Sitting on an airplane returning from my latest adventure, I am reminded that my company, OpenMindWorks™, is about to embark on its first anniversary this month. Where did the time go?
The road I’ve travelled has been rich and varied with experiences that have enhanced my professional and personal life. I’ve worked with associations and corporations, lawyers and inventors, charity organizations and recruiters of all shapes and sizes learning more about other industries – and more importantly people – than I had ever hoped for. I found my way back to creativity, enthusiasm and happiness that had been buried beneath a relentless and often thankless workload for too many years.
Exciting developments are on the horizon for OpenMindWorks, Chapter Deux. The magazine column on social media I write for Meeting Mentor, a publication of Conference Direct delivered to 14,000+ members of the meeting planning and hospitality community, will enter its fourth year. Whitepapers, podcasts and webinars are all in the planning stages to continue to deliver meaningful content to you. The outline of a book is taking shape, more speaking engagements are on the books and training courses are in development.
While the company launched in November 2011, the journey really began in January 2010 when I delivered by first presentation at PCMA’s (Professional Convention Management Association) Annual Meeting. I submitted an abstract for a presentation on social media, which was still quite new at the time. Much to my surprise my abstract was accepted and to my even greater surprise, some 400+ people attended session. It was really this kick in the confidence butt that got the ball rolling on the next phase of my career – although I didn’t know it at the time.
The lesson I learned here: stretch your boundaries, try something different, and make that leap of faith. You just never know where it may take you.