Come Home Rich - How to Get the Most out of Your Next Conference

Written by Steve Kaye


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Oftenrepparttar greatest benefit of attending a conference will berepparttar 139162 relationships that you start while there. These relationships can become sources of information, friendship, and job opportunities.

Thus, make it a point to meet new people. Instead of spending all of your time with friends or colleagues, go off on your own. Join other people for meals. Sit next to them duringrepparttar 139163 sessions. Start conversations while walking between sessions. And be sure to ask for a business card. Then you can add that personís contact information into your contact database.

I encourage you to introduce yourself torepparttar 139164 speakers. They were invited to speak atrepparttar 139165 conference because of their expertise in your profession. Thus, they can become valuable resources for information, assistance, and referrals. The best time to meet speakers is right after they finish their presentation. Introduce yourself, offer a brief compliment onrepparttar 139166 presentation, and ask for a business card. Of course, if you meet them again atrepparttar 139167 conference, use this as an opportunity to talk further.

Apply What You Gained

When you return home, set aside an hour or so to reviewrepparttar 139168 notes that you took while atrepparttar 139169 conference. You may want to schedule this on your calendar before you leave forrepparttar 139170 conference.

Review your notes, identifyingrepparttar 139171 main ideas. Then convert each of these ideas into an action on your list of things to do. Once you finishrepparttar 139172 list add a completion date and assign a priority. Recognize that this step converts everything that you learned, collected, and gained duringrepparttar 139173 conference into tangible benefits for yourself and your company.

If you are an employee, I recommend writing a report for your management. Documentrepparttar 139174 key ideas that you gained and describe how they can be applied to your work. If youíre an independent, you may still want to write such a report for yourself because this formalizes what you gained fromrepparttar 139175 conference.

Be Grateful

When you return home, write thank you notes torepparttar 139176 people who helped you atrepparttar 139177 conference. This simple courtesy sets you apart as an exceptional person. I especially recommend writing notes to:

1) The leaders inrepparttar 139178 association. They worked hard to organizerepparttar 139179 event. 2) Members ofrepparttar 139180 staff who helped you. These people can help you getrepparttar 139181 most out of your membership. 3) The speakers. This could start relationships with experts and celebrities in your profession. 4) New friends. This makes you memorable when you meet again atrepparttar 139182 next conference.

Use a conference to immerse yourself inrepparttar 139183 society andrepparttar 139184 technology of your profession. And then apply what you gained to advance your career.

IAF Certified Professional Facilitator and author Steve Kaye works with leaders who want to hold effective meeting. His innovative workshops have informed and inspired people nationwide. His facilitation produces results that people will support. Call 714-528-1300 or visit his web site for over 100 pages of valuable ideas. Sign up for his free newsletter at http://www.stevekaye.com


10 Attributes of Effective Meetin

Written by Steve Kaye


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The ultimate goals of every meeting are agreements, decisions, or solutions. Meetings held for other reasons seldom produce anything of value.

Unprepared participants will spend their time inrepparttar meeting preparing forrepparttar 139161 meeting.

It is better to spend a little time preparing for solutions than to spend a lot of time fixing problems.

Meetings are an investment of resources and time that should earn a profit.

A meeting can be led from any chair inrepparttar 139162 room. And if itís your meeting, you want it to be your chair.

IAF Certified Professional Facilitator and author Steve Kaye works with leaders who want to hold effective meeting. His innovative workshops have informed and inspired people nationwide. His facilitation produces results that people will support. Call 714-528-1300 or visit his web site for over 100 pages of valuable ideas. Sign up for his free newsletter at http://www.stevekaye.com


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