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Enhancing Your Credibility: How to Protect your Most Important Professional Asset (EDU374M)

Presented by: Dr. Aaron W. Hughey
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Event Description

How to Enhance Your Professional Credibility?

“Credibility, like trust, can be hard to earn – but very easy to lose. Establishing your professional reputation and building credibility is about more than having a sharp website, well designed business cards, or numerous ebooks and webinars to your name. It’s about delivering value to your clients consistently, and always improving your skills.” – Devon Smiley

“Credibility is not something you automatically have, nor is it something you can bestow upon yourself — it's something others bestow upon you. And, like beauty, credibility is in the eye of the beholder. Therefore, in order for others to view you as credible, you have to consistently and deliberately act your way into credibility.” – Jean Kelley

Professional credibility, more than any other personal characteristic or leadership trait, is truly the most important asset anyone can have, especially in higher education. Credibility is what allows you to take your influence to the next level; it distinguishes the visionaries from the place holders. Those who possess credibility have the potential to change the world - and this is exactly what is needed as college and universities face the daunting, paradigm-shifting challenges that lie ahead.

Maintaining professional credibility is extremely important to anyone who holds a leadership position in any organization, regardless of whether we are talking about a company, an agency, or an institution of higher education. Certain, successfully navigating the current collegiate environment can be very challenging for seasoned professionals, and it can be especially daunting for those just entering higher education. Often, new staff members feel that they are torn between doing what is best according to them and what is the appropriate course of action according to their supervisors.

Although maintaining credibility becomes increasingly important as one assumes greater responsibility, it is also essential to moving efficiently up the proverbial ladder to success. Getting things done while remaining true to yourself is a balancing act. Join this session by expert speaker Aaron W. Hughey, where he will provide you with tips for walking that fine line between a creative, innovative professional and a team player. The session will present specific examples and suggestions for accomplishing the goals; additionally, the relevance of these insights to your career goals and professional relationships will be clear. The session will focus on authenticity and how you communicate with others.

Session Highlights

Those who participant in this webinar will:

  • Acquire a more realistic and accurate understanding of the modern collegiate environment.
  • Reinforce their understating of the political nature of higher education administration.
  • Identify and acknowledge their strengths and areas for potential improvement as a professional.
  • Explore the importance of protecting their reputation in the face of multiple and often conflicting expectations.
  • Discover how to maintain their integrity and influence when adverse situations develop and evolve.
  • Investigate alternative ways of more effectively managing key professional relationships.
  • See how counterproductive practices and habits can negatively influence career development.
  • Analyze their personal/professional priorities in terms of their overall career goals.
  • Demonstrate how authenticity is the cornerstone of effective leadership and administration.

Session Benefits

This informative session will provide recommendations on how to develop and maintain your integrity and effectiveness as a professional. The importance of managing your reputation, keeping your priorities straight, and remaining loyal to both those you serve as well as those to whom you are accountable will be emphasized.

Who Should Attend

  • Vice President of Academic Affairs/Instruction
  • Dean of Instruction
  • Faculty (full and part-time)
  • Advising
  • Retention/Orientation Specialist
  • Academic advisors and advising administrators
  • Student success centre leaders and personnel
  • Student affairs professionals - including career services, orientation, housing, and student conduct, etc.
  • Faculty advisors
  • Front line Professional Academic Advisors
  • Senior Level Advisors
  • Faculty Advisors
  • Advising Directors
  • Associate, and Assistant Deans with Advising responsibilities
  • Other Administrators with Advising oversight
About Our Speaker(s)

Dr. Aaron W. Hughey | Student Affairs & Retention SpeakerDr. Aaron W. Hughey
Dr. Aaron W. Hughey is a Professor in the Department of Counseling and Student Affairs at Western Kentucky University, where he oversees the graduate degree program in Student Affairs in Higher Education. He is also a member of the President's Task Force on Student Retention at WKU. Before joining the faculty in 1991, ... More info

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