Involvement, Dedication and Networking

Involvement, Dedication and Networking

This past weekend I had to opportunity and privilege to attend our National IIDA (International Interior Design Association) Headquarters for the bi-annual Chapter Leadership Conference (CLC) in Chicago. During the weekend, I was reminded how important networking can be. For example, I had the opportunity, this weekend, to meet other professionals from across the United States (and even some International cities). What a terrific experience! I realized that if I should ever need to relocate or just need some new ideas or suggestions from someone outside of my “day-to-day circle,” I now have acquaintances around the world that I can turn to! Personally, I have found that being involved with professional boards and organizations has helped to influence me personally and professionally. I have gained and reinforced several skills such as, forming, directing, and encouraging committees, team work and delegation, public speaking, and effectively conducting business meetings… and that is just to name a few! I could go on and on about my passion for the profession and my desire to share it with everyone I come in contact with. However, I will leave you with this: The friends and connections that I made through networking have been nothing but positive and I appreciate each and every one of them! There are many volunteer organizations in your individual communities. While all organizations may not be for everyone, I encourage you find one that interests you or that you have a passion for… It could be one of the best “moves” of your career! Please share your passion and what your professional organizations have meant to you. Do you have a personal story of how it has benefitted you? Or, if you would like to know more or would like to get “plugged-in” please do not hesitate to contact me. Submitted by: Amanda Medlen

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