3 Simple Ideas to Maximize Your Next Conference

Conferences are a great way to learn and grow. Each year, I like to attend one or two conference (more if the budget allows). This past week, I headed to the  East Coast for a Facilities Conference. During those two days, I spent time with my peers, presented on creating a move experience people will remember and looked for some new ideas.

Each conference I attend, I like to walk away with information that I can implement right away. Here are three simple ideas to maximize your next conference experience:

  1. Take Notes – notes help us recall key pieces of information that we would otherwise forget. I take an obscene amount of notes during conferences, because the speakers often trigger great ideas for me that I can then implement.
  1. Network – meals and breaks are a great way to meet new people.  Your email will be there, but you will not always have the chance to meet new people.  Take a risk and get to know some new people.  Get to know them…you never know when that casual conversation will turn into a new opportunity.
  1. Action Steps – use action steps to turn your new found knowledge into practical ideas. When you return from the conference, implement one new idea (more if you can). Refer back to your notes for those nuggets of new information.

Conferences are not cheap. They require our time and our financial backing; however, new ideas are born out of hearing what others are doing. I value all types of conferences. When I was an Elder at Agoura Bible Fellowship, I attended several conferences and recommended our staff members to take notes, network and share three ideas they learned from the conference. Some great ideas for the church were born out of material they heard at a conference. I hope these three simple ideas will transform your next conference experience.

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