Mindset. Mastery. Momentum. The Career Thought Leader Conference & Symposium takes place once a year and highlights the latest innovation and best practices in career coaching and career development. This year’s theme was Mindset. Mastery. Momentum.
I was selected to be one of the key presenters at the conference on the Coaching Day. My session was Coaching Executives: Increase Their Competitive Edge with Resiliency. It was fun sharing the resiliency success stories from my clients. There were lots of excellent questions on how individuals engage in their resiliency and the impact it has on one’s self-confidence and productivity. I also had an opportunity to meet with coaches from all over the world and learn from their strategies. I can continue to offer the best coaching practices to my clients.
On the plane ride home, I asked myself why I chose to take a red eye flight. It was actually delayed two hours because Boston, once again, had a snowstorm in April! It did however give me time to focus on my top 3 takeaways from this fabulous conference.
Number One: Personal Branding is more important than ever: I am not surprised that almost every presenter mentioned strategies about Personal Branding. When we look at what is going on in organizations , we see the need to know our brand. How are we unique? Are we keeping it to ourselves or are we communicating it in an authentic genuine way? More and more organizations are asking me to facilitate webinars and seminars on Professional branding because they want their employees to stand out and make an impact.
Number Two take away: LinkedIn continues to be a key social media tool for your career: LinkedIn is not just a job search tool but is also a great tool for ongoing networking. We need to spend time regularly on LinkedIn connecting with colleagues and making sure our profile is up to date. It is so easy to put things on the back burner when we are happily employed but our networking needs to be ongoing. Schedule time right now! Make sure your LinkedIn profile is up to date. Add to your present connections. Writing recommendations is also a great way to give back to others, giving you great career karma.
Number Three: Recharge your Career: My third takeaway is how important it is to take time to attend quality professional conferences. My recharge level went way up after being with colleagues who were supportive and enlightening. Sometimes career recharge can be as easy as attending a webinar or reading a great business book. The post trip with friends to Vail was definitely another highlight of my Colorado experience!
Stay tuned for some more tips in future blogs and e-zines. What is your professional development goal for this spring? Think about 2016 and how can you plan to enrich your career. Keep it small, actionable and fun!
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