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Elizabeth Gordon interviews Bruce Freeman, “The Small Business Professor” Author of Birthing the Elephant: A Woman’s Go-for-it! Guide to Overcoming the Big Challenges of Launching a Business

Today on the Chic Perspectives Show Bruce Freeman, “The Small Business Professor” Author of Birthing the Elephant: A Woman’s Go-for-it! Guide to Overcoming the Big Challenges of Launching a Business, joined me for a great discussion on how more women entrepreneurs can turn their entrepreneurial dreams into reality.

Nationally known as the Small Business Professor, Bruce is a syndicated columnist for Scripps Howard News Service.

http://www.smallbusinessprof.com/

He is the President of ProLine Communications and serves as adjunct professor of marketing and entrepreneurship at Kean and Seton Hall universities.

http://www.prolinepr.com/

Bruce and Elizabeth talk about the first 18 – 24 months of a business, otherwise known as infancy and how to build oneself up to have the psychological strength to succeed.

The book Birthing the Elephant identifies the four stages of birthing a business: starting your start-up; running your own show; achieving breakthrough; and finding your business rhythm

We discussed the difference between how men run companies and how women do, and what women tend to struggle with and why and where they find the power to survive and thrive.  And of course, what women can do to achieve greater chic success.

Some of the keys to Bruce’s philosophy include:

  • The ability to understand and manage emotions
  • Expect (and overcome) self-doubt, performance anxiety
  • Getting into the emotional mind frame to succeed outside the comfort of the traditional workplace
  • Commitment, courage, & persistence