Top Ten Tips for “Making your Mark” on the Future of Your Profession René A. Carlson, DVM AVMA President, 2011-2012
Top Ten Tips for “Making your Mark” • Invest in yourself first. • Read • Integrative workshops • Health • Financial stability
Top Ten Tips • Attend organizational meetings • Introduce yourself • Have business cards • SPEAK UP!
Top Ten Tips • Volunteerism • Accept when volunteered by others • Ask others to volunteer • Volunteer yourself
Last of the Top Ten Tips 4. Have an Enthusiastic Attitude It’s contagious!
Top Ten Tips 5. Be Prepared • Study your materials • Ask questions • Practice • Visualize your success
Top Ten Tips 6. The “WIN” Philosophy (What’s Important Now?) Lou Holtz Take one day at a time.
What about Balance in your Life? 7. Set Rules • Go home at a certain hour • Be “home” when you are home. • Make time for your other interests.
Top Ten Tips 8. Have Patience Progress can come in little steps
Top Ten Tips • Communicate often. • Don’t make people “wonder” • Encourage questions
Top Ten Rules 10. Leaders understand the fragility and importance of others’ self-esteem. (Everyone needs a pat on the back for a job well done. Be that person.)
Top Ten Tips And…… Just be yourself.
How can you “Make your Mark” on Veterinary Medicine? • We want and need you! Each of you is very IMPORTANT! • Be sure other leaders know who you are! • Meet your state VMA Executive Director
How can you “Make your Mark” on Veterinary Medicine? • Meet the AVMA Associate Director for Recent Graduates • Participate in AVMA’s virtual community 6. Look for and accept every opportunity to speak anywhere!