Do you go to personal or professional conferences and events? Do you get a lot out of them?
As an introvert, heading to a conference with a bunch of people I don’t know can be hugely intimidating. I’m also not a big fan of crowds or loud noises, so one day at a big expo and I need the next three days to recover.
But I’m a big fan of learning, so I constantly push myself to attend events in my areas of interest to keep my ideas and inspiration flowing. That said, I admit I tend to be the one at the back of the room, ready to slip out the door when the speaker asks the audience to team up and share personal details about themselves (does anyone else hate that??).
Conferences and workshops can be pricey, so I tend to be selective in terms of how relevant, valuable and close to home they are to me, but some are just plain can’t-be-missed because of the people who are there, or who the creator of the event is.
So far this year I’ve been to the Los Angeles Fit Expo (which was all kinds of crazy boobs and muscles in spandex) and the Natural Foods Expo in Anaheim which was just all kinds of crazy, period.
In Februrary I attended a local DIY PR workshop that was great, but totally made my head spin with all the to-do’s I walk away with. Early in March I started Maria Forleo’s B-School, and although it’s an online event, I’m already blown away by what I’ve taken away from the program.
Next month I’m actually exhibiting at Artisanal LA with my company ProCakes (which I’m equally excited and terrified about). But it’ what I’m SUPER excited about is my May event! I’m heading up to wine country to an entrepreneur/wine safari event (yes, you read that right) called Women, Wine and the Wildebeest. We’ll be “glamping”, learning and drinking wine for a whole weekend, so it’s right up my alley. If you’re in the California area (or even if you’re not), this is one of those can’t-be-missed events that I was talking about. You should come!
I’m not quite sure what my fall schedule will bring, but no doubt there will be more to come. I’ve also looked at attending Blend and Fitbloggin, but I’m trying to avoid flying to conferences this year, so I’m going to wait and see where they end up next year.
What about you? What’s on your conference list this year?