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Defending Women in Business and Replying to Criticism

August 17, 2017 // R. Shawn McBride // No Comments »

R. Shawn McBride recently spoke about women doing great things in business.

Hey, folks. R. Shawn McBride with you here live and I’m re-recording a video. Just did a live video a minute ago. We had a little bit of technical difficulty. I want to get this message out here. Women in business can do great things. And I have a TEDx talk I did on women in business. yourbusinessspeaker.com/tedxwomen check it out.

Recently I’ve been asked by a conference to speak about that same message. One of the potential attendees sent a message saying, “It’s 2017 we shouldn’t be talking about women in business.” You know what? We are talking about it. And I’m going to continue to bring this message. Why? Because I’ve looked at the statistics. My TEDx talk was not some guy just spouting off about women. It was statistically researched information about what women do great in business. And I’m bringing that message. And I want women to do more in business.

Look at the statistics. While women are making great gains in the percentages of business owned and percentages of business formed, they still do not own over half the businesses. Yet they’re half the population. We have grounds to be gained in women in business. So, I want to see women do more. And that’s why I’m bringing this message. So somebody that wants to nay-say and tell me that they don’t want to hear about women in business and what women are doing right in business, there’s no place for that. We need to work on it.

Statistics show us that men and women do things differently. That is what my TEDx talks about. We did research studies. Other people have done research studies. In given situation men and women are going to do things differently. So, what I’m bringing with this message is not a sexist agenda about men versus women. It is, what do you do well? If I’m coaching a man, I’m going to utilize that person’s abilities to do what they do best. To help them compete well in business. It’s the exact same message for women.

If I’m coaching a female, I want her to do the things that she does great to compete. And if I have a female business partnership, we’re going to do what they do great. And that’s why this message is out there. I’ve brought this message at TEDx. I’ve brought it to conferences and events. I have an upcoming book on the topic. This message is going out. And those nay-sayers who’ve been popping around saying, “We shouldn’t be talking about women in business. We shouldn’t be treating men and women differently.” You know what? We’re going forward. Men and women deserve every equal opportunity. They deserve to be equal players on a playing field. That is right, but men and women do things differently. And we’re going to recognize that. And we’re going to compete in our way.

Women do not have to act like men in business. I’ve seen books out there telling women to do that. That is not the answer. The answer is, for women to compete in their way. If I’m coaching a basketball team, I want that team to use their particular strategy to win that particular game, the way they can.

And if I have a group of women business partners, which was a core message in my TEDx talk, I want those women to do things the way that they want to do it. And the broader message too is this, in business we’re going to get critics. I just got one. I’ve got multiple critics of that TEDx talk. You know what? I’m still going forward with the message because I believe in it. I’m passionate about it. And I think it needs to be there. You’re going to get critics in your business too.

So us, fellow entrepreneurs that are out there, those women that are building businesses, those men that building business – people are going to attack. Don’t play into it. Work through it. Be true to your message. Believe in what you believe in. Keep going forward. Tons of people have told me great things about this message of women in business partnership. Audiences love it. Tons of positive feedback at TEDx. People read some summary and they want to be argumentative. They want a problem. They want a fight. You know what? This is not about a fight. This is about working together. It’s collaboration. Women in business partnerships were the core message of my TEDx talk. So I’m bringing it out there. It’s coming to the world. And I’m telling you, fellow entrepreneurs, when you get critics like this you just keep going. You believe in your business. You believe in what you’re doing. And you do it the right way.

How can I help you? Check out the R. Shawn McBride themes that audiences painted. Send me a message, mcbrideforbusiness.com. I want to know what you think. And I want to hear your opinion on this. Am I right? Or am I wrong? Let me know. I just want to hear from you. Check us out on YouTube and www.mcbrideforbusiness.com.

Tell me how those videos are. I want your feedback on women in business. I am really curious about the marketplace. I want to hear what you’re saying. Send me your feedback. And also let me know what other messages you need. I’m R. Shawn McBride, I’m signing off. I’ll be talking with you again very soon.

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R. Shawn McBride is the Chief Innovation Officer at McBride For Business, LLC. His signature keynote, The 3 Laws of Empowerment, gives audiences an entertaining look at how they can prepare, plan and protect themselves. You can email R. Shawn McBride or (214) 418-0258.

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