Your reservations are all set. You’ve booked your room.
Your bags are packed, and you’re ready to drive to the airport… or maybe you’re just driving directly to the event.
You’ve arranged to take time off from work and spend it away from your family. And of course, you’ve set the money aside for your expenses and to invest in everything you need.
You’re really looking forward to attending this upcoming event, aka “bootcamp,” where you’re going to learn… what, exactly?
As a veteran self-professed “Seminar Junkie,” I’ve attended countless events, summits, and bootcamps. I’ve invested well into six figures in my education, and had the pleasure of meeting way more people than I can possibly remember, some of whom I’m still friends with to this day. I’m happy to say that I’ve applied what I’ve learned from these events and made a very good life for myself & my family.
But what never ceases to amaze me is how many people just don’t DO anything with what they learn at these great events, despite the monumental sacrifices they’ve made in order to attend them.
And since you’re reading this, I’m sure you don’t want that to be YOU. You don’t want to become “just another statistic,” right? So if you don’t mind, I’m going to give you some killer tips on how you can get the MOST out of the next event you’re about to attend, and the one after that, and the one after that…and so on!
If you read and actually USE these tips, you’ll get a MUCH higher return on your investment of time and money, I can guarantee you that.
These tips are based on YEARS of personal observation and application, and are proven to not only work, but also save you a lot of frustration, heartache, headaches, and of course time & money.
Ready? Let’s go!
BEFORE YOU GO THERE
Before you actually GO to the event, make sure you pack what you need. Take the right clothes. The appropriate attire is business casual. You want to look like a business person, not like a bum. You will be meeting and networking with other professional people here, so it’s important to make the right impression. If you show up wearing shorts & sandals, you’re not taking yourself seriously, so why should anyone else?
So find the right attire that’s still comfortable.
Also, be sure to bring a jacket, sweater, pullover, etc. because it can get pretty damn COLD in those meeting rooms!
Next, make sure you bring something to take NOTES. I suggest a simple notebook or even a pad of paper & a few pens. Don’t always count on the event holder to provide this for you, although many will.
Make Sure Your Trip is Properly Planned & Organized.
Flights, car rentals, hotel reservations may not be needed if the event you’re attending is close to you, but if it’s not, you’re going to need to have all those things lined up ahead of time, locked down, and confirmed. Of course, a car rental may not even be needed, because these days, we have Uber!
If you’re going out of town, it’s usually a great idea to stay at the same hotel as the event, but if that’s just not possible because there’s no rooms available (book early next time!) of if your budget will scream, then find the closest cheap hotel to the event that you can & find a way to get between the two (Uber). Or if you must, then maybe even split the cost of a hotel room with someone you know, like, and trust.
What Do You Intend to Learn/Get Out of This Event?
This is where most people drop the ball. They just don’t think about this, and simply rely on the event organizers to provide everything for them. And while that IS an option (the lazy one), it’s usually not the best one.
Here’s a better idea: Ask yourself, “What do I want to get out of attending this event?” Write that down in the same notebook you’re going to use to take notes while you’re there.
Think long and hard about this if you must, but don’t overlook this step. By creating the intention, you’re programming your brain to look for what it is that you want, while at the same time allowing yourself to still be open to new ideas and possibilities.
For example, if you tell yourself that you want to meet someone who can help you get more leads, or find your next Private Lender to help you fund your deals, your brain will go to work FOR you to look out for the right people…and hopefully guide you to say the right things to them.
If you tell yourself that you want to attend this event to learn the right tactics, strategies, and ideas you need to succeed, you’re already ahead of the game, because you’re telling yourself that this is what you want to get or learn, and you already have a much higher probability of accomplishing that.
Of course, if you go to the event with a specific set of questions you want/need answered, make sure you get those questions answered before the event is over, so that you can get what you need.
How To Learn and Remember Everything You Can
Depending on the event you’re attending, there’s going to be a ton of information given. Remember: Just ONE single, solitary idea you get and use can drastically change your life for the better! So let’s make sure you don’t miss it.
With that in mind, I’ve created a Top
10 11 Tips to help insure that you learn and retain as much as possible…
1. Get a Good Night’s Rest.
Every night you’re there, and especially the night before the event. If you’re tired, you can’t focus.
2. Show Up to the Event EARLY Every Day!
Get up early, get your shower, and be there within the time of the event registration, which is usually about an hour before the event starts. This will help you get your mind in the game, meet some new people, get a good seat, and just be ready for the day.
3. Eating Tips to Keep Your Energy & Focus UP:
a. If you eat breakfast, make it very light.
b. Don’t Drink Too Much Coffee.
c. Drink Lots of Water.
d. Do NOT eat a big lunch!
