Tomorrow I’ll be spending some time in, what can sometimes be, meeting hell. I’ve got (actually I booked it for my team) an online conference to attend. If not managed properly, or if you’re not the target audience for one of these, it’s a complete waste of time..and hence, meeting hell.
But, if you are blessed with an awesome presenter and are into the content, then they’re one of the best, cost efficient ways for you and your team to benefit from the knowledge presented.
So here’s the three cool things about (don’t call the webinars, please) online conferences:
- Group learning. This is cool because your entire team shares in the same learning experience, and should have the same context when trying to implement any knowledge gained. Questions from the group can be queued through the presentation software and answered by the presenter in the closing Q&A session.
- Team building. An online conference is a great way to connect with disparate team members or colleges who are not normally part of your daily work.
- It’s not part of your regular grind. A good online conference can force you to drill down into one aspect of your work, often on a detail level that you don’t normally get to when you’re simply executing and moving on to the next task. And these things are a great break from the regular 9–5.