Chances are that you do attend or you will attend a lot of conferences throughout your life. That’s what learners do.
You’ve most likely already attended several conferences in the following categories:
- Business conferences
- Religious conferences
- Hobby conferences
- Family-strengthening conferences
- Parent-teacher conferences
- Online summits (they have them on just about every topic!)
- The list goes on…
And at the end of those events, if you’re like us, you probably walked away with 50 pages of notes, a pocket full of business cards, and hundreds of ideas to implement “someday.”
But we want to DO something with the information we learn, or these conferences become nothing more than ways to fill our time, right?
So, life architects, this podcast (and the basic outline below) will walk you through three simple ideas that will help every conference you attend to have a positive impact on your life.
Idea #1: Go with questions.
Before you even get to the conference, write down 3-5 specific questions you would love to have answered during the event. These questions will guide you and will have a greater impact than you might think.
Idea #2: Use symbols in your notes.
As you’re recording thoughts and ideas, add easy-to-find symbols into your notes so you can pull out the most important information once the conference is over.
These can be done digitally or on paper, but here are five suggestions (we describe them more in the podcast).
Idea #3: Create a one-page sheet with your key takeaways.
You will definitely want to keep all your notes (Evernote is perfect for storing them digitally!), but it is incredibly helpful to distill your notes into one page, with the action items at the very top. Then you set calendar triggers to review these notes after a day, a week, a month, etc.
This is what you will implement first.
Makes it easy to get the most out of a conference, don’t you think?
You’re investing time and energy (and often financial resources) just to be there. These are three ways you can make that investment really matter.
There’s a link above to download your own printable note-taking template, or you can make your own!
Either way, we want to hear how your next conference experience goes. We’re hoping it’s awesome.
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