Here are 5 things you can do to make the most of the next conference you attend:
#1 – Be a learner. Be present in the workshops you attend, hang in there and glean some idea even if the session isn’t exactly what you thought it would be.
#2 – Attend a variety of workshops. This will expand your perspective and help you gain something unexpected.
#3 – Connect with other people in a ministry setting like yours. This is a great place to generate new ideas and maybe even find somebody who is facing a similar situation to you. You may even figure out how to help each other.
#4 – Tour the whole exhibit hall. The back corners are where the smaller companies and start-ups tend to be, so check them out and see what they have to offer. There may be something really valuable for you there but it may not be in a prominent position inside the front doors.
#5 – Take notes, and actually implement them. This requires a little preparation and a lot of discipline. Conferences can be exhausting, but if you process your notes shortly after the conference, you’re much more likely to benefit from the ideas you were exposed to.
#6 – Retreat. The time away from your normal setting can be valuable to refresh your mind and spirit. Don’t tie yourself to all the day-to-day dramas back at home or in the office by burying your nose in your email or cell phone.
How else do you take advantage of the conferences you attend? Are there other things you would contribute to this list?