During the 20 years I was a classroom teacher I attended numerous training programs. Most of them were 2 or 3 day events, but during the last 5 years of my employment the trainings were usually 5 days long. Most of the time they were within an hour or so driving distance from my home, and I was paid my regular salary during this time. The school disctrict also paid for the substitute teacher who was in my class while I was at the conference, the cost of the event, and some money was reimbursed for my mileage.
These events were excellent for getting teachers out of the classroom and into a setting where we could share our experiences, learn new teaching methods, and just bond together because of our common interest. I was given many awards during my teaching career that I attribute directly to what I learned and who I connected with at these events.
During this same time I worked as a real estate broker and residential appraiser. We were also required to attend conferences as part of our license renewal every four years. These trainings were typically in another part of the state, or in another state if we were attending a national convention or a federally funded program. This was paid for with my own money, including the cost of the conference, the travel to and from the event, and my hotel and meal expenses.
It was at these events that I met other appraisers and realtors who often referred work to me in my local area and who also taught me things I used to build my business that I would not have learned otherwise. I would not have earned near the money I did without these connections and training.
Now I work exclusively on the Internet. I started attending online marketing conferences in 2007 as part of my plan to build a profitable business. I knew that I had become a better and more knowledgeable teacher because of the time I spent out of the classroom at these events. I had been more successful in my real estate business for the same reason. It made sense that I would be able to jumpstart my success on the Internet and achieve more by attending these events as well.
What about you? Will 2010 be the year you get out from behind your computer and give yourself the advantage of learning from and connecting with others who have the knowledge and experience to help you grow? Join me, along with Dr. Jeanette Cates, Suzan Schmitt, and another teacher we are soon to be revealing to you, at the Online Revenue Workshop in Las Vegas. We have kept the cost affordable and the training will be of the highest caliber. I hope to meet you there January 22-24.