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5 Women Entrepreneurs Who Will Change The Way You Think About Work

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5 Women Entrepreneurs Who Will Change The Way You Think About Work

When most of us think about ‘work’ we picture office jobs, working 9 to 5 and colleagues who inspire various levels of admiration or irritation. The concept of work, however, doesn’t have to be rigid and regular. These five women entrepreneurs have shaken things up for themselves and the people they work with. Read through and be inspired by their courage, vision and contradictory approach to career building.

1. Carrie Green: Female Entrepreneur Association

Carrie Green - Female Entrepreneur Association

    Carrie Green – Female Entrepreneur Association

    After building her own global mobile phone unlocking business to help her get through her law degree, Carrie Green realized that she wanted to continue down an entrepreneurial path. The isolation that she felt as an online entrepreneur inspired her to reach out to women looking to build their own business. A few years later, the Female Entrepreneur Association was alive and kicking!

    Today, the Female Entrepreneur Association has over 140,000 followers, a monthly magazine, titled ‘This Girl Means Business,’ a membership platform and monthly training bundles for women entrepreneurs. Carrie has been featured in leading UK news publications and recently gave an immensely inspiring talk to TedX Manchester on ‘Programming Your Mind For Success.’

    This solopreneur is the epitome of someone who identified a dream and a need and then went for it. Carrie’s passion and determination should inspire you to choose your own path in life and then make it happen.

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    You can connect with Carrie at: www.femaleentrepreneurassociation.com

    2. Marie Forleo: MarieForleo.com

    Marie Forleo

      Marie Forleo – Credit: Eric Michael Pearson Photograhpy

      Well-known for her candid and sassy approach, Marie Forleo has built an online empire around the concept of building “a business and life you love.” With her own online TV show, Marie TV, and the highly acclaimed B-School, a business and marketing course for entrepreneurs, Marie Forleo uses her infectious personality and business experience to motivate entrepreneurs around the world.

      Raised on the Jersey Shore, Marie knows that loving your unique personality and using it to build your brand is something we should all take advantage of. Her no nonsense approach to business embraces quirkiness, fashion and femininity. She has been featured alongside mega stars such as Oprah and Richard Branson and is now considered a celebrity personality as much as she is a business guru. Marie Forleo can teach us all a thing or two about how being yourself and working hard can attract your dream audience.

      Find out more about Marie at: www.marieforleo.com

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      3. Tamara Hackett: Your Pretty Pages

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        Tamara Hackett – Your Pretty Pages

        Canadian-based entrepreneur Tamara Hackett is an organization, planning and productivity queen. The mom of two has built an online business, with a passive income model, around her lifestyle. Tamara’s business, Your Pretty Pages, provides home-based and small business owners with beautiful, downloadable business tools. From business planning worksheets to client questionnaires, Tamara provides entrepreneurs with solutions to their administrative, marketing and customer management needs.

        Tamara’s business is an example of how a love of beautiful visuals and a mind for practicality can be turned into a profitable venture. She keeps ‘fun’ and ‘feminine’ present in even the most straightforward business tasks and inspires business owners to make organization a priority. Going beyond her products, Tamara writes an inspiring blog with a ‘Featured Entrepreneur’ section, interviewing the business women she works with.

        Learn more about Tamara and her business at: www.yourprettypages.com

        4. Reshma Chamberlin and Elizabeth Buchanan: Muzio App

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        Muzio App

          Reshma and Elizabeth – Muzio App

          While this pair technically turns my ‘5 Women Entrepreneurs’ into six, they’re both definitely worth a mention. Best friends Reshma and Elizabeth share a belief that “beautiful design can inspire great happiness.” They set out to bring the concept of art curatorship to everyone via an app that allows users to collect, display and share information in a beautiful way.

          Muzio App enables you to create and edit inspired collections of memorable moments using photos, video and voice, audio, and text. The idea is expandable, offering a platform that works for both individuals and businesses looking to share their work and inspiration. This inspirational pair show us how even a traditional artistic concept can be brought into the technological world.

          Discover Muzio App today at: www.muzioapp.com

          5. Amy Porterfield: AmyPorterfield.com

          Amy Porterfield

            Amy Porterfield

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            Social Media Strategy Consultant and online business expert Amy Porterfield is the go-to person for advice on building an online platform. Amy helps others build a life out of what of they love by teaching effective self-promotion and online marketing techniques. It’s no surprise that the former online marketing advisor to Tony Robbins and co-writer of ‘Facebook For Dummies’ has an enormous online following.

            Amy’s brilliance is not only in her vast experience and knowledge but also in her understanding that small businesses don’t want to spend hours each day marketing themselves. She has developed strategies and programs to help entrepreneurs and public-facing people build an online presence in a simple and effective way. Her ‘work’ is all about helping others to do well in theirs — something the world can always use more of.

