One of the things that IMPACT works on, day in and day out, is effective communication. We talk about radical ownership, consultative dialogue, and clear communication in every part of our organization. If you want to affect positive change -- whether that be in your personal life or at the office -- you have to be able to communicate directly and compassionately with an individual, so they (a) understand why you are asking for change, and (b) know what is needed for change to happen. I'll be the first to admit that I'm not always good at this. Sometimes I stumble over my words and, often, I can come across as unsympathetic and abrasive. But it's more that I'm trying to find the easiest and simplest solution, without dragging a decision out for months. This is where this week's episode came from.
In case you haven't noticed yet, we haven't posted a podcast recently. Instead, we've been sharing personal experiences to give a bit of a one-on-one approach to MarketHer. Last week, Britt shared the joys of her new office and the different spaces some of our remote people work from. We hope this gave you some inspiration to spruce up your personal working space, whether it be in your home, in a co-working space. or an office. This week, I wanted to share what it's like for me, and for some of my fellow coworkers when summer is over and school is back in session!
I'm going to embrace the struggle here and be dead honest about how this particular MarketHer blog was conceived and ultimately posted for your reading pleasure. Last Friday night, Brie, Angela, and I jumped on Zoom to record this week's episode. All seemed normal until it came time to actually talk. Each of us were winding down from a full week of work, family, dogs, and well, life. We were really struggling to be inspiring and insightful for you. So, we decided, we just weren't going to be. Instead, I volunteered to do a written episode about my recent move to my own office (you keen-eyed viewers may have noticed my background looked rather different!)
Britt, Brie, and I have been recording MarketHer for a little over a year now. We have talked about LuLaRoe Leggings, Mental Health, and Having a Seat at the Table, but we don't often talk about what we are really working on in the office. Maybe it's because we've been working on so much, that it's really hard to narrow it down in a way that is truly helpful and effective to you -- but this week, we wanted to give you a peek behind the curtain.
When I was 22, in my first job out of college as a graphic designer, I had to get approval from an extremely opinionated, domineering woman on everything I designed. One day, I had made our quarterly postcard (hey, it was 2008) that I thought was on brand and pretty darn cute. When I showed it to her for approval, however, she hated it, and held back nothing as she told me so. I felt absolutely defeated, but most of all, I was just plain mad.
I'll be frank. If someone at IMPACT says, "I don't have time for professional development," it's usually a good indicator they are not a good fit to work here. To be fair, I haven't heard anyone say that in a number of years as it's clear when someone has that mindset, they don't last long. Here or anywhere, I strongly believe that you can't afford not to invest in your professional development. It's 100% unacceptable. However, just because professional development is important, doesn't mean it's easy. That's what we dive into this week on MarketHer.
Is original content that hard to create and stay on top of? Yes, and no! The day we sat down to record this episode of MarketHer, a memory popped up on Facebook that reminded me this was our one year anniversary of recording this show. We had our normal prep time talking about how we would discuss our one-year anniversary, which led us to how challenging it sometimes was creating new content every week for a year.
My last thought before walking out on the IMPACT Live stage was, "[INSERT INAPPROPRIATE WORD], I don't want to do this!" And then my fellow teammate, Dan Baum told me it was too late for that and guided me on stage where our CEO, Bob had just called my name and hundreds of people were waiting for me to speak. This is the story of everything that led up to that moment...