Starting the year S.M.A.R.T

Updated: Jun 16, 2020

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The acronym SMART has several slightly different variations, which can be used to provide a more comprehensive definition of goal setting:

S – specific, significant, stretching

M – measurable, meaningful, motivational

A – agreed upon, attainable, achievable, acceptable, action-oriented

R – realistic, relevant, reasonable, rewarding, results-oriented

T – time-based, time-bound, timely, tangible, trackable

A lot of things made this event special for us at PEP for the following reasons:

  1. We took a gamble and hosted a Tuesday event and had a perfect turn out of 30 intentional women keen to start the year right. The set up was intimate and engaging without being too casual …if you know what I mean.

  2. It was our first event at the venue and I can say it’s a perfect fit for our networking events with the secluded space and the variety of food it provides. (Hopefully in addition to networking you can tell other things I’m very passionate about!!)

  3. We were live on Instagram! OK….I love social media and appreciate the benefits it provides but I was enlightened at this event. Followers joined in and participated in the workshop style interactive session Morenike ran.

  4. Last but not in anyway the least, I had the pleasure of co-hosting the event with our very own talented Funmi Osilaja. Fortunately feedback was excellent at the end of the event so I'll be back hosting..(Ok maybe not in a hurry!)

Morenike’s presentation was personal, she took us through her journey as a Black woman in the UK. I mentioned earlier it was a workshop because Morenike allowed questions whilst she spoke and was happy for guests to interject and throw comments in. This made this event very coordinated and engaging.

In starting the year right, Morenike armed us with the following pointers:

  • Be audacious – go for it

  • Have a vision board

  • Write down your goals.

  • Get an accountability partner

  • Think about these things and plan

  • Change the way you talk

  • And lastly, attend networking event ( hello! Remember PEP?)

We then all broke into groups and put some of the pointers into action…we shared ideas we were working on without being “afraid” ideas will be poached. I should make a point of checking in on an amazing idea that what shared with me.

To round up, some guests had the opportunity to “pitch your business in 60 seconds”. This is something we do at all our events giving guests the opportunity to sell their businesses. So the next time you are at a PEP event, ask an executive at the door about this.

I wrote my plans out this year but the difference is I have made them quarterly which has helped me stick to planning…I haven’t done a vision board yet but would really like a session with a few people putting one together.

What about you? How are you getting on with your 2018 goals? It’s never too late to make a difference. Share some of your achievements or pointers in the comments section.

I look forward to reading back from you.

#Bame Network #Black Women #Goals #Networking #Vision

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