How to keep the conference high alive after you get home

September 27th, 2011

hello my name is.jpgI spent this past weekend at the most inspiring writing workshop I’ve attended in I don’t know how long.

[Flickr photo by jemsweb]

No matter how energizing a professional event, though, my usual MO is to slip back into my hectic routine without acting on all the ideas, tips, and connections generated. So here’s the plan of attack I’m taking this time around.

By this time next week, I vow to do the following. You have my permission to ask me later if (a) I stuck to it, and (b) it made a difference.

Reread all my notes from the conference. Before too many personal commitments and professional deadlines get in the way, I’ll go over all the good stuff I learned so it’s less easily forgotten.

Make a to-do list. I refuse to let all those marketing, productivity, and career change tips I collected lay buried inside my inch-thick notebook. Instead, I’ll pull them into a nice, neat, one-page cheat sheet where they’re easily accessible. 

Take action right away. Rather than wait for that mythical “spare time” to appear, I’ll start chipping away at the aforementioned to-dos this week. If need be, I’ll schedule every last task into my daily calendar.

Use Skype, a listserv, or a social networking site to stay in touch as a group. The event I attended was an intimate 15-person gathering, with attendees from around the country. To stay connected and bounce ideas off one another, we’ve convened as a private group via the social networking tool Podio.

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  • 1. Peggy McPartland  |  September 27th, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    Great advice, Michelle! We all come away from amazing workshops or conferences on a high that seems to fade away all too quickly. These are such simple yet effective ways to keep that going.

  • 2. Rhondalynn Korolak  |  November 15th, 2011 at 3:45 am

    Great ideas… especially the To-do list and taking action right away. Small steps every day are what make the difference. Another technique that I use to strengthen the effort is to find one person (a coach or mentor) that can hold me accountable to what I say that I am going to do. :)

    Several years ago, I wanted to write my first book. Nothing happened for months because I couldn’t get started and it all seemed to much. Then I made a decision to tell others I wanted to write a book. Once I had put it out there, my willpower to prove that I could actually do what I said I was going to do, made a huge difference!

  • 3. Melinda  |  November 27th, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    I recently attended a national conference and I made a sincere effort to do the same things as you! Professional events are a great way to network, but I had a hard time keeping up with all the contacts I made. If I were to go back and do it again, I would take a separate contact book everywhere.

    However, I hope you were able to implement this plan for yourself and that it was effective!

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