The first response makes the person who gave the compliment may feel that both she and the people who gave Diane the win on the proposal were suckers who called someone a winner who barely did anything at all. The second response was simple and to the point. A simple thank you acknowledges the compliment, shows appreciation and leaves all parties feeling good about themselves and the exchange. The person who gave the compliment feels good. The person who received the compliment feels good. It is a win for all concerned.
Always describe yourself and your business with grand language
We have all heard people say that the pen is mightier than the sword and that words have power. These ideas are more than simple clichés. They are facts and they are the pillars of a strong and powerful principle. That principle is that words matter. Too often when women entrepreneurs describe themselves and their businesses, they use minimizing words and phrases. They say things like:
I only . . .
It’s just . . .
Anyone could have . . .
It’s nothing special . . .
All these words and ideas are diminishing phrases. They are expressions that step down a compliment that walk back an achievement. As an entrepreneur, particularly a woman entrepreneur, you must learn to speak about yourself and your business in ways that are strong, powerful, positive and accurate. This is not a call to be braggadocious, improperly proud or to let your inner ego manic free. Instead, it is a call to speak about yourself and your business in terms that are strong, powerful, positive and accurate.
The words you use to describe yourself and your business are the words that others will use when they think of you and your business. If you want to stay in business and if you want to succeed in business, use words that show your business is successful and is set to stay successful. The words you use determine how your business is seen. A business that is described as a small concern that is only holding on by sheer luck is looked at one way. A business that is described as a successful enterprise headed by a creative and energetic Is looked at an entirely different way.
The following is a list of all the articles in this series. The articles in green have been written and are hyperlinked. If an article in the series you want to see is not in green yet, check back soon. By the end of the series, all articles will be hyperlinked.
Better You – Better Entrepreneur Series
Introduction to Series
Build Yourself Up
Use Language as Grand as You Are
Stand Firm When You Are Right
Step Up and Bring the Expertise
Give Details the Right Amount of Attention
Believe Your Own Hype
Set Clear Goals
Make Your Goals Big, Bold and Audacious
Set Clear Boundaries
Relationships are for Reasons, Seasons or for Life
Look at the Big Picture
Build a Personal Brand
Face Competition Head-On
Putting it All Into Action