Dear Member October 14, 2019 - To be Seen or Not

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To be seen, or not to be seen. That was the question last week when my associate and I traveled to a seminar in Richmond. We were all pumped up about attending an event that discussed Workforce Development from K-12. Little did we know that it was not an informational event but rather a Who’s Who in Higher Education across the state. You can imagine our dismay.

This was the first time I’ve really been blindsided by an event. It was evidently meant for educators in higher education instead of being for business people. Still, since we were there, we made a point of listening and trying to engage with other people with similar interests. Chambers offer great opportunities at events to make new relationships, new connections, and new opportunities to learn things. 

It’s important to have a specific purpose when attending an event, especially when your time is limited. Event planners need to structure events to meet the needs of the target population, and the population being targeted should be made clear.

Even with that, sometimes you end up at a wrong event or it’s not what you thought it would be; however, if you’ve taken the time to attend, try to get something out of it. Find a way to make it worth your time. Your perspective makes all the difference, so if your perspective is that you can find something of value regardless of the situation, then you will come out ahead even if the event isn’t what you thought it would be. You have the power to choose. 

“Whether it’s the best of times or the worst of times, it’s the only time we’ve got.” Art Buchwald

Work hard, be productive, and above all else stay positive.

Peggy White
Executive Director
Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce
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