CRS Interview Questions for CRS Spotlight Article in The Torch Sponsored by ASTD Metro DC Chapter Career Services 1. What is it like to work independently? a. It is great! It is fulfilling, challenging, and empowering. I have the freedom and opportunity to create the life that I want and the opportunity to leave a legacy for my family and community. 2. What led you to work as an independent consultant? a. I’ve always had a “fire” inside of me to be an entrepreneur. The timing was right, because I was not happy where I was professionally and I knew that I could do something bigger and better. I knew that I wasn’t using the talents that I was blessed with. So after careful thought and prayer, I was assured that the time was right for me to make a change. I later shared my entrepreneurial desire with some family and friends that I knew would motivate, challenge and encourage me to act on my passion. They helped motivate me into a state of action! 3. Tell us about your most successful client engagement…. a. I would have to say that it is my current experience with Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) Customer Outreach Group/Speaker’s Bureau. I attended a corporate matchmaking session with them during December 2006, it was the last interview of the day. I was contacted for a follow-up session within an hour after leaving the building. Within a few weeks, I secured a contract opportunity with them. In January 2007, prior to my first workshop session, they (WSSC) had everything setup and ready before I arrived. We had a successful, productive, and fun workshop that involved demo presentations, “360” evaluations, and brainstorming. All of us left the workshop empowered. As a result, I achieved an overall evaluation score of 4.7 out of 5.0. They are a first class organization. 4. Which of your service offerings do you like best and why…. a. Public Speaking and Presentation Skills workshops. This is at the heart of my passion. According to most studies, public speaking (a social phobia) is the number one fear for most people. The fear of death ranks 5th. According to a recent Wall Street Journal article (February 6, 2007), Gail Golden (no relation), a consultant for RHR International, states that the skill [Presentations and Public Speaking] “is really important for career success, promotions and professional credibility.” The article also states that “presentation-skills training is booming.” The [Golden] opportunity is here, pun intended. CRS Interview Questions for CRS Spotlight Article in The Torch Sponsored by ASTD Metro DC Chapter Career Services 5. Where do you see yourself in ten years…. a. I see myself and my business being a multimillion dollar enterprise that is recognized as a leader in training and coaching. I also see us moving into the performance management field. I envision being a highly sought after motivational speaker and “full-time” college professor (I’m currently an adjunct). I envision a running foundation that provide scholarships for underserved youth that want to develop oratorical and debating skills. Finally, I envision creating a fun, challenging, and dynamic place of employment for talented, positive and motivated individuals. 6. What do you see as the greatest challenge for WLP practitioners in the coming year? a. Ensuring that we understand what the customer need before developing, implementing, and delivering a learning solution. Then developing a way to effectively measure and explain the return on investment (ROI). Understanding and providing the data to support this can help tremendously when explaining to a manager or executive why they should implement our program, course, or workshop. 7. What do you know now that you wish you would have known back when you launched your business? a. The benefit and power of establishing and maintaining relationships. It’s about the relationships! 8. What is your ideal kind of work and why? a. To work in an entrepreneurial or intrapreneurial environment with a focus on learning, coaching and motivation. I find this work fulfilling because its largely about helping people to rediscover themselves and their abilities. 9. Complete the sentence: “The one thing that you should know about me/my company is…” a. Generally, I’m a positive and spiritual person and I believe that these powerful emotions are transferable. I’ve always had little tolerance for constantly negative people. They can be a drain and have no place in my space!
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