Entrepreneurial visibility has a flavour all of its own
Visibility challenges are not all created equal.
Here’s one big difference; what it takes to speak up and feel confident talking about things you don’t have a personal investment in, versus speaking up about your own work (programs, services, products that you’ve created and nurtured into being).
If you’re an entrepreneur you’ll know what I mean. There’s a level of courage and vulnerability that’s needed to put your work into the world, to declare it worthy of consideration – not because someone gave you a seal of approval but because you know it to be so. There’s a level of confidence that’s needed to continue to tell more and more people about your work and not feel like you’re harassing them, or ‘being a bother’, or being scammy.
Entrepreneurial visibility requires a type of courage that – as women – we’re not conditioned to feel comfortable with.
As a gender we’re great at supporting and encouraging others, at following the rules and getting good grades, at juggling a million responsibilities. Self promotion though? That’s another story all together.
In order to promote yourself and your work in a healthy way, you have to couch it in self love and self worth, in self acceptance and in a deep knowing that your contribution matters. You need to get comfortable with being seen and heard by others, without feeling attached to their response.
That, my friend, is why we do visibility block clearing work. Because if you’re like most women, somewhere along the way you received the message that not everyone should presume the right to be seen on their own terms and/or to take up space in the public debate.
Somewhere along the line, you saw or read or heard messaging which said; that level of visibility is a privilege that’s only available to the few – to men, white people, heterosexuals, ably bodied, thin, good looking people, the ‘chosen ones’, and the geniuses – but not to the rest of us.
It’s time to release that conditioning. To see where these stories have caused psychological, emotional and/or energetic blocks, and how they’re impacting on your capacity to make money, build a career, have a fulfilling life, and determine your own destiny.
The School of Visibility headquarters are based in Canberra, Australia. We acknowledge the Ngunnawal and Ngambri people as the traditional owners of this land. We recognise that the land was never ceded. We support the Uluru Statement from the Heart and we pay our respect to Elders past and present.
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