Mention your professional association at happy hour and watch people squirm. Within our work circles, nothing brings on the wistful "if only I had more time" excuse faster. Actually, it's not an excuse, it's real. Attending events is one thing-- and that's great-- but getting involved in driving and shaping the agenda and priorities is another entirely.
Involvement beyond membership in your professional association (typically conferences) can be hugely rewarding but a time sink
if you're not on your best defensive game when chatting up the volunteer board. In addition to being exceptionally talented, nice, good
looking (and humble), they're constantly in recruiting mode trying to find extra hands to help.
I wanted to share some thoughts on how to get involved but manage your time in a way that benefits both you professionally, as well as, the organization. When members are actively engaged, programming is better, conversations are richer, and networking opportunities are expanded. With that goal in mind, here are a couple of things you can do to help in an hour or less.
So do-able, right? Don't be afraid to volunteer for these or any other great things you think of. Your contribution matters.
By Robin Camarote