skills at the same time produces results. Everyone in business – entrepreneurial or corporate – needs to do both.
  • What is Joan’s business model?

“Women tend to limit their choices by – unknowingly or unintentionally – setting boundaries.”

 

Joan’s Advice for Women Who Are Looking to Build their Voice:

  • Confidence
  • Self-talk – listen to yourself, how you talk to others and yourself, to learn a lot about what your voice is and how you are, in your own way, making assumptions that may or may not be true.
  • Network
  • Be visible
  • Ask for what you want
  • Be willing to hear voices that are different from yours so you can stretch your knowledge. Be willing to learn new things and ask for help.

 

Joan’s Advice for People Working Within a Corporate Entity and Want to Elevate Their Personal Brand:

  • Go to your company’s communications team and ask to cover the public speaking engagements that the CEO cannot attend. Approach them with specific opportunities that will also benefit the company.

 

Connect with Joan:

 

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May 20, 2016

An interesting point was mentioned during my last episode while interviewing Vicki Saunders, the founder of SheEO. She said that women are not asking for help in their businesses – that many women feel they need to do everything on their own in order to be, or feel, successful and accomplished. In reality, though, it is incredibly hard to do everything on your own without asking for help and developing a team.

In this episode, I want to share some tips with you on five ways you can ask for help, and three ways you can ask in the right way.

5 Ways You Can Ask for Help:

  1. Ask for Introductions
  • An introduction is a powerful pre-framing technique in terms of positioning and allowing you to gain access to that person’s network.
  1. Ask People to Spread the Word Through Their Social Media Networks
  • Ninja Move Tip: When asking people to spread the word through their social media platforms, give them an image and some text they can use to promote.
  1. Ask for Advice
  • A wise woman once said, “When you ask for money, you get advice. When you ask for advice, you get money.”
  1. Have a Focus Group or Advisory Board
  2. Interview People

3 Tips on How To Ask for Help In the Right Way

  1. Be Mindful of a Person’s Time
  • Follow the 10-minute rule: “Hey, can we chat for about 10 minutes on the phone? I really need some advice.”
  1. Know What You Want
  • Having a clear picture of what you want and how it fits into your business’ “bigger picture” will help others help and collaborate with you easier and more efficiently.
  1. Have a Beginner’s Mindset
  • Maintain a balance between being open to information and closing down the information so you can implement.

“The most dangerous thing that can happen to a leader is that she begins to cut herself off from information” – Eleanor Beaton

 

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May 18, 2016

Today, I am joined by award-winning mentor and advisor, entrepreneur, and founder of SheEo, Vicki Saunders. Vicki has incredible experience and insight on what it takes for women to “step into their power,” lead their businesses on their terms, and grow a successful, meaningful career as an entrepreneur or intrapreneur. In today’s episode, she shares some of her insight on leadership and entrepreneurship as well as the “art of disruption.”

Vicki routinely speaks at conferences and events around the world, including the World Economic Forum in Davos, the Women of Influence Series in Canada, and the TedX Conference among several others. She was selected as a “Global Leader of Tomorrow” by the World Economic Forum and has co-founded and run several ventures throughout Toronto, Silicon Valley, and Europe.

Vicki, thank you for joining me on the show today and sharing your valuable tips, suggestions, and insight.

 

Here’s a Breakdown of the Topics We Covered:

  • Vicki’s “back story” on how she became an entrepreneur.
  • Vicki’s tips on how women should deal with the world finally catching up to their innovative ideas.
  • SheEo – what is SheEO and what is their mission?
  • Ways women can sharpen their entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial skills by identifying and synthesizing problems to find a unique solution.
  • Common ways many women entrepreneurs make things harder than they need to be.
  • Vicki shares the one important leadership lesson she has learned from her 20+ years with building and growing businesses.
  • How and when Vicki stepped into her power.
  • What’s up next for Vicki

“Women are an economic powerhouse that haven’t been tapped into before.” – Vicki Saunders

 

Interesting Statistics Shared:

  • 4$ of venture capital goes to women-owned businesses, and this figure has remained unchanged for decades.
  • If women were financed at the same degree as men, we would create 6-Million jobs in the next five
  • Women are set to inherit 75% of the world’s inherited wealth.
  • Women are starting businesses at almost twice the rate as men.
  • Women have a buying power of 80-85%

 

3 Steps Women Can Take to Sharpen Their Entrepreneurial & Intrapreneurial Skills:

  1. Be clear about the problem you are trying to solve.
  2. Broaden your circles of inspiration.
  3. Use that insight to create a model you can use to push you.

