Quick Tips from Keynoting in Carolina

I had the distinct pleasure of visiting beautiful South Carolina recently to present on leadership resilience as a motivational keynoter for the Insurance Auditors Association of the Southeast. Go Greenville! and thanks Charleston for the initial send off. We were pleased to meet lovely lifeleaders in the spirit of southern charm and industry intelligence from one end of the state to the other.

In a brief conversation post conference with the event planners, I offered to pen a follow up article for their association e-newsletter. According to leadership at IAASE, membership welcomed suggestions on how to dial up their post conference connecting upon return to the office. Here were my three suggestions:

1. Share a valuable piece of learning from the conference with an office colleague, friendly competitor or industry contact. Showcase your generosity and enthusiasm for up to date learning. Sure, industry insiders that get excited about new audit classification codes or risk management industry trends are a special bunch, but by doing so, you model initiative and committment to professional development for all. How many of you know folks that attend conferences for continuing education requirements but never really put the new learning into action? Differentiate yourself.

2. Follow up with conference attendees on LinkedIn and preferred social media channels. When you invite a colleague to connect on LinkedIn, make it personal. Instead of the ordinary "I'd like to add you to my network" request, spice up your communication with a shared conference connection. For example , "Great to learn we're both Clemson fans between IAASE sessions" or "Thanks for sharing industry laughs at lunch last week" make the invitation personally memorable. If you didn't meet everyone you wanted to at the conference, reach out anyway with "Missed connecting in person at IAASE last week, but happy to be a networking resource for you in forward". Your colleague will likely appreciate your generosity, timeliness and initiative in connecting.

3. Volunteer your time to support your industry association. We're all trying to "keep the pace" today by doing work that truly matters. Investing in the programming caliber of an organization that supports your professional development should be a priority. Donate a few hours a month, be on an advisory committee or offer to "tele-meet and greet" new members to keep organization growth going. Your association board of directors will appreciate your creativity and willingness to share your precious time and talent. Maybe they'll put you in charge of Twitter or Snapchat to get you started in a brief and bold way for colleagues that like to get right to the point. Ask any insurance auditor from the Southeast that might connect with you on point!

DonnaLyn Giegerich MBA CIC RYT keynotes, coaches and consults with leaders that want to develop impact, influence and resilience as President of DLG Consulting. She maintains ownership interests in two NJ insurance agencies, teaches economics/finance as an adjunct professor and is the insurance go-to gal for America's Small Business Development Center in Lincroft, NJ. Share what's working for you at www.donnalyn.org or @DonnaLynSpeaks on FB and Twitter.