            Check out Amy’s social media how-to’s at: www.amyporterfield.com

             

            Have these women inspired you to break away from the 9 to 5 and launch your own business? If there’s one thing they can teach us, it’s that living your dreams is possible. If you’re looking to take the leap yourself, put on your planning cap and get to it. In the words of Barbara Sher, “It’s only too late if you don’t start now.”

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            Last Updated on July 20, 2021

            How to Overcome the Fear of Public Speaking (A Step-by-Step Guide)

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            How to Overcome the Fear of Public Speaking (A Step-by-Step Guide)

            You’re standing behind the curtain, just about to make your way on stage to face the many faces half-shrouded in darkness in front of you. As you move towards the spotlight, your body starts to feel heavier with each step. A familiar thump echoes throughout your body – your heartbeat has gone off the charts.

            Don’t worry, you’re not the only one with glossophobia(also known as speech anxiety or the fear of speaking to large crowds). Sometimes, the anxiety happens long before you even stand on stage.

            Your body’s defence mechanism responds by causing a part of your brain to release adrenaline into your blood – the same chemical that gets released as if you were being chased by a lion.

            Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you overcome your fear of public speaking:

            1. Prepare yourself mentally and physically

            According to experts, we’re built to display anxiety and to recognize it in others. If your body and mind are anxious, your audience will notice. Hence, it’s important to prepare yourself before the big show so that you arrive on stage confident, collected and ready.

            “Your outside world is a reflection of your inside world. What goes on in the inside, shows on the outside.” – Bob Proctor

            Exercising lightly before a presentation helps get your blood circulating and sends oxygen to the brain. Mental exercises, on the other hand, can help calm the mind and nerves. Here are some useful ways to calm your racing heart when you start to feel the butterflies in your stomach:

            Warming up

            If you’re nervous, chances are your body will feel the same way. Your body gets tense, your muscles feel tight or you’re breaking in cold sweat. The audience will notice you are nervous.

            If you observe that this is exactly what is happening to you minutes before a speech, do a couple of stretches to loosen and relax your body. It’s better to warm up before every speech as it helps to increase the functional potential of the body as a whole. Not only that, it increases muscle efficiency, improves reaction time and your movements.

            Here are some exercises to loosen up your body before show time:

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            1. Neck and shoulder rolls – This helps relieve upper body muscle tension and pressure as the rolls focus on rotating the head and shoulders, loosening the muscle. Stress and anxiety can make us rigid within this area which can make you feel agitated, especially when standing.
            2. Arm stretches – We often use this part of our muscles during a speech or presentation through our hand gestures and movements. Stretching these muscles can reduce arm fatigue, loosen you up and improve your body language range.
            3. Waist twists – Place your hands on your hips and rotate your waist in a circular motion. This exercise focuses on loosening the abdominal and lower back regions which is essential as it can cause discomfort and pain, further amplifying any anxieties you may experience.

            Stay hydrated

            Ever felt parched seconds before speaking? And then coming up on stage sounding raspy and scratchy in front of the audience? This happens because the adrenaline from stage fright causes your mouth to feel dried out.

            To prevent all that, it’s essential we stay adequately hydrated before a speech. A sip of water will do the trick. However, do drink in moderation so that you won’t need to go to the bathroom constantly.

            Try to avoid sugary beverages and caffeine, since it’s a diuretic – meaning you’ll feel thirstier. It will also amplify your anxiety which prevents you from speaking smoothly.

            Meditate

            Meditation is well-known as a powerful tool to calm the mind. ABC’s Dan Harris, co-anchor of Nightline and Good Morning America weekend and author of the book titled10% Happier , recommends that meditation can help individuals to feel significantly calmer, faster.

            Meditation is like a workout for your mind. It gives you the strength and focus to filter out the negativity and distractions with words of encouragement, confidence and strength.

            Mindfulness meditation, in particular, is a popular method to calm yourself before going up on the big stage. The practice involves sitting comfortably, focusing on your breathing and then bringing your mind’s attention to the present without drifting into concerns about the past or future – which likely includes floundering on stage.

            Here’s a nice example of guided meditation before public speaking:

            2. Focus on your goal

            One thing people with a fear of public speaking have in common is focusing too much on themselves and the possibility of failure.

            Do I look funny? What if I can’t remember what to say? Do I look stupid? Will people listen to me? Does anyone care about what I’m talking about?’

            Instead of thinking this way, shift your attention to your one true purpose – contributing something of value to your audience.

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            Decide on the progress you’d like your audience to make after your presentation. Notice their movements and expressions to adapt your speech to ensure that they are having a good time to leave the room as better people.

