Navigating the perilous waters of business dealings is difficult even on the sunniest of days, but for the women in business with the confidence and know-how, it doesn’t always have to be! Whether you’re working a nine to five desk job or running your own business, these tips will help you manage both your time and resources more efficiently and effectively!
Tip #1: Dress to impress
For women in business, it’s important to be taken seriously. So remember to keep those necklines high, those hemlines low and stick with neutrals and pastels (blind your employers with your work ethic, not your wardrobe!). Also remember that some people have allergies, so go easy on the perfume. And as for accessories, keep it simple: a wristwatch, a string of pearls or diamond studs should do the trick.
Tip #2: Networking in the business world
It might not seem like it, but networking is an ongoing thing. It’s more than just chatting up your fellow men and women in business at a conference though; it’s about connecting. Check out this neat trick on how to break the ice!
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So you hit it off with a prospective client or colleague, what now? Keep it up! Shoot them an email every now and then. Get lunch just to catch up on life. Stop selling and start connecting!
Tip #3: Make a checklist
Most busy people are dependent on multitasking, so it’s not that uncommon to be making checklists in your head while shampooing your hair. But then what happens? You get the kids ready for school, get yourself ready for work and let the dogs out before you all pile into the car. When you get to work you realize that you left your presentation notes on your coffee table at home. An easy way to avoid this? Write it down! Most of us don’t have an eidetic memory, so write yourself little ‘don’t forget’ notes. This applies not only to work duties, but to domestic ones as well. Realize that you need pick up milk the next time you’re at the supermarket? Write it down! As a bustling businesswoman, your time is valuable so don’t waste it when you don’t have to.
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Tip #4: Effective business communication
The majority of communication (a percentage that has been quoted at as high as ninety three percent!) is nonverbal, dependent upon your gestures, body language and the tone of your voice. Caught in the digital age though, we often don’t have our nonverbals to lean on. Emails are the most problematic venue here, but the most important thing to remember is to be yourself! Don’t find an overly verbose synonym for other word to try and make yourself sound super smart (how hard would that be to keep up?) and don’t over-analyze it. If you’re not sure how you come off, ask a friend to read it over and get their opinion. Remember employers want what you have to offer, not what you think you should have to offer. Show off that businesswoman’s savvy of yours!
Tip #5: Get a life
You are more than just your job! Chances are you have a family and friends, likes and dislikes, hobbies and aspirations. Go on a family hike or take a night off and go out with the girls. Take time to appreciate the little things. Stressing yourself out more than you need to isn’t going to do anyone any good.
The business world is often a conundrum, but it shouldn’t have to be! These tips will hopefully help you navigate the currents a little better. For a little inspiration and insight, check out these thriving women in business.