Last month we took a look at half of the Professional Development Plan I put together for a coaching client who wanted to work on three things: (1) more visibility at work, (2) more self-confidence, and (3) better networking skills. Below you'll find the second half of the plan.
2012 Professional Development Plan (Sample)
1. Write another article, send this to the same list and attach to LinkedIn page.
2. Give both articles (with feedback from first article, if possible) to marketing department to post on firm's website, publish in firm's newsletter, etc.
3. Share both articles with bar association.
1. Shop for a few new fall/winter items to add to killer wardrobe.
2. Find new group/association/charity to join in the fall.
3. Take some time off.
1. Assess the last 8 months: Is speaking easier? How is mentor relationship(s)? How many networking events have you attended in the last 8 months? Should be more than 8.
2. Identify newer associate at firm to mentor on a casual basis.
3. Ask marketing department to help you develop a continuing education (CLE) course for clients and prospects.
1. Write another article on CLE course subject matter. Share with colleagues, clients, LinkedIn, firm's website, etc., promoting CLE course. Deliver CLE course.
2. Reconsider personal brand explored in January - any changes to make?
3. Propose fun holiday or post-holiday event for affinity group and chair the event.
1. Pull together list of all contacts for the firm's holiday card mailing.
2. Summarize CLE program successes and failures; plan another one for spring.
3. Ask for firm's support of holiday charity event (Toys for Tots, Wounded Warriors, coat drive, food drive, etc.); manage event.
1. Start a new group on LinkedIn and invite others to join.
2. Consider writing a column for trade press, firm's newsletter, other publication.
3. Write a sincere, heartfelt thank-you note to everyone who added to your professional development over the past 11 months. Pat yourself on the back again. Happy New Year!
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