Wed, 21 May 2014
Hi, it’s Jackie Ulmer and welcome to show 35 in the Q and A edition of the Street Smart Wealth, Profit in Your PJs Podcast
Show notes can be found at JackieUlmer.com/QA035
Today’s question is - Where are all of the women leaders and mentors? Women are often the ones getting it done and yet it’s the men on stage.
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Thanks to Teresa Johnson for today’s question……
Where are all of the women leaders and mentors? Women are often the ones getting it done and yet it’s the men on stage.
This is a timeless question, one that women have asked for years - where are all of the women leaders and mentors? Why do we hear that there are more women in network marketing and yet it’s the men who dominate the stage and the top income earners, typically, unless it’s a company that focuses primarily on women’s products?
Are we not asked? Do we not want to be there?
Networking Times has dedicated an entire issue each year to women, and have repeatedly asked this question.
My conclusion, personally - it’s a combination.
Men just seem to mostly network quite often better with men. Men come to mind when they are thinking of leaders.
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Women - not a priority for us. Mentor better one on one. Want our people on the stage. Don’t like public speaking. Don’t crave public recognition as much. Balance with family and business.
Sit down with a group of women network marketers over lunch at a convention or event and you'll often find the conversation much different than that of the men. Instead of talking about the latest strategy to "max out the compensation plan", women will be actively engaged in finding out more about each other – families, jobs, interests, hobbies.
While this group may have just met for the first time, by the time lunch is over, many are well on their way to becoming great friends and already know much about the personal side of each other. Through this, we develop support systems to uplift and empower each other. And, we learn and develop good communication, listening and business skills.
Women are born to "get it done." We are multi-taskers by nature and wear the hats of mom, wife, bread winner, caretaker, friend, volunteer, shuttle service and more! Our primary focus is most often family, friends and home. This is exactly why a home business in Network Marketing is perfect for women. Our homes are the center of our universe and it only makes sense that we should make our living while at home, with our children by our side.
Being a mom requires flexibility. It doesn't fit into an 8-5 routine and that is exactly why corporate America is not a fit for so many of us. Network Marketing allows us to work a business on our own time schedule and fit all of the pieces of the "time puzzle" in to get everything done.
Women make such a difference in the network marketing environment because of their very nature of being nurturers, encouragers and supporters. We are the cheerleaders and love nothing more than to empower others to believe in themselves, even when we often have our own self doubt to deal with. While we all love recognition, we love nothing more than seeing those on our team reach the top and get recognized.
Network Marketing builds the inner confidence women need to succeed through product sales (yes, I said "sales" and it is not a dirty word!); team building and developing their own income through their own efforts. These successes and business skills are priceless and will serve us in all areas of our lives.
Women also think differently about money. We certainly want to do well financially, and enjoy the finer things in life. But our mission for earning money is often motivated to some degree by how we can make a difference in the lives of others, through the income we earn. A study by Thomas J. Stanley in "The Millionaire Next Door" shows that of female millionaires, the average donation to charitable causes is 7% of her annual income. That is almost three and one half times the average of most households in the U.S.
All of this together shows why Network Marketing is such a perfect fit for women. We can pursue our dreams and passions, while sharing an opportunity to "have it all" with others in our circle of influence. We aren't forced to choose between our job and our families. We can truly make a difference in the lives of others and enrich our families at the same time. It doesn’t get any better than that.
This is how we extend our leadership into the network marketing arena. Not always so much from being on stage.
And, having said that, we need more women on stage, so don’t be afraid to throw your hat in the ring and set that as a goal! That’s a win win for everyone!
What woman can you reach out to today and share this opportunity with?
Show notes - JackieUlmer.com/QA035
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