Learning and keeping up to date nowadays
I spend most of my waking hours on the internet (a bit sad I know, but that is the way it is and I like it like that). As a result, I take many of the things I see and do for granted because I simply get used to them. When I attended a google analytics seminar (sorry I mean webinar) the other day, it kind of hit me. Years ago, I would have had to travel to attend the seminar in order to get the information I got from this seminar. Imagine the costs and time-loss involved with that. Flight, hotel, restaurant meals etc.
Now all I have to do, is sign up to attend and make sure I am logged in when it kicks off. No costs, no jetlag, no checking in and out of hotels, no Goofey in front of me talking with his friend throughout the seminar, no missing stuff because my seat is not close enough to the presentation screen. I am sure I missed a few points. Awesome!
Often when you attend ‘live’ seminars, people hesitate to ask questions (I guess because people are scared of embarrassing themselves). In this webinar tons of questions were asked. Behind the scenes is a panel of people who answer the questions for you there and then. Ladies and gentlemen, from a knowledge accumulation point of view, it does not get much better than this. From a networking point of view, my point can definitely be argued. Having said that, I am sure no matter what industry you are in, there are great networking events – so it is up to you to get your ass in gear and attend them. In the meanwhile, I can only encourage you to find the webinars that matter in your industry and attend them.