Podcast #76: Maybe We Should All Grow a Pair

So what do women talk about when they meet up? Kids? Work? Husbands? Expectations? Trust? Sounds like a typical meeting meeting right? Turns out it can be all of that and so much more.

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Tuesday night was the joint Ballsy / Women in Tech meetup that featured speaker Norine Jones. Norine was asked to speak to the group based on a conversation that we had during another meeting. Specifically, it was to discuss the role of women in business and what exactly that means. How much sacrifice should we be making for our business vs our families and how do we make those choices.

What started out as a speaking gig turned in to a terrific discussion that I think generated far more helpful perspectives than a regular format would have done. I’d already had the conversation and still ended up with six pages of notes.

If you’re a woman in business, or a man still trying to learn about women, then this podcast might shed some light on the mental games we play with ourselves and how men factor in to all of that.

Here’s some of the highlights that didn’t make it in to the podcast:

Business

  1. Your time is valuable so pre-qualify your clients over the phone. If someone wants to “meet to pick your brain”, then state your rate. You don’t have time to waste on tire kickers.
  2. Remember that your personal story can impact the value you place on your services. Regardless of what you can afford, charge what you are worth.
  3. If you can identify a missing skill set in a competitor, barter with them for access to their audience. Fill that skill gap and then offer to send them clients who need their particular services. This is very effective if it’s out of your normal area.

Personal

  1. Remember that your support system (husband / partner) is capable of handling more than you think. It’s a partnership just like for your business.
  2. Prioritize learning for your business and if it affects your usual family routine: well, you’d have to make it happen if it was your work shift right? Same thing!
  3. Try not to assume that you need to put on armor before going in to a meeting regardless of the audience. If you know you can do the job, they will too.

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