Linn D Havelick, CIH

Linn D Havelick, CIH

Around 1989 I got a page and answered it at a phone booth on North Federal Boulevard in Denver. My wife said that, “There is an envelope here addressed to Linn D. Havelick, CIH”. People remember where they were when they heard the shuttle crashed or when 9/11 happened; I remember where I was when I got the great news that I was now a CIH. I had my own consulting practice at the time and the certification had an immediate impact on my billing rates and income. My job opportunities expanded dramatically and my career took a path toward ever more interesting and challenging work. The biggest change was how people, clients, and colleagues seemed to regard me. People automatically assumed that I was more than a one-trick pony. There was an expectation that I possessed greater knowledge and expertise in a number of areas (sometimes even when it was not deserved). Many people asked how I studied for the exam and for suggestions to prepare to take it. I noticed that a few colleagues (usually not qualified to take the exam) belittled the value of the certification with what seemed a sense of jealousy. The naysayers were few; the vast majority of people saw the CIH designation as a desirable and noteworthy accomplishment. If I were starting my career over today I would pursue certification for the social and experiential opportunities. The potential for additional earnings is certainly a benefit, but the non-financial benefits may provide the greatest value of being a CIH. And you get to remember where you were when you found out you received the designation.