SOFT SKILLS TRACK
Friday, June 28th from 11 am – 8 pm EDT
Career Author Presentations
- Control your destiny
- Be all you can be
- Live life your way!
John Lennon has been quoted to say, “If you don’t know where you are going, you are already there!” Have you created a career plan? Do you know how to manage your career? Each author will share three tips on how you can control your destiny and make a difference!
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G. Shawn Hunter 11:00 am EDT
Out Think: How Innovative Leaders Drive Exceptional Outcomes
Researchers are predicting as much as fifty percent of today’s jobs will be eliminated due to artificial intelligence technologies and robotics engineering. Any repetitive task in any job is likely to be eliminated from job descriptions. So what are you going to do? You will gain insight about crucial questions of leadership, creativity, and innovation, along with concrete useful advice that will help you earn your place in an employment market rocked by artificial intelligence.
Ben Dilla 11:40 am EDT
Learn to Apply You’re Strengths to Enhance Your Emotional Intelligence at Work
Before you launch your career you need to understand your strengths and limitations. This will give you an opportunity to know where to invest additional time in professional development training and what projects and opportunities you can successfully accomplish at work. Ben will share with you how to adapt to your new corporate culture and best apply your strengths.
Dr. Assegid W. Habtewold 12:00 pm EDT
You NEED Soft Skills to Succeed! Forget Everything You Learned in College.
Dozens of surveys and reports have suggested the importance of soft skills. In fact a number suggest employers put more value on soft skills than the academic training you’ve gotten. Join Dr. Habtewold to learn how to show employers your commitment to building strong, engaging soft skills.
Susan Curtin 12:40 pm EDT
Do You Have a “Why” Statement And How You Want your Values to Drive Your Career?
You are among the brightest graduates your college has ever produced. You have successfully completed the requirements of all of your professors and have been awarded your degree. The one thing your college likely did not teach you or encourage you to spend time on is how important it will be for your values and interest to influence the direction of your career. Susan will help you build your “Why” statement build on your passions and purpose.
Sean Glaze 1:00 pm EDT
The Unexpected Leader: How To Achieve Team Success Without a Title
Rising to a position of leadership is both a choice and a journey. Not all great leaders seek leadership from the beginning, and not all who seek leadership are prepared for the demands involved. You will likely assume a leadership position in the not too distant future and it will be important for you to gain an understanding of what style of leadership will be most comfortable to you. You will gain insight into Sean’s simple five-step process to become an effective leader.
Joanie Connell 1:40 pm EDT
Build an Open Communication Channel with Your Manager
One of the most important documents you will be given when you start your new job is your job description. You need to pull that out weekly and monthly meet with your manager to get his/her feedback on changes and modifications to your time commitment and or output. This will give you a chance to take risks, make mistakes and get your managers advice on how to recover.
David Hinde 2:00 pm EDT
The Project Manager and the Pyramid: How to Manage Any Project, Any Place, Anytime
How many balls can you keep in the air at once! Your employer are going to expect you to be able to multitask and handle multiple projects at one time without missing deadlines or overlooking critical steps. Project management skills will be important in any position you take. Now is a good time to gain a fundamental understanding of how to manage people, deliverables, budget and schedules.
Roberta Roberts 2:40 pm EDT
Set Goals and Track Your Progress if You Want to Advance Rapidly
Too often, entry-level professional works step into a job and expect management to tell them what they should be doing next. You can stand out by showing management your willingness to set goals, track your progress, and report to management your progress. This simple technique will show your management they don’t need to micromanage you and that you are leadership material.
Heather Willems 3:00 pm EDT
Draw Your Big Idea: The Ultimate Creativity Tool for Turning Thoughts Into Action and Dreams Into Reality
Managers rate communication skills as one of the top three skills they are looking for. According to Heather, it’s important to be able to not only verbally communicate ideas, strategies, and concepts but to also visually present them. Images speak louder than words. Studies show that images also help people think Visual note-taking such as doodling increase memory retention rates by nearly 30 percent and opens creative pathways, strengthens focus and inspires self-expression. Join Heather to learn how you can use drawing exercises to advance your career.
Jill Reggiannini 3:40 pm EDT
Accepting Feedback, Advice, and Change is Critical to Your Career Success
Do you have thick or thin skin? Do you welcome advice, suggestions, and change? As you start your first professional job it will be immensely important that you keep an open mind and understand that criticism and feedback will be an important part of your professional development. Keep in mind you are stepping into a new position and have little knowledge of the culture, industry, and processes. Jill will remind you to graciously accept feedback and make the necessary changes that will help you advance your career.
Gabriela Pereira 4:00 pm EDT
DIY MFA: Write with Focus, Read with Purpose, Build Your Community
You will be called on to write detailed emails, budget proposals, blog articles and reports through-out your career and along the way you might even want to write a book. Gabriella will share with important elements to writing a book and how to bring your seed of an idea into a full fledged book!
Cheryl McCurdy Christianse 4:40 pm EDT
Your Job Is to Proactively Research and Meet Others in Your Department
One mistake entry-level professional make is not investing the time to get to know everyone within their department and what they do. Most new employees wait for others to approach them and get to know them. Cheryl will provide tips and strategies on how you can learn who your coworkers are before you even start so you can address them by name and title. It’s a perfect way to impress them and show them you regard them as important.
Michael G. Rogers 5:00 pm EDT
You Are The Team: 6 Simple Ways Teammates Can Go From Good To Great
Business today is growing more complex by the minute and smart organizations recognize that it takes a team of staff to introduce a new product, develop new production processes, and research and implement new strategies. Your team is only as good as it’s the weakest member. You need to learn the six simple ways you can help teams go from good to great in order to yourself for rapid career advancement.
Kevin Jordan 5:40 pm EDT
Create a Relationship Strategy and Develop 30-60-90 day plans
When starting a new position its important to hit the ground and run fast. You’ve heard the phrase, “First impressions count”. You are in control of what others will think of you. That’s why it will be important for you to work harder than you’ve ever worked during the first few months on your new job as well as keep your management informed and engaged with your onboarding.
David Cook 6:00 pm EDT
You Have to Sell Yourself to Convince Hiring Managers You are the
We are all salespersons. Every day we sell our friends, family, significant others on ideas and or things we want to do. David will give you proven communication steps that will help you get your message across to any audience you are looking to influence.
Josh Brecheisen 6:40 pm EDT
Get What You Want!
There is nothing wrong with expecting to advance rapidly in your career, but to do so you have to be willing to invest an enormous amount of time not only in your work but your career. Josh will share with you three components of investing in your career; Goals, Energy, and Teacher. You will take away a foundation on which you can build a strategy to get what you want!
Tobin Porterfield 7:00 pm EDT
The 55 Soft Skills That Guide Employee and Organizational Success
Research is showing managers regard soft skills as critically important to an employees success, yet most people do little to develop their soft skills. Tobin has conducted exhaustive research and isolated the 55 soft skills you need to be aware of and doing something to improve on a regular basis. Invest the time today to gain his insights so you can show your management your commitment to grow your soft skills.
Brea Roper 7:40 pm EDT
You Need to Look Beyond Setbacks
No one said your first job was going to be your dream job. It should be a stepping stone on the way to your dream job. During that time you are likely to get discouraged and sidetracked. Brea will provide advice and strategies that can keep you focused on getting where you want to go.