Some Speakers Truly Make A Difference

Yesterday, I attended the annual GW Women in Business Spring Conference. After going to a handful of conferences and speakers throughout my GW career, I always think about how impactful each individual’s advice really is. Usually, giphyI just think of it as average advice that I’ve heard over and over again. Don’t get me wrong, all of the speakers are always incredibly successful, and I definitely look up to anyone who has done that much in their career. But little of their advice usually sticks with me for more than a few hours. So, when going yesterday, I had pretty average expectations for the speakers and the advice I’d walk away with after 10 hours in Duques/Funger.

With that said, I cannot stop thinking about one of the speakers I heard from yesterday. I’m going into HR after graduation, and being an intern in HR for a year now, I’ve seen interactions between HR employees, managers, and lower-level employees. I’ve learned that HR is all about motivation. financial_freedom-copyBut, what never stuck with me until yesterday was the importance of intrinsically motivating individuals. Even looking at my life I know intrinsic motivation is how I function. I’m not the kind of person who is genuinely motivated by others. ~Side note: this is probably why I can’t do Soul Cycle, because when I’m there, I feel like I’m supposed to be motivated by others which just doesn’t happen~. This speaker did more than just teach me about intrinsic motivation though – she highlighted some other incredible elements her company follows that I will carry with me throughout my career.

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Even though her company makes the machine that makes toilet paper – it seems pretty boring I know – her company exercises some of the most powerful values I’ve heard.

I’ve realized that the timing of speakers in one’s life is very influential. Since accepting a job post-graduation in HR, I’ve never heard someone talk about their life as an HR employee. The speaker yesterday has been in HR for 10ish years, and her advice -while maybe not so helpful to others- I know will stick with me throughout my career. She was genuine, she told stories of how she was intrinsically motivated as a child, and she captured my attention from the beginning. I’m sure in the past I’ve missed a lot of great speakers’ advice because I just wasn’t ready to hear it. But this time I was ready, I was present, and I’m so happy that I took notes.


2 thoughts on “Some Speakers Truly Make A Difference

  1. I thought about attending this event but didn’t end up going, so you made me wish I did! It’s great that you were able to get so much value from the speaker. I’ve had similar experiences where sometimes someone’s speech just really sticks with you. When speakers are genuine and engaging it makes all the difference.


  2. This sounds like a really incredible experience! She sounds like an amazing speaker, and especially great because it relates to the field you are interested in. This also made me think about how I’m motivated, very interesting!


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