Monday, December 17, 2012
The importance of speaking out!
Ok, just a few posts left this year but this is one that I’ve been thinking about for a while. You hear a lot about the importance of speaking your mind and speaking up in meetings....what’s just as important is taking time to occasionally speak OUT at events. I recently spoke at a few events here in Boston and it really reminded me of how important is to do if you have the opportunity. Here’s why:
1) Share your expertise - Speaking out gives you a chance to share your experiences and help other people advance their career. Sharing what you know is the ultimate experience in my opinion as you get to collaborate and share with other folks in the industry.
2) Networking on Steroids - That’s right, speaking out at an event is like networking on steroids. Think about it. People are there to year YOU speak and listen to YOUR experiences....so, it’s a great chance to meet other folks and do some serious networking. You can’t go wrong here, seriously, makes networking so easy to do.
3) Public Speaking are GREAT skills - The ability to present to a group or speak publicly are skills that every employer wants. Most people are afraid of speaking publicly and really stress out when they have to do it. So...practice makes perfect. Take the opportunity, get good at it and turn it into another skill in your skillset that you can leverage in your professional life.
4) It’s fun - I love speaking out, think it’s a blast and really have a lot of fun doing it. So, give it a try and I think you’ll like it too
That’s it this week, I’ll try to get another post out this week but if not....have a great holiday and we’ll keep the conversation going in 2013!
Good luck out there, tough time of year but LOTS of hiring going on.....