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How to get the most out of a seminar

Your time is precious. How many seminars have you attended in the past 12 months? What have you learnt? How have you improved based on what you have learnt? The key to improvement is application. The challenge is there are many areas that need improvement.

Here’s my secret time management tip: I only take away one actionable item from each seminar. Yes, there usually are many good things that I learn. From all of them, I choose one to act upon. For a number of years, I have attended a monthly professional development seminar. It does not matter whether the speaker is local or international, famous or unknown. What matters is the topic. It should be something that I know fairly little about but is still connected to my profession.

The less I know about a topic, the easier it is to pick one takeaway to start practicing. After a number of years, it has become much harder to find even one actionable to-do. For the past few seminars, I have left without a single takeaway. That is the signal for me to move on to another professional networking group. Now, that’s a takeaway.

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