5 Reasons Conferences are Worth the Time and Money
As we all know, conferences can be expensive. The conference fee itself can be close to $1000 and sometimes more, and many times that’s the cheapest part of the trip. Many times you have to fly to the conference, then there’s meals, lodging, and other travel expenses. Once you add it all up, a conference easily costs over a couple thousand dollars. They also take up a lot of time. Most conferences last an average of 3-5 days which is a large chunk of time. This can make your life a little more complicated when it comes to work, family, and social life. So are they worth it? Obviously here at Conference Whiz we believe that they are. At least some of them. Read on for the top five reasons that definitely make a conference worth the money.
Conferences are one of the best ways to learn new things. Conferences will have the most up to date information on what’s going on in your industry. Great speakers are often experts in their fields and the best kind of people to learn from. Conferences are expensive but many times the lessons and information you learn from them are priceless to you and your employer. Many times conferences give you tools that can help improve your craft, whether that be selling more product for small business owners, learning new social media strategies for marketers or keeping abreast of industry trends to better advise your clients.
One of the best things about fun conferences? You get to meet and mingle with people in your field who you wouldn’t have the chance to know otherwise. This is especially helpful if you work for yourself or if you are the only one in your field where you work. Even if this isn’t the case, getting a fresh perspective can help further your career and help your company succeed. Make sure to take full advantage of this by attending social events like field trips and talking to people whenever you can. You never know when an introduction can change your career or even your life.
Another great thing about conferences is that they can be very inspiring. No matter what your line of work is, there is no greater feeling than being re-energized after a conference. Conferences are both fun and educational which is a great combination when it comes to be inspired about your career. When you work in the same industry for a long period of time, it can be easy to become bored of what you do for 40 hours each week and wonder about your purpose in your current role. A conference is a great way to start loving what you do again and learn new techniques to implement into your work.
4. Industry Updates
Next on your list is the opportunity to learn new things about your industry. New technologies, advancements in science, consumer trends, and other changes to your industry are things that most conferences will cover in some form or another. This can be very helpful to understand the way your industry is advancing. In many careers (such as IT, marketing, and small business) the industry seems to be changing almost constantly and attending conferences at least once a year is a good way to remain current and up to date. Be sure to drop by and talk to vendors during breaks and networking. They can tell you about new or upcoming products that can help you preform better than before and they might have some cool schwag too. Learning about what’s out there can also be helpful if you are looking to change careers or advance in your career because a conference will put you ahead of your peers.
One of the most important parts of conferences? They are fun!!! Although there are very serious parts of conferences, most conferences have events planned that are just for socializing and fun. Many conferences have very fun kickoff events as well as socials after the conference. Even if your conference doesn’t have one of these fun events, most conference speakers do the best they can to make their talks as interesting as they can. So, go have fun!
Lastly, if you are at a conference you are most likely in a new city. Go explore! If possible spend an extra day by leaving a day earlier or a day later than your conference dates to send time exploring the new city.
As you can see, there are many reasons to attend conference. What’s your favorite thing about attending conferences? Leave us a comment below!