There is such a lot to be gained from attending such meetings – the high energy from the meeting of minds as such venues is uplifting, you have face-to-face contact with people who you may not otherwise be able to meet with. This is relationship building at its best!
Whatever you happen to be involved in, there is going to be a component where you will be required to meet with other people – to learn, teach, market or purchase. It’s like a huge brainstorming arena.
I make it a point to attend as many events of things that I am involved in as possible. The quantum leap in energy is amazing. I can’t really think of a downside, and if you think of the return on the investment of attending, the dividends are enormous – contacts, affiliates, solutions and new alliances, clients. It’s also a great opportunity to catch up with and exchange ideas with your peers.
You can often find solutions to some questions you have, discover a great way to do something that you had not thought of, learn a new technique or information that you can take back with you and put into practise, resulting in a significant improvement in whatever you are involved in.
And how about meeting old friends, making new ones and having a meeting of minds – a mastermind, really. In just the last couple of days, I have met an amazing group of people that I would have been hard pressed to find under one roof anywhere else. It would take me months to organize a meeting to tap the same information I have received, not to talk of travel to different countries and all that entails.
And you can generally use it as an expense (I’m not an accountant or tax specialist, so find out about that from the proper professional before you file the claims).
If you are in any doubt about attending your industry, professional or business event, look into all the benefits of doing so – it will almost certainly surpass your expectations if you choose and plan them well. Consider that the benefits can also continue to develop well after the event is over.