By: Dani Watkins On: October 12, 2015 In: Blog Comments: 2


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Is this you? You have just experienced the best conference EVER! Your brain is full of ideas and knowledge and new ideas are brewing. You walk out of the conference excited and motivated and ready to implement everything you have learned. You are officially experiencing the conference high and the sky is the limit! What do you do now?

Then, BAM! You are back at the office and your typical Monday hits you like a bus. You start to return all your phone messages and become overwhelmed by the hundreds of unanswered emails. Your motivation and great conference ideas slowly, but steadily, begin to fade. Your motivation, ideas, and excitement are on the brink of flying out the window for good.

 

By Wednesday, you start to wonder, what happened? You think to yourself, “I am not even sure I remember what sessions I attended.”

The answer is simple…Life happened. Your regular routine has created boredom. Boredom often yields to frustration and low productivity. Your regular routine rarely inspires innovation or creativity—it’s routine, predictable and boring. The first few days after a conference is usually the lowest point in the post-conference detox. Your great ideas that seemed possible and exciting feel out of reach.

How can you retain this post-conference high and prevent the “crash”? We have complied a small list of things you can do after your conference to keep the feeling of development going:

  1. Write down your new ideas in the form of a to-do list.
  2. Make your to-do items actionable and set a deadline for each.
  3.  Physically block out time in your calendar, maybe one hour a week, to implement something on your to do list.
  4. Share your list with a colleague and ask them to keep you accountable.
  5. Join (or create) a group (Facebook, LinkedIn, Google hangout are just a few free tools) to keep collaborating with other people. This might include others you met at the conference.

The list above is a great way to prevent the conference “crash” and will help turn your post-conference high into a Monday list of awesomeness. The key to this list though is to actually work on these goals, or they’ll remain purely in the idea space. Make sure your conference inspirations don’t fall into the black hole like they do for so many others.

Dani Watkins
Dani Watkins, Chief Learning Experience Officer
Zenith Performance Solutions
Dani Watkins is the Chief Learning Experience Officer and owner of Zenith Performance Solutions. She has designed and delivered instructor-led, eLearning, vILT, blended, and 3D Immersive training courses for business skill, proprietary, and technical content across many industries. She most recently was awarded the 2014 Bronze Brandon Hall Group Excellence Award for Best Custom Content. When she isn’t igniting learning experiences, you can find her hanging out with her family or running a Colorado trail.

2 Comments:

  • Shane
    October 21, 2015

    I like the idea of a to do list, I will have one shortly. It is good practice to write down at least 5 “takeaways” from the conference. I did this and it is easy to use those takeaways and convert them to a to do list. Of course, it helps to take lots of notes during the conference sessions too!

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    • aboutZPS
      October 21, 2015

      I do that too, write down my key take aways. We are doing a Show Your Work meeting on Friday and each of us will share our key takeaways. I am really looking forward to it.

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