I took quite a few notes while Don was talking, so when he was talking about the “road to success,” I learned that so far, I am on the right track! He talked about how life experiences build your character – for me, my most humbling experiences revolve around traveling and immersing myself into another culture. It’s amazing how much we take for granted every day, and it’s very rewarding to be reminded of all that we have, and to be thankful. Don also talked about how important it is to do what you love, and love what you do. Money isn’t everything, and as long as you are doing what you love, the money will come to you. Life is too short to hate your job and be miserable. Do something about it because you are in complete control! As Don moved on to talk about achieving the work/life balance, I jotted down a few of my favorite takeaways: stay true to yourself and don’t apologize for who you are, have a solid support system, learn how to compromise, and probably the most important for me is learning how to delegate!
Each breakout session concentrated on the overall theme of the conference – increasing your productivity and reducing your stress. In a funny way, I kind of enjoy the feeling of stress, so the speakers were very curious as to find out why I liked it. I did learn that there’s a difference between good and bad stress, but they thought it was funny that I actually enjoy having a million things to do, that I’m bored when I try to “relax” and they thought it was interesting that I actually do my best work when under a lot of pressure. I guess I was the oddball out because most people don’t enjoy stress the way I do.
The breakout sessions I attended included:
Social Media in the Workplace: How does it impact productivity? – John Patterson, Search Optics
Dream, Discover, Deliver: Energizing your life through simplicity – Erik Simon, CMU Career Services
Protect your Character: Motivation & Character Development – Cathey Prudhomme, Eagle Village, Inc.
Stress Less -- Learn More: Take control of the stress in life before it controls you! – Leslie Fiorenzo, Employee Assistance Center
How design influences stress and productivity – Kathie Fuce-Hobohm and Jenni Bush, SPACE, Inc.
Using social media to market efficiently – Sean Hickey, PWB Marketing Communications
There was also a panel on our second day where statewide young professional group leaders had an open Q&A session where we could ask questions about our own groups. This was very beneficial for me and for #YoPros, as I am getting prepared to celebrate #YoPros one year anniversary, and make some decisions on our next steps and where we’re headed. There will be more on that later!
I did want to talk about the closing keynote speaker, Dr. Joan Hornak from Central Michigan University. Dr. Hornak talked about the importance of being a fountain, not a drain. Quite an interesting analogy. But the overall concept was to be a happy and positive fountain, instead of a negative drain. Get it? Here are some interesting facts and quotes:
- One negative person impacts SEVEN others.
- … so make sure you surround yourself with positive people!
- 40% of your happiness is in your control
- “Happiness comes not from having more or having less, but from wanting what you have.”
- “It is not happy people who are thankful, but thankful people who are happy.”
- Everybody should have 3 – 5 people they can trust and share their secrets with
I wanted to thank the Mt. Pleasant Area Chamber of Commerce for hosting such a wonderful event! I had a great time, made a lot of great connections, and even met one of our SHRCCI Members – Michigan Works! This conference was the perfect balance between education and entertainment, and I hope I can attend this conference again next year!