Smita Shah is no stranger to success as a female engineer with her internationally known firm, SPAAN Tech. She has made a name for herself since her college days memorizing many with her “math rely” performances and showing her inner nerd. Since that time, she has embarked on a journey to uplift and help female entrepreneurs make it in the world of male domination in various industries. Shah has a few methods many female business owners or career-searchers can take advantage of. It’s a wonder she hasn’t slowed down with all of the success she has attained in her own career.
Shah never forgoes the opportunity to give some needed advice most businesswomen often don’t have at their fingertips and seriously need. She is all for the empowerment of women and would like to see them succeed just as she has over the years. Shah knows that most women can get caught up in their own self-image which is often not great in their eyes. They are too hard on themselves and see things with a poor outlook. Shah says this mainly happens when there are no available role models to bounce off ideas to or consult with. In her suggestions, she says they should drop the negativity of themselves to focus on their recognition in the past or what they are doing now. Further, Shah says it’s a must to have a strong presence in any room one is in. She believes it comes down to how we present ourselves to the people we meet for the first time. Impressions can last a long time and form relationships you never thought about. Shah says to always keep our charms in check with a neutral and mellow demeanor. Shah takes this a bit further saying women need to be mindful in their posture and hold themselves with a confident back. Learn more: http://elpc.org/board/smita-shah/
Her method of not taking credit tells all businesswomen to not stand on the sidelines and fail to speak up for their work. Shah mentions how some women are passive and don’t assert themselves enough when taking credit for projects. To her, there is nothing wrong with playing the game of business as many men do in a cutthroat manner. She warns women can get lost in the spotlight when they fail to be more assertive than others. Shah states success stories are inspirational to others when businesswomen share them.
It’s no doubt that women can lose their focus when working. Shah says to focus on what matters at the moment and don’t worry about what has gone on in the past regarding mistakes. All it does in her eyes is take away a woman’s energy when dealing with the present. Shah’s methods continue with fighting stereotypes. She points out the old days when women were getting coffee or running errands for the entire office. Shah states these old stereotypes should be avoided and businesswomen need to forgo some kindness. If not, they’ll get marked as the target for these old behaviors.