What’s Missing from Covid-19 To-Do Lists?

What’s Missing from Covid-19 To-Do Lists? 14 Must-Knows!

 

We’d love to hear which of our Promote Her Business community’s “Must-Knows” you LOVE the most!!

1) Stay Socially CONNECTED: Just because we are being told to “socially distance” ourselves (which is not a term I’m a fan of), doesn’t mean we shouldn’t stay Socially Connected. In fact, the more we feel like we’re in isolation, the more we need social connection. Instead of thinking of it as “social distancing”, think of it as “physical distancing” while intentionally keeping in contact with others ONLINE. 

  • Social connectedness is critically important to your overall well-being, getting through this scare without feeling so alone, while overcoming this “everyone’s on their own”, fear-based mentality that doesn’t lead anywhere good. I’m so glad our Promote Her Business community is here for each other, during this time of doing business as (un)usual.

2) Pay attention to the words we’re using, because words directly affect our thoughts, feelings, and actions. If you call something a “practice”, people will act differently than if you call it a “championship game,” right? Are your words helping us solve the problem – and contribute to being our Highest energized self each day– or are you adding to the fear?

3) Look for the Opportunity in the Threat: The good news is now that you’re spending more time at home – and more people are focused on themselves – it could be a great time to do things you’ve been procrastinating on. Clean your home office, get your financial systems in order, UPlevel your business/marketing/sales plan, and let your creativity go wild. 

4) Think of it as Rescheduling NOT Canceling: Many Women Entrepreneurs have come to me this week with tears in their eyes. They have dedicated months and even an entire year creating in-person events, and are now sending out emails that everything is “canceled”. Will all their hard work go out the window? Now is the time to reframe your thinking. Instead of thinking of it — and messaging it — as “canceling” to your ideal audience, think of it as rescheduling instead.   

  • Have faith that when you do reschedule it… it will be greater than ever. Now you have some more time to think through things so that you can have your best event yet. Also, challenge yourself to adapt to the situation and see what you can do in the meantime online to keep supporting your community even though it’s not in-person. The show must go on… just in a new way. Get creative. Maybe you can’t facilitate the entire conference but you can still have a mini-workshop through video conf or FB LIVE etc.

5) Stay Positive: When I say positive, I mean positive. It means NOT saying you’re “just being realistic” – when what your saying has negative undertones and is far from neutral. I mean be Positive. Why? Because we are in a global scare, and when people are scared, they are emotional – they react, they don’t think – and this causes huge short-term problems and long term issues, we will need to clean up for generations to come. Right now we are at a tipping point for what people are going to do in face of being scared on a global scale, and being “realistic” (especially when it has the connotation of feeling like we’re alone and fending for ourselves), could push people into a panic. 

  • So, stay positive… meaning be hopeful, do everything to be you’re your Best, Highest Self every day … and even more so when you’re cooped up in the house and/or with people who are driving you crazy (grin).  Being positive does NOT mean being unrealistic; it does not mean pretending like it’s ok to spread the virus and not be responsible for your role in containment. What positive does mean is looking at what good things can come out of this situation, celebrating every time we get closer to a solution, staying socially connected (and supporting others well-being), practicing self-care so you can stay positive, being patient with others, and noticing how your reactions are either helping or hurting others from being positive too.  

6) Think for yourself: You are the CEO of your life, so trust your feelings and innate wisdom too. Although it’s important to keep informed about COVID-19 and listen to experts, ultimately no one is more of an expert on your life and what to do with your time, your family, and your business than you. Also, someone has to say it: We all bring our own biases and social, political, and commercial motives into recommendations (whether knowingly or not) – and people may try to take advantage of your fear and verge of panic — so it’s good to never just blindly follow anything. Think for yourself.

7) Take Ownership for being a Role Model: People often don’t do what you say, they do what you… do. You are a role model and people have been watching what you’re doing and copying your behavior (whether they tell you or not). As a thought leader in your business industry and a leader to your family/friends, what message are you currently sending your community through your actions?

  • What message do you want to be Intentionally Sending? Your community is looking for your guidance. What are you doing during the Scare – are you in “fight or flight” mentality… OR are you critically thinking through everything and making the best out of each day?

8) Stop the “Fend for Yourself” Thinking: I’m going to say something that might be stunning: Think bigger than yourself and your family. I understand family comes first, and at the same time, acting as if the only priority is to protect yourself does not help us relate to each other, collaborate, and be there for each other on a local or global scale. It divides us, it doesn’t unite us in coming to solutions as quickly as possible and spreading solutions. Let’s be there for each other, even if they’re not family… and even if they’re strangers. For example, if you have hoarded toilet paper (wink) and a neighbor runs out, give them some. If other people don’t know where to go to get tested, proactively share with the community where you went… let’s help each other out and be evolved in coming together as a global community and learning from each other about best practices during these uncertain times. 

