In part one of “Empowering Tips” I mentioned that the word Empower is not only the theme of the 26th Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence, it is also used in a variety of situations and conversations. I highlighted the many professional and personal development focuses that I have learned from Office Dynamics resources, conference, team, and owner – Ms. Joan Burge.
In part two I mentioned confidence is a key component to embracing and defining your own empowerment, courage is another major component. One thing I hear Joan encourage during conferences, webinars, and one on one conversations is to be courageous. To borrow a quote from Joan’s Greatest Administrative Secrets Revealed book – “Success is about expanding yourself where you are currently planted.”
Competence, the third ingredient to the formula of empowerment. A person can have courage and confidence, but not be competent. Competence is proficiency or ability in a specific skill area. Empower yourself and others by not only attending events that encourage competency discussions with others, but also create opportunities, as often as possible, to develop your personal skills such as those listed below. Communication that provides opportunities to discuss essential skills and competence enhances communication abilities (and styles), confidence, and leadership skills.
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