The APPO conference is just a few short weeks away. It’s a fabulous time to learn and grow and network with your peers.
But maybe you aren’t able to attend this year. Whether it’s finances or timing, you can still learn new things about your business every single day.
As the parent of 3 twenty-something fairly recent college graduates, I’ve seen a common thread among their peers where they are relieved and excited to “finally” be done with school! Certainly that is cause for celebration at any age and stage of life. Interestingly though, college does not often prepare them for real world continuing education. That education process where you continue to learn and grow without a class schedule, teacher or term paper due. Instead, they are now at the stage where they have to figure out things on their own.
We are in an ever-changing business where technology will challenge you with every new project. Even if you say you would like to focus on traditional print photo organizing, you’ll still have to know how to use a scanner, understand resolution, create a folder structure and back up those precious scans. Embrace technology and your expertise will shine through – especially for low-tech clients who don’t want to or don’t have to embrace technology!
There is plenty to learn every single day.
Here’s a challenge for you…
Set a plan in motion to create a budget for your own training and development. This includes time and money which coincidentally are two of the most common objections people have when they need help with something. Something like organizing their photos? See, we have more in common with our potential and active clients than you might first think.
Your budget should include time as well as money. Figure out how much you should put away each month so you can attend APPO’s conference next year. But also create a time budget to find opportunities for continuing education in this exciting field. You have to schedule that time and put it on your calendar.
We’d love to hear what you’ve learned today. Or this week. Or this month. It’s fun to share those A-HA moments with our colleagues so please do that in the comments below!