  • To me, your true sign of character and caring comes out… not when things are going well… but when you are being challenged and it’s all too tempting to be in our own world at the expense of others.  

9) Never Underestimate Your Contribution/Expertise to the Solution: You might not be a medical expert and you might not be working on the cure to COVID-19, but so what? That doesn’t mean you aren’t an expert in something related to COVID-19. What you have to say matters, and never let someone else play down the credibility of what you say (including YOU)!!

  • What’s going on globally today has much bigger implications than just physically the virus itself. It has social, political, economic, emotional, financial, family and spiritual implications that are important too – and no one is an expert in all those areas; each of us plays a part. We need to do what we can in our sphere of influence to be a contribution to the solution, as well as getting through each day and avoiding fear-based, knee-jerk reactions, which lead to panic.
  • Just this week, a guy said to me that my concern about the term “social distancing” was “nit-picky” and distracted us from focusing on America’s “true problem”… containment. He totally invalidated my expertise as a Strategic Messaging Coach/ Women Entrepreneurship Expert and the implications of words unintentionally contributing to fear, big hits in business, and panic. Instead of arguing, I listened to his viewpoint, and then, thought for myself and made “Stay Socially Connected” point #1, since that’s how important I still think it is:)

10) Be a Healthy-Her – or Healthy-Him — and practice self-care: The world has changed and we are either evolving with it or suffering from it. What can you do to heal any pain, suffering, upsets you have going on in your life right now… in addition to all the frustrations, challenges and worry generated by this Scare? To be your Best Self and a Role Model during these uncertain times, you need to take care of yourself and make sure your body, mind, and spirit are being fueled and nourished.  

  • Are you getting 6-8 hours of sleep? Are you putting foods in your body that nurture you, as opposed to drain you? As the 2020 headline of TIME Magazine proclaimed: “Alternative med is the new mainstream” – are you leveraging alternative med? Are you getting exercise… or are you using being “cooped up” as an excuse to sabotage yourself?   

11) Pay attention to who you are surrounding yourself with: Their energy affects your energy, as well your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. If you are feeling stuck in a household with some Negative Nellies… it’s even more important that you intentionally find an ONLINE outlet and community to uplift you while helping more people be uplifted too.  

  • Even if people in your household are positive, it’s still important to talk to people outside your household to gain new perspectives on the situation, have vulnerable conversations about what’s going on for you and your business right now, brainstorm creative ways to do business as (un)usual, and cheer each other on! No one can be everything to everyone; give your family a break; talk to other people too

12) Keep supporting local business and Women Entrepreneurs: Although people are buying up all the basic “staples” and hoarding toilet paper, a lot of businesses (especially small and woman-owned) are taking a major hit right now. People don’t know what to do, and while they’re reflecting, they’re not buying products or participating in important services which can help more successfully navigate through this scare. Let’s keep contributing to the economy by being role models of using our dollars as our vote for what’s important and should stay in business.  

  • Are you continuing to spend what you regularly spend? What’s important is not just toilet paper and the basics; it’s also continuing to buy business, health, relationship products/services – and participating in online events — that will help us transition from “wait and see” to “let’s have a great life in the meantime” mode:)  

13) Appreciate each other: It’s important to realize that many businesses are bending backward and creatively evolving to support our needs online … They are tirelessly investing time, money and effort to avoid disrupting services, and they’re moving everything online as seamlessly as possible. Let’s show them we appreciate their efforts (like we’d want our ideal audience to appreciate our efforts) and take them up on what they’re offering.  

14) Learn from Entrepreneurs: There are many things that entrepreneurs have learned from corporate; like structures, policy, scaling, mass marketing, and sustainability. And it feels REALLY GOOD to be able to say that the COVID-19 Scare has put us in a situation where people are the world can most benefit by thinking more like Entrepreneurs. Employees are working from home, having to adapt to new situations, be creative, and even use new online technology to stay connected. 

  • Entrepreneurs, this is a time to shine and share your expertise. It’s a time to own being visionaries/innovators/thought leaders, and help others adopt more of an entrepreneurial-mindset too… because when things are risky, uncertain, and there are problems to be solved, this is when WE are at our best!

Learn more about becoming a Promote Her Business Int’l member, and build more inspiring, win-win relationships with other supportive and purpose-driven Women Entrepreneurs. 

RSVP to be our FREE Guest at Virtual Speed Networking and/or The 12 Principles to Promote Her Business Learning Lab.  

Here’s to promoting your business and each other: Online. Offline. All the time.

Jōs Hanan, Founder/CEO, Promote Her Business International

Let’s Do “Business HER Way”

Let’s Do “Business HER Way”

Being an entrepreneur isn’t easy …. let alone a Woman Entrepreneur. 

