Last week our woman crush was chosen because of her effortless style. This week we chose to profile Ivanka Trump because of her business acumen. Nobody can doubt that Ivanka is a Smart Modern Woman. Not only is she beautiful, classy, and well dressed, but she is a successful business professional in her own right. Additionally, she does not define success as a material possession. Instead, to her, success is determined by how happy she is. That is something to be inspired by for sure.
That being said, we decided to pull some of Ivanka’s business and life advice from various resources (cited below) to share with you today.
- Identify what you love doing, and do it. “It’s very hard to be great at what you do if you aren’t deeply passionate,” she said. “I know plenty of brilliant people who never went the distance because others were more passionate, worked harder, and had a laser focus.”
- Choose the right partner. “If you’re in a relationship, it has to be the right person. If I had a husband who didn’t approve of my decision to have a professional life, that would stymie me in a real way,” said Trump.
- Surround yourself with positive people. “Pessimists are toxic,” Trump said. “I love optimists — and by that I don’t mean people who are unable to see challenges. Optimists are solution-oriented.”
- Work Your Sexiness 24/7. “When it comes to the workplace, there’s no such thing as feminine self-expression,” she says. Emitting sex appeal on the job makes you alluring — just be smart about it. “Serious cleavage is not appropriate, nor is flirting with potential partners,” she warns. Instead, keep your voice at a captivating low tone, and evoke sensuality by saying you are “passionate about a project” or have “intimate knowledge” of your industry.
Let Yourself Be Underestimated: “There are people who assume I’m daddy’s little girl or just a 26-year-old blond,” she says. But this fighter uses the underminers’ blind spots to her benefit. “If you misjudge someone, she’s more likely to get the better of you,” she says. It pays to play up your differences. “I’m strong yet I’ll exude feminine traits, like keeping the peace and managing people,” Ivanka says. Then the punches have more power.
Think Commanding, Not Demanding: “There’s something unappealing about someone our age being too authoritative,” she says. Don’t get her wrong: “I can’t be a sycophant, so I stake my ground politely and don’t sugarcoat things.” You actually get more power by deferring to higher-ups in public or backing up a colleague’s ideas. And when you disagree, a little diplomacy (“You make a great point, but I see it another way….”) builds a solid rep.
Learn to Read a Room: In addition to being respectful, always take the temperature of whom you’re dealing with. “Know your audience,” she advises. “People like aggressive styles or gentle styles or want to feel they’re your best friend.” By sizing up a situation with small talk — ask about their last vacation or how their family is doing — you sense whether they’re in buddy mode or need kid gloves.
Handle a Bitch the Right Way: Sometimes you’ll meet a heinous beast whose number-one goal is to make you squirm. “You have to rough some people around tactically so they respect you or get intimidated,” advises Ivanka. “I’ll make light of the fact that they’re an aggressive human being.” If you fight the bitch head on, you’ll lose; instead, defuse her by using humor and your power not to get ruffled, then move on.
Have a Secret Weapon for Negotiating: Competitors bank on an easy win with Ivanka because she’s young, but they get tripped up because she won’t let on that she’s done her homework. “Always allow the other person to throw out the first offer, because you often overcalculate things and want to spill information you’ve gathered to prove yourself,” she says. So when you’re negotiating a raise, let your boss say “Sorry, no money in the budget” before you spring the fact that you know a junior coworker makes more than you do. “Don’t ever show your hand until you really have to,” says Ivanka.
Don’t Be Afraid to Make an Ass of Yourself: “Some people in my industry are shocked by the brazenness of my requests, but they’re more shocked when the answer I get from the decision maker is okay,” Ivanka says. “You have to be willing to embarrass yourself by laying claim to something so egregious that you may get laughed at for it.” When you ask for something outrageous, like the nicest office, they may be so taken aback, they’ll relent on a lesser point you really want, such as your own private workspace.
Love What You Do: The Trump business may live and die by one bottom line, but the family abides by this one: “My best advice from my dad is ‘Love what you do,'” Ivanka says. “It’s as basic as that. You could be a genius, but if someone else in the room is less intelligent but wants it more, they have a leg up. The only way to succeed is to have more motivation than the next person.”
Why Being Ballsy Matters: Ivanka didn’t get where she is by waiting for daddy to drop plum projects in her lap. The Donald doesn’t like to travel, so she took charge of huge deals in Hawaii and Dubai. “If you think you can do a job that is a stretch but will test your confidence, let people know,” she advises. And use the element of surprise to catch the boss’s eye, like putting an unexpected idea memo on her desk. “So what if she says no?” Ivanka says. “She’s never going to not respect that you asked for something above your duties.”
And there you have it. What do you think of Ivanka’s advice? We love it, but would love to hear your opinions.
Content courtesy of: Business Insider & Cosmopolitan Magazine