It’s workshop/retreat/conference season.
(Oh, you didn’t know there was a season for these things? Well, fall is it. Something about kids going back to school and adults feeling like they should probably do the same.)
Five years ago, telesummits, e-courses, online workshops, virtual insert-creative-synonym-for-workshop-here were all the rage. And people raged. Raise your hand if you ever participated in one of those online classes?
And tell me, how much of that class did you check your email, refresh Facebook, pay your bills, and multi-task?
Guilty as charged. (Don’t worry. I did it, too.)
Which is why I’m begging you, imploring you, holding your hand and shaking it vigorously: do yourself a favor and sign up for an in-person class.
You’ll be more engaged.
Stuck for two hours/two days in a room with 11-200 other people who are similarly enraptured humans? You’ll be less likely to check Facebook, pay your bills, and ignore the speaker (because what if she calls on you and you were writing love notes to your crush? THE SHAME!).
2. You get more bang for your buck.
Live workshops mean that you’re in a conference room (or studio or…) for an allotted amount of time. Instead of taking all the time on your own to write your sales page/formulate a marketing plan/design your logo, you literally have no other distractions to prevent you from getting your task done. Try sitting at home and doing all that with Netflix just a click away. #FAIL
3. You get a real life, built-in community.
People to giggle or guffaw with, have cocktails with, drink wine after class with. Not just tweets of encouragement and internet high-fives (I mean, what’s more awesome than REAL LIFE, FULL-BODY HIGH FIVES?!).
So what are you waiting for? Sounds like it’s time to find a workshop/conference/retreat that fills you up.
Lauren Caselli is a workshop and retreat planner for small businesses and entrepreneurs who want to attract their dream clients and create a supportive and creative community around their products and services. She can be found (in September 2015) on her website lenaandaggy.com or on Instagram @lenaandaggy (beware. There will be glitter). Need a workshop planned? Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.