Phil Castle, The Business Times
Sue Hansen offers straightforward advice for improving professional lives: take control.
“It’s 100 percent your responsibility,” said Hansen, a corporate trainer and motivational speaker who lives in Montrose, but works with clients across the country.
Hansen will share her strategies for saving professional lives during an Administrative Professionals Day event in Grand Junction organized by the Book Cliff Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals.
The event is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. April 21 at the Clarion Inn, 755 Horizon Drive in Grand Junction. Admission is $35. To register, call 243-9899 or 270-5726 or visit www.iaap-bookcliff.org.
The group hosts the event each year to honor the contributions of administrative professionals, said Kyle Sheldon-Chandler, president of the Book Cliff Chapter. But the event is open to anyone, she said.
Hansen said many professionals — administrative professionals in particular — focus so intently on helping others at work they lose control of their own careers. Unfortunately, hard work by itself isn’t always rewarded, she said. And professionals sometimes need to toot their own horns.
Knowledge becomes power, Hansen said, when professionals recognize their strengths and weaknesses and develop strategies for accentuating their strengths while overcoming their weaknesses.
Professionals also gain greater control of their careers when they learn how to handle the difficult people with which they work, she said. It’s important, too, that professionals develop a better understanding of the industries and business climates in which they work.
In addition to the Administrative Professionals Day Event, the IAAP and Book Cliff Chapter conducts monthly meetings, offers educational events and professional certification, Sheldon-Chandler said. The group also serves as a resource for employers looking to hire administrative professionals, she added.