You just landed the big invite to that (conference / meeting / working group / brain trust) that’s been your dream.
The big day arrives. You go. You engage in important and meaningful conversation. You really connect with people. You feel like you’re really part of something important.
And then what?
We celebrate the fact that we got in. We feel exhilarated by the experience of being there. But what comes of it all is the result of how we engage with our new community the other 364 days of the year.
The test is: the conference / meeting / working group / brain trust invites you to the next meeting. Before jumping back in, ask yourself, “How have I engaged with the group since the last meeting?” If the answer is “not at all” are you willing to pull the plug and not go back again?