What does an average day look like for you?
I tend to cram more into my schedule than I can do. From 6 AM to 11 PM I zoom from one thing to the next always feeling rushed often feeling like I am in a race. And I am not alone.
Most of us have days like this. Some of us have days that are crazier than mine. On the one hand, this is great. We are getting a lot done. We are not missing anything. We are moving the bar ever higher.
On the other hand, it is easy to get caught up. Easy to get sucked into things that do not matter. Easy to feel overwhelmed. Easy to miss out on better opportunities.
Our members are like us in this way. Many of our members are high-achieving professionals with insanely busy work and personal lives. They too get caught up in the frantic pace of everyday life.
So some members think of their time at conferences as the only time of the year they are out of the office and away from the fray. The time at the conference is special, and it is valuable because this is their:
- Time to think
- Time to reflect
- Time to be strategic
Imagine! This could be the only time they have for deep thinking, reflecting, and planning.
This need for quiet time is in direct opposition to our need to show the value of the event. So often we pack the conference schedule from sun up to sundown. How can we cave out more downtime, or more time for high-level strategic conversations, more opportunities for introspection, or more time for reflection?