A True Tale of Fear and Loathing in Professional Development

By: William Lessley 

Hello, my name is Will and I’m an introvert. It literally Fortpains me to be in a large crowd of people for too long. In the association management industry, this can be a real liability. Almost everything we do involves directly interacting with other people.

The first five years of my career were spent in the meetings department. I liked working with our members to get them registered, creating the detailed plan of the flow of the meeting, and being on-site problem solving. I did not, however, enjoy the forced relationships with my hotel contacts. This wasn’t because I didn’t like my hotel contacts – I couldn’t understand why I dreaded the interaction, honestly. Looking around at my peers, all I was sure of was that something must be wrong with me. Continue reading “A True Tale of Fear and Loathing in Professional Development”

Diary of a Teacher’s Kid

By: Amy Bean Napier

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My mom was a teacher for 35 years, so basically all of my life, my brother and I have been known as “teacher’s kids”.  Sometimes that was a good thing and sometimes it was not.  But both my brother and I have found that many of the lessons and skills learned as teacher’s kids have helped us be successful in our careers and lives! Continue reading “Diary of a Teacher’s Kid”