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Do you belong to your Professional Organization?

How are you involved with your professional organization?

As a professional in our field, there are groups and organizations available to us we can utilize to grow our careers.  Are you a member of your professional organization?  If not, I highly suggest you look into it.  The resources and opportunities for advancement are immense.  For me, I utilize the resources afforded to me through the National Speakers Bureau and attend conferences to meet new individuals who may be able to help develop my skills.  Here are a few benefits of joining your professional organization.  What does your offer?

  • Meet like-minded people. It is extremely rare that you are able to attend a group outing or be involved in a conversation where everyone is on the same page professionally.  That’s what you get when you attend these sponsored seminars and conferences.  Share your passions with others and bounce ideas off them.
  • This is the best opportunity to network with others and make very powerful connections in your field.  When was the last time you attended a conference and learned about your profession?
  • Student of profession. Are you a student of your craft?  Do you consistently grow your mind?  Your professional organization will help develop your career and enhance your knowledge on what needs to be done to become successful.
  • Leadership position. When you take a leadership position within the organization, you can further your network of connections, but also develop your leadership skills.  What was the last leadership position you had?  What did you learn from it?
  • Share knowledge. These professional organizations also give you a platform to share your knowledge with others and help guide them in the right direction.  When was the last time you gave anyone guidance?

Did You Know?  Coach Jim Johnson will host a leadership talk for graduate students in early September at the local university, SUNY Brockport, here in Rochester, NY.

Life Tip #17:  Attend seminars, conferences, and clinics to improve knowledge in your field.

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