#365DaysOfLearning – Week 52

by | May 8, 2021 | #365DaysofLearning, Blog

On Tuesday, May 12th, I started a new journey…365 days of Learning! I am going to put out a weekly summary of the things that I learned that week. All of these posts have occurred on my LinkedIn. Would love to connect with you there as well!

#365DaysOfLearning – Day 349, May 2, 2021

I am counting down the days to May 11th (365 days of my challenge will be completed!) and getting caught up on the documentation of a few learnings!

Today I really enjoyed an article in the Association for Talent Development magazine called “Put Getting a Mentor at the Top of Your 2021 To-Do List.”

I enjoyed these tips by author Lisa Fain on finding and best utilizing a MENTOR:
✨ “In finding a mentor, the temptation is to first scour your network to determine whom you know and who may be a good fit. That approach, however, misses a critical threshold step. Before focusing on WHO, focus on WHAT. Take the time to figure out what you want to learn.”
✨ “At its core, mentoring is a learning relationship. The key to finding the right mentor is to choose someone who can help in the areas in which you want to grow.” Pro-tip – you don’t have to know this person!
✨ Be specific in what you would like help with.
✨ Establish key items about your relationships – how often will you meet? When and where? How will you best spend your time? What is in scope and out of scope? What will be kept confidential? And how will accountability work?

What is your favorite part about having a mentor?

#365DaysOfLearning – Day 350, May 3, 2021

A little inspiration for you, and for me! Loving this quote.

Take the step.

Price of Inaction

#365DaysOfLearning – Day 351, May 4, 2021

Do you have fascinating conversations?

I found this 11 minute TED Talk (one of the top 25 of all time) full of helpful tips to up your conversation game!

It is called, “10 Ways to Have a Better Conversation” by Celeste Headlee. Even practicing and mastering one will help you deepen your relationships through conversation!
✅ Don’t multi-task. Be present. Be in that moment.
✅ Don’t pontificate. You need to enter every conversation assuming that you have something to learn. 💡
✅ Use open-ended questions.
✅ Go with the flow. Thoughts will come into your mind and you need to let them go out of your mind.
✅ If you don’t know, say you don’t know.
✅ Do not equate your experience with theirs. It is never the same. All experiences are individual.
✅ Do not repeat yourself.
✅ Stay out of the weeds. Frankly, people don’t care about the details. They care about you.
✅ Listen. It is the most important tip.
✅ Be interested.

This stat that Celeste shared was fascinating, “The average person talks at about 225 words per minute, but we can listen at up to 500 words per minute, so our minds are filling in those extra 275 words per minute!”

Check out the link below to learn more!


#365DaysOfLearning – Day 352, May 5, 2021

Did you know that LinkedIn turned 18 today?!

18 years ago was 2003…let’s take a time machine back there.

What were you up to in 2003?

I was a Junior at Grand Valley State University, working on my undergrad in Accounting! (How is that 18 years ago?!). I might be a grandma.

Happy Birthday, LinkedIn! 🎉 I am excited to see how the platform grows and develops in this next season!

#365DaysOfLearning – Day 353, May 6, 2021

LinkedIn’s birthday yesterday had me thinking – how long have I been on the platform?

April 13, 2008…13 years!

12/13 years I used it to connect with those I knew and tried to keep my resume up to date. But this past year, I have been loving my time getting to know many, commenting frequently and posting daily!

Want to see how long you have been on LinkedIn?

Go to Settings -> Data privacy -> How LinkedIn uses your data -> navigate to the last page.

#365DaysOfLearning – Day 354, May 7, 2021

“Think of something you achieved that you worked your tail off to achieve, and then your brain said, IS THIS ALL THERE IS? Or worse, you achieved it and were HAPPY, but how long did that last?” – Tony Robbins

I enjoyed a short video today with Tony and Russell Brunson discussing The Science of Achievement and The Art of Fulfillment.

Tony noted that most people are happy with their achievement somewhere between 3 hours and 3 weeks, maximum. Then, our brain adjusts to this new level and we strive for the next thing. We weren’t made to sit around and just be fulfilled…we were made to GROW! 🌱

Tony described, “The great part about achievement is it causes you to strive for growth. The problem is, people are trying to keep the hamster on the wheel to achieve more and they aren’t making sure along the way they are fulfilled. Success without fulfillment is the ultimate failure.”

Do not get so caught up in the achievement that you miss the fulfillment. Savor it!

#365DaysOfLearning – Day 355, May 8, 2021

The results are in, and I was pleasantly surprised!

When asked how many days it took for people to settle into vacation once arriving, I received 66 votes:
20 🌴 INSTANTLY relaxed
29 🌴 Took 1-2 days to settle in
14 🌴 Took 3-4 days to settle in
3 🌴 Never really settled in

Here are a few tips that I have found helpful when preparing to leave for vacation:
✈ Have a Buddy! Lean on that buddy heavily while you are gone. Equip them with everything they will need to be successful.
✈ Walk side by side with your buddy for the week leading up to vacation so they feel in the know and ready to step in.
✈ Be clear on your out-of-office – route them to your buddy, and follow up with the rest when you return.
✈ For those that are expecting something from you, try to communicate on the front end so they feel supported and know whom to turn to.
✈ Have your buddy be the primary person to get a hold of you, only if needed.
✈ Boundaries are your friend! You will come back refreshed and in a better frame of mind for yourself, your clients, and your colleagues!

How do you best prepare for vacation?

Running my own little experiment, I have completed 4 polls, having 5, 10, 16 and now 66 votes, respectively. Seems a vacation topic really resonated! 🙂

Vacation poll

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#365DaysOfLearning – Week 51

#365DaysOfLearning – Week 51

This week on #365DaysOfLearning, I focused on protecting precious time, reminders to self, accountability partner, creating your own QR code, sowing the same seeds and reaping the same results, settling into vacation – how long does it take you?, and Apple’s frequency of mergers and acquisitions!

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