            If your own focus isn’t beneficial and what it should be when you’re speaking, then shift it to what does. This is also key to establishing trust during your presentation as the audience can clearly see that you have their interests at heart.[1]

            3. Convert negativity to positivity

            There are two sides constantly battling inside of us – one is filled with strength and courage while the other is doubt and insecurities. Which one will you feed?

            ‘What if I mess up this speech? What if I’m not funny enough? What if I forget what to say?’

            It’s no wonder why many of us are uncomfortable giving a presentation. All we do is bring ourselves down before we got a chance to prove ourselves. This is also known as a self-fulfilling prophecy – a belief that comes true because we are acting as if it already is. If you think you’re incompetent, then it will eventually become true.

            Motivational coaches tout that positive mantras and affirmations tend to boost your confidents for the moments that matter most. Say to yourself: “I’ll ace this speech and I can do it!”

            Take advantage of your adrenaline rush to encourage positive outcome rather than thinking of the negative ‘what ifs’.

            Here’s a video of Psychologist Kelly McGonigal who encourages her audience to turn stress into something positive as well as provide methods on how to cope with it:

            4. Understand your content

            Knowing your content at your fingertips helps reduce your anxiety because there is one less thing to worry about. One way to get there is to practice numerous times before your actual speech.

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            However, memorizing your script word-for-word is not encouraged. You can end up freezing should you forget something. You’ll also risk sounding unnatural and less approachable.

            “No amount of reading or memorizing will make you successful in life. It is the understanding and the application of wise thought that counts.” – Bob Proctor

            Many people unconsciously make the mistake of reading from their slides or memorizing their script word-for-word without understanding their content – a definite way to stress themselves out.

            Understanding your speech flow and content makes it easier for you to convert ideas and concepts into your own words which you can then clearly explain to others in a conversational manner. Designing your slides to include text prompts is also an easy hack to ensure you get to quickly recall your flow when your mind goes blank.[2]

            One way to understand is to memorize the over-arching concepts or ideas in your pitch. It helps you speak more naturally and let your personality shine through. It’s almost like taking your audience on a journey with a few key milestones.

            5. Practice makes perfect

            Like most people, many of us are not naturally attuned to public speaking. Rarely do individuals walk up to a large audience and present flawlessly without any research and preparation.

            In fact, some of the top presenters make it look easy during showtime because they have spent countless hours behind-the-scenes in deep practice. Even great speakers like the late John F. Kennedy would spend months preparing his speech beforehand.

            Public speaking, like any other skill, requires practice – whether it be practicing your speech countless of times in front of a mirror or making notes. As the saying goes, practice makes perfect!

            6. Be authentic

            There’s nothing wrong with feeling stressed before going up to speak in front of an audience.

            Many people fear public speaking because they fear others will judge them for showing their true, vulnerable self. However, vulnerability can sometimes help you come across as more authentic and relatable as a speaker.

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            Drop the pretence of trying to act or speak like someone else and you’ll find that it’s worth the risk. You become more genuine, flexible and spontaneous, which makes it easier to handle unpredictable situations – whether it’s getting tough questions from the crowd or experiencing an unexpected technical difficulty.

            To find out your authentic style of speaking is easy. Just pick a topic or issue you are passionate about and discuss this like you normally would with a close family or friend. It is like having a conversation with someone in a personal one-to-one setting. A great way to do this on stage is to select a random audience member(with a hopefully calming face) and speak to a single person at a time during your speech. You’ll find that it’s easier trying to connect to one person at a time than a whole room.

            With that said, being comfortable enough to be yourself in front of others may take a little time and some experience, depending how comfortable you are with being yourself in front of others. But once you embrace it, stage fright will not be as intimidating as you initially thought.

            Presenters like Barack Obama are a prime example of a genuine and passionate speaker:

            7. Post speech evaluation

            Last but not the least, if you’ve done public speaking and have been scarred from a bad experience, try seeing it as a lesson learned to improve yourself as a speaker.

            Don’t beat yourself up after a presentation

            We are the hardest on ourselves and it’s good to be. But when you finish delivering your speech or presentation, give yourself some recognition and a pat on the back.

            You managed to finish whatever you had to do and did not give up. You did not let your fears and insecurities get to you. Take a little more pride in your work and believe in yourself.

            Improve your next speech

            As mentioned before, practice does make perfect. If you want to improve your public speaking skills, try asking someone to film you during a speech or presentation. Afterwards, watch and observe what you can do to improve yourself next time.

            Here are some questions you can ask yourself after every speech:

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            • How did I do?
            • Are there any areas for improvement?
            • Did I sound or look stressed?
            • Did I stumble on my words? Why?
            • Was I saying “um” too often?
            • How was the flow of the speech?

            Write everything you observed down and keep practicing and improving. In time, you’ll be able to better manage your fears of public speaking and appear more confident when it counts.

            If you want even more tips about public speaking or delivering a great presentation, check out these articles too:

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