Last week, I had a most interesting conversation with a colleague about the value we get out of conferences.
We spoke about the typical things we go to conference for, like:
“I always take away one or two ideas that pay for the conference 5 times over!” or,
“The networking is great because I can discuss big challenges with my colleagues (…not to mention making new friends and connections!”
I added that the “change of pace” away from the office is important to me, even as I am learning. It helps me take a deep breath and gives me new energy, and a fresh perspective.
“In fact,” I confided, “I often have two pages open in front of me – one for taking notes on the session I am sitting in – and the second, to sketch out a strategy for some work-related deadline I am facing.”
My friend immediately LOL. “You do that too? I wrote one of my best proposals ever during a completely unrelated workshop! And I learned something at the session too.”
While I am not a proponent of being AWOL when at a conference, I was reminded we all need professional time away from the office. It is energizing and gives us a fresh perspective…and a great learning opportunity.
We’ve designed Congress just for this purpose.
I can’t wait for Congress. And you? What are your “other” reasons for getting away to Congress?
Have a great week!