Advice for the 2017-2018 International Officers

Editor’s Note: This post was written and submitted by Alexa Greer, International Vice President for Division 4.

Those who know me best know that last year’s Convention came at a very crucial turning point in my life. It was a time of change, reinvention, and renewal.

Having gone through some pretty wild life changes, I was facing the facts that a chapter of my life was ending. Being elected into this position helped remind me of my light and my ability to create change.

To me, being elected to the International Officer team gave me a chance to connect with the way I see myself: past, present, and future. Incoming officers, you’re in for something else with this position—in every way you can imagine.

With the conclusion of this year’s convention, you’ll be starting a very special chapter in your life, and I’m so, SO excited for you. Here’s some advice to help you tackle your year ahead:

Get your ducks in a row. From the moment you’re elected, you’ll get the rundown from PTK Headquarters staff about what your job duties will entail. If you don’t have a planner already, go buy one after Convention. The work associated with being an International Officer is manageable, but only if you’re smart with planning. Cassie (your IO coordinator) is going to be your BIGGEST support throughout this year—treat her right.

Use this opportunity to chase your dream job. This position provides you unique opportunities to grow your public speaking skills, networking abilities, writing skills and more. Don’t be afraid to communicate the career path you see for yourself and how you see your year in office fitting into it. Phi Theta Kappa is here to be your support you on this journey, and they won’t put you in any situations that you can’t succeed in.

Be prepared to travel. You’re going to be spending a lot of time in airports over the next 12 months, and it’s in your best interest to learn how to pack. You don’t want to be oversleeping for flights or arrive at the Center for Excellence in Mississippi to realize that you forgot your officer medallion!

Be kind to your team. This one seems like a no-brainer, but let me tell you that loving on my team has been one of the biggest takeaways of serving in this position. Your team will be your greatest challenge and your greatest asset; and if you play your cards right, you will leave this year with four new best friends (P.S. love you, team). Don’t let anything get in the way of the fact that you are all equals. What is meant to be will always be yours—there’s no need to compete with one another.

Be present—you may not get the same opportunity twice. From working with speech coaches to attending etiquette courses and hanging out with members at events, be present. This year is going to fly by so quickly, and if you’re not emotionally present, what’s the point? Be prepared to capture mental and physical snapshots of everything. This is such a special time in your life!

All in all, serving in this position is what you make it. It’s an opportunity to deeply connect. It’s an opportunity to meet people across the country. It’s an opportunity to deepen your self-love. Good things are coming your way—be open to receiving them. Good luck!

The 2017-2018 International Officers will be elected during PTK Catalyst 2017, April 6-8 in Nashville, Tennessee. Meet the candidates, and register today!

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