What was the last work conference you attended?
In our professional lives, there will be many opportunities to further your career and gain valuable insight on how to become a successful member of your field. These opportunities are called seminars and conferences. Last week, I had the privilege of attending the annual National Speakers Association (NSA) conference in Orlando. I went in with a game plan, accomplished exactly what I had hoped, and found the trip to be tremendously valuable. Below are some tips for you on how to maximize the next conference you attend.
- This is a rare time where you are surrounded by like-minded individuals who not only have relatively the same interests as you, but fresh, new perspectives as well. Network with as many people as you can and meet new people.
- Learn from the best. As the saying goes, to be the best, you must learn from the best. Absorb knowledge and gain insight on what it takes to be successful in your field. The conference should have keynote speakers, successful players in your field, and those you can look up to. Do it. Who are you learning from in your profession?
- Game plan. As I said for my trip to the NSA conference, I had a game plan going in. Have a set of tasks you wish to accomplish. Do you want to improve your network? Do you want to improve a technique you have been struggling with? Focus on the goal and execute.
- The true value of a conference or seminar comes from what you gain from it. I like to write down three things I learned from the event and can implement into my best practices immediately. What did you takeaway from your last conference?
Did You Know? Coach Jim Johnson will be attending the Grand Forks Young Professionals Conference in a couple weeks in Grand Forks, ND.
Life Tip #7: Treat each person you meet like a million dollar customer