We live in a world where information is available at the tips of our fingers (using computers and smartphones) - this accessibility may make people less enthusiastic about attending a professional conference. Why spend hundreds (and potentially thousands) of dollars on traveling, hotel, and registration fees when google.com can do all of the hard work for you, and spit back results in 0.02 seconds.
Personally, I've had the opportunity to go to 3 conferences in the past 4 months. In October of 2015, I travelled to Nashville, Tennessee for the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo (#FNCE). I also attended the Greater Seattle Dietetic Association's Fall Conference. Last month, I traveled to Baltimore, Maryland for the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Convention/US Youth Soccer Workshop (#bmorenscaa) to speak on nutrition as well as learn as a soccer coach.
Afterwards, I began to think about the different ways that attending a professional event can impact your life in positive ways:
The truth of the matter is that there are so many local, state, national and international conferences to attend. Set a goal to attend at least one event a year (if possible) and work to see if your job-site will cover you. My payment back for attending FNCE is that I develop a presentation for my co-workers. It's a win-win - I learn new things, I develop a presentation (covering multiple topics), and I eventually present this information. This improves my skills as a speaker, and also keeps me up to date with the latest and greatest information.
Are there any other ways that attending a conference can have a positive impact? Leave a comment and let's hear it
Angel Planells MS, RDN CD is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist residing in Seattle, Washington. He specializes in lifecycle nutrition, sports nutrition, and weight management.