Going to conferences can be so affirming, broadening and energizing. As a matter of fact, I just returned from one where I got to spend time with wonderful people of different ages who thought big thoughts, approached possibilities with a positive attitude, and stayed determined and resilient when obstacles crossed their paths. None of them sat around waiting for a lucky break—they just worked hard and worked smart. Of course it’s not always smooth sailing. We all commiserated with each other about how much longer everything takes than we initially anticipate, whether it’s getting a Web site up and running or having the impact you had hoped for.
These conversations of shared successes and frustrations inevitably led to new opportunities in our work, as well as unexpected chances to collaborate with others. We learned the timing for one particular project is now right on schedule, despite the fact that same project seemed dead in the water a year ago.
Motivational speakers at conferences can remind you of your direction and help you get back in sync with your goals. Professionals in your area of interest can provide new information or new opportunities to apply your knowledge. Speakers in other fields can create unexpected connections and new perspectives. Staying open and positive can help these experiences jog your brain and give you the jump start you need to think big thoughts and make them happen!
Money Saving Tip
Remember that great idea you had, or the contact you made that you wanted to follow up with? Use your cell phone to leave yourself a voice or text message, or put follow-up ideas and potential contacts on your calendar as reminders. If just one great thought or networking opportunity works out, it can result in significant opportunities.
What made you smile today?
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