PROFESSIONALISM – OPPORTUNITES TO CONNECT

While I prepare a workshop to be delivered at the CHASE conference (*) in London next week, I have been giving a lot of thought to what the benefits will be for those who attend the session. Let’s face it, most of us have to justify the time taken for attendance at conferences of this type to employers. We know it will be necessary to make the case that it is not just about personal CPD and the opportunities for networking and discussions with our peers. Most organisations will also need some evidence that what you are going to see and hear will be time well spent and that there will be benefits for the organisation too.

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True professionalism - Read more, read often

We are all subject to fairly staggering amounts of information each day, coming at us from an ever increasing range of sources.  Have you ever considered how much of this ‘stuff’ you actually read and ingest, finding relevance for how you live or work, or storing it away for further use later? The mixed drivers of intellectual curiosity and the need to remain up to date for professional and CPD purposes should be enough to make you apportion a significant percentage of your time to reading as widely and as frequently as possible.

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The volunteer's new clothes - with apologies to the emperor!

For those of us who work in the not-for-profit sector, either as salaried employees or as committed volunteers, there was probably a moment when we made a choice – nfp or commercial – and the potential reasons for those choices are too many and various to list. For volunteers the years of involvement with a particular organisation or charity will pass quite quickly.  In the first instance it is interesting and exciting and it feels privileged to be on the ‘inside’, with your voice being heard and, hopefully, your opinions being valued.

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