NAPW New River Valley Chapter Learned the “Secrets to Happy Survival in Your Current Profession” at July Networking Event

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National Association of Professional Women New River Valley Local Chapter hosted Heather Boyd-Browne, President, American Resume, who shared expert tips at the July networking event.

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Our speaker talked about how to prepare your days by figuring out where you are in life right now, where you want to be, being happy where you’re at and where you’re going,

Members and guests of the NAPW New River Valley Local Chapter gathered on June 18th for a professional networking meeting at Nawab, an exceptional Indian cuisine in the heart of downtown Roanoke, VA.

The group of professional women heard from guest speaker Heather Boyd-Browne, President of American Resume, Inc. Her dynamic presentation, “Secrets to Happy Survival in Your Current Profession” showed members and guests how they could find contentment in the jobs and careers they have.

The June meeting kicked off with members and guests networking and socializing. NAPW New River Valley Local Chapter President Takara Shelor welcomed all of the attendees, and distributed NAPW Pins to new members Yvonne A. Hurt and Mary Kelly Williams. The guest speaker then took the floor.

“Heather Boyd-Browne, President of American Resume, gave a wonderful presentation,” said President Shelor.

“She discussed the roles we play in our professional relationships versus the roles we want to play, and how our lives consist of more than our work and that only we know our true purpose.”

Through her presentation, “Secrets to Happy Survival in Your Current Profession,” Ms. Boyd-Browne gave an example of how having a dynamic, positive mindset can work in daily life and how it can save time by disempowering the negative and turning a potentially negative situation into a positive one.

“Our speaker talked about how to prepare your days by figuring out where you are in life right now, where you want to be, being happy where you’re at and where you’re going,” said President Shelor.

“She then talked about the five habits we should add to our lives, ranging from easy to difficult.”

Easy Habit #1 - Smile. Smile at the first person you see every day and expand it to the first two people, then the first three and so on. Pretty soon you’ll be doing it subconsciously.

Easy Habit #2 - Visualize. Visualize things going your way. It can be as simple as great traffic to your destination.

Hard Habit #1 - H.A.L.T. Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired. Often we rush into the next room forgetting why we went in there in the first place. Don’t rush into a room to do anything. Every time you walk through a door think H.A.L.T. This will get your feelings in check so you do the right thing when you enter any room.

Hard Habit #2 - Imagine every person has a sign on his or her forehead that says, “Make Me Feel Important.” This is straight out of Dale Carnegie’s famous book, How to Win Friends and Influence People. This means think about what the other person wants no matter who they are and what their status may be.

Extremely Difficult Habit – Forgive people for not being the way you think they should be. Understand or try to understand where they are at in life. Most people don’t have any idea where they are in life or have delusions about where they are. It’s easy to forgive some and harder to forgive others and that’s why this is the hardest habit of all.

Heather ended with reading a story about forgiveness that has been published and republished in many publications called “Father Forgets” by W. Livingston Larned. Even though this is written from a man’s perspective the story can be easily seen from a woman’s perspective.

The Chapter President made a number of announcements including available positions that are open on the Chapter Board: Photography/Historian; PR/Marketing and Charities and Outreach.

She encouraged members to stay connected with other NAPW members and Chapter events through, the New River Valley Chapter Page and the NAPW Community Wall. She also asked for suggestions for future meeting venues.

“Please be sure to let us know about any events you are participating in or that we may be interested in knowing about, and don’t forget to bring friends to our next meeting,” said the Chapter President as she closed the meeting.

Important NAPW Events Coming Up: July 16th, New River Valley Kabuki, Christiansburg
August 20th, Roanoke TBA; September, New River Valley – Mini Health Expo NRV Official Launch meeting TBA and October 26th, Annual NAPW Georgia Local Chapters EXPO, Atlanta Georgia.

The National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) is the largest and most recognized network of female professionals. NAPW provides a forum where women can interact, exchange ideas, educate, network, and empower. NAPW Local Chapters allow members to maximize their experience through meetings, networking opportunities, and professional events.

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