There is an implicit threat that lurks in the phrase ‘competing with non-LGBTQ honchos’. Paranoia? Maybe, but it pays to be prepared at all times, in life as well as in business. There are all kinds of people out there, each strongly believing in their own notions of right and wrong, and each bound by their own sets of prejudices. When these beliefs and prejudices clash with different schools of thought, the results can be quite unpredictable at times. The business world is defined not just by the rat race but also by cut-throat competition. This means it is full of adversaries and they would each do anything to win. Therefore, one needs winning strategies that will help one stay ahead in the race.
Key tips to compete with non-LGBTQ honchos:
- Tip #1 – Be open – One of the first and oldest rules of business is never to reveal a weakness that anyone can take advantage of. But what might work even better is to be open about anything that your opponent will perceive as weakness. If you feel that your business partners, colleagues, prospective clients, investors or even competitors are going to use your LGBTQ status as a weapon against you then the best policy is to be open about it. That way they will simply be wasting their own time trying to ridicule or embarrass you.
- Tip #2 – Be confident – If you are facing the biggest deal of your life and you know the prospective client may balk at working with a LGBTQ person counterpart then simply use the earlier advice and be confident about it. Also, the key is to give absolutely no importance to the fact and simply go on with your work, presentation and portfolio confidently. Yes, confidence is the key because when the other person sees how focused and good you are at your work, nothing else matters.
- Tip #3 – Focus on work – The focus on work will achieve multiple results. You will progress in your project and be better prepared for all contingencies. While competitors are busy trying to find weaknesses and loopholes you will have ample time to prepare not just your proposal but also positive statements to countermand negative feedback about you. Not all non-LGBTQ business honchos are narrow-minded. Most of them are successful because they can focus on the bigger picture and recognize the right talent. That’s the kind of person you need to target for your business as well.
- Tip #4 – Keep your cards close – At the end of the day this is business and like war everything is fair game here. It is difficult to gauge a person and his/her motivations in the first few meetings. In the end if they decide not to work with you because you are part of the LGBTQ Community, then they can simply walk away with a lot of information. You may have already shared some valuable tidbits in order to make your bid more lucrative but it is advisable not to do so unless you are very sure of getting the client.
- Tip #5 – Work on alternatives – Whenever you make any business decision, whether it is opting for a new client or lining up a new supplier, make sure you do your research well and have suitable alternatives in place. That way, if a deal falls through because someone is bigoted then you not only have a backup plan in place, you will also have invested much less in a project which entailed working with a narrow-minded bigot.
What one needs are positive, open-minded individuals because these traits are trademarks of successful people. It also means that you are going to work with business honchos who can rightly harness the new era of business ideas and emerging trends to create wonderful new opportunities for all, including you.