Have you ever found yourself in a sticky situation at a networking meeting, luncheon or event, where it feels like you’re back in high school dealing with the “mean girls”? It happens to the best of us. In this article, we’re going to dive into the world of entrepreneurship, the drama that sometimes comes with it, and talk about how to deal with those tricky situations, all while keeping your well-being in check. 

If you’ve ever had the feeling of being around “mean girls”, you know that it can cause emotional distress, impacting both your confidence and your professional life. As we explore this issue, we’ll approach it through a trauma-informed lens and provide guidance on how to handle toxic people. No need for a stuffy business approach here; we’re keeping it real and casual.

You know how people can talk about you, spread rumors, and stab you in the back,undermining your credibility? It’s like déjà vu from high school. But let’s be real, recognizing this behavior is the first step in handling it. Emotionally intelligent women know that gossiping and backstabbing have no place in the business world. It says more about them than it does about the person being gossiped about.

What about the real smooth talkers, trying to control everything, it’s frustrating, right? Spotting this manipulation is key to not falling into their alternative reality. Toxic people often use manipulation to control situations and people, as a tactic to attempt to never have their own flaws discovered, all while leaving you feeling helpless. This can be distressing for anyone, especially those with a history of trauma.

And, at some point in time, many of us have come across that person who couldn’t care less about your feelings. It’s not just you; they lack empathy and do this to others too. This can trigger past traumas, making it essential to address this behavior mindfully and knowing how to deal with their coldness is essential.These people can be difficult to say no to, and will often take advantage of your kindness.

So what do we do to navigate mean girls and toxic dynamics in business? First and foremost, show yourself some love. If these shenanigans trigger past traumas, it’s okay to feel the emotions. Be kind to yourself and don’t hesitate to seek support from a friend, coach, or a therapist who can lend an empathetic ear and help you process everything. 

Boundaries are your friends! Speak up for yourself. Let those toxic people know what’s acceptable and what’s not, and never underestimate the power of self-care. Find activities that bring you peace and add joy to your day, whether it’s binge-watching your favorite show, yoga, time with friends, or pouring your thoughts into a journal.

Want to delve deeper into understanding toxic people? Check out “Emotional Vampires: Dealing with People Who Drain You Dry” by Albert J. Bernstein. It’s an eye-opener that might just give you that “aha” moment.

In the world of entrepreneurship, challenges can come from unexpected places, especially when dealing with toxic women in the business world. But remember, you’re not alone in this journey. If you’re looking to recharge, connect with like-minded individuals, and gain valuable insights, consider joining the ResilientSoul: Renew & Rise Retreat being held November 3-5 in Pittsburgh PA, hosted by Impart Clarity LLC. It’s a space where women come together to support one another, learn to navigate toxic dynamics, and build resilience. For more information visit www.impartclarity.com

Trauma Informed Coach & Hypnotherapist Impart Clarity LLC Inspiring and influencing women to heal from narcissistic trauma, move from confusion to clarity, rediscover love for self and others, and rediscover joy!