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Now that it's a new year, I'm thinking about what I'm looking forward to in 2023 that will bring  meaning and purpose to my work. Besides connecting with others in meaningful ways, here are five things that I'm excited about in the coming 12 months:

1. Conferences

I love going to conferences. It's where I see people that I've known for years and meet new people. I also have fun, learn a lot, and come back energized.

Those that I plan to attend for sure in 2023 are: Environments for Aging in April, NeoCon in June, and Healthcare Design Expo + Conference in November.

2. Speaking

My very first speaking gig was years ago when I was an associate editor at Contract magazine. I was on a panel with other editors talking about how to get published.

At 26 years old, I was the youngest of the group, uncomfortable and nervous to be up in front of a crowd. My voice wavered and I broke out in a sweat.

Since then, I've spoken to groups hundreds of times and have much more confidence and skill. I enjoy it tremendously.

So, I'm pursuing some speaking gigs in 2023 and some are pursuing me. Check out some of my presentation topics.

3. New Clients/New Projects

Every year brings new clients and new projects, for which I'm grateful. And when it comes to new clients/new projects, I always consider these seven things:

  1. Integrity. Are these clients good people?  Do I respect and like them?  Do they respect and like me?
  2. Growth. Is there an opportunity to learn something new?
  3. Relationship. What's the potential for a long-term relationship?
  4. Synergy. Does the project/work fit with the other projects/work I'm doing?  Is it in my wheelhouse?
  5. Efficient. If there are travel requirements, are they reasonable? How are they at working remotely?
  6. Timing. Can I fit this into my current workload? Are the deadlines reasonable? 
  7. Excitement. Does the project/work seem exciting? Will it in three months?

4. Helping CADRE Have Greater Impact

Last spring, I joined the board of this small nonprofit research organization. In case you didn't know, CADRE is a non-profit founded by a global design firm HKS to advance design research and evaluation on the societal impact of the built environment.

And while I don't think I've contributed much so far, I'm looking forward to using my marketing skills and nonprofit management experience to help CADRE have a greater impact.

5. New Reports and Research

There's so much good stuff being produced by really smart people in the healthcare and senior living design industry. And I'm sure we'll see more of it in 2023.

In the meantime, in no particular order, here is some good stuff that was published in 2022:

What are you looking forward to in 2023? Leave a comment in the box below.

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Sharon Folliard

1 year ago

Happy New Year! Thanks for sharing the reports & reserach "good stuff" from 2022. I'm always interested in your perpsective.
Sharon Folliard

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