  • Have you noticed that women have their own way of doing business? 
  • Do you want resources to do business your authentic way?
  • Would you like to overcome business roadblocks, while uniting with other purpose-driven Women Entrepreneurs, whose strengths multiple when they lock arms? 

Check out this video to explore what it means to do ”Business HER Way” and shine a brighter spotlight on your business in the process! 

So, what’s next?  Lock arms with Promote Her Business’ global community, and let’s do “Business HER Way”!  Check out how to get started as a FREE PHB Member and accelerate your business growth this month:) 

Do you Really Know what Your Employees are saying about your business?

Do You Really Know What Your Employees Are Saying ... About Your Business?

I’ve got to tell you this Funny Story…

So, I was just in a really cool candy store (yes, they still really exist) … With a delicious looking and smelling chocolate bar in my hand ….

As I’m about to pay, I say to the employee at the register: “I LOVE your store; it’s been forever since I’ve been in one of these!”

This employee looks at the chocolate treat in my hand and says: ” Yes, it’s a dangerous place to be in if you haven’t eaten lunch yet. I always tell customers to go to lunch first and then, come back … Or they might hate themselves later!”

So, this employee convinced me! 

I walked out of the candy store with no purchase … Proud not to mitigate my Yoga results … Thank you employee! And sorry business owner.

And no, I definitely did not come back after lunch.

Do You Know What Other People Are Saying About Your Business? 

If you have employees or assistants, are you in tune with what they’re saying to your customers? Is it time to do another marketing huddle on what they are literally saying and maybe also emphasize what should be avoided? 

Even if you don’t have employees, let’s say you are in the direct sales industry, do you know what other people on your team — and in your business — are saying to promote the business? In general, are they hype-e, pushy, or genuinely friendly and doing what’s in the best interest of the potential customer?  That directly impacts the entire business’ reputation and how open potential customers are to your business before you even speak to them. I often suggest to direct sales people to go to networking events and stand in the same circle as other people in their business, so they know what’s really being said (as opposed to the script that is supposed to be said).  

Are You Being a Great Role Model of What You Want Said?

Most importantly, are you listening to the words that are coming out of your own mouth, as a role model.  Are you authentically best representing yourself and your business? And when you say something that is not aligned with your business intention, what do you do? Do you instantly recognize it? Do you correct it? Or do you let your ideal audience walk out of your figurative store with no purchase in hand? 

UPlevel Your Reputation and Business Results  

We invite you to consider joining us as a PHB International Member. Our program is 100% virtual, and includes Advanced Networking with our global community and learning marketing/sales around your schedule.    

Our PHB Int’l members continually learn the best practices in marketing/sales year-round by striving to master The 12 Principles to Promote Her Business, peer mentoring each other, and building inspiring, Win-Win, profitable relationships.

Once you become a Member, you can join or start a Private Networking Circle at no additional charge. You can then participate in an exclusive Circle of trust and support with the most supportive and purpose-driven Women Entrepreneurs you know:)

Here’s to promoting your business and each other: Online. Offline. All the time.

Jōs Hanan, Founder/CEO, Promote Her Business International

Not Always Exciting But Wow Do They Pay-Off!

Not Always Exciting But Wow Do They Pay-Off!

Have you ever heard that having a System is key to business success?

But what is exactly meant by “System”, as you can’t do what you can’t define.  According to BusinessDictionary.com, a System is “a set of detailed methods, procedures and routines created to carry out a specific activity, perform a duty, or solve a problem.”

As Michael E Gerber, author of The E-Myth (which is PHB recommended book to read), once said: “Systems permit ordinary people to achieve extraordinary results predictably.” 

Resistance to Systems

So, why then do so many Women Entrepreneurs resist having a system? 

  • Why do they prefer to fly by the seat of their pants, keep changing up what they do and say, and resist documenting things, which then, makes it impossible to delegate them?  
  • Why do Women Entrepreneurs say they want consistency and predictable returns and yet, operate their business counter-intuitively? 

I’m not going to kid you. As a self-declared creative visionary myself, having a System at first strikes me as boring and repetitive … But wow does it produce results for a business.

Let me give you a real life success story from my heated Yoga class (and see if this alters how you think about the benefit of systems too!).  

What We Can Learn from Bikram Yoga’s System

My entire 8am Bikram Yoga class was packed — mat to mat this morning.  And get this… we weren’t doing anything new… in fact, it was the opposite.  Bikram Yoga has a system for having the entire class do the same 26 poses —  with the same explanations – and the same high quality instructors — day after day after day …  As this is my 56th day of a 60 day Bikram Yoga challenge, I’ve heard and done the same thing 56 times!

