Motivational Seminars – Attend or Not?

by Cindy on July 17, 2009

I received a flyer for the GET MOTIVATED Business Seminar in June. In the past, I attended one of these paid for by my employer and enjoyed it immensely – should I spend the money, on what seemed like a frivolous expense?  The price was right, but it was 100 miles away and would take a day away from my work.

After thinking about for it for a week or so, I decided to invite my daughter and son’s girlfriend who have never been offered this option and who I thought needed some motivation in their lives right now. Understand this was about a two hour drive and would require these night owls to rise at 5:00 am.

I remembered how motivated I was after hearing Zig Ziglar, Gen. Colin Powell and Nelson Mendella speak many years ago and was excited to see and hear Ziglar and Rudy Giuliani.  I expected this day to give me a lift to get my business moving in the right direction.  We arrived in a city we had never been to before, found that elusive parking place, navigated the huge crowd, found some seats and prepared for the day.

I sat wondering; could these two young people who are totally submerged in the information revolution;  texting instead of talking, communicating via social media, living in 140 character bites on their computers – would this “old fashioned” method be of any interest to them?  Would they get any value from this day of hearing tremendous speakers in person, get motivation to move their young lives in the right direction, clear their heads of the doubt and worry which had been plaguing them.   We listened, clapped, cheered and yes, at some points yawned as it was a long day.  But I was pleasantly surprised when we talked after the seminar to find they did connect, relate and were motivated. 

My daughter called this morning and thanked me for the day and expressed how motivated she was, how her perspective on her job, home, family and career had been energized.  She had returned home and related the day’s events to husband; they began planning to make some positive changes in their relationship and lives.

The intenet, social media and all the tools we have now to “connect” with others are great; but we need to go back to basics every now and then and really relate in person with other human beings.

Companies should consider “old fashinoned” seminars; now with all the technical bells and whistles, for employees giving them the opportunity to connect, be energized and motivated.  It will surprise them how morale, creativity, confidence and productivity are improved.

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Gladys July 17, 2009 at 3:24 pm

Thank you for this review. I often wonder if the expense and travel involved to attend some seminars are worth it, so someone’s perspective on it is very helpful.

My son is 13, and some motivation for would be very helpful! Don’t know that I’d try taking him to a seminar yet, but perhaps some podcasts to download, or videos to watch would be a good place to start.

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