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Terry Ann Williams-Richard, Your Personal Book Writing Coach and Founder of Personalized Educational Services, LLC
We are Courageous Voices Casting Visions while Celebrating Victories! This Writers’ Showcase is in celebration of completing our 30-Day Writing Project Challenge 2020 (July 13 – August 11). I am grateful for 16 other Sister Writers who agreed, on a variety of personalized levels of participation, to accept the challenge to join me on what turned out to be a transforming adventure. Daily Encouragement e-mails with inspirational quotes & writing tips; Weekly Zoom Call Check-Ins; access to daily interaction in the “A Writing Party!” Facebook group; and an occasional nudge or push from me are some of the benefits of this experience designed to promote daily writing, reaching writing/publishing goals, and uplifting each other. Over the next few days I will spotlight a sprinkling of the writing gifts from this magical group of courageous creatives. Today we celebrate Lauren F. Nance! Write On, Sister Writer!
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We All Win!
3 Strategies for Sisterpreneurs to Encourage One Another
by Lauren F. Nance, CMP | Nance Communications, Meetings & Events
The roller-coaster of being in business for myself has shot me high, brought me low, and come with a lot of short-stops in between. They say the faint at heart aren’t built for entrepreneurship. And whoever “they” are ain’t lyin’!
While ‘Rona wreaks havoc, pushing us all to a new normal, our emotions, incomes, and our hope for her to get lost soon has this business owner stressed-out! Gone (for now) are the days of meeting a business friend at Starbucks for a Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher, a scone, and chatting about business projects. Instead, only the tap of my keyboard and the occasional wailing of a podcast, or court TV shows are the company I keep in my home office now. It’s lonely and that’s not healthy.
I haven’t been alone in feeling this way, so I decided to get creative about ways to overcome the isolation. Here are three things I now do to stay connected to my sisters:
1) Video calls versus texts and phone conversations. I make it a point to vibe with at least two of my sisterpreneurs by video call each week. We talk business strategy and family matters. We meaningfully discuss the joys and fears we experience as women in business for ourselves. Connecting in this way is so vital. It lets us know we’re not alone in how we feel. We share, empathize, and hear each other’s heart to help overcome the discomforts of working solo.
2) Purchase or promote your Sisterpreneur’s business services and products. I appreciate the gifts of my sisters in business and buy from them. I promote their business, too, and they do the same. Actively promoting one another’s business benefits each of us. Exposure through our respective networks increases along the way, too.
3) Share resources. Let’s be honest. From time to time we get burned in business. We make missteps or others take advantage of our kindness. As a result, we find ourselves keeping business resources to ourselves so others cannot take advantage of our hard work to cultivate them. Though this is a common practice, I don’t follow it strictly. I share as freely as possible. I find that when I open my hands, goodness often comes back to me.
**Bonus: Mentorship. As I have become more accomplished in my business, I make myself available to mentor other sisters in business. Whether they need specialized support or just someone to talk to, I say “yes”. Why? Because other women have said “yes” to mentoring me. I’m a better sisterpreneur for giving back in this way.
In business, collaboration is truly better than isolation. Linking up with other like-minded ladies to share success strategies is the temporary cure to what ails us in the age of ‘Rona. To see and hear a laugh, an a-ha moment and the cha-ching of one another’s cash register are tell-tale signs of winning in business. Keeping it going will get us through to the other side.
Copyright 2020 Lauren F. Nance
About Lauren F. Nance. For nearly 30 years, Lauren Nance has provided strategic business communications services to her clients as the owner and chief consultant of Nance Communications, Meetings & Events. Lauren believes strongly that each individual has a heart-seeded vision for their life and/or business. As such, “Your Vision Speaks” is her tag line as she helps business owners make their visions a reality.