Connect with Vicki:

 

                    An Open Invitation to All You Fierce Feminine Leaders

Are you a coach, consultant, entrepreneur, or service provider wanting to sell your expertise and build your brand? I want to personally invite you to register for my brand new, free training webinar coming up on May 18!

You will learn:

  • Three stories you must tell to become a globally recognized expert, attract influential clients, and double your sales in as little as 12-months.
  • Exact sales and marketing structures you need to build a multiple 6-figure business.
  • Why so many coaches, consultants, and service providers struggle to replace their corporate salaries.

Bonus!

I am going to give you a behind the scenes look at how I earned a fabulous income as a global thought leader from my base in Canada!

One lucky live participant will win a free gift!

To register for my free training webinar “Stories That Sell,” head over to www.eleanorbeaton.com/storiesthatsell

Until next time….

Stay fierce!

 

May 16, 2016

Whether you are running a business or running a marathon, high-performance is a critical skill to have in order to “finish the race.” As many of my wonderful listeners already know, I am a huge fan of high-performing women, athletes, entrepreneurs, and business executives. However, throughout my coaching experience, I often see many women that have the potential to be high performers, but somehow fail to unlock that potential – leaving it on the table. Today, I share with you four critical psychological skills that all high-performers must have and master in order to achieve success in life, business, and sports.

Unless you’re living a high-performance lifestyle in business and life, you are leaving potential on the table.

My Challenge for You:

  • Think about what would be possible if you could unlock 15% more potential without creating more time in a day or upgrading your skills.
  • Think about what would be possible for humanity if everyone could unlock 15% more of their
  • Think about how the whirlwind of your life is affecting your ability to achieve your wildly important goals.

 

The 4 Critical Psychological Skills of High-Performers:

  1. Focus
  • Focus to work through the whirlwind.
  1. Visualization
  • Visualize the “end game” and what steps you need to take to achieve it.
  1. Setting Effective Goals
  • Drastically narrow your focus down. Set smaller goals to achieve the W.I.G.
  1. Dealing with Distractions
  • Learn how to say a powerful “no” to stay on track with your vision and goals.

When you unlock your capacity by 10, 15, 20 percent – think about what is going to be possible for your family, the people you love, and humanity as a whole.

Book Recommendation:

I highly recommend checking out Annette Verschuren’s new book, “Bet On Me,” an inspiring book on Annette’s philosophy on what it takes to be a highly successful leader.

To purchase “Bet On Me”

An Open Invitation to All You Fierce Feminine Leaders

Are you a coach, consultant, entrepreneur, or service provider wanting to sell your expertise and build your brand? I want to invite you to register for my brand new, free training webinar coming up on May 18!

You will learn:

  • The three stories you must tell to become a globally recognized expert, attract influential clients and double your sales in as little as 12-months.
  • Exact sales and marketing structures you need to build a multiple 6-figure business
  • Why so many coaches, consultants, and service providers struggle to replace their corporate salaries.

Bonus!

I am going to give you a behind the scenes look at how I earned a fabulous income as a global thought leader from my base in Canada!

One lucky live participant will win a free gift!

To register for my free training webinar “Stories That Sell,” head over to www.eleanorbeaton.com/storiesthatsell

Until next time…

Stay fierce!

May 13, 2016

Welcome back, Fierce Feminine Leaders! In this episode, I have a special guest on the air with me – Julie Weeks, President and CEO of Womenable, a for-profit social enterprise that works to enable women’s entrepreneurship worldwide.

Julie’s business focuses on helping women-owned businesses through improved systems, policies, laws, programs, and research-based knowledge to help women in the creation and growth of their companies. Julie is the leading expert in the field of women enterprise development, with over 30 years of experience in the public and private sector.

Since 2007, Womenable has partnered with American Express OPEN to develop and deliver research-based statistics on the role that women-owned businesses have had on the post-recession market throughout the United States and globally. She joins us today to share a few of the statistics that the 2016 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report has revealed this year in comparison to previous years, as well as shares some insight on how she grew her business and tips for women who are considering starting a business in the near future.

Thank you, Julie, for being on the show today and sharing this valuable information with the Fierce Feminine Leadership listeners.

Notable Statistics:

  • There are 11.3-Million women-owned businesses in the United States employing nearly 9-Million people and generating over $1.6-Trillion in revenue.
  • Women-owned businesses make up 38% of the business population and employ 8% of the country’s private sector workforce.
  • Since 2007, nearly 1,100 net women-owned businesses are launched each and every day.
  • 44% of women-owned businesses are owned by women of color in the United States.
  • Between 2007 and 2016, 79% of the net new women-owned businesses are owned by women of color.
  • The share of employment that are accounted for women-owned businesses, as well as revenue, remains flat lined since 2002. Employment shares have only grown by one percent – from 7% to 8%. Revenue shares have remained unchanged, at 4%.
  • The fastest growth regarding industry sector is among the smallest kinds in business; the service sector has doubled since 2007.
  • 8 in 10 United States businesses are single-person, private owned businesses, with 9 out of 10 being women-owned.

