Attending shows, conventions and conferences can be so great! For some people it may be a little out of your comfort zone, but it can be really beneficial for your career.
At the show, convention, or conference there may be the opportunity to listen to some other professionals speak and teach. There is always more to learn, and this can be valuable to your career.
Looking around a vendor section of a show can have so many perks too! You can see what is new and what you have been wanting to check out. This is a great opportunity to meet and greet with the staff of these companies. Learn what you can about the products, equipment or whatever you are seeking. Ask all the questions and get clarification. This is your opportunity to watch demonstrations and try products if applicable. Many times, at these types of events there may be show specials which is always a great way to save some money and support those vendors.
Meeting people! I know it can be a little uncomfortable to put yourself out there for some of you. Some of the magic that happens at these types of events is the organic networking amongst meeting people. Be friendly and kind. You never know the connections you may meet. The opportunities for friendships, mentorship, job opportunities or collaborations is out there.
Attending these events will surely help you gain knowledge, motivate you more in your work area, and make you feel more confident in what you do. Definitely take the opportunity to attend some shows, conventions and conferences throughout each year!