Expert advice empowers next generation of Montana leaders | Local

A panel of seven experts gave the best advice they had to a group of young professionals gathered in Billings on Friday.

“If you’re an introvert, tag along with an extrovert.”

“Don’t apologize (for joining a conversation) — you’re not that big of a bother.”

Tell people running for office: “This is what is important to us, and we expect you to do something about it.”

“A leader is somebody willing to do what nobody else is willing to do.”

“Figure out what you need to get rid of and what you can be transparent about.”

Panelists addressed four areas to people still developing their business chops — workforce, civic engagement, leadership and networking/relationship building.

Big Sky Economic Development’s Steve Arveschoug said that Yellowstone County businesses will have more than 32,000 jobs to fill during the coming decade — 24,000 of them because Baby Boomers are retiring.

“Right now, we don’t have the talent to fill those positions,” he said. “It’s no longer enough for communities to build roads and bridges. Every community in Montana needs to be investing in themselves to attract talent.”

Amanda Boerboom, executive director of Eagle Mount, had some tips for sizing up a room. Is it hopping, or quiet? How are people standing? People standing in a V- or U-shape are interruptable and approachable, she said, but not those in an O-shape, the sign of a more intimate conversation.

Effective networking sometimes involves taking a chance. Take it, she advised.

“Everyone is a little uncomfortable,” she said, “going into an apparently cohesive group.”

Two of Forward Montana’s four main focuses, said the group’s executive director, Rachel Huff-Doria, are issue advocacy and leadership…

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