Tips Julie Shares:

  • Be relentless (in a good way); persevere to reach your business goals.
  • “Stick with it; success doesn’t happen overnight.”
  • Remember – teamwork is important. Balance your strengths and weaknesses. Hire other people to handle your weak points to grow a strong business.
  • Most importantly – have fun!

To get your hands on the 2016 State of Women-Owned Businesses in the United States Report, visit http://www.womenable.com/.

An Open Invitation to All You Fierce Feminine Leaders

Are you a coach, consultant, entrepreneur, or service provider wanting to sell your expertise and build your brand? I want to invite you to register for my brand new, free training webinar coming up on May 18!

You will learn:

  • The three stories you must tell to become a globally recognized expert, attract influential clients and double your sales in as little as 12-months.
  • Exact sales and marketing structures you need to build a multiple 6-figure business
  • Why so many coaches, consultants, and service providers struggle to replace their corporate salaries.

Bonus!

I am going to give you a behind the scenes look at how I earned a fabulous income as a global thought leader from my base in Canada!

One lucky live participant will win a free gift!

To register for my free training webinar “Stories That Sell,” head over to www.eleanorbeaton.com/storiesthatsell

Until next time…

Stay fierce!

 

May 11, 2016

Welcome back, my Fierce Feminine Leader! Today’s episode, I talk about the number one desire that women who want to lead crave, and how “the approval trap” prevents these amazing women from stepping into their power and achieving this desire.

I have worked with countless high potential business women throughout my career. The number one thing that these women want from leading their company is – you guess it – freedom. However, freedom often comes with a price, and the price that we discuss in this episode is releasing your natural need for being a “people pleaser.”

Women have been conditioned to be people pleasers; to make people happy, comfortable, and to feel good. However, to step into your power, you must be able to break free of the fear of criticism.

If you are not gaining the traction in your career to the degree that you want, transition your mindset from student to teacher.

My challenge for you:

Examine the times and situations in your life and career where you are playing smaller out of the need to have the approval of other people.

An Open Invitation to All You Fierce Feminine Leaders

Are you a coach, consultant, entrepreneur, or service provider wanting to sell your expertise and build your brand? I want to invite you to register for my brand new, free training webinar coming up on May 18!

You will learn:

  • The three stories you must tell to become a globally recognized expert, attract influential clients and double your sales in as little as 12-months.
  • Exact sales and marketing structures you need to build a multiple 6-figure business
  • Why so many coaches, consultants, and service providers struggle to replace their corporate salaries.

Bonus!

I am going to give you a behind the scenes look at how I earned a fabulous income as a global thought leader from my base in Canada!

One lucky live participant will win a free gift!

To register for my free training webinar “Stories That Sell,” head over to www.eleanorbeaton.com/storiesthatsell

Until next time…

Stay fierce!

May 9, 2016

Welcome back to the Fierce Feminine Leadership podcast! In today’s episode, I share with you three tips on finding your voice as a Fierce Feminine Leader.

Did you know that the vast majority of “new and noteworthy” podcasts on Stitcher and iTunes are hosted by men? In fact, statistics from Stitcher regarding top podcasts, only about 10% are hosted by women, while 80% are hosted by men. Women listen to a lot of podcasts, webinars, and attend dozens of conferences, but statistics show that the majority of business professionals and leaders are actually using their voice as a vehicle to increase their sales, earn more money, and market their businesses. Women often struggle with finding and utilizing their voice as a means to improve their businesses for three reasons:

  1. We feel we don’t have anything to say.
  2. If we do have something to say, we often ask ourselves “why would anyone be willing to listen to what I have to say?”
  3. We are afraid of our own power.

Ladies, it’s time to step into your power, find you voice, and be more competitive with the male leaders in your industry.

Here are three strategies you can implement today to help you find your voice, step into your power, and be the Fierce Feminine Leader that I know you can be.

  1. Start Commenting on Blogs & Articles
  • “Weigh-in” on articles and blogs you find interesting. Don’t just share those articles on Facebook and Twitter. Do both!
  • Are you “internet shy,” or maybe commenting online just isn’t your thing? There’s an alternative! Send those articles that you find interesting to someone you admire. Tell them why you think it’s valuable and why you are sharing it with them. This serves two purposes – builds your network and helps you find and practice using your voice.
  1. Practice Your Voice at Conferences
  • Every conference has a Q&A period. Use this time to practice using your voice and making it heard. Ask questions.
  1. Pay Closer Attention to the Material that Fascinates You

 

  • Identify your “controlling idea.” Your controlling idea is your central area of focus. Identifying your controlling idea helps you become known for something, builds your expertise in a topic, and helps other people understand what you’re all about.

