I was thrilled to be the keynote speaker for the long standing organization called Women Business Owners in Seattle yesterday. We talked about growing business through connections, helping others, being an abundant thinker, and being open to possibilities.
It was almost a surreal experience for me, as this luncheon’s sponsor was another pillar in the Seattle community called Family Services; an organization that had actually helped me in time of crisis more than 28 years before. I was so moved by their current endeavor – to end homelessness for 5000 families over ten years.
My own style, when offering ideas to others, is that there is much more knowledge in the room than in my brain or in anyone else’s. I’m not at all putting myself down – but am talking up the potential to share knowledge from the whole group as a means of growing and learning. It works well for me, because others share ideas, and they leave with more thoughts to do more follow up and sharing later.
After that great session, a client of mine suggested that I be punchy, rather than preachy, when talking with his sales team in an upcoming meeting. I realized that is what I always aspire to do, since no one really wants to be preached at (not about business, anyway).
As a business leader – think of how you present your ideas to others – get feedback and input. You might be surprised once you get others’ opinions. You also might feel confirmation as to your style and message, so either way, it is a good exercise to go through.