There are several reasons to attend a conference, seminar, workshop, and retreat. Yes, we all understand the learning involved but there are many other opportunities to make events work for you. To get some more in depth info you can check out The Really Big One Revealed,
While there are any number of ways to maximize your investment at a conference, there are several solid ways to sabotage even your best efforts.
Here’s a list of mistakes that are inexcusable at just about any event. They’re actually pretty simple, logical and easy to understand and I still can’t seem to understand why I see them at every conference. So here goes…
1. Staying with their click
Yes, it’s great to attend as a group. It’s usually cheaper to move in mass, but it could actually be more expensive. Staying with the people you already know is missing the entire point of attending in the first place. The people who usually attend learning and growth events are the top in their industry. Often they are looking to partner with other like minded people and if you stay with your click you’ll miss out.
2. Saving seats
I can understand saving a seat or two, but when people who move with their clicks are saving rows at a time, it seems a bit grade school to me. A better use of a 100 people would be to educate the group on what each of the individuals are looking for and send everyone out to search for possible partners.
3. Not being serious about learning
Maybe some people are there seeking partnerships, but it seems a terrible waste not to pay attention to the speakers. People who talk through the presentations are distracting, annoying and rude. They are noticed and generally people avoid them.
4. Only showing up for the headliners
Often the best material comes from emerging presenters. Sure the headliners are great but the second and third string are easier to develop a relationship with and frequently can and will do more for an eager attendee.
5. Lack of focus
Being ADHD is not a plus at a conference. This is a time to absorb. Do whatever it takes to focus and you will be rewarded.
6. Predetermined learning
Don’t fall into the trap of blocking out unexpected info. It’s a good idea to expand the mind to take in whatever innovative concepts are being delivered.
7. Not being friendly
This is the biggest mistake of all. People who aren’t open to meeting others shut themselves off from so many terrific experiences. They leave the event with only a fraction of it’s true value.
Here’s a tip that even the shy people can use to meet more people.
Imagine that you are hosting the event and must welcome everyone. Approach with a smile and an outstretched hand and the rest will take care of itself.
Please contact me and let me know how it goes at your next conference.
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