So, ladies, I challenge you this week to begin practicing these strategies to help you find your voice and become the Fierce Feminine Leader I know you can be!

Congratulations to Vlad Secovich for being the first lucky winner of the monthly contest! As the winner, you will receive a free private coaching session with me! Thank you for listening to the Fierce Feminine Leader podcast, and leaving your honest feedback on iTunes!

To participate in May’s contest and receive a special private coaching session with me, leave me an honest review on iTunes!

A Special Announcement

I am excited to share with all of you Fierce Feminine Leaders a special promotion that I am running on May 18!

I am hosting a very special, free training webinar called “Stories That Sell.” If you are a thought leader that sells your expertise, this training webinar is for you!

What you will learn:

  • The 3 stories you must tell in order to position yourself as the expert in your field.
  • Why so many coaches, consultants, and service providers struggle to replace their corporate salaries.
  • A “behind the scenes look” and how I earned an income as a global thought leader
  • What sales and marketing structures you need in order to build a 6-figure business as a coach, consultant, or service provider.

If you are a coach, consultant, entrepreneur, or service provider, this training webinar is for you!

To register for the Stories That Sell Training Webinar, happening on May 18 visit www.eleanorbeaton.com/storiesthatsell

Thank you for listening to the Fierce Feminine Podcast!

Until next time…
Stay Fierce!

 

May 6, 2016

Your reputation. Your personal brand. Many Fierce Feminine Leaders know they need a personal brand, but they simply don’t know where the starting line is when it comes time to create one. In the business world, you are aware that your reputation often precedes you. Your personal brand can help you leave a lasting, positive impression on a potential client, customer, or business associate – and this is critical for your success.

 

 

So, how do you create a strong personal brand?

In this episode, I am going to share with you 5 critical elements of a strong personal brand.

The 5 Critical Elements of a Strong Personal Brand

  1. A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Your customers, clients, and business associates are researching you before they make the decision to hire or buy from you. Having a professional, high-quality headshot picture taken by an experienced, professional photographer will help your customers and clients make that decision. They do not want to see a picture of you with your dog playing in your back yard – they want to see a professional quality headshot, an image that will resonate and cause them to remember you the next time they need a service or product that you offer!

Challenge 1: Shell out some cash for a few high-quality, professional headshots.

  1. Update Your LinkedIn Profile

LinkedIn is a powerful, professional search engine and social networking tool used by thousands of businesses and organizations worldwide. Part of maintaining your public image and reputation relies on maintaining and updating your LinkedIn Profile.

Update your profile picture – remove the pictures of you and your dog (save those for your private Facebook profile!) and upload one of the professional headshot images that you’ve ordered when you completed Challenge 1. While you are updating your LinkedIn profile, also improve your summary and ask for recommendations from people you have worked with.

In the era of online marketing and networking, maintaining a positive online image and reputation is crucial to your chances of success. Part of maintaining your online reputation is building a solid network of people who will happily recommend you to other businesses and clients. Your LinkedIn profile and recommendations from people you have worked with is the perfect first step toward building a positive online reputation.

Challenge 2: Spend time updating your LinkedIn profile – your picture, your summary, and ask for recommendations!

  1. Tell Your Origin Story

Stories help people learn more about you and understand why you chose the professional lifestyle that you did. We are hardwired for stories. One of the critical elements of establishing and building your personal brand is your story behind how and why you got started in the work that you do.

Challenge 3: Share your compelling origin story with others – through your website, your LinkedIn profile, or other professional networks.

  1. Your Elevator Pitch

Many Fierce Feminine Leaders have powerful elevator pitches that help them tell their story and share their services with potential clients and customers. Elevator pitches are a 30-second pitch that explains who you are, what you do, and how you can help. It helps keep you memorable and magnetic to your clients and customers!

Challenge 4: Create a powerful, memorable elevator pitch! Get creative!

  1. Have a Signature Piece

Presenting yourself in a consistent fashion can help your brand consistency. It can help you position yourself and your brand in a memorable way with your clients, customers, and business associates. Brand consistency is incredibly important for every professional, and developing a signature piece can help!

What do I mean by a “signature piece?”

Think of Steve Jobs with his black turtlenecks or, my personal favorite, Anna Winter with her oversized sunglasses. These signature pieces incorporated into their wardrobe have helped them establish and promote their brands, products, and services time and again.

