Short Thoughts

The Real Value of Attending Events

When you attend an event, you’re not just there to listen to the speaker. The real value lies in the conversations you have with other attendees and the network you build from there.

In fact, I’d argue that listening to the speaker is overrated. Sure, you might learn a few new things, but you’re more likely to get the most out of an event by talking to other people.

Why? Because other attendees are going to be facing the same challenges as you are. They’re going to have the same questions and the same goals. And they’re going to have the same insights and the same experiences.

So when you talk to other attendees, you’re not just networking. You’re also getting access to a wealth of knowledge and experience that you can’t find anywhere else.

Of course, not all events are created equal. If you’re going to attend an event, make sure it’s one where you’re going to meet people who are like-minded and who can help you achieve your goals.

But if you do that, you’ll be amazed at how much value you can get from attending events.

Here’s an example:

Let’s say you’re an entrepreneur who’s looking to raise money for your startup. You could attend an event where Elon Musk is a speaker. You’d probably learn a few new things, but you’re more likely to make new connections that can help you raise money.

That’s because other attendees at that event are going to be investors, venture capitalists, and other people who have money to invest in startups. So if you can talk to them and build relationships with them, you’re much more likely to get the funding you need for your business.

So what’s the takeaway?

The next time you’re thinking about attending an event, don’t just focus on the speaker. Focus on the attendees. Because those are the people who are going to help you get the most out of the event.

Focus on what matters.

Attending events is a great way to learn new things, network with other professionals, and stay up-to-date on the latest trends in your industry. But if you want to get the most out of your event experience, focus on the people you meet, not just the speakers.

I hope this helps!

What are your thoughts on this?
Do you agree that the real value of attending events is in the attendees? Share your thoughts in the comments below.