3. Generously Share Knowledge
This obviously means sharing knowledge directly, by mentoring an up-and-comer in your club. But it also means putting yourself out there and giving back to the industry.
One of the best ways to do this is by speaking at an IHRSA event. We’re always looking to book speakers for the IHRSA International Convention & Trade Show, as well as events and webinars. You can apply to speak online. Or, if you have a message or something to teach, perhaps you should start an industry-related blog or drop some knowledge-bombs on LinkedIn. The IHRSA Group on LinkedIn welcomes compelling useful content.
4. Share Your Successes
You might be the world’s best club operator, but if you don’t let anyone know about your super successful community outreach campaign or 10,000 lb. weight loss challenge, it’s like a tree falling in the forest. IHRSA members are invited to email news releases about successes and events. And, if you’re a health promotion pro, tell IHRSA’s health promotion team.
Again, this means putting yourself out there. You should do everything in your power to attend the IHRSA International Convention & Trade Show as well as other industry events. And if you’re serious about being an industry leader, one of the best networking opportunities during the IHRSA convention is The ILC Experience, a series of networking and leadership events created to thank Industry Leadership Council members.
Through the ILC Experience, ILC Members are invited to take part in conversations with keynote speakers in the comfort of the Industry Leaders Club, which provides the perfect space to relax, refuel, network, and hold meetings. Of course, whether you attend industry events or not, you should also utilize social media. Trust me, it’s for much more than cat videos. IHRSA provides social networks via LinkedIn, Facebook, and the Women’s Leadership Facebook Group.
6. Advocate for the Industry!
Industry leaders are not only expected be innovative and strategic thinkers with great motivational and communication skills, but these leaders are also often expected to be industry representatives who advocate at the local, state, and national levels and inspire their staff, members, and communities to do the same.