Challenge 5: Develop your personal signature piece.

Thank you for tuning into the Fierce Feminine Leadership podcast!

Until next time…

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May 4, 2016

Do you ever catch yourself comparing yourself to other successful people, and feeling frustrated and discouraged that your achievements are coming up short compared to someone else’s? Many – if not most high achieving professional women experience this phenomenon. It’s called “Compare and Despair” and it has reached monumental proportions since the development of the Facebook highlight reel.

Research shows that most high achievers have a competitive streak, whether in sports, business, or in life in general. While having a competitive edge can be a healthy, positive personality trait to have – it is not when it grows to the epic proportions of “Compare and Despair”. This phenomenon can cause you to significantly inhibit your ability to perform at the high levels that everyone around you knows you’re capable of.

In this episode, I talk about the “Compare and Despair” cycle and give you three simple ways to break this career inhibiting habit, move past these negative thoughts, and move forward with your career goals.

3 Ways You Can Stop Comparing Yourself to Others:

  1. Acknowledge the Feeling

Ladies, we are spending too much time comparing our accomplishments to others, gauging our success based on the success and achievements of others. One of the most common reasons why we spend so much time and energy in the “Compare and Despair” cycle is because we fail to recognize the feelings we have while doing it!

Challenge 1: I challenge you: Next time you catch yourself comparing your success to other people’s success, stop and notice the habit, the feeling. Once you recognize the habit, just stop, in that moment, and say: “Wow, I’m making myself feel ill because I’m comparing myself to so and so. INTERESTING!”

Then, move on with your day.

  1. Keep Your Eye on the Prize

It is truly amazing how many people are working without a clear goal, a prize they are striving to earn. If you don’t set a goal and create a plan of action to achieve that goal, then it becomes much easier to waste your time watching and comparing yourself to others.

Challenge 2: Your next challenge is to know your prize, own your ambition to get the prize, and stay focused on that prize. Set goals and plans to achieve your goals!

  1. Have a “Safe” Word

Compare and Despair is a dangerous cycle for high performing, professional women. To help you break the habit, develop a “safe word” that will allow you to break your focus from comparing yourself to others and allow you to being focusing on other important tasks, like your “prize.”

When I notice that I’m slipping into the Compare and Despair cycle, my safe word is focus. I literally stop, take a deep breath, then say “Eleanor….FOCUS!”

Ladies, don’t spend your life trying to live it like someone else. Crush your own! Be the Fierce Feminine Leader you know you can be!

Until next time…

Stay Fierce!

 

May 2, 2016

According to research, over half of today’s workforce is made up of women professionals, but far less have achieved their goals of landing a top position within their company. Statistics show that by mid-career, these powerful women with leadership potential lose their desire to reach the top midway in their careers.

In this episode, I am going to share with you the top three career derailers that are the most common reasons for great, aspiring women to lose their desire and confidence in landing that top spot.

  1. Broaden Your Career Focus

Women tend to specialize in specific roles within their company. Specializing in a particular field can all too often limit your chances for successfully landing a top position or becoming the company’s next CEO. Ladies, if you want to become an influential woman leader, you need to learn and appreciate how your organization works as a whole, and to do that, you need to start making lateral moves into unknown territory.

Until you learn how your company works as an entity, you won’t be able to lead it.

  1. Become a ‘People Person’ – Learn How to Work with People You Don’t Like

Being a “people person” does not mean that everyone has to like you – or that you have to like everyone. It means that you have successfully mastered the art of communicating and working with people whose personalities may conflict with your own. Mastering this skill is an incredibly important attribute to have when you are trying to land a top seat in your company or organization.

After all, you don’t think Sheryl Sandberg likes everyone she ever worked with at Facebook and Google, do you? Of course not, but by learning how to build solid working relationships with people, it enabled her to become a top women leader.

  1. Take Smart Risks

Being a CEO often involves taking smart risks. If you want to be a CEO of your company, you need to learn how to get out of your comfort zone and make the decision to take a smart risk. Ask for tough assignments, even if they are only short-term projects. Raise your hand at the next meeting and allow your voice and opinions to be heard. Volunteer new ideas to your boss and ask for new and different roles in the company. Some new positions may require you to accept a demotion, but that’s okay! It will only help your career in the long-run.

There are too many women in the workforce playing it safe at work. If you want to be CEO, you cannot be one of them. Get the courage to speak up, take risks, and lead your career YOUR way.

Only you have control over the direction of your career. It’s time to get the courage you need to take action and be the Fierce Feminine Leader we all know you can be!

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