A very helpful and motivating post about TED Talks was getting shared quite a bit this past week on LinkedIn Today. And after attending a TEDxSan Jose event last year, and being inspired to give my own Talk then, I just had to see what all the fuss was about. I now understand why.
Many of us aspire to give a TED Talk someday and Nilofer Merchant’s post can serve as your jumping-off point to start preparing for one of your own. It definitely got me seeing what might be possible!
Please take my poll on LinkedIn and share on which topic you’d like to give a TED Talk to motivate and inspire others. Here’s the link or just vote below. Thank you!
For reference, here are a few titles for some of the most popular TED Talks:
Steve Jobs: How to live before you die
Ric Elias: 3 things I learned while my plane crashed
Elizabeth Gilbert: Your elusive creative genius
Jill Bolte Taylor’s stroke of insight
Sir Ken Robinson: Bring on the learning revolution!
Brené Brown: The power of vulnerability
Neil Pasricha: The 3 A’s of awesome
William Kamkwamba: How I harnessed the wind
Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action
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!Read More
It’s time to start your “What I Need to Shelve for 2012″ list. Every Thanksgiving over our turkey dinner my husband and I start to talk about the things from the current year that we do NOT want to carry with us into the next. Here’s a post I wrote with the start of last year’s list and an explanation of why I think this is a worthwhile exercise.
Since the end of June has arrived, I thought I’d share some thoughts about my adventure as the VP of Networking for the Puget Sound (Seattle) chapter of the American Marketing Association (soon-to-be former VP come July 1).
As a longtime AMA member, and big fan of the ’08-’09 president, Katherine Hall, I was happy to volunteer to help her, as well as this year’s entire board, achieve its goals. And, in light of the sad economic climate, I think we did pretty well in terms of membership base growth, offering value via timely and relevant programming content, creating a social media strategy, and last, but certainly not least, facilitating some great networking opportunities. However, as with almost anything I direct my energy towards, I had my own set of goals related to my participation as well.
As I wrote in my “Networking Now What book” white paper, Rule # 10 Get Involved in Something speaks to the importance of not just showing up, but rolling up your sleeves and really contributing, as I also mentioned in this post from earlier in the year. I believe that you have to make a conscious effort, and constantly self-monitor, to be sure you’re adding value as a volunteer and occasionally actually doing things if you are in a leadership role.
All too often I’ve seen folks in executive positions adopt a laissez faire atittude towards leadership while in a volunteer role, and as you might expect, in this setting, it does not go over well. Maybe you can get away with that approach when you’re in a paid position at a for-profit company, but when you are volunteering for a professionally oriented non-profit, and you and all those around you are not paid or seasoned execs, in my experience, you certainly won’t get the outcomes for which you are hoping. Well, unless your desired outcomes were to have walked away from the experience having put forth as little effort as possible, and having made as few decisions as possible, then woo hoo — mission accomplished!
Unfortunately, the reality is though, that you’ll have loads of non-responders (to emails, invites, etc.), people bailing on you or the organization left and right (attendance at meetings, or lack thereof, are sure indicators of this), and at a minimum you definitely won’t retain the majority of your constituents into the next board term. I’ve seen it over and over again, and since all involved are volunteers, giving freely of their own personal time, you can bet this lack of hands-on leadership will be remembered when the calls are being made for that exec job opening as the VP of Whatever for a new product launch in town. You can guess whose phone won’t likely be ringing.
OK, back to me now….my goal was to elevate the networking efforts, visibility and focus of an organization on which I depend to keep me engaged, as well as visible, in a professional community of marketers. And, so far, based on the direct feedback I’ve received, I’d say “mission accomplished.” With basically no budget, a few non-starter team members (promptly redirected), a social media strategy focused on LinkedIn and Facebook, and 2 rock star Junior Mints, we did what we set out to do.
I leave the board and my team with a sense of accomplishment, a smile on my face, and total confidence that my mentoree and award-winning team member, Karin Zabel, will carry the torch as the new VP of Networking into the ’09-’10 year with serious momentum and then some! Go Karin & go PSAMA!Read More