The First Women Entrepreneur Podcast in the Middle East.
Over the last year I have spoken to 42 different women on the Learning Curve Podcast. From all walks of life across the Middle East. Each time they have shared their entrepreneurial story, their challenges, their successes, how they organize their day, how they see social media, where they seem themselves on their own learning curve and so much more. It’s been an amazing journey and I feel privileged that these ladies have opened up to me so that more women out their can take their own entrepreneurial journey. Their stories were all so different, so varied, so personal too yet there was a common pattern and this I feel came down to these 5 common traits.
The Learning Curve Podcast - THE Podcast for Women Entrepreneurs in the Middle East and North Africa Region:
How would you like to step out of your comfort zone, do something so distant from your 'everyday', in the pursuit of learning more about yourself and helping you find out if you can push yourself passed your limits? When we live in a world where 'distraction' is deemed normal, how would you like to spend a bit of time focused on one goal and doing that the best you can and know that this will help you both mentally, physically and spiritually. Well my next guest Jody Ballard, is a women on a mission to help you all learn to reconnect with ourselves. To help us recognise that our abilities to heal, push forward and be the best we can be are all within us.
She is the Founder of the Women Heritage Walk, and its in second year this event is designed for women and assimilates a physical challenge with the cultural and historical components of where we live. The walk that starts from Al Ain and ends in Abu Dhabi honours the Emirati Women, who not too long ago made this bi-annual trek. I am taking part in this walk myself and for me this is a personal, mental and physical goal. I've never done anything like this before and yes I'm nervous but I can't wait to get out there, breathe in that warm desert air, hear the silence of the desert and reconnect with myself in an 'undistracted' setting.
Taking place in March 2016, Jody shares with us the story behind the event and the importance of the woman connection. She takes us back to the first heritage walk sharing with us the conversations of the ladies who took part, how they were feeling, what the dynamic was like, what preparation took place and their scariest moments. Press play to listen to this interview.
How would you like to have a women by your side helping you build your business and make it the success you have always dreamed about? How would you like to have a women next to you that helps you negotiate better, helps you interpret the feelings and thoughts of the person you are negotiating with, to know if you are heading towards a success conclusion. Well my next guest Arancha Gayoso, is exactly who you will need. Her vision is to become your most trusted negotiation advisor.
Arancha is the Founder and Managing Partner of Milvidas, An Executive Management training Firm. She is also a negotiator advisor in body language. She can analyse people's silences and omissions that help you understand what they are not really saying.
From an early age she was always fascinated by the way people communicate. Through her education and through her vast experiences she is helping people and more importantly women become better negotiators. Society and Culture have discouraged women not to be so demanding and so the art of negotiation can be a foreign activity to many.
In this very enlightened and open conversation, Arancha shares her entrepreneurial journey, her own struggles, what she has learnt along the way and some awesome 'go to resources' to help you with your own entrepreneurial journey. Check out the section near the end about culture and negotiation. how many of you have thought about that? Its an eye opener.
The Learning Curve Podcast - THE Podcast for Women Entrepreneurs in the Middle East.
How many of you out there feel disconnected with the styles and fashions that you see on the run way? How many of you look at it and think, 'I could never wear that!'. Well my next guest, Antoinette Chorlton wants you to see how runway wear can be 'real wear'. She wants to help women reconnect with their love of fashion and style.
From a young age her dad indulged everything 'fashion'. She shopped with him, got creative and really connected with her style and what would become, 'Antoinette'. But as her working age got closer her dad wanted her to have a proper career and not go down the fashion route.
But Antoinette is a savvy, hard working and positive person, skills her father engrained in her. She did follow her dad's advise but her love of fashion remained. Today she is an international fashion stylist and the is the founder of 'Glamour on the Go', a style agency focused on fashion events and style presentations. She is also the co-founder of Moda Africa - an international fashion agency introducing and representing African Fashion Designers globally. And the founder of her newest endeavour - Shop My Closet. A fashion event for high end & designer pre-loved clothes.
A mum, wife, daughter, & thriving business owner, she is a making 'Glamour' easier to connect with and helping women find their own 'fashionista'. In this very open and sometimes 'laugh out loud' comical conversation, Antoinette shares her journey with us from her childhood to how she envisions 'Shop My Closet' being a household name in the Middle East.