Last week I spent two-day s in the company of some amazing people and heard some brilliant talks at the second All About People conference. The event is for anyone interested or working in the fields of HR, workplaces or communication that have an impact on how people work. I left with my head buzzing with new and inspiring ideas from the many conversations I had. I listened to 12 different speakers over the two days. They covered a range of topics and real life case studies about work, people at work and making work better for people.
I am inspired!
Last week was busy. On Monday I focused on my business development. I spent Tuesday planning client projects. Wednesday and Thursday were spent at the second All About People two-day conference. (It was a great couple of days, and I’ll write something about that once it’s all settled in my head). On Friday, I met up with various people who I’ve enlisted to help me with a new project. It’s a teaching project and it takes me completely out of my comfort zone. I’ve never taught before.
And that’s what brings me to this blog post.
Working for yourself brings a host of benefits, but for me one of the biggest is freedom.
Freedom to work around my client and family needs; freedom to direct the shape of my business; freedom to choose my own development path; freedom to be myself and do the work I love.
Most of the time, this works beautifully.
But Half term school holidays always seem to present a challenge.
Excuse me while I crow, just a little. In the last week I have completed my CPD points already this year (this is not my usual form for getting my CPD done).
Nine months before the deadline at the end of Feb 2017. I have logged enough points on the CIPR UK CPD system to maintain my accredited status for another year. There we go, I’ve said it, no more boasting.
But who cares?
Well you may not, but I do.
And here’s why doing my CPD is important to me.
Last Thursday (19 May) I organised a #asktheguru event, one of CIPR Inside’s small, informal and popular events, at the offices of Ruder Finn UK. As one of CIPR Inside’s lead sponsors the team hosted the event for us in their fantastic new offices in Finsbury Circus, London.