Thinking About Attending Live Events?

live-eventsDo you attend either live events for personal growth, business development or for learning the latest and greatest thinking in your areas of specialization?

Do you have a plan, a strategy, and a budget in the beginning of the year to determine which events you will attend in the upcoming year and for what purpose?

It is essentially a business question which will lead to your ROI – your return on the investment of your time, travel and fees to attend the event vs. what you will gain from the event which may be the knowledge, the networking and potentially new business.

Some people do not give a second thought to an event they sign up for and plan to attend. They will book their flight at the last minute (pay the higher price for it), try to reserve a room at the hotel where the venue is being held at the last minute (often the discounted room block is sold out then have to either pay a higher price or stay at another location which may not be close by to the venue), and do not have a plan or a strategy in terms of who might be attending and they want to be certain to meet or get introduced to.

If any of the above sounds familiar to you or if it is you – STOP IT! Stop this behavior right now! The ability and the choice to attend the live event is a gold mine. It is a gold mine only if you are mining. No one is going to hand you and just place in front of you the gold nuggets. It takes a bit of planning and some work beforehand in order for the fruits of your labor to be delivered.

First – If you are planning to attend an event, as soon as possible place your deposit and secure your room reservations and airline reservations. Now you are committed.

Second – Place the dates on your calendar and include the travel dates. Begin the process of identifying who else will be attending. Social media is an excellent starting point as many events will create an event page or hashtag for those planning to attend to begin discussions and get to know each other better.

Third – Look over the planned schedule. Note where there are breaks and begin to arrange to either meet other people or groups of people to have a meal with or meet for coffee on a break during the day. If you want to get to know one or two people specifically try your best to limit the group to only the two or three people you want to engage with. This is not anti social behavior. It is intentional networking.

In summary, if you are going to spend your time and money attending a live event, plan and strategize ahead of time to make the most of the experience.

Mitch Tublin is an advanced certified executive and personal coach who resides in Stamford, CT.


Lists Are Not Just Written For Christmas

making-listsWe are creatures of habit. Our habits have been created ever since we began to attend our formal schooling and class work. The day or two before the homework or assignment is due is when the majority of people begin to complete the work. The night or two before the big exam is when the majority of people really begin to study the material.

How do you create your own method of accountability? A way to make certain things which need to be completed are completed and do not fall through the cracks?

Many people are list makers. The 3M Company thanks you! They created the sticky note in all different sizes and colors just for the list makers. These sticky notes have that sliver of glue on the top of one side so the sticky note may be placed just about anywhere to remind the writer of something written on it.

List makers have a point. The research proves that if you are going to purchase items in a store such as for home repairs at Lowe’s, if you go with a list and just purchase what is on your list your time in the store will be more efficient and you will spend less money than if you went to Lowe’s with no list and just relied upon your memory for what items to purchase. The same result for clothes shopping or going to the grocery store. Utilizing a list saves you time and saves you money.

Your list making may take place on the 3M sticky notes, regular paper or on a device. Some people utilize Evernote or Google docs and share their list with others who might wish to interact with the list.

How about personal growth and personal development? Do you have a list for this for yourself? Maybe you need to work on your listening skills? Maybe you offer too freely your advice and opinion and so loudly no one would ever challenge you or tell you to your face what a buffoon you are?

Here is my challenge to you. Right now create your own list of your top ten areas you would like to enhance or develop further for yourself – your own personal growth and development list. Place a check mark next to the top three. Right away – do not overthink this – no you do not need to text anyone to find out which three.

Now place a start date next to each one. Let’s get started on making this happen for you right now!

Mitch Tublin is an advanced certified executive and personal coach who resides in Stamford, CT.