This was an interesting question for me as I wavered between:
1. I religiously source all information; I am always helping others; I know my sources; I use computers regularly and I am thought of as an “expert”
2. I am not good enough; I do not attend the conferences; I am not interested in English research and I am doing too many other things to put this on my plate as well.
What is odd is that both 1 & 2 are true.
So, like most things, it depends on the approach you want to take and what you want to get out of the process.
A friend of mine is going to the week long seminars in Alabama, attending national conferences and building her business before she applies. She says that I am “ahead of her.” I am not so sure. I decided that I would use the process to educate me in my weak areas and attend some educational events sponsored locally. Since I have no intention of starting my own business, I will use the application (and response) process to learn more about my skill level. The critique will be beneficial. If I get the certification, so much the better! This sounds pretty laissez faire but if you know me, I am just a little competitive! 🙂 I will try my darndest to get certified.
So my advice to others getting started, decide why YOU want to become certified, figure out a game plan and then go for it with a vengeance.
Check out the newly added feature on the sidebar….”Tip of the Day”. This will just be a quick tip based on what I have learned in the past few days.