And yet, Me — one of the worlds most easily bored people – is still going back for more.

Somehow clients like consistently knowing what they’re getting and can then easily tell others what they’ll be getting.  The yoga instructors also seem to like having the same script, because even though they say the same thing, the class may hear something differently in what is being said that affects their pose (or maybe they totally tuned out the other 55 times, and it takes the 56th time to hear it!).  Plus, the entire Yoga Studio — from the receptionist to the Instructors to the cleaning staff — is on the same page about what it means — and what it doesn’t — to facilitate Bikram yoga, because it’s consistent. 

So, entrepreneurs, I don’t know about you … But I’d rather be bored and profitable then constantly amusing myself by changing and broke….

Powerful lesson. Thank you heated yoga for your business brilliance (and for my flatter tummy)!

What’s Your System?

Now is the time to ask yourself: Do you have a documented system to run your business?

If you do have a system, how often do you revisit it? Are you making sure that you are not the only one who knows what it is… and that anyone on your team is as in tune with it as you are? 

On the flip side, if you don’t have a system, is now the time to create it? 

It doesn’t matter if you are a solo-preneur, a system still ensures that you are providing a consistent level of service excellence, helps people you network with consistently understand what you do, and gives you a way to start to be able to predict your monthly income and results.  Creating a System is also key to having coaches/consultants be able to better support you, so both you — and they — can see how your business operates at a glance and then, more easily guide you on how to UPlevel it.   

Expedite Your Results with PHB’s Support System  

Trying to hold yourself accountable to creating a business system and continually upleveling it, can be challenging. Consider seeking Expert Support to accelerate your results. Specifically, we invite you to join us as a PHB International Member (a 100% virtual program).   

Our PHB Int’l Members continually learn the best practices in marketing/sales year-round by striving to master The 12 Principles to Promote Her Business, peer mentoring each other, and building inspiring, win-win, profitable relationships during Virtual Networking events. 

Once you become a Member, you can join or start a Private Networking Circle at no additional charge. You can then participate in an exclusive Circle of trust and support with the most supportive and purpose-driven Women Entrepreneurs you know:)

Here’s to promoting your business and each other: Online. Offline. All the time.

Jōs Hanan, Founder/CEO, Promote Her Business International

What “Little Things” Will Make the Difference in Your Business?

What “Little Things” Will Make the Difference in Your Business?

My favorite quote of all times is: “Remember the little things — for one day, they will be the BIG things!” (An anonymous quote I found when making a printshop card when I was 10 years old.)

This is especially important to keep in mind when things are not working the way you had hoped and your attitude is becoming negative. Check out Tony Robbin’s 2 minute talk about how you might just be a millimeter away from success.    

Whether it’s the millimeter in Tony Robbins’ golf game; the millimeter in adjusting your posture in a heated Bikram yoga pose; or finding the millimeter improvement that will have a huge impact on your business… The little things are the BIG Things! 

Your Millimeter Difference

Ask yourself:  What is the biggest area you want to move forward in your business (especially an area that isn’t working the way you want it to)?  Now, how can you make a millimeter improvement in that area starting this week? 

If you don’t know — it’s worth working with an expert to support you! Otherwise, you may be taking a lot of time and effort in an activity that is not likely to get you where you want to go, when someone could have just guided you on what was most worth your time.  

(As you can hear in Tony’s example — as famous and masterful as he is, Tony still invests in programs and people to coach and/or instruct him and help him figure out what will make the millimeter difference!)

To discover what you could be missing in your business, marketing, sales or networking approach — consider joining us as a  PHB International Member. Our program is 100% virtual, and includes Advanced Networking events via video conference and learning marketing/sales around your schedule.    

Once you become a Member, you can join or start a Private Networking Circle at no additional charge. You can then participate in an exclusive Circle of trust and support with the most supportive and purpose-driven Women Entrepreneurs you know:)  

Here’s to promoting your business and each other: Online. Offline. All the time.

Jōs Hanan, Founder/CEO, Promote Her Business International

Did You Fall? It’s Time to Lean Forward.

Did You Fall? It's Time to Lean Forward.

(Day 48 of the 60 Day, Heated Yoga Challenge) 

Today, I fell on my butt.  Not once, but twice — during something called “toe stand”… but then I had an epiphany, thanks to my yoga teacher!

After the 2nd fall, my teacher said she was noticing a pattern in how I was falling (not just from today, but from the other times she had observed me in class).  Specifically, everytime I fell, she noticed I was leaning backwards. 

She lovingly pointed out that I could learn something from inquiring into why I fell (as opposed to just be embarrassed about falling in front of the class).   Then, she asked me if I was open to trying toe stand a new way — such as by leaning forward instead of leaning backwards?

