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The Importance of Professional Development

“The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.” – Vince Lombardi

We are responsible for moving our careers in the direction we want them to go and Professional Development is the key to doing so. It is always the right time to strengthen your current skills and/or learn something new (are you working towards your PSP?). With that, we often find a major setback of trying to find the time and resources to travel.  Instead of passing up the opportunity to advance your Professional Development, consider signing up for the 2018-2019 Webinar Series which allows you to L.E.A.R.N. with NAEOP!
            
COST: Six (6) one-hour classes will be $125 for members and $185 for non-members
TIME: Webinars will be offered at one time slot – 1 PM Eastern Standard Time 

DATES & TOPICS:
·         September 12, 2018 – Dealing with Difficult People
o   A day at the office can be filled with joy and satisfaction or it can be frustrating and stressful. When things go wrong, some people lose control. Holding emotions in check and reacting professionally while under fire is not always easy. It is particularly difficult to be nice to people who are not being nice to you. So what do you do to keep your cool when the customer is chewing you out? Most of the time, the customer’s dissatisfaction is not even your fault. You’re getting the blame because the unhappy person found you first, and it’s not pleasant. When faced with angry people, there are key steps that will help diffuse the situation.
·         October 3, 2018 – Digital Security
o   Digital security refers to keeping us, our information, and our digital devices secure from outside threats. Get ready to find out if you are behaving and participating safely in the digital world. What is personal info and what is private info? What is your digital presence? What information do you share online? Are you a responsible user of creative work? Are you aware of scams, phishing attempts or viruses? Who are your children talking to online? Would you recognize cyber bullying if you saw it? Do you just “Google It” or do you also seek other perspectives? This webinar will teach you what to look for and how to keep your information safe.
·         November 7, 2018 – Embrace Your Quiet Strength: Leading as an Introvert
o   The world is made up of introverts and extroverts. Did you know that 40-50% of us are introverts? It’s true! During this webinar, we will discover the difference between shyness and introversion. We will learn the ‘Four Ps’ process to track your progress in building your skill set to learn how to better handle uncomfortable situations. We will gain practical and proven tools to build on our quiet strength as introverts, and even embrace our introversion! Introverts are thoughtful leaders and are needed in our workplaces and associations.
·         January 16, 2019 – Diversity and Multicultural Inclusion
o   This webinar will explore some of the many ways we are diverse and how that diversity may be used as a strength.  It will also help participants identify biases that can hinder inclusion.  Participants will leave with a better understanding of themselves and the people they work with, and tips on how to build more inclusive relationships. 
·         February 13, 2019 – Another Meeting? Please Don’t Waste My Time
o   Learn to facilitate effective meetings through process and people management. This webinar will give you the tools to chair meetings with confidence. At the completion of this session, you will know how to structure your meetings to honor the time and energy of your members.
·         March 13, 2019 – Intro to Google Chrome Browser

Think of this opportunity as investing in your personal brand which not only guarantees success in the ever changing workforce but also allows you to feel achievement and gain credibility. Having this competitive edge will show your employer loyalty as well as an increase in your productivity. Take the plunge and be the hero for your school, district, team, college or other educational institution by offering these opportunities for collaboration and growth.

To sign up for classes visit the Events tab at www.naeop.org.

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