WARNING: I’m on a rant…
I’m talking specifically about business people and entrepreneurs who don’t attend business conferences…especially when it’s in your own back yard!
For entrepreneurs in Maine- there IS one in your own back yard…next week!
Southern Maine Community College is hosting their 2nd annual Launch or Grow Small Business Conference next Friday, January 31st.
Last year, this was a sold-out event.?? Sadly, this year’s early registrations are lagging. I don’t like to share that news, but it’s indicative of an attitudinal shift I’ve noticed lately, and it would be irresponsible of me not to comment.
Whether this event or any other, again sadly, I talk to way too many business people who do not attend even one conference or development related event a year.
Here are some the most common excuses…
1) “It’s not in the budget.”
Well- it should be!
With the access you have to training both in person and online, there is NO reason not to engage in some developmental activity on a regular basis.
2) “It’s too expensive.”
Well- that’s relative to the value to receive.
However- that’s NO excuse when it comes to the SMCC event! They’re charging $95 for an ENTIRE DAY of sessions and training with nearly 20 area business leaders!
If you can’t afford that…you should seriously reassess your business.
3) “I can’t take the time.”
Well- your competitors are!
I love this last excuse- especially when I hear it from one of my competitors or industry peers. I hope they won’t take the time…I will!
I travel all over the country teaching business people how to THINK Like a BLACK BELT. I can tell you that there are lots of people investing time and money attending conferences that make them better business people.
They are your competitors!
Nearly every place I speak for associations, I meet people who have traveled to that conference from Maine. Now you’ve got the chance to attend a remarkable conference right here at home.
More than ANY other investment of money or time, your investment in training and development is the most important determining factor in your success. Ignore it and it becomes the single most devastating factor in your failure.