As a professional, attending a seminar is an investment for growth. Cost or learning investment is never an issue; money well-invested in an amazing seminar will reap rewards, while money wasted on a substandard one can be earned again.
What cannot be taken back is TIME, hence this is the most important investment anyone can spend for personal growth.
In order to maximize attendance in any seminar (even a “bad” seminar can yield amazing lessons or insights for the participants) here is a list of things you can do to make the most of any situation:
1. Connect. Bring along a colleague or friend to a seminar. Start a friendly chat with other attendees during breaks, no matter how short. Prepare calling cards to distribute to other participants and get their cards or numbers in return.
2. Take notes. Bro. Bo Sanchez had a wonderful sharing during this Sunday’s “The Feast.” He mentioned that as a seminar participant, HE. TAKES. NOTES. He jots down his realizations and his resolutions. This is a guy who is a bestselling author, multi-awarded speaker and lay preacher respected worldwide, and yet he is humble enough to attend seminars AND TAKE NOTES.
No matter how great a seminar and the speaker are, the seminar ends, participants go home, and so does the speaker. But it does not mean that the learning has to end, too. With note-taking, you are able to take home salient points from the speakers that you can review and reread whenever you need.
3. Reconnect. Contact and establish friendships with your fellow participants. Explore possible areas of collaboration for mutual growth and development like doing business together or inviting one another to upcoming events. Follow the social media accounts of the event organizer and the speaker to be abreast of upcoming events, as well as to gain new knowledge and insights with their every post.
Robert Greene himself said it brilliantly that with today’s access to technology and resources that past masters can only dream of, there is simply NO EXCUSE not to be excellent!
4. APPLY. According to Bro. Bo, the obstacle to growth is “education without execution.” No matter how great the seminar and the speaker, even the other participants, are, at the end of the day it’s up to YOU to put to action what you have learned. And it is at this point when having notes is very important, so you will have an idea on the lessons that you can put into practice.
Any engagement is a two-way process. To maximize whatever investment it will cost you to attend a seminar, you must be more than just a member of the crowd or audience, but a participant in every sense of the word.