Hello everybody, it was an extremely stressful yet exciting week for me! I was fortunate enough to be invited to speak at the Nielsen office in Dallas about my blog, book, and website. Nielsen is a large information company that researches consumers and their behavior. Through a random networking event, I got in contact with someone who works in the HR department. She just happened to plan various personal development events for Nielsen employees. Admitted, I was nervous leading up to the event. Also, I had a few major things going on at work that has been bothering me. Thankfully, I was able to pull through both with the talk and with my work! Everyone was extremely delightful, engaged, and happy to be there. It didn't hurt that we offered In-And-Out Burgers for people either.
I spoke on three main topics, which were the same main topics that I write about on my blog. First, I spoke about career development. I gave a variety of interview and resume advice that I had previously written on. In addition, people seemed really interested in how to improve their Linkedin profiles. In today's world, having a solid Linkedin profile is extremely important.
Next, I spoke on the topic of personal finance. A lot of people are familiar with the retirement vehicles that were offered by their company, but don't always know all the details or what the differences are between different retirement vehicles. I spoke on the power of compound interest and referenced this retirement vehicle map which will hopefully help them navigate the retirement landscape.
Finally, I spoke on the topics of mindset and goal setting. I emphasized the importance of cultivating positive habits and tying your goals to something you can control. I ended this section on emphasizing the importance of emotional intelligence. Your ability to be aware of yourself, aware of other people, and deal with stress will take you much further in your career than your raw intelligence.
I got some very positive feedback from the audience and from my HR contact after the talk. Overall, I am extremely happy with how far I've gone so far with my blog. I only started in January, and the entire ride has been extremely rewarding. I am infinitely grateful for all the people who have supported me and given me advice along the way. I want to thank the 35 or so people who came out to listen to me. I hope to have additional opportunities to speak in the future!
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