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Post Conference Blues – Get Your Buzz Back

Have you attended a conference recently for business or pleasure?

Don’t you love how exciting they are?

Meeting new people, making great connections, strong discussions, innovative ideas and the differing perspectives…

What a buzz they create in the mind!

Your brain overflowing with concepts to test and processes to implement. New visions and goals for the future. You return home. Exhausted but thrilled.

Then you fall flat.

The buzz leaves as you re-enter your standard working day. The usual grind leaves you feeling like you never escaped.

You’ve got the post conference blues.

How To Recapture The Buzz

You want to maximise the benefits of attending the conference. You want to recapture the buzz. You want to actually do something with your new knowledge.

How can you do it?

1. Start by reading over your notes and ideas written down or recorded during the conference. I’m not sure about you but post conference everything seems to be automatically wiped from my brain.

Last week I attended the Artful Business Conference, a two day event in Brisbane hosted by the lovely Elle Roberts of Creative Business Co. It was brilliant. I have a book full of inspiration.

But when someone rang me the first night and asked what was covered I couldn’t answer. Please don’t see this as a reflection of Elle and the awesome speakers. It’s simply the way my brain copes with information overload.

That’s why I make copious notes. I don’t want to forget anything and neither should you. Does your brain work the same?

2. Set short-term goals related to your learning and TAKE ACTION! After her presentation at the conference, Jess Van Den of Epheriell Designs, insisted we set a 30 day goal and share it.

My 30 day goal is to create two strategic partnerships with awesome complimentary businesses.

Have you set your goal?

At the two-day Entrepreneurs event hosted by The Entourage everything focused on application and implementation.

Why make the investment if you are not going to use it?

3. Make follow up contact with all the new people you met. Try to help them towards their goals in some way. It doesn’t need to be a grand gesture, everything counts. You never know the positive impact you might make.

Carolyn Chambers of Four Zero was so thoughtful and kind at and following the Artful Business Conference. I hope that one day I can repay her generosity of spirit.

If you aren’t yet sure how you can help ask questions and genuinely listen to the answers. You never know where the new connection could lead. A lifelong friendship, a business partnership, a mastermind group, mentoring or even sales. All of them are equally wonderful.

Small business ownership can be a lonely journey especially as a solopreneur or the first person in your family to pursue entrepreneurship. There is a reason you connected with particular people at the conference – they are amazing. Surround yourself with these amazing people and support each other to grow and achieve your goals.

How Can I Help YOU?

If you’ve recently been to a conference or have goals you are working towards please share them in the comments.

I would love to help you and we can hold each other accountable.

Let’s get THE BUZZ back!


Post Conference Blues – Get Your Buzz Back first appeared on Better Business Better Life. Copyright 2012.

13 Responses to Post Conference Blues – Get Your Buzz Back

  1. Caylie I was blown away by the Artful Business Conference too! I must admit I didn’t reach overload until I went to another Con the following Saturday – yes I know I’m nuts, all I can say is “FREE TICKET”.

    One thing I did on my way travels back home, which has helped me stay focused and digest all that I learnt, was to journal all that I learned, what changes I need to make, write log to do lists etc. This has really helped me beat the blues and keep up the buzz.


    • Hi Christine,
      Thank you so much for your comment. The Artful Business Conference was AMAZING!!
      Four consecutive days of conference with a flight in the middle and four hours driving after was all my brain could take.
      I completely support your ideas – I actually took some extra leave so I could do exactly that.
      Best wishes,

  2. Hi Caylie,

    Thanks, that is a great post. There was certainly lots of information. I took lots of notes too, because I absorb the info better that way, even though I knew I could back later and watch the videos (which I will do).
    I hope you have recovered from all your travels, enjoy the weekend.


    • Hi Meg,
      It was so lovely to meet you face to face at Artful.
      Taking notes also help me take in information. I can’t wait to have access to fast enough internet to watch the sessions.
      What was your number one takeaway from the event?
      Best wishes,

    • Hi Belin,
      Thank you so much for reading my blog and linking to it.
      Boy oh boy I have lots of ideas and tasks to do from ABC!
      Cheers, Caylie

  3. Taking action is the biggest point for me. Sometimes you come back from conferences and like you said with a swirling brain andI need to review my notes a few days after and create that plan. Thanks for sharing.

    • Hi Tara,
      Totally agree. It’s so easy to spend considerable amounts of money on conferences but not implement any of the learnings.
      Thanks for visiting.

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