Tips & Tricks
By stopping we can see more clearly, be more effective, and make better choices.
By Camille Preston (Founder & CEO, AIM Leadership)
We’ve all had those days where we feel like we move a thousand miles an hour, nonstop, only to find our to-do list longer at the end of the day than it was at the beginning. Days like this leave us drained and dejected, and a little mystified.
How can it be, working that hard for 8+ hours, we could still be further behind than when we started? How is this possible, given how much we do every day?
Well, here’s the reason: activity does not always equal productivity. Truly productive
Have a vision and put the right resources together and operationalize something!
By Christina Vuleta (Founder, 40:20)
Today I’m sharing a little inspiration from a 40-something woman entrepreneur who is living proof of the power of believing in yourself.
After years of working in technology in the 90s and fighting against a “can’t do” corporate culture she left to start her own company.
The most important thing she brought with her was knowing that she had to shed the defensive behavior that can accrue when you work in a caustic environment. She knew she just had to believe that anything is possible.
Bathrooms are good places for customer engagement. QR code placement on bathroom door, maybe?
By Adriana Galue (Co-Founder, Mint Consulting)
For those of us who spend most of our modern lives in front of a computer following trends, it has become very clear that social media has created a tremendous opportunity for brands to engage directly with customers. Depending on the budget, brands are now able to follow their customer base to the extent of understanding what motivates, interests and engages an individual.
When limiting budget is a concern, how do you increase
Empretec’s formula for success is built around 10 Personal Entrepreneurial Competencies.
By Rania Anderson (Co-Founder, Women’s Capital Connection)
Melissa De León, founder of Panama Gourmet, a company which produces gluten-free foods, just won the 2012 UNCTAD Empretec Women in Business Award. This award honors businesswomen from developing countries who have founded successful firms, created jobs, and become role models in their communities. The finalists for this year’s award were women from Brazil, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Jordan, Nigeria, Panama, Uganda, Vietnam and Zimbabwe.
A focus on 10 key entrepreneurial competencies was key to her success.
What I know now that I wish I had known in my 20somethings.
By Christina Vuleta (Founder, 40:20)
These five insights come from a 40-something woman who went from investment banking to starting her own business in her mid thirties. Her thoughts on what she learned as an investment banker that continues to help her and her business thrive today:
Tip #1 – Learn On The Job
“Approach your job as an education. If you look at it as a job it is a missed education. If it’s not an education, move on. In investment banking I learned how to be a great professional, a trouble shooter. I learned how to interact with CEOs. I learned
By Larry Chiang (CEO, Duck9 & Stanford University EIR)
I’m a supermodel man. As a representative of the male supermodel community, I can say we have lots of similarities to women. Recently, I started to say things women say. I did this for fun but also to gauge effectiveness and play.
In playing, I learned the equivalent of a year in business school. These are things they can’t teach / won’t teach.
Here are my insights and here is what you, as a burgeoning fem-preneur, should pay attention to on our specific transition from pre-entrepreneur to founder.
By Anjali Tuljapurkar Cameron (Founder & CEO, TripLark)
Yes, you read it right. Inspiration overload. It happens to many new entrepreneurs. Knowing we’ll get nowhere by sitting alone at home, we attend every networking event and conference in the vicinity. Add blogs, books and business columns – and your brain is deluged with an endless slew of you-can-do-it stories. Returning home at night, you feel more inspired than ever but often still confused or questioning how you’ll ever get there.
I know this feeling intimately as the founder of TripLark, a new travel planning site. Having finally made more sense of what will provide me with the most learning and connections, here are a few
By Debra Benton (President, Benton Management Resources)
Asking questions seems to be very basic advice. Yet it is shocking the number of times a day you chose to “tell” instead of “ask”. The most successful leaders ask more then they tell.
People like you better if you ask them things rather than tell them things.
You don’t ask to impress, interrogate, intimidate, dominate, embarrass, put people in the corner, ‘nail’ others on something, catch people off guard, be nosy, or verbally stalk.
By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)
Sheila Lirio Marcelo, founder and CEO of Care.com, talks about Women 2.0 and female entrepreneurship. She admits it is a challenging and lonely road, and supports Women 2.0′s goal of cultivating a support network for early-stage entrepreneurs.
Marcelo advises entrepreneurs not let challenges in one’s head overcome them – for example, you don’t have to have clean dishes at home. She believes having the wrong vision in one’s head – one of perfection – will prevent you from moving forward and taking risks.
By Sonya Lee (User Experience Design Consultant, Mowie Media)
Being Asian, I have learned from my Chinese parents and family to aim for perfection. The viral Troll.me image of “You are the 99? Why not 100%?” strikes a deep cord in my soul because it is so true!