A panel of seven experts gave the best advice they had to a group of young professionals gathered in Billings on Friday.
âIf youâre an introvert, tag along with an extrovert.â
âDonât apologize (for joining a conversation) âÂ youâre not that big of a bother.â
Tell people running for office: âThis is what is important to us, and we expect you to do something about it.â
âA leader is somebody willing to do what nobody else is willing to do.â
âFigure out what you need to get rid of and what you can be transparent about.â
Panelists addressed four areas to people still developing their business chops âÂ workforce, civic engagement, leadership and networking/relationship building.
Big Sky Economic Developmentâs Steve Arveschoug said that Yellowstone County businesses will have more than 32,000 jobs to fill during the coming decade âÂ 24,000 of them because Baby Boomers are retiring.
âRight now, we donât have the talent to fill those positions,â he said. âItâs no longer enough for communities to build roads and bridges. Every community in Montana needs to be investing in themselves to attract talent.â
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.
âEveryone is a little uncomfortable,â she said, âgoing into an apparently cohesive group.â
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