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October's Meeting Speaker

How to become a more resilient leader

Huffington Post columnist  Dr. Beth Weinstock to speak on the Negative Impact of your Inner Critic

Often, successful women struggle to counteract the negative impact of their Inner Worrier and Inner Critic, both of which hurt their ability to lead.

At the next free meeting of the Women’s Business Forum™, Dr. Beth Weinstock, a local psychologist who writes about leadership for the Huffington Post, will present a model for understanding where your Inner Critic comes from, why it creates specific challenges for women at work and why silencing it is so hard.

She will also show attendees how to create an Inner Coach™ that is stronger than the Inner Critic – making them more confident, playing to their strengths as leaders and leaving them more resilient to meet the inevitable challenges of a rich and full life. 

Dr. Beth Weinstock is a psychologist and leadership coach who has spent 35 years supporting women’s empowerment, helping leaders successfully transition into positions of increased responsibility, mobilize their competencies and inspire their work teams. She founded Women’s LeadershipWorks, a non-profit organization for training a wide range of women, has taught at universities on both coasts, and is an established speaker. She writes for the Huffington Post, is the co-author of the book chapter, “Shame, Compassion, and the Journey to Health, and the journal article, “The Hidden Challenges in Role Transitions and How Leadership Coaching Can Help New Leaders Find Solid Ground .” Beth is currently in partnership with Dr. Jane Shure with whom she cofounded the Resilience Group, and maintains her coaching and clinical practice in Narberth, Pa.

Back to School/ Back to Business:

Educational Opportunities for All in Our Backyard

Author, speaker and motivator, Esther Hughes was the featured speaker at the WBF’s September meeting. A teacher and mentor, Esther develops programs to motivate and equip individuals and organizations with strategies that promote personal and professional growth. Using the acronym BURST Esther hopes to Build Uplift Radiant Speakers and Thinkers.

Esther feels this time of year, after a summer of relaxation, traveling and family priorities is a time for new beginnings for business owners.  And just like children returning to their studies she feels education for adults is transformational and unlocks everyone’s potential. She noted that, “What’s most important in business is goals” because, “goal setting is important to success.”  With that in mind Esther has developed the A B C’s of Getting Back To Business. 

“A” is for additional offerings in your business. Start a newsletter, blog or just offer some freebies to your customers. “B” stands for building confidence.  This can be achieved through a new marketing plan, attention to your SEO, public speaking engagements and networking. “C” represents certification and training.  She recommends getting additional certifications in your field to enhance your already attained credentials and expand the services you already offer. “D” signifies desire and outcome.  Esther says working backward from what your goal is to the steps that will take you there is an effective tool.  Finally “E” is about enriching communications.  She suggests thinking about who yoru connections are and determining how they will enrich you and your business.

Esther also provided us with the Top 10 Ways to Get Back to Business This Fall. Simply put: Through Education!  She suggests college programs, adult learning classes, webinars, seminars, networking groups, field trips, social media, Mastermind groups, books and most importantly, WBF colleagues.  Inexpensive community college courses and knowledge based adult classes and seminars, the shared experiences at networking events and traveling to get out of the everyday routine of life and business all can enhance you and by extension your business.  Additionally, Esther says, “63% of companies say Social Media have increased business traffic and marketing effectiveness.”  An avid reader Esther ended by saying, “where you are now and where you will be in five years is from reading.”  Knowledge in, successful outcomes out.

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President's Message

Networking: What's in it for YOU? 

We all believe networking is important to grow our businesses. But how do you network the right way to get what you need from the organizations you are involved with? Here are just a few tips to help you get the most from your networking:

1) Show up: this is critical, however it's just the beginning!

2) Ask questions. Learn how you can help others, why they are there and who they want to meet.

3) Connect. Introduce people that may be able to help one another.

4) Be generous. Share what you know in a non-promotional way; you will be remembered for your expertise.

5) Get involved and take action! Learn where your expertise can best benefit the organization and its members and become a champion.

6) Persevere. Building your network must be based on trust and relationships - this takes time!

When you become known for showing up, serving others and taking action, you'll become become the "go to" person in your network when someone needs the services you offer.

What can I, and the Women's Business Forum, do to support you? We really want to know, so please share!

Dana Baedke



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