As I prepare for art-marketing workshops in Pennsylvania and Delaware this coming week, I thought I’d share some advice that I give to my workshop participants.
Use these tips for any workshop, seminar, or class you attend. After all, you paid good money.
1. Do your homework. Research the presenters and their topics. If they have a blog, leave comments and mention the upcoming event. I’m always delighted when my workshop participants start appearing on my blog. It shows they’re tuned in. You can also start following presenters on Twitter, liking their pages on Facebook, and signing up for their newsletters.
2. Get plenty of sleep. You need to be well rested in order to absorb as much as possible. Presenters can only do so much of the work. Your heart and brain have to meet them halfway.
3. Arrive with an open mind. If you come with a bunch of excuses as to why something can’t be done, you might as well stay home. I’m a hard-ass about this. Presenters will show you what’s possible, but you have to believe.
4. Come prepared to learn and implement. Be excited about getting new information or having previous knowledge confirmed. Then, get ready to implement what is right for you after the workshop. After all, it doesn’t help to learn a bunch of stuff and never use the knowledge.
5. Be ready to meet other people (code: Network). Workshops and seminars offer a terrific opportunity for you to expand your web of friends. Everyone is there for the same reason. You all share a common goal, although the means to achieving that goal will vary. Bring your business cards, your portfolio (just in case), and share, share, share! Don’t be afraid to offer a handshake and introduce yourself to someone you’ve never met. You never know where it might lead.
6. Set realistic expectations. No single workshop is going to give you everything you need. Even if it did, you still have to be responsible for making sense of all the information. Promise yourself that you will absorb as much as possible without being stressed about implementing every idea right away.