5 Proven Tips to get the most out of any Seminar
I was just speaking to a good friend on Tuesday and she was asking me about the number of seminars that I would be attending in the next few months. When I started to list them out, she immediately blurted out “Seminar Junkie!”
You see, I have already committed close to $20,000 on various self-improvement, personal development and wealth creation seminars. No, I don’t have truckloads of money to burn (Not yet anyway). The reason for my supposedly irrational behavior is simple: I see it as an investment in myself rather than an expense.
Now, different people attend seminars or seminar previews for a variety of diverse reasons. Some of them are forced to go to accompany their friends/spouses. Others attend because they are curious.
Then there are those who are genuinely interested to learn and apply at least a tiny fraction of the knowledge gained, so that they can improve their lives. It is no wonder then that the same seminar can have such drastically disparate results on each and every one attendee!
For those who want to get the most out of any seminar, allow SJ the “Seminar Junkie” to share with you some proven tips:
1) Imagine you paid an arm and a leg for the Seminar/Course
When you have been to enough seminars, you would realize that the organizers always practice differential pricing. What this means is that you could have paid $500 to attend the seminar while the person seated near to you might have paid essentially nothing. In a bid to fill up seats, organizers typically resort to giving away free tickets and if you have the right contacts, it’s not difficult to get them.
The problem lies in the mentality of those who are attending it for free and those who have to part with some of their hard-earned cash. Who do you think will adopt a more serious attitude towards learning?
So, one of the tricks to getting the most out of a seminar is to imagine that you paid a ridiculously high amount of money to be there, even if you got the tickets for free. Go ahead and give it a try, you will definitely see the difference in your attitude and enthusiasm!
2) Know why you are there
Do you want to learn how to make more money or are you looking to seek clarity, focus and direction in your life? A lot of seminar participants suffer from information overload. That is because they try to concentrate on everything the speaker says and they end up knowing but not internalizing.
The second tip to getting the most out of any seminar is to list down the top 3 to 5 reasons you are investing your time and money there and the areas in your life you are looking to apply the new-found knowledge to. This will help you to become more focused and enables you to zoom into the specific topics you are especially interested in.
3) Empty your Mind
Imagine a glass that is filled to the brim. What happens when someone wants to pour more water in? The glass overflows. Now imagine going into a seminar, thinking that you already know a lot about the particular subject or worrying about what is happening at home, at work and even what you are having for dinner. What do you think is going to happen?
Do yourself a favor. Empty your mind of judgment, of unproductive thoughts and worries first. You will be more receptive to ideas and concepts shared and get more bang for your buck.
4) Participate in all the Activities
What’s the difference between reading a book and attending a seminar? Well, there are usually activities in Seminars that are designed to drill in certain concepts. Some of those activities may make you feel extremely uncomfortable and you may not want to participate.
But pause and think for a second: If you can’t even carry out such activities in a safe, encouraging seminar environment, would you ever be able to do it in the harsh, unforgiving world out there?
I challenged myself at a recent seminar by going onstage to share my experiences. It was a breakthrough for me. I can’t describe in words the feeling of having a whole room of people holding on to your every word, giving you support and encouragement, not only from their applause, but from their hearts. It is something you have to experience for yourself. And to do that, you have to be willing to challenge yourself, to step out of your comfort zone, and just do it.
5) Network, Network, Network!
At an internet marketing seminar last month, I got to know quite a number of interesting people. As I was busy making my rounds, exchanging email addresses and other contact details, someone behind me commented “Wah, you very busy collecting name cards hor”?
I turned around and looked at him straight in the eyes. Firmly but politely, I said, “You and I both paid $1,500 to attend this seminar. The very least we could do is make some new friends right?”
My words stunned him, momentarily.
Then as the seminar re-commenced, the usual silence behind me was gradually replaced by constant chatter. The gentleman I spoke to suddenly opened up and started talking to the people seated around him. I smiled to myself.
The very least we would do at any seminar is to make some new friends right?
To get the most out of any seminar, you need to have the right attitude and the right mindset. Start using the above tips at your next seminar and let me know how they have helped you!
P.S. If you have more tips to add to this list, feel free to leave a comment. =)
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