In my blogs, I have written over and over again how important it is to always strive for growth. I talk a lot about both personal and business development from personal experience. Yet, I still get objections from women entrepreneurs regarding conferences and workshops and how it doesn’t make them any money to attend. Coming from an entrepreneur of over 20 years who effectively raised four children while continuing to grow my business and thrive, I can tell you that one of the main reasons I have been successful is that I never stop trying to develop. I am always learning and connecting with like-minded people that I can build relationships with so we can collaborate and help each other’s business. Does it make you money immediately? Not usually. But it will unequivocally make you much more money down the road if you know what to take out of the conference.
Let’s take a closer look at the description of a personal/business development conference:
Personal development: Covers activities that improve awareness and identity, develop talents and potential, enhance quality of life and contribute to the realization of dreams and aspirations. The concept involves formal and informal activities for developing others in roles such as teacher, guide, counselor, manager, life coach or mentor.
Personal development conferences may include the following activities-
· improving self-awareness
· improving self-knowledge
· improving business skills
· becoming a leader
· building identity/self-esteem
· developing strengths or talents
· improving spiritual development
· improving potential
· fulfilling aspirations
Conferences are informative and educational. Undoubtedly, the most important thing that happens at a conference is the informal interaction and networking that goes on between all of the like-minded attendees. It’s actually all about the power of connections! It is the unique and personal interactions you will have with all of those compatible women. That is the most exciting and beneficial part of the entire event.
The experience is only as engaging as you make it. Make sure you do some preparation in advance before you attend the event. Look over the agenda and decide what you are looking to get out of the conference. When you are at the conference, make sure to ask a lot of questions. Take notes. Write down books, videos, webinars, websites, and groups that are recommended by the speakers. Connect and share information with as many people as you can and be sure to let them know you will be contacting them in the next 48 to 72 hours. Follow up is key!
Remember, you are there to learn and make connections, but you’re also there to have a blast! Conferences that focus on personal/business development can be truly engaging and valuable experiences. Please, never make the mistake that the quick sale or the quick cash is more beneficial for you than going to a conference that can have all these positive effects on your life, both personally and for your business. Practice and preparation will make you stronger in your field and thus make you more money in the long run!
I would love to hear from you!
Tell me what conference you have attended that has helped you personally or helped your business?
What was the #1 thing that you took from this event that helped you to make positive changes in your life and/or business?