If you want your business to be successful you need to invest time and training in YOU. Attending seminars, workshops and conferences is a great way to network and learn about the tools of success. So whether you are attending workshops with Chris Howard or Toby Travanner or an overseas guest such as Anthony Robbins there are etiquette rules that you should adhere to.
- Always RSVP and send your deposit as soon as possible. Be professional and make it a priority to keep your commitment to attending the event. Remember to read “the fine print” when you sign up, as some deposits are non-refundable. Don’t expect the sponsor to make a special exception for you.
- If you must cancel, call at least a week in advance so the organisers can fill your spot. If you wait until the day of the event, you will deprive someone else of attending, even if there is a waiting list.
- Arrive early. It is disruptive to the entire room when you come in late. Allow an extra half hour minimum of travel time.
- Make every effort to attend the entire workshop or event. If you must leave early, inform the trainer before the session. Do not expect special attention from the trainer because you choose to leave.
- Don’t assume you will be supplied with pens, papers and water. Unless otherwise stated bring your own supplies.
- Turn off all mobile phones.
- The workshop is not all about you so be sensitive to the other attendees.
- Do not hog question time by asking questions specific only to you. The trainer’s time needs to be shared amongst all.
- Do not tell stories upon stories about your situation.
- No side conversations. It’s rude to talk to your neighbor while the trainer is speaking unless you’re working in pairs and talking is necessary. Even then, keep it down.
Remember workshops and seminars are a place to communicate and make contact with others who are your entrepreneurs. So how you present yourself is a direct reflection of your business.