I have really enjoyed the NASPA11 conference. I went to a bunch of sessions & also took lots of time to meet with professionals from all over the country. All the while, I know that on Tuesday next week my supervisor will turn to me during our next staff meeting and say: “so, Brian, share with us something that you learned at the conference.”
So, I have been reflecting a lot on each thing that I do – or session that I attend. I don’t know that we always remember to pause and do this. I know we all know it is a best practice, I know we all practice this type of thing with our students. Particularly, with us – our student staff almost laugh every time we say: “ok, so how does this relate back to our job here in HRL?” — we say it all the time!
On first thought, I said to my self that I’d be able to do that reflection on the airplane trip home. Truthfully though, I want to sleep on the plane – or read my ‘for fun’ book that I have not touched since arriving in Philly. I’m going to need to make time on Thursday/Friday to really sit myself down with pencil and paper and write out some concrete items that I’ve learned and how they impact who I am, what I do, and where I’m going in my career.
I challenge you to do the same. Really – put it in your schedule/calendar as an appointment! You must meet with YOU! During this meeting – you have an agenda, you have a reason to meet, and you have a product you must produce. Write down the things you learned – put them on a giant piece of butcher block paper in marker and hang them up in your office! Title “This is what I learned at NASPA” Subtitle: “I want to share these things with others.” Then share your experiences!