Lessons Learned from my Mentors

In the past months I gave a lot of thought to my career trajectory: successful moves so far, how to prepare for the next step, how to become better at what I do. As I was going through this mental exercise, I realized the importance of my mentors and of the lessons I learned from them. I don’t know the correct definition of a mentor; in fact I don’t know if there even is one.

For me a mentor is that person that is genuinely interested in my development as a person and a professional, with significant life and work experience under their belt, a good listener ready to give advice and answers to my silly questions without judging, and capable of seeing a situation or problem that I may be dealing with from a different angle. A mentor will also help me push my limits and discover new things about what I can do and achieve. It all may sound simple, but it’s not that easy to find these great folks to support you. If during your first meeting with your new mentor he says: “think of me as your father: you can brag or complain. I’m not your manager.”, you know you hit the jackpot.

And there are a few things or lessons if you want, that stuck with me throughout the years. These are true landmarks that I go back to when I feel lost or overwhelmed or when I don’t know where to start (a task, a project, a new job…).

1. Have authentic conversations. Be genuine and people will respond in a similar way. Don’t just scratch the surface, the essence is underneath. Listed actively, ask meaningful questions, be there, grounded in the conversation. You will discover a new world, and maybe, a new person in front of you.

2. Create your own experiences. Do not wait for people to tell you what to do. Choose where you want to make an impact and take the lead. You own your job, career and life.

3. Think about how you want to be perceived by others and present yourself like that in everything you do, be it a slide, a conversation, a meeting or a formal review. You can transform yourself, discover new abilities and become that person you want to be.

This is not all I learned from these wise people that play such an important role in my life, but these 3 things are constantly in my mind. And this is what helped me find and shape my path. I can only hope it will help you find yours as well.

Your Path

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Au Inceput Inscrierile la Webstock 2014

Si anul asta merg la Webstock in calitate de blogger acreditat si abia astept sa vad ce noutati mai aflu. Detaliile de inscriere sunt mai jos, iar in cazul in care sunt doritori care nu pot ajunge, multi dintre noi vor face live blogging, iar discutii interesante vor fi si pe Twitter. Trebuie doar sa urmariti #webstockro. Sunt si premii pentru cei care isi inscriu proiectele la Webstock Awards.

Sper sa ne vedem acolo!

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Comunitatea online locala isi da intalnire anul acesta la Webstock, cel mai mare eveniment de social media din Romania, ce se va desfasura la JW Marriott Grand Hotel, pe 26 septembrie 2014. Totodata, s-a dat startul inscrierilor la conferinta si a inscrierilor la Webstock Awards, competitia care aduce in prim plan cele mai inedite proiecte din mediul online, lansate in ultimul an, in Romania.

Proiectele si campaniile pot fi inscrise in competitie gratuit in perioada 15 iulie1 septembrie, intr-una din cele 12 categorii ce vor fi jurizate de un grup de practicieni in marketing, comunicare, digital, social media si mobile.

Categoriile anuntate in cadrul acestei editii sunt: Publishing, Utility, Visual, Blogging Campaigns, Special Projects, Facebook Applications, Bloggers Projects, Mobile Applications,  Corporate Blogs, Innovation, Social Campaigns in online, Video blogging.

In competitie pot participa doar proiectele care nu au participat in cadrul editiilor precedente Webstock Awards, iar un proiect poate fi inscris doar intr-o singura categorie. Jurizarea include o etapa de preselectie, ce se va desfasura intre 3-8 septembrie si notarea finala, ce va avea loc in perioada 9-19 septembrie.

Pentru mai multe detalii despre inscrierea proiectelor la Webstock Awards 2014 accesati linkul: http://webstock.ro/premii/

WEBSTOCK, FESTIVALUL INTERNETULUI

In fiecare an, Webstock ofera oportunitatea bloggerilor si persoanelor din agentii sa intalneasca/reintalneasca reprezentanti ai companiilor prezente la eveniment. Mai mult, evenimentul ofera si oportunitatea de colaborare a acestora.

