As a leader you probably find yourself attending many meetings, conferences, retreats, and networking events. These external connections serve a crucial function in your role as a spokesperson — and learner — on behalf of your organization.
Sometimes I find myself in a season of back-to-back events that reflect commitments I have made to speak, sponsor, or support others in their leadership efforts. It’s tempting to go through the motions: to step out of the meeting to find a quiet place with an internet connection so I can jump on a conference call with people who are elsewhere, or attend to other pressing work.
Last week I was in Hong Kong. In the next two weeks I will be in Ethiopia and Amsterdam. I’ll be with an amazing group of talented creatives and digital strategists at Indigitous events.
It is quite possible to squander these opportunities to learn and grow. I want to avoid that mistake.
Today I’m in Poland at the Jesus.net Conference. The program guide contains an excellent tool, adapted from Steve Moore of MissioNexus, to help leverage events for maximum learning. I want to share these with you.
Five Questions to Maximize Your Learning Experience
1. What is the most important IDEA I need to CONSIDER?
2. What is the most important RELATIONSHIP I need to PURSUE?
3. What is the most important CONVERSATION I need to HAVE?
4. What is the most important DECISION I need to MAKE?
5. What is the most important ACTION I need to TAKE?
What tips would you add?