This afternoon I am attending the 13th annual Wisdom Exchange, which for the first time is being held here in Ottawa … bonus!
I have always considered the name to be little “iffy”, and have received my fair share of jokes about me going to something called a “wisdom exchange” … I’m sure you can use your imagination!
There are a number of important points to make about this kind of thing:
1. First and foremost, I am not looking for things to do. In order for me to make time for this conference I need to take time away from other initiatives and plan this time into my crazy schedule.
2. If I am willing and able to do that, surely most people can find the time to invest in themselves.
3. I pick and choose the events that I attend carefully … again because time is such a precious commodity to me. So … this needs to be an event that brings me value and from which I can walk away with new ideas, new contacts, new perspectives. For you, any investment of time needs to provide a good return on your time investment.
4. Lifelong learning is something I have blogged about several times, and everybody needs to keep learning … even old ‘uns like me!
I head out with high expectations and will make the most of the opportunity by networking, renewing old acquaintances and getting some “staffing industry messages” out to the government people attending … in addition to learning some “stuff”. That is called time management or maybe I will coin the phrase … Maximising Return on Time Invested. I like that! Later!