Does this sound like you? Day after day, it seems that you’re merely going through the motions.  Maybe it has even gotten so bad that you are beginning to think a mildly-skilled monkey could adequately perform your duties. 

I’m here to tell you that we’ve all been there and it’s not a fun place to be! 

While your perception is valid, the reality is YOU ARE TERRIFIC AT YOUR JOB!  I’m certain that no matter how skilled this monkey may be, you have forgotten more than that primate could ever learn about your job.  The issue here isn’t your ability to do the tasks necessary to function in your role; it’s your level of excitement about doing them! 

So the question is: how can you revive the passion for your work?  There are quite a few ways that I can think of off the top of my head:  You could take a course related to your job, attend a networking group with other like-minded professionals in your field, you could find out more about the movers and shakers in your industry and try to model their behavior. 

These ideas are all good, but the problem is that they are extremely time-consuming.  Courses can take months to complete and then, of course, there’s the homework involved.  Networking groups are usually a great idea but it may be difficult to find one that’s industry-specific in your area.  Meeting the “who’s who” of your profession is always an option, although most people aren’t just going to be able to pick up the phone and call the top people in their field — it just isn’t done. 

So the question remains, how do we bring passion back into our work?  The next idea I present is a great one; it’s absolutely the best one yet.  Why?  Because it incorporates all the previously mentioned ideas and builds upon them.

Attend a conference!

Conferences offer opportunities to expand your knowledge base, improve your personal skills and network with others in your field.  You’ll find out what your peers are doing, what the new trends in the industry are, and where there’s room for movement and improvement. 

At these events, you’ll participate in break-out sessions specifically designed to stimulate your personal and professional growth.  They will help you increase your ability to step up as a leader, influence others through powerful communication skills and develop a personal brand that is distinctly your own while vastly improve your chances for success.    

Best yet, you’ll have the opportunity to meet the top-dogs in your field.  You’ll get to ask them what keeps them motivated and rejuvenated on the job.  Through them, you’ll glean valuable insight on their journey to the top.  The conference is your golden opportunity to cultivate relationships with these industry superstars – what could be more motivating than that? 

Attending a conference is one of the most exciting, accessible opportunities for breathing new life into a job that’s beginning to feel dull and mundane.  As a frequent conference presenter, representing my branding and marketing consultancy company Saltar Solutions, Inc., I am always amazed at the level of energy attendees exude; the people’s passion for their field and their peers is palpable.  Everyone has so much fun throughout the event and they take that enthusiasm with them when they go back into the workplace. 

I assure you, you will arrive at the conference with a job, but leave with a refreshed outlook and a vibrant career.

Author:  Lauri Flaquer has more than 25 years entrepreneurial experience on the East Coast, Central America, and presently in the Midwest. With an extensive knowledge of marketing, she has developed an astute and focused branding methodology.  As principle talent of Saltar Solutions, LLC, Lauri helps organizations to develop an amazingly accurate identity by determining truly who they are, what they do, and how they do it. She applies this information to clearly establish and define a client’s brand and to successfully launch unique marketing and product promotion campaigns. An extensive background with the media gives her advanced techniques in being able to deliver those messages effectively.