It’s hard to believe that the first two generationYOU events for 2017 have come and gone.
With over 330 attendees across 2 cities and 32 outstanding speakers, it is not an understatement to say that 2017 has had an explosive start.
Everyone knows that I love the generationYOU Live events, but when a colleague challenged me to sum up them up in just 3 words, I thought it would be tricky. Surprisingly, those 3 words came easily: Skills, Resiliences and Opportunities.
Simple words. Idealistic event. But they pack a punch … let me explain.
1 // Skills
Our speakers highlighted over and over again that the skills you need to set yourself apart from the crowd are not technical skills.
No one put this more aptly than Schalk Pienaar, our keynote speaker in Brisbane, when he said that he will always hire for cultural fit and attitude first. As long as there is raw skill – he knows he can train new hires on the technical skills. The attitude someone comes in with is ingrained and much harder to change.
And with that realisation, all of a sudden, soft skills that we cover at generationYOU become 100 times more critical.
Communication. Problem Solving. Leadership. Emotional Intelligence. Personal Branding. Networking.
The message was loud and clear – standing out and finding that edge goes well beyond technical capability.
2 // Resilience
We live in a photoshopped world. And I’m not just talking about your Instagram feed.
If we don’t like how something looks or feels or sounds – we have become so accustomed to applying filters to our lives that we can make even the worst day sound incredible.
The problem with this is that it sets unrealistic expectations. Especially when it comes to your career and being an adult.
The reality is, everyone battles ups and downs on their path to success. Our ability to unleash our potential relies on us stepping out of our comfort zones, trying new things, saying yes and making mistakes. Without resilience, this wouldn’t be possible.
3 // Opportunities
Saying yes to opportunities was our final theme for the day. However, before grabbing an opportunity, you have to recognise it as such.
More often than not, opportunities don’t rock up dressed to impress and ready to seduce you. In fact they are often very dull and plain and without your name attached to it.
But even if you are not quite sure of what is being thrown at you – sometimes you just need to say YES because you just do not know where it might lead.
So there you have it – two explosive events in three simple words.