Try a little passion in the workplace

Halina St James delivering keynote at PMI convention
Halina delivers 'Passion with Purpose' keynote at PMI convention in Hartford, CT.

by Halina St James

When we think of passion, generally we don’t equate it with our work. Yet passion is one of the surest way to reach our goals and achieve success and personal growth.

Recently I had the pleasure of delivering a keynote for the Southern New England Chapter (SNEC) of the Project Management Institute (PMI) convention. The convention was in Hartford, CT. The theme was ‘The Passion and Power of Project Management’.

It got me thinking about how we use passion at work. We need passion in the work place – but for that passion to be effective, it has to be tied to purpose. This became the theme of the keynote.

According to the dictionary, passion is an ‘intense driving or overmastering feeling or conviction.’

Translating that into the workplace means you have to be interested in what you do… you have to care about what you do… and you have to show it.

Most importantly, you have to direct that passion towards a strategic goal that will promote success and growth for you and your company.

If you don’t have passion with purpose, you don’t learn. If you don’t learn, you don’t grow. If you don’t grow, you become irrelevant.

Passion motivates you to action, to take charge. But you have to clearly define your goal, the purpose for your passion. Learning how to authentically communicate your passion is a big part of our presentation skills training for people who want to upgrade their public speaking skills.

So don’t limit your passion to your personal interests and life. Bring it into your professional life – and watch the sparks fly.

My thanks to the organizers at PMI for inviting me to be part of such an important and exciting event. For more pictures from the convention, check this gallery.

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