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Tuesday
Sep272005

Getting the most from David Allen's RoadMap seminar?

This Friday I'll be attending David Allen's GTD | The RoadMap seminar in Boston (if you'll be there, please ), and I'm trying to prepare so as to get the most out of it. Following are some tips from two sources that I thought were smart; I'd love to hear any additional ideas from you.

First, here are some tips from Jason Womack:
  • Do your research - In Learn more, faster, he recommends thorough research before the event.
  • Arrive Early - Meet the staff!
  • Move around the room at each break - He suggests asking people if it's OK to switch seats. One gets a different experience from each location.
  • Don't feel the need to write too much - This seminar goes fast, and others have blogged about it in some detail.
  • Stay open - Some people tune out when they hear something that sounds like it doesn't apply to them. If that situation occurs: a) ask yourself why you don't want it to apply, and b) search for a way for it to apply. Connect the parable/story to something you've experienced, or might experience. Stay an active and engaged listener.
  • Bring 150 business cards, and try not to go home with any.
There was also some great advice from Getting the Most Out of Attending Conferences:
  • Choose carefully - talk to someone who has previously attended.
  • Combine travel with other events/possibilities in area.
  • Decide successful outcome - reflect on goals and objectives.
  • Be an active listener - listen for nuggets of information that you can use. Look for easy-to-implement high-impact ideas.
  • Bring questions/problems for Q/A, and introduce yourself when asking.
  • Make contact with the presenter after the session is over.
  • Socialize - Never eat alone. Collect and pass out business cards, but be discriminating, jot a reminder note on the back, and follow up afterwards.
  • Follow up - call locals on attendees list you didn't meet.
  • Share within your organization - let others know what you learned (basic overview, plus learnings).

Did these miss any of your favorites?

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