The convention is over and everyone has gone home. How much follow-up is happening today? I spent five extra days in San Diego after the National Speakers Association (NSA) convention http://www.nsaspeaker.org/index.shtml. Part of my time was visiting old haunts as I graduated from San Diego State many years ago and part of the time was reflecting on the convention. To be fair, more time was spent recharging my soul than following-up on lessons learned. However, I did take the first tentative steps in moving forward and chucking unnecessary jobs on my To Do list.
Today I’m sitting in the airport waiting to catch a flight back to Calgary. You might say it’s my first real office day as I have a couple of hours before my flight. I’ve been very productive in these two hours and such a time always reminds me that short, dedicated work times are frequently better than long, drawn out work times. In just a short period I’ve put my plans in place for the rest of this week and next. I’ve also put some solid work into a session I’m conducting with a client on Monday. I’ve been productive and can see the positive results.
So how do you incorporate what you learn at conventions into your real world? For me it’s being smart and specific, if anything is going to work. Several years ago at my first NSA convention in New Orleans I attended all the sessions time allowed and took notes and more notes. Most got ignored because I was so confused when I got home that reality didn’t make way for anything new. After that experience I planned better before going to the conventions, primarily NSA and CAPS (Canadian Association of Professional Speakers) http://www.canadianspeakers.org/ and I only attend sessions that will help move me forward. Overload is a dangerous roadblock to progression.
At the 2007 NSA convention one of my focus areas was the brain and how it works. Definitely something I can use in my work with emerging supervisors and managers. I attended two excellent sessions that provided me with new information and the tools and desire to research further on my own. The two presenters, Dr. John B. Molidor from Haslett, Michigan http://www.nsamichigan.org/pages/MemberPages/moli.html, and Rohit Talwar from London, England, www.rohittalwar.com, shared their wealth of knowledge in a manner than regular folks could understand. What a gift to all of us.
Four other sessions also expanded my world and I encourage everyone to become familiar with Simon T. Bailey from Windermere, Florida http://www.simontbailey.com/; Dr. Sue Morter, Indianapolis, Indiana http://www.dynamiclifetraining.com/sue_bio.php; Dan Burrus, CSP, CPAE from Hartland, Wisconsin http://www.burrus.com/; and Dr. Joe Vitale from Wimberley, Texas www.mrfire.com. If you’ve seen The Secret, you know Dr. Joe Vitale. When you wander away from this blog, check out all the people I’ve mentioned.