What Can You Talk About For 30 Minutes?


I am a member of an entrepreneurship group for women on Facebook that posed the question, “What can you talk about for 30 minutes without preparation”?

My response, “career confidence, building a successful career in human services, value of internships, how to be a successful leader/build a high-performing team, gaining visibility in the workplace, developing a strong professional network, how not to get promoted, how to accelerate your career…”  The truth is that I could have listed additional topics focused on career development and advancement. Remember my motto is, “If you stay ready you don’t have to get ready”.

I am posing the same question to you. “What can you talk about for 30 minutes without preparation”? There is power and valuable clues in your answer.

  • Is your response something that you love or are passionate about or simply something that you are knowledgeable of?
  • Is your response something that is a part of your current job responsibilities?
  • Is your response something that you are repeatedly called upon to do or share?
  • Is your response something that you want to do more of?

My theme for the month of February is self-love. I encourage you to practice more self-love this month. Self-love is an appreciation of one’s own worth. Career development is the process of exploration and action that shapes a person’s career path.

How do you show self-love? How do you practice self-care? Are you actively incorporating career development strategies?

Join me during my 14-Day ‘Self-Love Includes Career Advancement’ Challenge on Instagram to increase your career preparation and options. Each day take time to implement a strategy. Remember, if you stay ready you don’t have to get ready.

Day 1: Update your resume and cover letter

Day 2: Record your accomplishments

Day 3: Speak up in meetings

Day 4: Define success on your own terms

Day 5: Take your full lunch break

A Career Activation Strategy Session is a great way to implement career development in your self-love plan. With a Career Activation Strategy Session, you receive 60 minutes of uninterrupted time with me to develop strategies to accelerate and strengthen your career. You and I will work together to generate ideas and creative solutions to your employment questions, issues or interests while developing customized strategies to help you reach your next career goal.

Nicki Sanders, MSW, CEO, is a Career and Empowerment Strategist who helps high-performing women of color in management go from overworked, underpaid, and unappreciated to energized, well paid, and appreciated. Through Nicki Sanders Leadership Consulting, she also helps businesses recruit, hire, train, and retain great employees. Nicki has an extensive background in developing and managing successful programs and leading high-functioning multi-disciplinary teams. She is an accomplished professor, coach, trainer, and group facilitator who has combined her gift for authentic relationships, Master of Social Work degree, and over 20 years of diverse work experience to create a life she loves. Nicki is a lover of cupcakes, travel, and 80’s hip hop and R&B music.

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