Add Value and Impact the Bottom Line
Administrative professionals can and do impact their leader’s and company’s bottom line when they grow their talents and skills and broaden their horizons. It’s adding transformative value and impacting the bottom line vs. rote work. It’s carrying yourself as your leader’s strategic business partner whereby you work at their side. It is crucial to invest time in your professional development to maintain your competitive advantage and provide unwavering leadership.
We know how important your time is and the financial investment your organization will make by sending you to our Event. At Office Dynamics, we take learning seriously. We know how to do it well! While other events tout ‘training,’ effecting behavioral change is a Skill and an Art. We are the administrative professional development experts. (See Joan Burge’s extensive experience in instruction design, performance improvement, training delivery, and evaluating learning impact.) We vow to make every minute of your time at our sessions count.
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Attend Only If You
• Are absolutely convinced you want to be at the top of your game
• Want to build the best possible reputation in your profession
• Create and grow strategic partnerships with your leaders
• Are willing to be part of the experience
• Are adamant about learning from the top experts in the field
Get The Most Out of Your Investment
• Prepare mentally.
• Prepare logistically. [Bring business cards!]
• Write your Development Plan.
• Monitor Twitter Search for chatter feeds about the Event.
• Meet up on our Office Dynamics Facebook page.
• Review the speaker’s objectives. Highlight the ones that specifically meet with your goals.
• Read your pre-event detailed letter when it arrives for special announcements and any last-minute changes.
• Book your hotel room immediately! This hotel books up quickly.
• Pack reading materials or your tablet/reading device for possible airport delays.
• Expect the unexpected. All types of situations can occur when you travel. Don’t let them ruffle you or ruin the excitement you have for attending the Event.
• Visit the keynote and concurrent session speaker’s web sites to get a heads up on their expertise.
• REALLY network: Ask questions! Find out “why.” Share tips. Open up!
• Be fully engaged and mentally alert. This is your moment!
• Tweet. What are you learning? How will you change?
• Visit the Office Dynamics Boutique and pick up some helpful resources.
• Introduce yourself to Joan Burge. She is eager to meet everyone who attends her Event.
• Arrive five minutes early to your sessions. Introduce yourself to those sitting around you and hand them your business card; ask for their business card. Be ready to go!
• Capture important aha moments! Jot them in a notebook or on your iPad.
• At the end of each day, make some time to review what you heard and add any details to the information. You will not remember everything you heard by the time you get back to the office.
• Meet the speakers. Ask them questions. Learn about their educational materials.
• Enjoy the moment! Don’t fret about what is going on back at the office. This is your time and your organization has invested in your professional development.
• Turn off your critical mind and keep an open mind whether you are networking or listening to the presenters.
• Find an accountability partner. Exchange telephone numbers and email addresses. Vow that you will stay in touch monthly and hold each other accountable for making changes based on what you learned at our Event.
• When an attendee hands you their business card, after they leave, make notes on the back of the card that will help you remember that person. What is unique about them? What did you have in common with them? Identify a unique feature of their face so you will remember them in the future.
• Drink lots of water. It helps when you are off your typical routine plus you will be in the desert. Hydration is very important.
• Jody Urquhart (motivational speaker) says: Manage Your Energy. Pace yourself, because conferences can be exhausting. Most schedules are packed with keynote speakers, break out educational speakers, networking events and more. If you are not careful you can burn out on the first day.
• Break your record and connect with more people than you ever have at a past Event. Everyone is interesting!
• Take full advantage of the relationship building breakfast and lunches we have scheduled.
• Attend the extras such as the Coffee and Chat at the Office Dynamics Boutique on Thursday morning. Pre-registration is required for some of the extra events.
• Continue networking via Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
• Tell your leader how you are applying what you learned.
• Utilize the checklists and action items provided at the Event.
• Read the resources from the Office Dynamics Boutique.
• Recognize and reward yourself for growth and changes!
• Review your Event notes as soon as possible. Flag important pages; highlight action items.
• After 30 days, revisit your participant booklet. Select action items and tips that you want to re-emphasize the next 30 days.
• Complete the Event survey. We value your input and it helps us prepare for the next year’s event. We seek constructive feedback.
• Let us know what you liked the most about our Event. We work very hard to make our Event special just for you and we like to know “what really worked well.”
• Visit the speakers’ web site to extend your Event learning. You might want to purchase one of their books or read their blogs.
• Select 5 powerful tips that you will take immediate action on.
• Write a thank you letter or note card (not an email) to your leader or whoever sponsored your attendance. Let them know 2 or 3 learning outcomes as a result of your attendance. This will encourage them to support you in the future.
• Keep your enthusiasm going weeks after the Event. How can you do that so you don’t lose the great energy you had the week of the Event?