“A desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world.” ― John le Carré

Have you attended a conference related to your field in the past? When you’re sitting at home by yourself, it feels like it’s you vs the world. When you meet up in stimulating conference rooms with like-minded people and see that a whole small army exists out there, you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Have you been to a life-changing conference?

If yes, then you know the benefits already.

If not, then you’re totally missing out.

Let’s the ball rolling here…

What are the main benefits of attending a conference?

Let’s see here, the main benefits:

Make friends.

It doesn’t matter how many friends you have right now, it’s about meeting different kinds of folks and some like-minded individuals. At every conference I’ve been to, I’ve made at least one new friend. You open yourself open to making tons of new friends.

Who will you meet?

Find work.

You can find a job by meeting the right person. Every single person at a conference as a different agenda. One person could be looking to hire. Another person could be lost. The next person could be there for the free food and free booze.

On the flip side, you can give someone work. Maybe you need to hire someone? Perhaps you can outsource a piece of work that you’ve been dragging your feet on?

Reinvigorate your passions.

Every single time I leave a passion, I leave refreshed and full of new ideas.

A conference will likely boost your passions to record high new levels. You’ll feel on top of the world and ready to take on the world. Don’t let your passion fade away!

Get sent on the right path.

I can be pretty clueless at times. The beauty of a conference is that one person there has likely done something that you want to do. There’s someone there that has cleared the path for you. Your job is to figure out how they did it and what they did. They can send you on the right path.

What sort of conference should you attend?

I’ve been to all sorts of conferences in the last few years.

The lamest type of conference is the one that your work forces you to attend. You know the deal here. You have to stay awake with the cheap coffee. The presentations are boring and you don’t want to be there. I don’t want to be reminded of these.

The best type of conference is the one in your field or in something that you’re crazy about.

This is the type of conference that I want you to attend. Start looking. Start asking around. See what events are coming up and how you can get in on them. Don’t be shy. Everyone else is in the same boat as you.

I wish you all the best at your first conference this year. Get out there and own it!