How To Get More From Any Seminar Or Live Event You Attend

“The aim of life is self-development. To realize one’s nature perfectly – that is what each of us is here for.”
Oscar Wilde

A seminar is not a passive event. You are in charge of your experience. By being just a little more conscious of your needs and desires—why you are attending the upcoming event, you have the ability to enhance your experience and your learning!

Think about the last time you attended a seminar or life event. Was there anything you said to yourself, like:

  • I wish I’d taken notes
  • I wish I’d taken an extra pen
  • I wish I’d gotten there early
  • I wish I’d sat up front (or in the back, center, on the aisle)
  • I wish I’d sat with someone new/a friend/someone I knew
  • I wish I’d taken water with me
  • I wish I’d remembered a protein snack
  • I wish I’d dressed in layers so I didn’t get hot/cold
  • I wish I had a pillow so my back didn’t get tired-stiff-hurt
  • I wish I’d taken a friend so I could talk to someone about this
  • I wish been able to try things out so I could remember them

You get the idea. How could you take just one of your “wishes” and provide yourself the best experience for you in your upcoming live event?

Getting Clear, Setting Intentions

Tapping into our powers of choice can literally shape our experience. You can use this to enhance your experience of any event you attend.

Set your intention before you go, what do you want to learn, know, solve, get an answer about? Set an intention to get that for yourself.


  • My intention is to hear, see or experience what will double my current confidence level! 
  • My intention is to take away one thing that will help me qualify early my perfect clients
  • My intention is to realize exactly what it is that is holding my ceiling in place
  • My intention is to connect with a buddy who I can support/be supported by so I use the information I learn

Maximize the Learning

What do you need to retain information? Do you need to hear it? Do you need to write it down? Do you need to review it with someone else? Do you need to teach it to someone else? Do you need to practice it (right away)?

Take just a moment and think about what creates your maximum learning and take actions to get the learning your way.

Drunk Monkey On the Loose!

Live events, with the elevated energy of so many, can accelerate change within us. And you know what that means, right?

Yep, the Drunk Monkey can pop up in sneaky ways—even before you leave the group-mentor-energy-matrix. Here’s how you can help ease the changes, beginning at the event and continuing after you return home:

  • Make taking care of your body your priority
  • Get plenty of rest, get plenty of sleep and take lots of breaks
  • Get up and move around the room, if that is possible. Learning is more powerful and effective when you can move your body. The least effective learning happens when we are forced to sit quietly. You may have noticed the best seminars include lots of movement and participation.
  • Do little mini exercises to loosen your brain and anchor the learning. Look up (with your eyes) to give yourself a brain refresh before new material comes in. Scrunch your toes in your shoes (like you do in sand, on the beach) to ground and focus yourself.
  • Get out and move—vigerous movement helps flexibility and learning.
  • When you get back to your room, or can get to somewhere private, incorporate some movement that crosses the midline (right hand to left knee, left hand to right knee). This locks your learning into your brain.
  • Here’s a little video to show you what I mean (it’s deceivingly simple, but amazingly powerful): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VL4an7UC3wA

Preparing to take away what you came for:

You don’t have to try to learn it all. See if you can’t capture one key learning from each session. Make sure that you are taking away the one thing that resonates or will make a difference in your life and business.

When you do, make sure you make a note of it where you can keep all those “take-aways” in one place.

See if you can’t write down the top three things you take away from the seminar. Post them somewhere where you will see them when you “go back” to your daily life. Take action on these as soon as possible—that’s how to make the changes permanent.

I think if you only take away one tip here, you will enhance your experience, your focus, your learning and your results! So let me know if the comments below, what will you put into action at the next live event you attend?

Comments (2)

  • Dawn Hartwell

    Awesome tips. Certainly hit the nail on the head with some of these that I never thought of!

    Thank you for always providing value!

    • Deborah Ivanoff

      It’s my pleasure Dawn. Those who lead seminars (like yourself) may find one of these ideas helpful to invite participants to more comfort for themselves (which means they take more away from your event). And you may find it helpful when outlining details—helping manage the expectations of participants. I hope so! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!



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