A couple thoughts for starters since I wrote the book on marketing for women.
First off, Samdude3, I didn`t say that everyone in the corporate world is a jerk - though I`m sure a lot of them are. I haven`t worked in corporate in over two decades so I`m not exactly the barometer on these things - but I`ll take your word for it.
Alison brought up the issue about being successful and of course it doesn`t take long before someone is trotting out The Donald as the ultimate example. And you`re right he`s got a lot o` bucks. However success means different things to different people. What is success for one person is totally different from what is success for someone else. I know business owners with a very middle of the road income and yet they cherish the fact that they have plenty of time for other pursuits besides just business.
Edgar wrote about the good-looking woman who sold a bunch of junk to a guy just because she was good looking. I`m sure that exists out there but my experience is that a heckuva lot of women are not good at all when it comes to sales. Why? They`re great when it comes to building the relationship. They`re awesome when it comes to explaining the product or service. They totally blow it when it comes to asking for the sale. Lots and lots of reasons I hear with the clients I mentor about this - but it pretty much boils down to:
* I want to be nice - I don`t want to be pushy
* I don`t want to be rejected and have someone say "no."
Now I could write pages about why this is so - heck I wrote a whole book - including what women can do to turn it around in a win-win way. But suffice it to say the Mars-Venus differences are astounding and women walk a very fine tightrope to try to be "successful" without being seen as a barracuda, a brazen hussy or a b*tch.
For every woman who sails into a mans office and hikes up her skirt a little or (oops!) lets a little cleavage show - there are probably 10 or 20 women who are struggling to really gain traction and make a decent income.
I`m not into that kind of "seduction in selling." Something about it seems wrong to me. But hey, don`t blame the woman - in this instance the guy was a dope thinking with the little head rather than the big one, if you get my drift.
all the best,
Denise Michaels, Author, "Testosterone-Free Marketing"
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