This week, I attended the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Annual Luncheon for the D.C. Chapter. It was great to touch base with some friends and a few clients.
The keynote speaker was Cathy Merrill Williams, President and Publisher of Washingtonian Magazine. For those of you outside of the Washington, DC area, this publication is tops when it comes to editorials, events, professionals and politics.
Her theme for her talk was “never underestimate the power and abilities of a woman”.
Her family owned the magazine, so some questioned her skills and qualifications to run the magazine – especially taking over around 2006 – during the great recession and declines in print media.
But she showed them that not only was she capable, smart and fully competent for the job – she was also able to keep them profitable.
I think we all have them at some point – doubters, unbelievers, skeptics and cynics. Those who sit back with their arms folded across their chest glaring – waiting for you to fail. And when they appear, rearing their ugly head – just follow the advice of Cathy: Don’t pay them any mind – stay focused on what you do best and let them see – when it’s all said and done – that they never should have underestimated you.
|RADICAL Success Coach Doreen Rainey is the founder of the RADICAL Success Institute and the annual Get RADICAL Women’s Conference.
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