In fact, don’t eat any CARBS at lunch. Why? Because a heavy meal will make you tired, slow, and mentally dull. If you must eat lunch, have a salad & maybe some protein. And stay AWAY from sugar! If you eat the wrong things, your blood sugar levels will spike up then crash down, leaving you tired as hell. And when you’re tired, you can’t think or focus, and you’ll miss out on some potentially vital information.
4. Take Good NOTES.
Here are few great tips I use myself that I personally recommend you consider adapting:
In your notebook, have ONE page dedicated to writing down RESOURCES you hear about, such as websites, books, people, etc.
Have another page for writing down IDEAS that you get or have given to you, such as “test this” or something that’s working for someone else.
Have another page dedicated to ACTION STEPS you’re going to take either during or immediately AFTER the event. This is a vital step, because it will help you put plans & ideas into action & hit the ground running!
You can have another page dedicated to QUESTIONS you want to ask – either of yourself or the people teaching the event. If you have questions, it’s up to YOU to get them answered. Find out HOW the teachers of the event will allow you to ask your questions, and follow that policy. If they don’t answer them that way, then ambush them at the next break if you must! (Just don’t tell them I told you to do that lol)
OH, and speaking of NOTES: Make sure you REVIEW your notes at the end of every day AND about one week AFTER the event is over. Numerous studies have shown that this will really help you retain all that information long-term.
5. Keep an Open Mind.
Can’t emphasize this enough. Even though you may be looking for specific things while you’re there, be sure to allow yourself to learn valuable NEW ideas. Channel your inner child. Remember when you were a kid in elementary school, and you still really enjoyed learning? Allow yourself to feel like that again! You might just discover something so new & cool that has a tremendously positive effect on your life.
6. Be Present.
It’s so tempting to let your mind drift…to think about whatever crap may be happening back home or at work. Do the best you can to stay focused and present – in the moment of where you are and who you’re with. You might just be sitting next to or near that one person who you can help or can help you.
7. Use the Bathroom at Every Break.
Even if you don’t have to. You don’t want to get up in the middle of a session to go pee-pee. And be sure to wash your hands! 🙂 Especially for this next tip…
8. Shake a Lot of Hands
These days, it seems like everyone is waiting for someone ELSE to take the first step to introduce themselves. Don’t be that person. Don’t be shy. Now is not the time. Just remember these simple words, “Hi, my name is XXXXX. It’s nice to meet you!”
9. Ask Lots of Questions.
But do it in a nice & friendly way. Don’t attack someone. Be curious to learning more about others.
10. Exchange Business Cards.
Here’s a big one. When you exchange business cards with someone, WRITE SOMETHING DOWN on their card that will jog your memory about this person. Since you’ll be meeting a lot of people (hopefully), it’s easy to forget a lot of people after the event is over. That’s why it’s a great idea to write down something special about them so you can remember them later.
11. Make Action-Oriented PLANS.
There’s nothing more powerful than booking an appointment, setting a reminder to DO something specific on a certain day, etc., and then DOING it when the time comes.
Use the power of your smartphone’s calendar to do that. Insert the details of what needs to be done. And when the time comes to do it, JUST DO IT! Don’t think too hard. Just take action. Just that one, small tip will make the difference for you.
So those are my Top 11 Killer Tips of How to Get The Most Out of Any Event You Attend.
They’ve made a HUGE difference for me, and if you use them, I can promise the same – or better – results for you.
But please – don’t just take my word for it. Try them out yourself, and see how they work for you. And if you have any tips, ideas, or suggestions you’d like to add to this list, I’d love to hear them in the comment section below!
Hoping To Shake YOUR Hand At An Event Soon,
(UPDATE: Now revised to: I’m hoping to “bump elbows” with you at an event soon),
I originally wrote this article in October 2019.
I’m now updating it in April 2020, in the middle of the Coronavirus Pandemic crap.
So much has changed in just a short time. SO, with this in mind, let me just update things a bit for you…
First, you MAY now be able to attend events virtually, without even leaving the comfort of your own home. No travel. No planes, trains, or automobiles. If that’s the case, GREAT! Take advantage and save yourself some of the associated travel costs. This is a fantastic opportunity.
Here’s a few things to keep in mind if you’re attending an event virtually so that you still get the maximum benefit:
So those are the new updated tips I have for you in the Coronavirus era.
We’ll have to make do until the world gets back to “normal” (whatever TF that means lol).
Oh, and I should say that if we still have to be “socially distant,” I promise to try not to be “emotionally” distant! 🙂