• Gina

No Excuses: Making a Conference Opportunity a Reality

Updated: Aug 12, 2019

Attending a conference can be life-changing.

This past weekend the first Parent Empowerment Summit was held in Bettendorf, IA, and it far surpassed my expectations for a first-time event. Providing the opportunity for people to gather in a space and connect was as impactful as I had hoped, but I had no idea how empowering it would be for so many to realize one simple fact: they were not alone. Tears were shed, hugs were given freely, and smiles of encouragement and meaningful conversation were plentiful.

If you have never attended a conference before, you need to put it on your to-do list. The information gathered will help guide you on your journey, but being in a room of people who "get it" and can relate to your life is priceless. We are better together.

You might be thinking, "If these conferences are so amazing, what stands in the way of people attending?"

Well, let's debunk some of the most popular excuses not to attend right now.

"There is no way I can be in a room with strangers. I'm an introvert for goodness sake!"

Mythbuster alert: no need to be intimidated. You're in good company and there are always friendly faces to help ease your trepidation. The first event I attended was the National Tourette Association Conference in Washington D.C.. Though I had spoken with a few people in attendance online or on the phone, I had never met anyone in pers