Below are initial Goals and Priorities for the Social Development Section of my Action Plan. These are developed from my Social Development Self-Evaluation and Where I Am Now thoughts, and are idea-generators for real-life goals I may pursue. I still haven’t figured out how to totally prioritize these or “pick” which I will work on first. I suppose that I do that very thing in the last column, but still, with all the goals I’m setting in a variety of areas of my life, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Oh well. I’ll just have to pick one anyways, I suppose.
This entire process of setting goals, while it takes time, really helps crystallize. Now I just need to make it an actual priority to make a goal an actual priority instead of wading around all this work!!!
|Become comfortable with incomplete thoughts
|Gain Confidence in unfamiliar group social settings
|Place myself in unfamilar group social settings. Go into the event with a good answer to the question “what do you do” and be prepared to meet new people with 2-3 specific questions on a personal level.
|Keep / Guide / Place conversations on the intended / relevant topic
|When leading a discussion, have an outline of key points / direction to take discussion. Review the outline immediately following the discussion and make notes on successes and areas where improvement is needed.
|Become more familiar with relevant current events
|Find a relevant news source for local, and national news and review it on a regular basis
|Become more famliar with events in the industries of my clients
|Pay attention in conversations with clients about their large customers, new technologies, or industry happenings, and then set up Google Alerts for these items. Review the items once a week, forward interesting information to clients to display interest, and make notes in their client file.
|Develop conversational skills that incite responses
|Intentionally ask questions that do not have a Yes/No answer. For close friends, develop a question other than “how are you” that will incite a genuine response, and also develop my own genuine response to that very question that will stimulate conversation. Possibly, even consider the question at the beginning of every day, affirming how I am, who I am, and what I am here for.