If you want success in creating the life you deserve, you must continually seek out ways to learn and grow. One of the best ways to do this is by attending personal and business development seminars. They’re jam-packed with information that if implemented pays you back tenfold (or more). Most people leave a seminar super motivated and pumped up, but many attendees don’t always have a clear understanding of how to implement what they’ve learned and make the best use of the information.
Over the years, I’ve attended tons of seminars on personal development, business development, becoming a better speaker, and more…and I’ve learned a system that helps me get the most out of each one. I want to ensure that I make use of every bit of information I’ve soaked up, and I want to make sure you do, too! So in my interview with Brendon Burchard — Expert Guru who’s seminars I have attended — as well as in this article below, I want to share that system with you. At the next seminar, motivational speech, training, or business lecture you attend, take the following steps to ensure you get the most out of it.
How to Get the Most Out of a Seminar
1 – Take TONS of notes.
Bring a brand new notebook with you, and take tons and tons of notes. There are very few things you’ll actually remember when you leave, so write everything down. And, most importantly, before you start, leave the first few pages of your notebook blank for your to-do list.
As you take notes, you’ll think of things you need to do when you get home – action steps you need to implement. So, keep flipping back to those first couple pages and create your to-do list – your list of your action items to complete when you get home. Then, each day post-event, pick 2 or 3 tasks off that list to work on. This way, you won’t just be on fire for a few days. Instead, you’ll keep rolling for the next few months or even the course of a year. You’ll actually put into effect everything you’ve learned.
2 – Arrive early and network.
Arrive early, and when people are lining up to get inside the seminar, TALK to them! Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. If you’re not good at this sort of thing, come with a list of questions to ask people. “Where are you from? What do you do? What brought you here today?”…You never know who you’ll meet at a seminar! Sit in a new seat every day, and meet someone new. Don’t eat lunch by yourself. Sit down with someone else and ask them their story. Get to know them. Build up your network. People love to talk about themselves, and the connections you make at personal development and business development seminars are ones you won’t forget.
3 – Review and Implement.
When you go home, go back through your notes. Highlight, rewrite them, process all of the information, and make it your own. Reviewing your notes and putting what you heard into your own words really helps you learn and use the information you took in.
4 – Ask the Expert!
When you attend a seminar, you’ll have so many questions. So, don’t be shy – ask when you can! However, I realize there are typically many people at seminars, and everyone has questions. So, my best piece of advice for you is to sign up for the VIP program if one is offered.
Oftentimes, you can pay a little extra to be a part of a small group that gets to spend more time with the speaker and ask questions one on one. A lot of times these types of programs also come with a follow-up coaching opportunity, too, so you can get answers to questions that arise when you return home and really process everything. VIP programs are invaluable! It’s so beneficial to have access to the speaker to be able to ask questions at the event and later on. You get the inside story of how everything works, and this way you can really make the best use of everything you’ve learned.