Last week I delivered a presentation to a group of HR executives at Innovative Career Consulting and told them the story of how I created my online brand presence. Turns out, a couple executives at ICC were impressed with how I was branding myself and HHHR so they contacted me and asked me to speak to their group about how I am doing it.
The request was completely unexpected and on very short notice – I only had two and a half days to prepare something completely from scratch!
Remember, I only re-launched Hard Hat HR a couple weeks ago and am in the beginning stages of building it. Delivering presentations is certainly one of the activities I intend to do but I was completely caught off guard by their request and certainly not ready.
But my attitude is and always has been to take whatever opportunity given and make the best of it. I would have to make myself ready. Who knows when the next opportunity will come or where this opportunity will lead?
So I went into deep dive mode and, in following two mornings and evenings, I built the presentation with enough time to rehearse it a half dozen times. Whew! Of course I was nervous when it was time to deliver the presentation but once I got going, my enthusiasm and passion took over and was able to comfortably deliver some real value to the group at ICC.
The group was fantastic and engaged throughout and asked some great questions – many of which have given me several ideas for new material for HHHR! One question in particular really made me think. A gentleman asked what was the main focus or specialty for HHHR. I didn’t have a good answer for him except to say “HR Strategy and Tactics”. I’m actually OK (but not really excited) with that answer but the question still made me think a little harder about what direction I want to take HHHR.
That thinking led to the conclusion that the group consisted of HR leaders who were looking to me for advice and seemed interested in what I was delivering. So why not concentrate my efforts on delivering advice and content to HR leaders and those who aspire to be HR leaders? Boom. That’s it. And that is what I will do.
As of today, my new title/focus/brand is “Hard Hat HR – Human Resource Leadership Strategy & Tactics.”
In closing, I want to sincerely thank the good people at Innovative Career Consulting for giving me the opportunity to speak to their group last week. Not only did it give me the opportunity to help a fantastic group of HR leaders, it gave me some great new ideas for the future direction of HHHR!