How have you been making an impact during COVID?
By Edith Moricz
(Hint: It’s all about combining your talents and passions plus developing skills that strengthen your message and your contribution to the community.)
As an educator, career coach, and entrepreneur, I marvel at the creativity and innovation of the many professionals with whom I’ve worked. They demonstrate they can assist their communities in navigating the challenges of COVID-19.
I’m also examining my own impact, and how I can help. To this end, I want to share with readers seven ways to make a positive impact, strengthen their skills, and make a tangible difference at this challenging time:
1. Create your own podcast and videos.
Share your knowledge and expertise with the community. People can benefit from your work/life experience to create a better future for themselves and their families. You also can create content for others to learn from using the deep well of your professional knowledge.
2. Strengthen your verbal and written narrative.
What is your message about your areas of expertise? Your skills? Your talents? Your passions? Get outside your comfort zone and leverage the gifts you have. Two ideas: Conduct virtual mentoring. And build your community of followers using social media platforms.
3. Examine how you are spending your time.
Besides being productive, it’s also important to create an inspiring, fun, meaningful schedule for yourself that helps you reinvigorate while helping others. You can do this in many ways, depending on how you prefer to connect with people. How do you like to connect with people? Strictly online? Partly online and partly in person, using social-distancing techniques? Meanwhile, continue engaging in your wellness program, whether it’s a walk around the neighborhood or an at-home exercise regimen.
4. Recognize it’s okay to feel just “okay” and not “excellent” some days.
It’s also okay to disconnect, take a break… But be sure to reconnect, refuel, and reengage your brilliance, talents, and skills with the community. This is key.
5. Keep moving the needles forward.
Keep focusing on constant improvement of your skills, soft and hard. Make it enjoyable.
It’s time to look deep and examine yourself in a loving way. Nurture your talents, passions.
6. Let nature inspire you.
Walk, bike ride, hike, picnic. Take the time to enjoy, appreciate and reflect.
7. Do a wellness program.
Wellness programs of varying levels are offered online, either for free or at low cost to help all of us create or maintain our fitness goals.
I’d also like to share a couple examples of programs where you are involved with others in worthwhile activities:
- Our own Professional Development Collaborative now is offering its workshops on Zoom at very reasonable rates. These serve to help audiences learn, get inspired, and be engaged. It helps participants connect with resources that can help them during these difficult times.
- Newton Theatre Company has been hosting Radio Hour (1 hour of theater performances on Zoom, at a super-low price) since the beginning of the pandemic. It’s been met with great enthusiasm and support across the country AND its increased NTC’s visibility, thanks to the passion and artistic talent of Artistic Director Melissa Bernstein, PhD.
Finally, here are four basic questions to ask yourself:
- How are you using your day to make an impact?
- How can you help others?
- How can you engage with the community?
- How can you teach and inspire others?
When we inspire, we are making a difference. We also make a difference by employing our talents, passions, and skills to help others.
Edith Moricz is founder of Fasttrack2YrDreamJob, a career-coaching program, and rocketYOUR nonprofit, a custom fundraising coaching program. She is an adjunct professor, and author. She provides career coaching by phone and video. She also provides on-site and remote fundraising coaching to non-profits around the country. She was named LinkedIn’s Best Career Coach in 2017. Edith can be reached at 617-755-1772 or at http://linkedin.com/in/edithmoriczmba.