Iata  de ce nu ar trebui sa ratezi nicio editie a evenimentului:

  1. Webstock este un bun prilej de a reintalni prieteni din industria comunicarii si social media, de a face cunostiinta cu persoane pe care le cunosti doar din online, dar si de a bate palma cu diverse companii pe care vrei sa le cunosti mai bine. Webstock este unul dintre acele evenimente la care faci schimb de cel putin 40 de carti de vizita de-a lungul zilei.
  2. SUBIECTE. Timp de o zi, conferintele si cele trei micro-evenimente specializate aduc in prim plan cele mai actuale subiecte din indutrie. Pasionatii de comunicare, de mobile, de blogging si social media vor asista la o serie de prezentari cu informatii utile si se vor lasa inspirati si motivati de catre vorbitorii evenimentului.
  3. TENDINTELE.INDUSTRIEI. Unii dintre cei mai cunoscuti specialisti din domeniu vor aduce in prim plan tendintele care conteaza acum in comunicare si social media. Participantii vor afla care sunt oportunitatile momentului si cum sa faca fata provocarilor mai mult sau mai putin neasteptate.

INSCRIERI LA WEBSTOCK 2014

Modalitatile de participare la eveniment sunt numeroase si anul acesta. Webstock va reuni atat bloggeri interesati de social media, cat si bloggeri specializati pe diverse domenii si, in acelasi timp, va oferi posibilitatea de participare creatorilor de aplicatii si proiecte web & mobile. In acelasi timp, Webstock rezerva un numar de locuri pentru oamenii din agentii si companii care doresc sa interactioneze cu comunitatea online.

Pentru inscrieri accesati linkul acesta: http://www.2014.webstock.ro/solicita-invitatie

Pentru a fi la curent cu stirile despre Webstock, urmariti atat site-ul www.webstock.ro, cat si contul dedicat de pe Twitter (www.twitter.com/webstockro) sau pe pagina de Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/webstock).

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Despre Evensys

Cu peste 8 ani de experienta in dezvoltarea de conferinte si seminarii proprii, Evensys (www.evensys.ro) organizeaza in acest moment o paleta larga de evenimente, ce trateaza tematici actuale, relevante atat pentru industria de business locala, cat si pentru cea din Europa Centrala si de Est. Astfel, Evensys dezvolta conferinte si seminarii proprii, ce acopera 5 arii de expertiza: Marketing & Comunicare, Internet & New Media, Financiar & Investitii, Real Estate si Retail.

Persoana de contact:

Andreea-Cristina Mielu

PR & Marketing Coordinator, Evensys

Str. Pictor Ion Negulici, nr.32, sect.1, Bucuresti

Tel: 0733.041.005 ; email: andreea.mielu@evensys.ro ;www.evensys.ro

How 8 Months Flew By

Here I am, on my way home, in an airport, reflecting on my beautiful journey in Singapore.

It’s been an amazing experience, with lots of laughter, homesick moments and intense work. I will probably come back and write here about the things and places I discovered, but did not have time to tell you about earlier.

This is the place where I made friends for life, and I really enjoyed every moment with them. From watching a movie and sneaking in some booze at the cinema, to a great trip together, from adventures with crazy taxi drivers, to rich meals with unimaginable variety and quantities of food.

A few people asked what is my favorite place in Singapore – I can’t answer to this question, because I don’t have just 1 place that I love here. I love some touristy places, those with a great view of the city, and the places where I created beautiful memories with my friends. It can be the Singapore Flyer, 1 Altitude bar, Pan Pacific, a beach at Sentosa…

Another question was about the things I will miss the most. I will definitely miss spending time with my friends and having them around all the time. I know I’ll miss the food and that’s why half of my luggage consists of sweets, spices, snacks, sauces and a bunch of other ingredients. It will taste different, but at least I have a small part of Asia in my kitchen. I’ll see what I can do to import durian in Romania; or at least some mangosteens. It’s an untapped opportunity. And yes, I will miss living in a serviced apartment in the heart of the city.

I always wanted to live overseas for a period of time, and I made it happen. Fortunately, it was much better than I imagined it would be.

So long, Singapore! See you soon, I hope!

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