Since leaving a major daily newspaper in 2009 (through a voluntary buyout), it's been a long,arduous journey to reinvent myself and navigate the choppy waters of this new landscape we call journalism. It's been a fun adventure at times, and it's also been a little scary. Uncertainty is not an easy thing to deal with, but now nearly three years later, I can say that I've survived and some intersting opportunities now are starting to unfold.
What's changed is that I've had to learn how to tell my own story; otherwise known as networking. As journalists, we spend our careers networking for the media companies that employ our services, but seldom do we take the time to talk up ourselves and what we bring to the table. Now, with many of us facing a job losses in an unfavorable job market, it's time to hone in on the skills we've used as journalists to work our magic for our news organizations.
In a phone conversation the other day, a mentor and good friend of mine, Dr. Jeannette Mitchell, Executive Director of Leadership at Cardinal Stritch University, advised me to engage myself with the people in the networks that I built during my lengthy journalism career.
"It's how you position yourself," she said. "Start to network your networks again."
Well, I'm heeding the advice of Dr. Mitchell and others in my network. After decades of tellling other people's stories through my writing, I am now telling my own story and it feels great. Have you thought about sharing your story with others? If so, what words would you choose to paint your profile? Just something for you to ponder in these uncertain economic times.