If you’re like me, you’re invited to attend dozens of professional growth and development events all year. Rather than trying to cram them all in, I recommend adding ONE event to your calendar. Not ten not even three, but one event. The right event offers so much value in one setting as well as provides resources and insight to set you on the right course in your own development and future.We all need to be challenged to see the bigger picture of the why of leadership Click To Tweet
Here are five things the right event gives you:
1. Big Picture Learning. We all need to be challenged to see the bigger picture of the why of leadership. What is our ultimate purpose and objective for our life, work, and ministry? We need to start all we do with a bigger lens, clarity of purpose, and laser focus on our end objective. The right event helps you clarify the bigger picture. Through worship, keynotes, and just experiencing an event, you walk away with a bigger vision that allows you to lead with passion and a compelling look at the future.
2. Networking. We need others. We need the shared experience of life and ministry. God never meant for us to do life alone. He created family, the church, and the blessing of being a part of a big faith family. The right event allows you to rub shoulders with people from many different places, with different gifts, different experiences, but with common purpose and mission. The right event provides you the opportunity to meet people personally, to hear their stories, to learn from them, and to walk away with new contacts and new friends to help you run the race God has called you to run with renewed focus.
3. Expert Advice. All of us need wise counsel no matter what season of life and work we are in. We need voices of wisdom to share with us insights, perspective, experience, and their own stories. The right event can provide a forum of wisdom and expertise in a trusted environment.We need the opportunity to listen and learn from the generations before us and those after us. Click To Tweet
4. Generational & Diversity Learning. We need the opportunity to learn from a diverse group of people. We need the opportunity to listen and learn from the generations before us and those after us. We need the insight of those from different ethnic backgrounds and experiences. We need to see the world as much bigger than our own geographical boundaries. The right event will allow you to do that over the course of a few days. It will require you to be intentional to engage but it can be the most impactful for your own development.
5. Personal Journaling. Finally, take in all the learning provided by a great event, but don’t miss the personal application to your own ministry. Write, write, and write some more. Capture your learning through taking personal notes, not just about what you are learning, but what God may be saying to you personally through the event experience. I am always amazed at how God can be so personal with us right in the middle of a room of people. God has his plans for you. His work for you to do. His calling on your life. While you learn and grow, be open to how God wants to shape you and work through you to magnify himself.
What event do you recommend that has been most impactful to you?
The one event I highly recommend for women is the national Women’s Leadership Forum. This event will provide you an amazing opportunity to do all the above and more.