How Valuable is it to be part of a Professional Association?
Last week I had the opportunity to train a workshop and keynote for the International Association of Administrative Professionals regional conference for OK and AR. Many of these individuals are executive assistants to top leaders in their companies. In my own mind, I try to think about the challenges they face on a daily basis, not only working with their individual manager(boss), but several of the attendees were the only administrator within a whole department at a corporation. Can you imagine the types of individuals and personalities they learn to deal with on a daily basis? I don’t know for sure, but I am curious how much training is offered for administrative support teams to excel and reach their full potential?
I heard some excellent stories during both of my sessions, but my most memorable time was during my keynote as we played a round of the Family Feud. It is always fun to watch the competition come out amongst teams. What I realized during my 2-3 hours at the conference, is these members had a camaraderie due to their professional experiences. When you mention like-minded individuals, this association (like most) is targeted. This allows for the attendees and members to learn from and discuss real-time topics to support each other.
So what associations should I be more involved with to become better? Which ones should you not only join, but become an active member to grow and develop in your role?