Yesterday turned out to be a really good day, business-wise. I decided to return to a professional association meeting I used to attend a few years ago, where I was heavily involved, but stopped for several reasons. One of those was the timing of the meeting as they often have these early meetings where I have scheduled clients. But I decided to go back and see what they’ve been up to lately.
I am so glad I made that decision. Not only was I able to see contacts I haven’t seen in a couple years, so it was nice to reconnect, but I also made new contacts and connections that I look forward to. But one of the best aspects was the opportunities that were there to expand both my network and my business. I was able to secure two speaking engagements from that meeting, where I get to present my signature program of helping people to love their job again.
While the opportunity was there, it did take seeking it out and ‘grabbing’ them. Later that day, I secured another speaking engagement just from an opportunity of helping someone out who was referred to me by a friend (aren’t they grand?). Opportunities are all around if we just look for them. How many times have you wanted to do something but you could not see anyway to achieve them? How many times have you thought that opportunities are for others but not you?
If so, you’re in the majority so take heart and know you are not alone. Seeing any opportunity that lies in front of you means knowing exactly what you do want, looking for them, and then taking action to make them a reality. Instead of seeing a black cloud, or a negative aspect of a situation, don’t go in with any expectation of a particular outcome; I knew the meeting agenda was focused on planning speakers for next year, but had no idea I would be accepted nor get voted in to speak twice. When I called the referred person, my intention was to help them and not the other way around (see how that works?).
If I had gone in with my own agenda, the situation may not have turned out as planned. So take off the dark glasses and open your eyes to all that is available to you. Step over any barriers you feel may be in your way and take quick action. Remember, the person you say hi to today may be your next opportunity – take a chance!
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I read with interest a recent article that our local Workforce agency is having difficulty in finding people to enroll in a federally funded program that is focused on high-tech training for the manufacturing industry. The training, which is a 6-month program, will pay the cost of course training, books, and a paid internship. I am really unclear why this program is not full. Is it because the program has not been advertised or marketed, or that people don’t see the value in the offerings and what it can lead to?
The six-month program will lead to a national certification and the opportunity for a 3-month, on-the-job paid internship. If interested, and you live in the Orlando area (although you could check with your local Workforce agency in your area), you can contact Workforce Central Florida http://www.workforcecentralflorida.com