How to Handle Rejection

How to Handle Rejection

On the Profitable Joyful Consulting podcast, I teach you how to increase your profits and enjoy your business more. In this episode, you’ll learn how to deal with rejection in your consulting business.

Rejection is something we face all the time in our businesses. It’s the kind of thing you can either control or be controlled by, and I know a lot of people are dealing with it right now as they are with a lot of difficult emotions.

In my second-ever consulting engagement, I had a great little gig going. For several months, I would get assignments from the client, bring them back, and get another assignment. One day, my primary contact changed. I came in to present the work that I’d done as usual and he said, “Okay, thank you.” No new assignment. That was the last work I did for them.

I was shocked and confused, and I was also now unemployed because like a lot of new consultants, I was working with just one client at a time. It never occurred to me that I should build a pipeline so there would be other clients besides that one. And that’s just one of the reasons that rejection came especially hard.

A lot of rejection feels personal, but it’s really not. In this episode, you’ll learn how to work with rejection in your business so you can keep growing your business and doing the work you’re here to do – not get knocked out by someone’s big or small no.

Key areas discussed in this episode

  • 0:53 The story of my first big rejection in my consulting business
  • 2:08 Why even a small rejection can be devastating
  • 2:45 Working with the feelings that can come up around rejection, including grief
  • 4:36 My best advice for dealing with rejection
  • 5:10 Cultivating resilience in the face of rejection
  • 5:54 How to develop thicker skin in your business so the smaller rejections roll off your back more easily
  • 8:39 The number one perspective shift that has made rejection easier for me
  • 9:21 What to learn how to tune into when processing rejection
  • 9:42 The opportunity rejection gives you to learn and grow
  • 11:00 What not taking anything personally will help you do (and how it will help you business grow)
  • 12:53 The key thing you can do to take away some of the power from rejection and make it sting a little less
  • 14:34 How to learn more about your own responses to rejection (and what to do about them)

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