Big news from the Gregory household! My wife Amy is now a published author. Just over a year ago, Amy woke up in the middle of the night several days in a row with this recurring dream. After a few days, she just got out of bed and started writing it down. 2 weeks later she had a full length novel, and she found her true passion in life! In the months since, she has written 2 more novels and signed with a publisher. Her first effort is a 4 book series and she is writing the fourth book now. Racing To Love, Carter’s Treasure published on 6/7, and books 2, 3 and 4 will publish in 2013. Needless to say we are all very proud! Check it out at http://amzn.to/Q4yBHb , and you can like her facebook page at http://on.fb.me/LLTghx. If you are interested in an autographed copy, send me an email!
Have you attended a conference lately? I attend IT conferences regularly and find them invaluable. As I meet with my colleagues from around the country, I get a clear vision of the changes ahead both near term and long term in technology and in business. A friend of mine, Jason Camis, Executive Director of the Paola Chamber of Commerce, sent this note to me and I thought it was worth sharing:
During the past 3 weeks I have been fortunate enough to attend not one, but two conferences/courses. I say fortunate because I was taught early in my career that there is real value in learning more about my field of work and keeping up on current trends in the industry.
My first boss out of college emphasized that participation and attendance at local/regional/state/national events was not something to take lightly. Because in most cases my employer (including city governments, nonprofits and my own business) was paying for the trip, I had a responsibility to bring back ideas that could be implemented over time.
As someone who is an ‘idea’ guy, I love hearing and seeing what people are doing across the country. There isn’t an industry I know of that doesn’t have a conference, educational course or professional development seminar that is worth going to (when I owned my coffee shop I once attended a coffee convention!). And while budgets can be tight, the long-term value of continuing your education is worth far more than the cost, even if you pay for it yourself. I encourage you to read this article that further emphasizes this importance. It might even be something you share with your employer the next time you want to expand your knowledge.
I have always found that the right conferences return much more value than the cost of travel and time out of the office!