What I realized after class was that if she hadn’t said to intentionally think about Why I fell and go into the posture trying something new — I would have unthinkingly done the same motion and ended up back on my butt for the Same Reason.

Not to say, that even with leaning forward, I still won’t fall (in fact, I did fall!).

But here’s the bottom line: The fact that I’m learning from my mistakes and falling in a new way is something to be Proud of. I Am making progress and crossing off the ways Not to do it (of which I know many). And it’s inevitable that one day, I will be a toe stander!

(In fact, as I’m editing this blog — which is at least a year since I wrote it — I can now do toe stand by leaning more forward (grin))

I think the same goes for business. Over my business career, I have fallen pretty hard — at least Three times — very publicly — on my butt.

And it’s time to stop beating myself up for falling and letting embarrassment stagnate me.  Instead, it’s time to focus on the learning and being intentional about not repeating what doesn’t work.  

Moreover, it’s time to start giving myself some Serious Credit for now being able to check off 3 ways not to succeed in business (grin)

Enough about Me… Where are You Falling? 

What is the place in your business that you have fallen, and it hurts the most?  

Is it time to inquire into why you fell, so you don’t make the same mistake and/or hire a coach/consultant and/or participate in a program to help you see what you may be missing?   

What is 1 new action you can take to “lean forward” … toward your dream (even if it might mean you may fall again)? 

Most importantly, give yourself credit for staying in the game — which many business owners don’t — and being a role model to other Women Entrepreneurs to do the same. You rock!  

Believing In Each Other (even when we fall) 

Being in business is no easy thing — and as you know — and it hurts really bad to fall down on our dreams (I’m tearing up as I’m writing this!). 

That’s why it’s more important than ever to lock arms with other supportive, purpose-driven Women Entrepreneurs, who get where you’re coming from, are here to promote and peer-mentor each other, and are all about mastering the 12 Principles to Promote Her Business, together.  

We’d LOVE for you to see for yourself: Want to join us as a FREE 1X Guest at our next 12 Principles Learning Lab?

As a community, let’s be a role model to the world of shining the brightest spotlight on Women Entrepreneurs and reminding each other to lean forward no matter what!

Here’s to promoting your business and each other: Online. Offline. All the time.

Jōs Hanan, Founder/CEO, Promote Her Business International

Acknowledgment

Acknowledgment

Acknowledgment.  It’s something All the Women Entrepreneurs I speak to need more of …

But how do we get the level of acknowledgement we deserve? At Promote Her Business, we believe the first step is to start by giving ourselves more compliments and celebrating our small wins (especially the ones others don’t notice).

So I’ll proudly start the acknowledgement trend:

Today in yoga, I was doing Eagle pose and for the 1st time EVER I got my left foot to almost go behind my leg. I Rock!! Just saying.  And my hope is that my left foot will serve as a role model to my right foot … That it, too, can follow in its “footsteps” (grin). 

What do YOU deserve to acknowledge yourself for Today? 

  • What’s 1 compliment you’d like to give yourself personally?
  • What’s 1 compliment you’d like to give yourself professionally? 

If there’s anything I would want to leave you with it’s this:  Compliments lead to Confidence. This is so important to keep in mind given that so many Women Entrepreneurs say that they want to have a breakthrough in confidence.  

Now to be clear… when I say “compliments lead to confidence”… I don’t mean giving yourself fake compliments like ‘I look so pretty today”, when you are totally not feeling it. What I do mean is giving ourselves compliments that we know matter to us, are breakthroughs in our performance (no matter how small) and give us pride in ourselves and our growth.  And with that said, saying to yourself: “I look so pretty today” is a great idea as long as you believe it and feel like it’s a compliment you’re ready to take in.  

If you give yourself a compliment and it doesn’t feel authentic — or like not you’re ready to accept it (yet) — that’s ok. Choose something else to acknowledge yourself for; there is always more there than you might realize. 

Ready for a challenge?

Give yourself 2 compliments (1 personal, 1 professional) each day for the next week… and then, the next step is to move from this being a challenge exercise to making it a best practice in your life.  

Keep Accountable and Accelerate Your Business Results  

To keep accountable for the best practices in business — while having other Women Entrepreneurs cheer you on — consider joining us as a PHB International Member. Our program is 100% virtual, and includes Advanced Networking events via video conference and learning marketing/sales around your schedule.     

Plus, once you become a Member, you can join or start a Private Networking Circle at no additional charge. You can then participate in an exclusive Circle of trust and support with the most supportive and purpose-driven Women Entrepreneurs you know:)

Here’s to promoting your business and each other: Online. Offline. All the Time.

