Get involved and volunteer within your committee. Participating in the standardization process is not only about working with standards, it's also a great way to learn and apply your leadership skills.

It can be hard for new standardization professionals to understand the amount of work a committee puts forth to get a small change approved in a standard. Being part of the process and later leading a project yourself is very fulfilling. Participating at meetings and listening to the discussions between committee members is a great start. There are a lot of opinions expressed during meetings, so take notes and do your own research before offering your own opinion or making a recommendation on a subject.

A good way to become engaged with a committee and its members is to volunteer and work with task groups, as that is where all of the work is done. Task groups are small...

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