When a company chooses to send multiple team members to a professional development conference, they are demonstrating their commitment to the success of their business and their faith in the people they send. The act alone says so much. If you’re one of a group of team members selected to attend a conference with your peers, you should take advantage of the opportunity to solidify your relationship with your team. Any time a relationship is strengthened, everything around it grows stronger too. You may come to the event as four separate individuals, but hopefully, you’ll aim to leave as one strong team.
Here are some tips for how you can maximize the experience and strengthen your team:
- Rely on each other. Share all of the notes, perceptions, and insights each of you gain during the event. Every team member will hear something different. That’s a plus! Use that difference of perspective to absorb even more information.
- Network as a team. Seek out other assistants who have come to the conference as a team. See if you can learn more about their experience both in the office and at the conference. Get their contact information so you can stay in touch with them after the event is officially over.
- Huddle at the end of every day. Use the end of the day to circle up as a team and discuss things while they are fresh in your mind. Listen to your team members and ask questions about what they heard and how they think your company could utilize tools and strategies learned during the conference.
- Take the time to get to know your team on a deeper level. Even though you work together every day, you may know very little about the team members with whom you travel to the conference. Seize the chance to get to know more about them and connect with them.
If you use the conference to not only grow as an individual but to grow as a team, your company will see an incredible return on their investment!