Reviewed by Zoe Potter
For those of us in New York who have questioned whether we’re making the most of our experience in this great city, Sally Arnold’s event “Encores in New York: How to create innovative leverage living and working in New York” was just what the doctor ordered.
Sally Arnold is a business coach and the author of Creating Encores: The Wake up Call for Women Leaders. She specializes in the field of work-life balance and career reinvigoration, with a focus on leveraging your unique talents to move out of “stuckness”.
To begin the audience was asked to think about why we had come to New York, what we had wanted to do here, and to recall the anticipation and excitement we felt when we first moved. Sally then asked if any of us had become complacent. A majority of the audience raised our hands. Sally explained that we needed to reconnect with the reasons we came to New York in order to bring passion and purpose back into our lives.
Even in New York life can become mundane when routine takes over and we live “2D” lives. Sally reminded us to look at our lives through 3D glasses, notice new opportunities, embrace creativity, pursue underdeveloped talents and shake up our routines. Sally emphasized the importance of leaving our comfort zone to broaden our personal and professional lives. We were encouraged to think about people we admire in order to identify our values which would then help us create the unique brand that we present to the world.
Sally’s talents were displayed during the question and answer session following the presentation during which she work-shopped an audience member’s interview pitch. We observed the power of storytelling which enables you to highlight your strengths and achievements in an engaging way.
The audience felt empowered by Sally’s presentation and inspired to refresh our lives and make the most of our time in the city.
As with all AWNY events there was plenty of time to enjoy the tasty food and wine, chat amongst kindred spirits, make new connections and swap stories about life in New York.