No matter your expertise, chances are there is a handful of useful workshops to help you grow your skills (and your business!). Especially for those in the wedding industry or in a creative role, attending a workshop related to your work can provide you with far more tools, education and advice than you may find elsewhere.
But how do you know which ones are most suited for you?
Below are some questions to ask yourself in order to find and choose the right workshop that will leave you feeling accomplished, motivated and inspired at the end of the experience!
1. What is your skill level?
If you're just starting to get into a new business, career or industry, be sure to find a workshop that primarily focuses on assisting beginners. Not only will you feel more comfortable right from the start -- since everyone else attending are also beginners! -- but you'll likely get more insight on steps and tools of the trade you'll need to know as you're starting out.
And for those who are experienced professionals with several years under their belt, you may find that a workshop tailored to very specific skills you have been wanting to learn for years is a better fit for you.
2. What are you seeking in a workshop?
Are you needing help with fine-tuning your design style? Have you always wondered how other pros achieve a certain aesthetic in their work? Do you have a specific technique you know others use but you can't figure out how to do it on your own?
Whether you're looking for beginner information or you need education for seasoned creatives, there are workshops that can teach you what you need to know.
3. Do the people hosting the workshop feel like YOUR people?
It may not seem very important up front, but attending a workshop with others you feel you could connect with is extremely beneficial in the long run -- especially for workshops lasting longer than a few hours!
Learn about the speakers, the instructors and even see if you can learn about others attending. Finding your tribe will allow you to get the most out of it, both professionally and personally.
4. Do the locations, dates, and length make sense with your life and schedule?
If you have a family and can't imagine leaving them for too long, consider finding a workshop within your metro area or state that runs for an afternoon or a whole day.
If you're up for an adventure and love the idea of getting out of town for a few days, try a weekend-long workshop in another region!
Find a workshop that works best with your lifestyle and schedule, which will allow you to enjoy the event without feeling stressed or rushed.
5. Gut feeling. Is this the workshop for you?
When all is said and done, you'll want to feel inspired and thankful you attended!
If your gut is simply telling you it's not a good fit or something feels "off", find another workshop that makes you confident that you'll take something from the event.
And remember, your gut is different from your fears. It's okay if a workshop doesn't align with your values or doesn't teach lessons you want to learn, but don't let your fear stop you from finding success and happiness outside of your comfort zone.