Last Saturday I attended Manchester Entrepreneur’s annual WhatNext? Conference.
A day full of guest speakers, workshops and networking (of course followed by a night out in Manchester).
You could probably find a different event to go to every weekend if you really wanted to. But would it be worth it? What’s the point in attending these events?
I have a couple of reasons.
1 – Immerse yourself
Events like this are a great way to be part of the community. Spend a day surrounded by like-minded people, talking about your passion.
You will truly discover if it’s something you like; if you get bored, it’s not for you.
When your business is your ‘side project’, it’s a great way to commit some time to it and get away from your day-to-day routine.
2 – Listen, learn and question
Many people might think that events can become repetitive, hearing the same thing over and over. Personally, I don’t agree. Yes, people might talk about the same topic, but they won’t always agree and you won’t always agree. The more you listen, the more you will form your own opinions and soon you will reach the point where you are able to challenge people or suggest alternatives.
3 – It’s fun
Let’s face it, I have fun at these events! I don’t necessarily go just to meet new people or learn new things, I also go just to enjoy myself.
I had a great time in Manchester and will be sure to return again, maybe one day as a speaker 😉
(Too see what happened, check this out! http://www.playbyplay.io/whatnext16/)