I've just returned from the 25th annual Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP) conference at Royal Holloway, Egham. It was truly inspiring and I have come away with lots of new contacts and tonnes of ideas that will help me develop my business.
Often the buzz and invigoration of a conference can be short-lived. So how do you ensure that you maintain the energy and actually implement those new ideas?
1. As soon as you get back, go through the notes you made at the conference and create a wish list of the actions you'd like to take. It's important that this is a wish list and not a to-do list at this stage. Once you've captured all the ideas, you can then begin to prioritise them.
2. Go through the delegate list and make contact with the people you met through your social media networks. Now is also the time to email or phone particular contacts of interest. Reintroduce yourself and remind them of any conversations you had, particularly if there were any actions you needed to take as a result of your chat.
3. Now, go back to your wish list and start breaking down your goals into realistic action points that you can incorporate into your work schedule.
In about a month, you should return to your wish list and your action list (it's important to remind yourself of your original ideas as well as your more concrete plans) so you can re-evaluate where you are and whether any of your priorities have shifted.
What do you do after a conference to help maintain your momentum?