I can’t believe it was only 18 months ago that I stood in our kitchen in Seattle (we’d moved there from our hometown of Chicago) and asked my husband to give me 18 months to see what I could do with my book (I’m at a Networking Event–Now What???) and the handful of speaking and webinar opportunities that were starting to come my way.
We were having this conversation because he had just accepted the offer we’d been waiting for from a company in the Bay Area willing to pay him what he’s really worth and cover our relocation as part of the offer package. A portion of the discussion was about what type of work I wanted to do once I got back to San Francisco (this is my 2nd time living here), and, well, being the incredibly supportive and visionary guy he is, he said, “Yes, take whatever you need.”
And now, after almost exactly 18 months of redefining my career and business goals, and simultaneously plugging away at building my brand as a writer, speaker, networking expert and career and biz consultant, I’m thrilled to share that I have achieved the one major goal that would define the next chapter of my professional career. What goal is that you ask?
A week from today, we’ll be heading to Vegas so I can present twice at an Oracle user’s group conference (OHUG 2012) where I’ll offer my practical advice and hard-earned insights on how to make the most of all the opportunities the event attendees will have to network and connect with others while at the conference. I’ll present at an opening/welcome reception the night before the conference officially begins, and then again as part of the opening keynote sessions at the start of the conference the following morning.
Not only am I beyond HAPPY to have this news to share, I’m also incredibly grateful for all the good word-of-mouth I experienced via the organic networking and consistent follow-up I did to make this happen. More on that in my next book, but for now I just wanted to share this proof that really BIG things are possible in only 18 months if you set your intentions to achieve them! 🙂
For more info about this, you can check out the press release about my speaking at OHUG via this link, and if you’re interested in hiring me to open your conference, please feel free to use this tool to contact me to discuss your event or fill out my Contact form and request the new one-pager we have describing what I can offer at an opening reception or conference kick-off session between July and December of 2013. I hope to hear from you!