Jōs Hanan, Founder/CEO, Promote Her Business International

The Top 7 Pet Peeves of Advanced Networkers

The Top 7 Pet Peeves of Advanced Networkers

Let’s face it: When you attend as many networking events/groups — as the Advanced Networkers in our Promote Her Business community — in addition to accumulating business cards, it’s also easy to accumulate pet peeves.

And sometimes it’s best to get them out in the open — not to be negative or create drama — but rather, to be able to articulate what’s not working — or not working as well as you’d like… so you can tackle the issues head-on and create the Ultimate Networking experience (which is exactly what we’re doing at Promote Her Business and appreciate your feedback too).

Here are THE Top 7 Networking Pet Peeves (I’ve heard about all sorts of networking groups over the years)…

Do any of these sound familiar? Or make you happy that other women feel like this too!!

1) Attendees Value Short-term Gains over Meaningful Relationships  

People only care about getting immediate business from you. And if you don’t seem to want to buy their products/services today, your relationship is over before it began.

2) Ego-centric 

People have no interest in what you do… they hardly ask you any questions. On the contrary, the only thing they care about is promoting their business until you make up an excuse to get away!

3) Not on the Same Page 

People don’t ask your permission before adding you to their list and/or are consistently calling you about attending events you never expressed interest in getting more information about.

4) Unwelcoming 

People act like they’re back in high school. They stand in circles with friends and make it very difficult for new people to break in. And when you talk, they nod their heads to pacify you and then, go back to their conversations, and never offer to introduce you to others.

5) Boring and Redundant

Sure, there are highly-repeated, old-school formats for networking — such as where people sit in a circle week after week and do the same 1 minute commercial until you know everyone’s commercials so well that you want to bang your head against the wall, fall asleep or give yourself a high-five for taking yourself to the next level of patience (lol).

And clearly, so many networking groups wouldn’t be boring their members with such an overused  format if it didn’t produce results, right? Or, could there be more interesting formats to achieve the same (or even BETTER) results –but it’s just easier doing what’s always been done? What’s interesting is a lot of the duplicated formats are done from a male paradigm — wouldn’t it be cool to explore what “doing business her way” could look like? 

6) Painful to Watch

Oh, and don’t even get us started on forcing people with an extreme fear of public speaking to present their business in front of a group… as a “perk” of being in a group. Seriously?!! It’s like giving someone with a fear of spiders the “perk” of holding a tarantula at the zoo.

Although we can’t argue that terrified business owners are entertaining to watch (rolls eyes…) — the reality is that a tortuous business presentation is usually ineffective since it focuses both the speaker and the audience on the Wrong Thing.

Instead of focusing the business owner on presenting their products/services in the best light; the business owner is focused on not passing out in front of the audience, and in turn, the audience is focused on feeling sorry for them (as opposed to focused on why they’d want to buy what they’re selling)!

7) In-authentic

And then, who hasn’t been to a “business” networking group (emphasis on Business),where people say that it’s all about “getting to know each other” socially, and it’s looked down upon to promote what you do? It’s always a bad sign, when you start to feel Guilty that your Passion in life IS to help people through your business. Instead, you feel peer pressured to say your passion is some hobby (which you haven’t had time to do … while you were working on your real passion — your business!)

So, how does PHB Create a More Empowering Context for Networking? 

Although our Promote Her Business community is far from perfect — and we genuinely want Your Feedback on continually improving— here are some things we can promise you:

1) Focus on Deeper Relationships: 

We don’t believe in card-and-runs (where people take your business card and never follow-up with you again) That’s why we have unique formats to build Deeper Relationships Faster with more people.  But don’t believe us, join us as a FREE Guest for PHB’s Virtual Speed Networking and build more win-win, profitable relationships while applying an Advanced Networking tip.  

2) Put the Spotlight on Others: 

PHB’s events are designed to have Women Listen, have Vulnerable Conversations, and Ask Questions about each other’s businesses (good bye ego-centric events!) We even go as far as to test our ability to promote each other during win-win 1:1’s.  PHB’s Global Networking Circle is revolutionizing how Advanced Networking is done … This is pretty cool given we’re doing “Business Her Way” right?!!  Also, inquire about attending a PHB Private Networking Circle as a 1X Free guest to experience PHB’s culture of care:) 

3) Culture of “Soft-Selling”:

Pushing things on people is not cool, and neither is spamming facebook groups! If you do this, PHB will not be a good fit for you. With that said, there is a difference between pushing others and promoting your business in agreed upon ways on our Friends of Promote Her Business public facebook. For example, feel free to participate in our Teach-Her Tuesdays (where you post 100% value pieces) or Promote Her Business Thursdays (where you can post any product, service, event you’re selling).  Join our FB group here. 

