The calendar tells us that it’s spring, but as this is being written there is a nasty mix of rain and snow falling, so apparently someone forgot to tell Mother Nature. A few months ago, thousand (or perhaps millions) of people made New Year’s Resolutions. Did you? If so, how are they going? Perhaps, this year, you should consider making a New Season Resolution (even if Mother Nature is confused) and resolve to do just ONE event with the Indy Bar Paralegals this year? Just one! C’mon! You can do it! You might find that you’ve been missing out and even a little involvement is all it takes to make some new friends and add a new activity to your resume.
What is it you like to do? Keep an eye out for emails from the IndyBar that have Paralegal Call Out in the subject line. You might like to join in on one of our paralegal panels where we attend an IUPUI or Marian University adult paralegal class and answer questions from students and share our experiences. Or, you might like to join in on a philanthropic activity, such as volunteering with fellow paralegals and our court reporting colleagues at Stewart Richardson at the Gleaner’s Food Bank. I hope that some of you attended our March Madness social at Tavern on South. Whatever your interests are, we hope you’ll keep your eye out for the opportunities we have to meet your paralegal colleagues, network and make connections.
One advantage to attending one or more of our events is: meeting nice people! Now, some of you may shudder at the term “network,” while others relish the social aspects of networking. I recently read a definition of “networking” that defines it as “the process of establishing a mutually beneficial relationship with other business people and potential clients/or customers.” Notice that it says nothing about the usual “meet and greet” that is often associated with the term. You’ll meet other paralegals, not to impress, but to establish the mutually beneficial relationship that comes from sharing work challenges and successes. It provides an excellent forum to exchange professional knowledge, ideas and support. Volunteering your services in the many philanthropic opportunities that are available is also a wonderful way to not only network, but to build genuine friendships by getting to know others on a more personal level.
The IndyBar is an active and vital association, and the Paralegal Committee wants you to become a part of it. Browse through our newsletter and you will find a variety of articles that highlight some of our past and upcoming activities. DON’T WAIT! JOIN THE FUN!
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