1. Take a look at the seminar you are considering attending. Call the seminar company and ask questions to make certain you will be attending something that will further your needs, knowledge, business income or self growth. In other words, what outcome do you want and what is your purpose for attending.

2. Ask the company for references from other people who have attended the seminar. Be sure you call and talk with them to make certain there is fit for your needs and the presenter as well as the content is worthwhile for you to attend.

3. Then calculate what it is costing you, travel, hotel, meals and the time you will be taking away from your income producing hours. Is it still worthwhile.

4. Can you purchase the CDs of the entire seminar and save the money on other expenses. You will not be able to interact with the attendees and sometimes this is where you gain some great insights and are able to network for business. I have met some of the greatest people who became business associates at a seminar.

5. Decision time. With this knowledge under your belt you will be able to choose the best avenue for you. This alone can save you money and sometime people like to have the CDs to listen on their own time and be able to go back again and again.

6. If you have decided to attend, pack up your laptop, get your plane ticket and take care of houseplants, pets and people. You meet those great people at the seminar, the content is just what you need and how are you going to be able to take everything you need from the seminar. Go in prepared. Is the Seminar Leader sending you a CD or book to listen to or read before the seminar. Be sure to take the time to do this as you will receive a lot more from the class being prepared. Do you need to bring some samples of your work. At our seminar training, we like for you to bring your brochure so we can review it as well as any products that you might have.

7. If you receive a workbook then keep all your notes in the workbook following each page. If the back sheet is not plain, then you will need to add a sheet. The purpose of keeping your notes on the same page is the review when you get home. Bring along a lot of post it notes so you can mark places in your workbook and not have to try to match them up when you get home. If there is an AHA for you then use a highlighter as this will tell you that it is important and something that you want to act on when you return.

8. Make a point to visit with the Seminar Leader at one of the break sessions. Ask your personal questions and if it is a seminar that fits with your business, ask if there will be more in the future, if they have an affiliate program and products that you may be able to offer through your business. This can bring in some very passive income if those products and services meet the additional needs of your clients.

9. If introductions are made by the participants from the floor, jot down the names of the ones who you have something in common and might be able to assist you in further promoting your business or personal life. Sit down for lunch with those people. Later contact can often time develop some great business.

10. Focus on what is working for you. If your complete attention is on this focus you will even receive others input from across the room and you will immediately recognize the value in their input.

11. Today the seminar business is over 500 Billion a year. Tremendous amounts are spent in the corporate as in house seminar, conventions, personal growth seminars and those promoted individual. You may even want to look into promoting your business with seminars and be UPFRONT with all your knowledge.

Author's Bio: 

June Davidson - Founder of Coaching Firm International, Founder of International Education Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to support young people's education, Director of the Pasadena Chapter of For You Network, and the National Association of Female Executives-Entrepreneurs. She is also currently serving on the Board of Regents for National Heritage Foundation.

June is an internationally recognized trainer, author, certified action coach and one of the most sought after conference speakers. She trains CEOs, Executives and Entrepreneurs to become powerful leaders and effective communicators.

For more than 15 years, June Davidson has specialized in research and training for: Leadership, Certified Seminar Leading, and Certified Coaching. She also teaches courses that offer Continuing Education Units for: PhD Therapists, LCSW, CPA, Attorneys, and Doctors, and teaches on the campus at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.