One of the lessons I will take from 2017 is a reminder of the importance of making time to invest in my own learning and growth.
As a speaker and author, my job is to facilitate and inspire learning for others. My work forces me to continuously learn to stay relevant, but I realized that it had been a long while since I’d really allowed myself to be a student.
So, I took advantage of a few opportunities last year to do so.
The experiences helped me not only to learn new things but to challenge my perspectives and opinions in key ways. I was stretched and challenged.
And, I met some amazing people who shared these experiences with me.
It was invigorating.
That’s why I’d like to encourage you to give that same gift to yourself in 2018. And, if you need some ideas, below are two experiences I would highly recommend based on my experience (including how to get a discount on early registrations).
The highlight for me last year was attending Futurist Camp. It was an awesome experience.
For starters, it’s hosted by the amazing and incomparable, Rebecca Ryan. Rebecca has taught me so much over the past decade that I can honestly say that just the opportunity to hang out with Rebecca for a few days is worth the price of Camp. She will make you better.
Beyond that, you will learn the skills of Strategic Foresight, the mechanics behind how legit Futurists help organizations and leaders to make sense of and prepare for the future. Whether you are a leader, entrepreneur, consultant, or community activist, Futurist Camp will give you tools to dramatically improve the impact of your work. And the learning isn’t isolated to camp. For six months following camp, there are monthly webinars and coaching support available to you as you work to apply your new skills.
As if that isn’t enough, Futurist Camp is held at an actual camp. Camp Wandawega in Elkhorn, Wisconsin, to be precise. Class time, meals and discussion are all held outside under a tent or a canopy of trees. There is recreational time built in to each day’s schedule to nourish your body and soul while you nourish your brain. And, the food is amazing (like blow-your-mind amazing).
It’s great learning wrapped in an amazing, unique experience. If thinking better about the future would benefit you, get to camp.
But wait, there’s more. Use the code WantaWanda2018 to register before February 28, 2018, and receive 20% off the regular registration price!
Last year was my first trip to WorkHuman. This event, hosted by the technology company Globoforce, was one that I’d had on my radar since it’s inception several years ago. As someone who thinks every day about how to make work more a more human experience for employees, just the concept of this event had strong appeal for me.
The 2018 edition of WorkHuman looks like it could be a pretty epic opportunity to learn and find inspiration for those who share my passion for human workplaces. For starters, Brené Brown is speaking. If you aren’t familiar with her work, go watch some of her Ted Talks. Her work is profoundly important and it will change your life. Like Michelle Obama did last year, Brene Brown alone makes this event worth the trip.
In addition to Brene, you can also hear presentations from some people who have had tremendously influenced my thinking including Adam Grant, Simon Sinek, David Rock, and Cy Wakeman. And, that’s just the start of what you’ll find on the agenda at this event. It’s content rich.
WorkHuman is also where I’ll be sharing for the first time a new presentation based on the content from my upcoming book, Unlocking High Performance. So while I do have a little work to do while I’m there, during the rest of the event, I’ll be sitting beside you scribbling notes and chatting about what we learned. I hope you’ll join me.
Click here to register and learn more. You can save $100 off your registration by using the code WH18INF-JLA. And here’s an insider tip, registration prices go up on Jan 1, so don’t put this off.
Invest in yourself in 2018. Set aside at least a little time next year to invest in your learning and growth.
You are worth it. And you deserve it.
P.S. If you have you any great learning experiences you’d recommend highly, please share them with me. I’m looking for some good options for 2018.