Mostly, people feel that conferences are expensive, time wasting and unnecessary. However, the truth is that attending a conference can be likened to killing two birds with one stone. The first bird is that you get to network, and the other is that you also get to learn a great deal. If these two benefits are not motivating enough for you, here are ten other solid reasons to consider making a move to attend that event now.
1. Learn directly from niche experts
Most influencers in your niche are usually invited to conferences. This provides a good platform to get top business ideas, workable tips and tricks, and strategies from people who have walked through the path you are finding difficult to navigate.
It is mainly at conferences that you will be able to meet with these gurus on a face to face level, free of charge or at a less cost than if you sought them out individually.
2. Meet the right connections
Conferences bring people with different ideas and skills together. It makes people aware of your special abilities and knowledge and helps you build the right connections with influencers and other people in your niche/industry. A friend who is a mathematics tutor once told me of how he met the director of a top government-owned mathematics body, and today, he is earning big with his teaching skills. Being recommended by a niche expert gave him an edge over hundreds of his peers, most of whom are still struggling to scale.
3. Opportunity to learn current tips and tricks in your profession
No one can develop fully on his or her own. You get to learn of recent hacks and tricks that can make your work more efficiently. If the conference has a panel discussion on its schedule, then you don’t want to miss it for anything. All panelists would usually talk about a chosen topic, giving their individual opinions and workarounds on that topic. This session alone has the same value of going for months of paid training to gather knowledge that will be similar to the ones shared by the panelists.
4. Challenge yourself to kick-start your business/plan your career better
Conferences are a great way of checking how you measure with the professional world and learning how to be more efficient at work. You get to meet individuals, old and young who have excelled in their career or business. This can motivate you get organised and start taking actions towards starting your own business or advancing in your career.
5. It makes you a niche expert
Attending a conference gives you a wide edge over your peers. You will gain lots of knowledge which you can share with your colleagues free of charge or for a fee. Giving invaluable information you learnt at seminars and conferences makes you a niche expert and gives you the authority to build your own audience and tribe.
6. Get good referrals and jobs
Some industries prefer to hire hands based on the advice of a coach or influencers. This makes them a good source of some high paying Jobs. As mentioned earlier, the best place to meet them is at seminars, conferences and corporate events. If you are a job seeker, or an individual looking for career change, make that event your next port of call, you never can tell who you will meet with.
7. Be in the “learning spirit”
A conference is a place where like-minded people meet. Everyone you meet wants to increase their professional knowledge, and actively in a learning mode. This produces an atmosphere of seriousness and rapt attention where you learn a lot from the speakers and audience.
8. Acquire the zeal to do more
Going to conferences and learning more about your passion makes you feel fulfilled. You get to meet a lot of people who love what you do and it re-ignites your passion and zeal towards success.
Pre-conference workshops are always designed to create working relationships between participants. Get on with these workshops and you will enjoy benefits during and after the conferences.
10. Learn the history of your niche
You get to know about past, current and future trends about your industry. This knowledge would gear you up for facing and overcoming challenges.
I hope you are getting ready to attend that upcoming conference. Obviously, the benefits outweigh the costs. Remember to share your success stories with us.