Oh let me count the ways!! LOL.
But seriously. If you want your daughter to be successful – no matter WHAT career path she chooses – you’ll start educating her to think like an entrepreneur.
Let me give you proof from an “aha” moment I had recently.
I’ve been working with several organizations for the past few years teaching their youth professional development skills:
- how to interview (aka how to present your brand):
- how to write awell crafted resume (aka how to market yourself)
- and how to engage with alumni (aka networking).
It’s been a blast working with one of the groups who have students who are academic powerhouses. I mean these kids are smart! And a delight to work with.
But, it doesn’t matter in today’s world how smart you are IF you can’t tell someone who doesn’t know you in 10 seconds why they should listen to you.
One of the students who has attended my workshop religiously for years was awarded a scholarship and I had the pleasure of seeing her win the award. And when it was time to give her speech and acknowledge the audience – what did she do? She told a story. There were several other students who were receiving a scholarship as well. However, she knew that she could stand out from them if she told her told about her background and why the award meant so much to her – rather than just rattling off a list of activities she was involved in and her demographics like her school info, her future college, etc.
Can I say not a dry eye in the house?
She created a memorable moment that made it easy for adults to talk to her – and be compelled to give her additional opportunities. I watched it that night as several attendees congratulated her and shared their business cards.
This is not a young woman who will be challenged with finding employment in college if she keep this branding going!!
And you know I was proud! She was totally rocking out one of the lessons I continually emphasize in my workshops – be memorable in a professional way!
So I encourage you to find resources, workshops, activities that promote this activity. Share them with Mom and Daughters and others. And don’t forget to follow this blog for more tips and invite your friends to sign up for the newsletter.
Because I want to see YOUR daughter/mentee on that stage next, receiving an award, and leaving the audience wanting more…and lining up to offer it to her!!