186: Badass: Radical Conviction and Unprecedented Confidence — How Women Can Take Their Business and Leadership to the Next Level with Eleanor Beaton


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My guest today, Eleanor Beaton, is a fellow Canadian and a passionate supporter of women as entrepreneurs. As an entrepreneur herself, Eleanor advises women entrepreneurs on power, presence, and strategic growth. Her focus is on helping women elevate their position, amplify their message, and maximize their revenues. She offers her services through consulting, online programs, live workshops, conference appearances, and her fantastic podcast, Power + Presence + Position.

In this episode, we had an amazing conversation where we delved deep into the nuances of radical conviction, unprecedented confidence, and the attitude and mindset that is required for women to take their businesses and their leadership to the next level.

This is a timely conversation that will challenge you to get outside of your comfort zone so be sure to tune in!

Key Takeaways:

[1:22] About today’s episode with Eleanor Beaton.

[2:00] Welcoming Eleanor to the podcast!

[2:32] Eleanor shares her story and what led her to do the work that she is doing now!

[4:03] Why is the idea of obtaining financial dependence and power often triggering for women?

[6:40] Eleanor reflects on how she used to feel the need to ask for permission to speak on the topics of ambition and power and how she changed.

[9:00] Eleanor shares a story from a couple of years ago that illustrates the key cultural differences between males and females that show up even from a young age.

[11:18] Why and how our culture has an ambivalent relationship with powerful women.

[13:37] Does Eleanor ever get caught up in overthinking her actions and her perceived behavior as a woman? How does she combat this?

[17:28] How do we cultivate confidence as women entrepreneurs? Eleanor unpacks the concept of confidence and the path to gaining more confidence.

[20:30] What a healthy environment for cultivating confidence looks like.

[21:23] Eleanor shares her thoughts on the phrase, ‘Fake it ‘till you make it!’

[23:19] The important component of courage in taking the leap to confidence and radical conviction — and how to cultivate it.

[26:48] Why language matters — especially when it comes to giving you permission to “step into that next room.”

[28:00] Why do women feel the need to apologize? And what other things are we doing (or patterns that we’re engaging in) as women that are actually setting us back in stepping into our power?

[31:04] Eleanor shares about the process she takes the women entrepreneurs she works with through so that they’re hitting the next frontier of their career and life.

[34:24] Eleanor discusses entrepreneurship as a vehicle to feminism and unpacks the idea of how discussions around entrepreneurship are often not geared toward women.

[40:01] About DNA Labs.

[41:27] Eleanor’s key performance indicators!

[43:02] Where to learn more about what Eleanor is up to!

[42:15] Thanking Eleanor for joining the show!

Mentioned in This Episode:

Eleanor Beaton

Ali Brown

Amy Schumer — I’m Sorry (Skit)

The World Economic Forum

DNALabs Canada

Kindred, by Octavia E. Butler

More About Eleanor Beaton

Eleanor Beaton is an internationally-recognized expert in women’s leadership and an advisor to growth-oriented women entrepreneurs. She has served as chair of the Visiting Women’s Executive Exchange Program at the Yale School of Management and sits on the board of directors of two Canadian venture capital organizations. She’s been recognized by the Corporate Excellence Awards as Canada’s Leadership Coach of the Year, and was named by entrepreneurial guru for women Ali Brown as “one of the foremost women’s leadership experts in North America.” Eleanor is the host and executive producer of a top-ranked podcast for women entrepreneurs, Fierce Feminine Leadership. A former journalist reporting for the CBC, Globe and Mail, and Canadian Business, Eleanor was a finalist for a National Business Book of the Year, Canada’s top business book honor, and has won national prizes for her journalistic work covering key issues related to women in leadership. Eleanor has spoken internationally at events whose rosters include notables such as the former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. She lives in Eastern Canada with her husband and two sons.

Connect with my Guest:

Website: EleanorBeaton.com

Podcast: Power + Presence + Position

Social Media: Twitter @EleanorBeaton, LinkedIn @EleanorBeaton, Instagram @EleanorBeaton, & Facebook @StoryisPower

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