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Karren Brady: ‘Key challenges make you who you are’

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Catriona Smith

24 March 2022

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Baroness Karren Brady CBE inspired more than 200 small business owners at a Simply Business online event on 17 March.

As part of our Empowering Women in Business initiative, Brady shared her tips and advice for navigating the business world as a woman, from building courage and determination to embracing challenges.

Diversity and inclusion consultancy, Watch This Sp_ce also joined our event and spoke about the power of setting goals and networking.

Empowering Women in Business

“The research shows that women feel undermined more and are not given as much credit as they deserve,” commented Baroness Karren Brady as ambassador for Simply Business.

She said the way to overcome that is to stand up for your colleagues and make sure that people are given the chance to speak or get credit for their ideas.

During the live Q&A session as part of the event, she also talked of the importance of trusting your gut instinct when faced with challenges.

Brady added: “Challenges should make you more empowered, they shouldn’t wear you out.”

‘Reflect on the many things that have gone well’

Brady also offered tips on how to celebrate your successes as a business owner. In her paper diary, she writes down all the important things that happen to her during a year so she can look back and reflect on them later.

“It’s important to reflect on the many things that have gone very well and to be proud of the things you’ve done,” explains Brady.

She added: “Key moments are worth celebrating and key challenges are the things that ultimately make you who you are.”

Win a mentorship with Baroness Karren Brady CBE

In our research with more than 800 female business owners, we found 38 per cent said a one-to-one mentorship from a business expert would help them.

With that in mind we felt compelled to help, so this month we’re offering one female entrepreneur the chance to win an exclusive business mentorship with Baroness Karren Brady CBE.

If you think you’d benefit from some extra support, inspiration and tips to help you build confidence and grow your business, enter our mentorship competition today.*

The power of setting goals and networking

Co-founders of Watch This Sp_ce, Mo Kanjilal and Allegra Chapman shared their tips for harnessing your unique strengths as a leader and business owner as part of the event.

Kanjilal: “It’s so important to have goals in mind. What kind of business do you want to found? Really take some time to think about that. Think about what it is that you want to achieve and map out your goals, whether it’s in a year or five years, or longer.”

“The power of networking is what will make you successful,'' she added.

Watch This Sp_ce has an online community network for business women to share experiences.

What’s your experience as a woman in business? Let us know in the comments section below.

*The competition closes on 31 March 2022. Terms and conditions apply.

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