Always Explore


A snap from the Reunion Tower in
Dallas, TX taken February 5th, 2017.
by Katie Yeaton
@kyeat29


Conferences are a great time to network and learn from great presentations, but they are also an awesome excuse to explore a new city.  This past weekend I attended the Golden Key Dallas 2017 Summit and had a wonderful time talking with people from all different majors, careers, and life experiences.  On top of the wonderful experience I had during the planned event, I had a fantastic time exploring the city by myself and with new friends.  If there is one piece of advice I can give to folks headed to a conference, it would be to enjoy your time there, but also enjoy your exploring time.  Even if a conference is being hosted in your town, take this chance as an opportunity to learn something new.  Look at your town through a tourist’s perspective, be curious and take a break from your everyday routine.


For me, exploring a city is a way to process, reflect, and digest everything I experience at a conference.  It’s also my way to energize and feel motivated to stay awake for long days.  So for your next conference, I want you to challenge yourself to step outside of your comfort zone.  Attend a program that is outside of your normal interest area, set a networking goal for yourself to meet five new people on the first day of conference, and challenge yourself to take a step back to digest everything.  Be curious and be adventurous.  Meet new people and take the time to explore because you never know what you may find.

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