2017 was a year that a lot of amazing things happened for me but to be honest, they happened accidentally. ( Well, not accidentally God did it). There was no plan there were no written goals, things just happened (or so it appeared).
2017 was a year I started paying attention to growth, although that wasn’t intentional. I remember around March there was a conference I heard about going on campus and I decided to attend.
On arriving at the venue, the place was quite scanty but I remember listening to each of the speakers intently and it really sparked something in my heart. Listening to their stories inspired me to want more for myself, I rennet taking down notes furiously and even after then going back to refer to those notes.
Conferences are an important part of personal growth to me. They expose you to information and perspectives that you weren’t aware of earlier. Although some might discard conferences as just motivational stuff, I think it’s not that insignificant.
Motivational stuff is good and we all need to be motivated. What matters the most is what you do after the conference with the motivation that you have received. A lot of people we desire to be inspired but inspiration isn’t enough, now that you are inspired, go take action.
Apart from that, conferences help you build images in your mind. Our lives follow pictures in our minds. It helps you build a picture and a desire for success in your mind.
Next year, consider attending a few more conferences and attend with a pre-set goal to learn. You might also want to search for conferences that are industry or specific to your area of interest.
One threshold, I crossed this year was getting around to actually paying for conferences, I was so accustomed to getting the free stuff. It’s a worthwhile investment in you, plan out some part of your income to invest in attending conferences and training.
Conferences are also a good avenue to build your network with like-minded people whose company would help you move forward.
The most important about a conference isn’t the conference itself but what you do afterwards with what you have learnt. So I’d advise take down notes on your phone or a notebook and record if that works better for you.
One of the things I am looking to do more of is applying for more international conference opportunities and one of the things I discovered is that some of them are fully funded. To check listings for international conferences check out http://WWW.OPPORTUNITYDESK.ORG
I really hope that you enjoy attending and learn a lot for conferences next year.