I’m interrupting my regularly scheduled topic to share an experience I think you’ll enjoy. So without any further ado…
Saturday, I had the privilege of attending the Pam Slim Workshop and it was incredible. For me, just getting there was quite a challenge as I had to fight unbelievable traffic and road construction, making my commute well over an hour! (and that was well before 9am) By the time I arrived, I was a little cranky, but after checking in and running into some friendly faces, I found myself ready to see how the day would unfold.
From the minute I entered the auditorium, I found Pam to be warm, energetic and engaging. Her transparent, I’m here to help you style was refreshing and energizing. She took the time to get to know each one of us in the room and what we were working on and to provide constructive feedback. The day was packed full of conversations, real-life examples of success, and interactive sessions where the attendees would come forward and discuss challenges – then, we’d work together through suggestions/solutions.
However, as I think back on the day, there were a couple of things that really stood out for me in relation to some of the conversations we’ve been having here:
– Learn to authentically communicate – this is the touchstone to the success of all your online activities,whether you are posting in a forum, blogging, updating your Facebook or representing your brand. People want to know the real you and that’s what makes them want to connect. One thing Pam said that I just loved was “your personal brand should amplify who you really are.”
Pam is a great example of this, as she’s just who you would expect her to be in person. She’s sincere, genuine and most importantly real – the kind of person I would want to just hang out with anytime.
– Find your people – while she was referring to this in the context of your support network, it’s still great advice, even as you are trying to determine what social networks to join. She said it best: “When you find your people, you can relax and enjoy yourself.” Can I get an amen?
Believe me, I could go on and on about my day but I will spare you…for now. However, if any of this resonates with you, or you find yourself feeling like a “corporate prisoner” – or you are just thinking about what the next step in your career should be – pick up a copy of Escape from Cubicle Nation or subscribe to Pam’s blog or follow her Twitter. I can assure you, you will be glad you did!