4) Collaboration over Competition: 

At PHB, we don’t do cliques — in fact, we design our events to get to know new people and to be peer mentors.  For example, during our virtual Women Entrepreneurs “WE” Market Group each month, you can compare best practices in promotion and ask other ladies to give you feedback on your marketing materials.  We also believe in collaboration over competition, so Women Entrepreneurs in the same industry can learn from each other and compare notes.

5) Advanced Networking: 

We believe there are many ways to get a successful result when networking — and using an overdone format doesn’t have to be one of them! That’s why PHB formats are very innovative and unique… and they aren’t like any other women’s group, business group, or networking group… we do networking PHB-style … very fun, very memorable, and highly rewarding! We even have a proven, proprietary Advanced Networking methodology to conduct Win-Win 1:1s and group chats. 

6) Speaking Perks:

The only people who get the “perk” of speaking are Women  who Want to be on stage. When you become a PHB Int’l member, you can apply to be featured during a PHB Power Talk Interview or for a Healthy-Her Spotlight.  As a Member, you will be on the journey to learn, live, and eventually mentor other women entrepreneurs in the 12 Principles to Promote Her Business. RSVP to attend PHB’s 12 Principles Learning Lab as a 1X FREE guest. 

7) Online and Offline Promotion: 

Women have been anonymous and hidden away enough over the centuries. We are called Promote Her Business for a reason, and we won’t bait and switch you when you join us. Yes, you will make new friends; yes, you can socialize; and yes, your business won’t be the only thing you talk about. 

But you will ALWAYS get to promote your business– without guilt. And we firmly believe in promoting your business and each other — Online. Offline. All the time.  For the more people know us, the more they think of us 1st and buy from Women Entrepreneurs 1st. We also are fans of leveraging our network and marketing talents to think bigger than our business and unite to promote our favorite causes too:)  #GossipForGood

What’s the Next Step?

Have some of your biggest pet peeves have been addressed in the Promote Her Business community?

If so, we invite you to consider joining us as a PHB International Member. Our program is 100% virtual, and includes Advanced Networking events via video conference and learning marketing/sales around your schedule.    

Our PHB Int’l members continually learn the best practices in marketing/sales year-round by striving to master The 12 Principles to Promote Her Business, peer mentoring each other, and building inspiring, win-win, profitable relationships throughout our global community.  

Once you become a Member, you can join or start a Private Networking Circle at no additional charge. You can then participate in an exclusive Circle of trust and support with the most supportive and purpose-driven Women Entrepreneurs you know:)

Here’s to promoting your business and each other: Online. Offline. All the time.

Jōs Hanan, Founder/CEO, Promote Her Business International

PHB’s Dream for Women Entrepreneurs

PHB’s Dream for Women Entrepreneurs

Promote HER Business has a dream that women everywhere will step into their power… and be the leaders the world’s been waiting for.

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We have a dream that women will speak out about their great products, great services and great ideas… unapologetically.

  • We have a dream that women will be PROUD of the brand called THEM
  • We have a dream that women will only create brands that matter and make a difference
  • We have a dream that women will leverage their network to promote each other and spread important solutions

We have a dream that women will create more companies that more women can rise up in.

  • We have a dream that women will get more funding than ever before
  • We have a dream that women will be independent and yet, delegate more
  • We have a dream that women will be gentle on themselves and take as many breaks, vacations and massage sessions as they need

We have a dream that women will do more than “disrupt” the world; they will “direct” the world on how to collaboratively progress.

  • We have a dream that women will stay abreast of what’s going on in the world and courageously stand up for what they believe in and be civically engaged
  • We have a dream that women will get on more Stages and be thought of 1st, so they can be bought from 1st  
  • We have a dream that “Mom-preneurs” will revolutionize what it means to be on the “mommy track”, so more women have role models of being on a lucrative, prestigious and family-friendly track 

We have a dream that when future generations think about “history’s best entrepreneurs” – they think of countless Women Entrepreneurs – and not only of men who started in their garages.

We have a dream that women won’t stop until they leave a legacy.

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Ladies… This Is YOUR Month. This is YOUR Year. This is YOUR Life.

We Believe in YOU. So, Dream BIG and Prove Us Right!

Plus, you are not alone. When you become a PHB International Member, we’ll be here dreaming with you!  

Here’s to promoting your business and each other: Online. Offline. All the time.

Jōs Hanan, Founder/CEO, Promote Her Business International

What Type of Networker Are You?

What Type of Networker Are You?

What is your Networking M.O. (Modus Operandi)? 

No matter if you’re a Newbie Networker, an Intermediate Networker, or an Advanced Networker, there is always room to grow into your highest self, get more networking results, and be a role model to more people. 

