This activity is based on a series of questions asked to members online. It was interesting to know the answers, we enjoyed and so shall you.
Q. Have you drawn professional inspiration from other women? Tell us about someone who has inspired you.
Ans. Most of our members have chosen Henna as the person to draw inspiration from. She is a positive soul. Next name was Tejjal Bhanshalii because of the way she motivates everyone. For product selling the inspiration is Rashmi Goel who is considered as a pro for direct selling. Finally members also spoke of Roopa Gupta for her never-say-die attitude.
Q. What would you tell young women who are just starting to work? What would you like them to know?
Ans. The most common answer was believe in yourself and never give up. Keep trying till you reach your goal. Most members also focused on the part of increasing your network. The members who mentioned networking were Sakshi Gogna, Henna, Knika Arora and Roopa Gupta.
Q. What is one thing you wish more people knew about working women around you?
Ans. The members who took on this question were Kanika Gupta, Rashmi Goel, Sakshi Gogna and Arvinder. They said that working women always inspire society. They are an example of motivation. In our society a working woman is given the responsibility of looking after the household as well as going out to work. But what women want is that they should be acknowledged more rather than appreciated.
Q. Can you tell me about a time when you overcame a challenge and how?
Ans. Tejashree, Roopa and Swati mentioned that earlier they did not get business when they started their brand. Each person had their own inhibition and mental block when it came to entrepreneurship. Like for example Swati was a shy person who could not easily interact with other people. After joining Business Mates she took upon as a challenge to overcome this problem. Same for Roopa Gupta, who overcame her shyness of coming online for a live session. Sakshi Gogna did not travel much but as a makeup artist she overcame her mental block and now she can go out on her own.
Q. What is the most stressful part about working women?
Ans. Payment not received on time is the most common answer by members. Lack of self-belief comes next. People do not recognise worth of a person and see you as a competitor. It is always a dilemma and a risk to do work first and then ask for payment. Many clients had wrong intention of delaying payment or even asking for a discount later.
Q. What are you most proud of?
Ans. Manisha responded this question about her attitude of never giving up. A positive approach towards everything. Believe in self growth and self worth. Tejashree mentioned here that her USP is products and she got lot of appreciation and fame. Roopa Gupta was also proud of the fact that now she is a renowned brand.
Q. Do you think you had any weakness before you were a part of Business Mates Delhi? If yes then what was that and how it changed?
Ans. Meenakshi Bansal, Rashmi Goel, Roopa Gupta and Arvinder replied to this question that earlier they were not able to say no to anything. Mostly the reason for saying yes was the tendency to help anyone. After joining BM what changed is that they became more professional towards their work. They understood the meaning of commitment and where some thing cannot be done, it is better to say no and keep focussed on their main goal.
Q. How did you balance being a mother and professional? What have you sacrificed (both personally and professionally) at each stage of your career?
Ans. Members who responded to the question were Rashmi Goel, Meenakshi Bansal, Sakshi Gogna and Roopa Gupta. They are balancing both lives quite well because family is supportive. Once you start earning and working good, family support starts coming automatically.
Q. Do you have time for you to switch off and energise?
Ans. Sakshi Gogna mentioned that at the end of the day she spends time with her family. Manisha spends time with herself, alone. For Meenakshi, her work is everything so she relaxes and energises herself all while working. At the end of a hard day she does not feel lethargic. Arvinder also joins in and says that she feels good by doing work.
Here are the social media accounts of all members mentioned in the Q & A session.
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About the activity – Question Time
This activity was designed to be conducted online. We called it Question Time. We had a series of questions lined up for members who were online for attending this activity. Questions were designed by a panel of members and founders. One member was given the responsibility of recording answers and presenting the data in the form of this article. Our activities are conducted across the month with a mix of online and offline. But our main event is the monthly meet-up.
A mother of two, Preeti Bhandari is a colloquial writer. She believes in simple living which reflects in her writings. As the Editor of Narisakti, she intends to use her vast experience to propel this platform to a cult status among entrepreneurial networks.
When not writing she is quilling, both with paper and thoughts.