There are thousands of conferences, across all industries, every year. With so many occurring, some professionals do not see the benefit of attending more than one or two. Aside from the assorted range of topics, there are several reasons all professionals should attend conferences as often as possible. Networking – Industry conventions are a perfect opportunity to do some networking. People travel across the country to attend these events, so have your business cards handy and be ready to make a lot of new connections. Inspiration – Different personalities, skill sets, and interests make way for a diverse set of ideas and products. Having the opportunity to interact with a new group of people and see the way they conduct business may inspire you to integrate some of their techniques into your work process. Additionally, seeing what your peers have been working on may be the kick you need to start working on a that new project you have been putting on the backburner. Education –Conferences are filled with workshops and presentations. These sessions offer the perfect opportunity to learn the latest industry trends and learn tricks of the trade from some veterans. You can use the workshops as a method to get answers to questions they may have had for a while. Opportunities – Obviously conferences are a great way to learn about what is new and hot in the industry, but they are definitely more than educational opportunities. Every chance to meet new people is a chance for growth. Conferences are a springboard for new partnerships. Peers get to meet, share ideas, and as a result great things can happen. Professional and Personal Development – Not only are conventions informative and a very important part of professional growth, they also play a major role in personal development. Many conferences are held in cool locations, such as New York, Los Angeles, and Boston. This gives attendees the chance to take a break from the maids a la mode office and see different parts of the country. Conferences are a good way for professionals to enhance their work/life balance. Although there are a countless amount of industry conferences throughout the year, no two are exactly the same. Each conference has something new to offer. When professionals attend these events, they have the chance to network, get inspired, gain education, explore opportunities, and experience professional and personal development. If you haven’t already, be sure to register for the Jim Ziegler’s Super Sales Management Conference. The Alpha Dawg, along with an elite group of speakers, will be in Seattle, June 9-11.