Take the following assessment, and first decide if you’re: 

  1. Answering about how you network OR
  2. Answering how your team networks

Now picture you — and/or your team’s — overall networking style. Then, ask yourself the following 12 Questions to get a comprehensive sense of your Networking M.O: 

1. Are you representing yourself as “Hot or not”?  

In other words, when you go to an event or have your ideal audience see or hear you over phone or video conf, do you come across as “hot” or “not”? Are you wearing a “power outfit” and do you sound confident and compelling?  

2. Are you more Strategic or Reactive?  

Before going to a networking event, do you set a goal about  “what it means to win” or “wing it” and hope for the best?

3. When you do networking, is just Online/ or just Offline OR Both? 

Before Covid-19, many Women Entrepreneurs’ strategy heavily relied on in-person events and in-person networking groups… and then, everything shifted.  We are in a “new normal” and Virtual Networking via video conference is critical to keep building win-win relationships in our climate of uncertainty and disruption.  Check out how to be a FREE guest at PHB’s next virtual event here

But what if in addition to building realtionships with PHB’s global community, you also want to be in a more exclusive circle of friends… whether that’s face-to-face via video conf or eventually in-person?  

When you join as PHB International Member  (100% virtual), you also have the option to  join or start a Private Networking Circle at no additional charge. You can then participate in an exclusive Circle of trust and support with the most supportive and purpose-driven Women Entrepreneurs you know, while leveraging PHB’s Advanced Networking format:)

4. In general, are you more likely to be Early or Late?

As my former highschool Marching Band Director often repeated: “To be on time, is to be late!”  When you get to networking events later, you are sabotaging yourself from connecting with more people if you had come earlier… 

5. Are you In the Networking Game from the moment you arrive or In Wait? 

Do you find that it takes you time to “warm up” to the event, or are you in your confident networking energy from the time you walk in the door and/or join the video conference?  Pick a visual trigger — such as walking through the door OR turning your video camera on during Zoom — to remind you to step into your highest, most vibrant energy. 

6. During the networking event, are you more Present or Distracted? 

Do you feel like you spend most of your time looking at your phone, paying attention to disruptions, and/or figuring out who you will talk to next? OR do you feel like you are listening to others as you wish others would listen to you and differentiating yourself by being fully present? 

7. Does you networking feel more like a Conversation or a Presentation? 

Are you “speaking at” or “speaking with” people?  Does your networking feel more like a mini presentation or more like a meaningful conversation?  Do you find you are listening more or talking more? 

Here’s a HUGE clue: Is your ideal audience asking you questions to show they want the conversation to continue?

8. Do you feel like you are more likely to be Approached by Others or more likely to Approach Others? 

Approaching takes courage and being willing to break into circles of people, who haven’t welcomed you in. Once you are someone who is not afraid to approach others, others are more likely to approach you, because they feel your confident energy and are more likely to be attracted to it. And when we say, others, we mean others who you want approaching you, not just people who see you as this introvert, who they can sell because no one else it talking to them.

9. Are you more likely to Connect Others or Are you Waiting to be Connected?

Are you acting like you’re just another participant at the event (and blending in with the scenery) or are you differentiating yourself by acting like you’re the host and going out of your way to introduce the people you meet to other people?  As my friend, Tony Wilkins, and expert in being a Advanced Networker used to say: Always ask — “What do you need and how can I help you?”

10. Are others Interested in what you’re saying, or are you trying to be Interesting?  

When you’re at a networking event, do you find that others are asking you questions and genuinely interested in what you have to say? Or, do you feel like it’s an uphill battle, where you’re constantly having to convince others, because they don’t seem to get it?

11. Are you more Organized or Disorganized both at the event and afterwards?

At networking events, does the way you pass out your business cards and/or marketing collateral look professional, or are items falling out of your purse and/or plastic baggie?

Also, after an event, do you have an organization system to easily figure out who were your hottest leads and remember what you spoke about?  

12. Are you more likely to Follow-up or Waste Your Time?

The fortune is in the follow-up and at PHB, we always say: “The more time goes by, the less likely your ideal clients are to buy”. 

For every event you put on your calendar, are you also putting time on your calendar for follow-up? Moreover, are you making sure that follow-up is being done in a timely manner… ideally, within 24- 48 hours?  

Draw Your Own Conclusions…

Now, given what you discovered about yourself, how would you describe your Networking M.O.?

Even more interestingly, how are you committed to having your Networking M.O. be?  Feel free to comment and let us know your thoughts! 

Participate in PHB’s Advanced Networking Events

Keep in mind that the best way to be the Advanced Networkers in our hearts is to do more  networking and be more intentional about how you’re coming across.  

RSVP as a FREE VIP Guest for our next Virtual Speed Networking event via video conference to discover how you’re coming across at Networking events, while building deeper relationships faster without having to drive anywhere!  

Here’s to promoting your business and each other: Online. Offline. All the time.

Jōs Hanan, Founder/CEO, Promote Her Business International