There are a lot of great reasons to blog about Crossing Thresholds, here I list just a few...
1. To help you consolidate your learning
Digesting, reflecting and sharing is a great way to deepen your learning. There is a lot to take on board when you are going through the Crossing Thresholds programme. Both in terms of the principles and ideas shared and the specific choices you will be making about your life and career. Some lightbulb moments will happen in the room, some when you talk to others and some in quiet moments of reflection, be it on a run, while journaling, or when writing a blog.
Some of the modules are so intense and so fast-paced you won’t have time to take it all in. Some are slower and more reflective but benefit from further research and action after. You can choose the type of blog you write depending on what you aim to get out of the process. It could be as broad as ‘The Impact Crossing Thresholds had on me’ or as specific as ‘How I’m Using the Learning from Module 3 to Prepare for my Senior Civil Service Interview’.
2. To inspire others
We have always been delighted by the ripple effect of Crossing Thresholds… the impact goes so much further than just the people who attend the programme. Participants report using the tools to help spouses, colleagues and friends to clarify and pursue their career visions. A blog is a great way to amplify your impact to hundreds or even thousands of people.
Something people often want when they first start on this journey is to know that it is possible to actually make their vision a reality. If you are out the other side, or at least on your way there, this is a great gift to share with others. Sometimes it’s enough just to know that others are sharing their dreams and taking steps to get there, to embolden us to do the same.
Sarah Bucher-Jones is a great example of this. She has handed in her resignation to her civil Service Department, with the intention of a total change of direction – a new home and new career. She’s not there yet but she is already inspiring others with her story.
3. To raise your profile
Most people have got the idea that it’s not enough to do a good job and hope others will recognise you, you need to be proactive in telling people what you’ve done and what you can do. But how do you go about raising your profile? Well one great way to start is with blogging and social media. Writing a blog gets your name out there and associated with something you feel passionate about. By writing a blog about Crossing Thresholds, your message will be shared with a like-minded audience of women, primarily civil servants, who are also looking to grow and develop in their career. You never know who may have a relevant opportunity or idea for you.
Of course you should also share it with your own networks; unless you tell them, people you know will have no idea what your career vision is and you will have no idea who you already know who can help you on your way. Or you might just inspire someone you know to start taking steps of their own. Use all your social networks and actively ask people to share it. It feels a little ‘un-British’ but hey, people want to help, they just need to know how.
4. To connect with like-minded people
This is very much related to the point above. ‘Thresholders’ are a community that go well beyond your immediate cohort or even the hundreds of women currently participating in a Crossing Thresholds programme. Thousands of women have completed the course and make up our ‘Crossing Thresholds graduates’. They have been supported to take steps in their career and want to support others to do the same. They also enjoy hearing and being inspired by others’ stories. They know the power of connecting with like-minded women with very different dreams but many of the same challenges. Your future mentors, manager, client or collaborator, are among this network. Our blogs get sent out to an engaged readership made up of these people – what an amazing audience to be able to access.
5. To keep you accountable
After the initial flurry of activity, it can be easy to be dragged back into the day-to-day. Letting people into your thinking, your plans and your next steps can give you just the nudge of accountability you need to keep taking the steps.
Why not include a way for people to contact you or follow you so they can be a part of your journey – it might be an email address or a twitter account.
It’s never too early or too late to write about your experience of being on Crossing Thresholds. You might have just completed Module 1 with your head bursting with new ideas, or maybe you completed the programme years ago and want to share how far you’ve come and the things that stayed with you. Either way you might write just the thing that somebody else needs to read at that moment.
Do get in touch with crossingthresholds at thresholds.co.uk if you are interested in writing a blog for us.
Blog written by Lindsay Berresford