I went because Krishna De tweeted about the event on twitter and it looked like something that was right up my street and I wasn't disappointed.
I enjoyed listening to James Sweetman - Business & Personal Coach, Speaker and author of Graduate to Success. James is has such a warm engaging style as a speaker and covered many great ways to keep positive attitude in light of challenging circumstances.
The really valuable things I got from his presentation was to ask myself powerful questions- questions such as:
- What are you doing INconsistently right?
- Where have you compromised too much?
- Where is your focus- on the things inside or outside of my control?
- How can I be the highest paid most successful business coach & Speaker in Ireland? (I adapted this to my goal- feel free to insert you're own version ;)
One particularly powerful question James asked us was "What fuels YOUR soul?" I'd recommend asking yourself this regularly, to remind yourself if you're on the right track.
The audience gave a wide and varied response to that one- for me it's working with clients- I just love being able to support them in the process of creating a life of their dreams. It's also going for a jog on the beach with my dogs, and laughing with friends :) What is important is that you know what it is for you- because the answer to that question is what you need to do regularly to keep yourself healthy, happy & wealthy. My favourite sound bite from James was this: 'the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, the second best time is today' - Chinese saying. Reminding us it is NOW that is the best time to take positive action- no point lamenting over what you didn't do yesterday- it's what you are doing today that counts!
Brendan Murphy from Osborne recruitment did mention the reality of the economic situation we find ourselves in- there are only 900 jobs being advertised in the whole of Dublin at present- that is a contraction of 90%, and, as Brendan said that's simply "Staggering".
Brendan reviewed keys to successful interviewing:
- What are your strengths?
- What are your weaknesses?
- Differentiate yourself from the oodles of other candidates!
- Why you?- Personally engage with interviewers- after all we do business with people we like- interviewers give jobs to people they like too!
I will write a more in depth review of what Brendan covered with the angle on career coaching over at my career coaching blog.
Krishna De rounded off the seminar with her usual energy and gave us so many tips on how to market our own personal online brand it was amazing that she was able to fit so much in!
Krishna also pointed out the need for everyone to be aware of their own online presence- when was the last time you Googled your own name? Have you ever Googled your own name? Now is the time to do it, whether you're in business or you're an employee looking to further your career: Google is being used as a way to reference check you- if you've been late night facebooking with friends and have left comments you don't want business prospects/potential employers to see NOW is the time to modify your online communications!
One participant shared of an innocent conversation they'd had on an online forum with some women about how difficult it was to source particular sizes of bra- and inadvertently shared her own bra size to the world- which showed up on the first page of Google! Oops!
Krishna covered LinkedIn as a business networking tool & a way to reconnect with people who might not know what you're doing with yourself now- if you're now in the job market you need to let as many people as possible know about your skills & that you're looking for opportunities. Stay on the radar- keep in people's minds and when opportunity arises they'll know who they can recommend- YOU!
Krishna De is giving another in depth talk about LinkedIn at the Fingal Business Network Meeting in the Grand Hotel Malahide on Thursday evening @ 7pm- if you want to maximise you online presence & increase the opportunities available to you, you won't want to miss it! See you there :)
The Staying UP in Down times was wrapped up by beautifully presented canapés by the friendly staff of the Ballsbridge Court Hotel. The refreshments were accompanied by delightful conversation with the great people I met at the event- people that are investing their time & energy in creating their life the way they want it to be- rather than being overwhelmed by the doom & gloom that seems to be all too prevalent!
Keep your eyes open for events like this that support you in achieving your goals- and stick with positive people that will encourage you to take that step closer to creating the life of your dreams :)