With so much going on in our lives, it is difficult to find the time to attend leadership workshops, conferences, or seminars.

Sometimes the constant emails, phones call and ads can even be annoying. Sometimes it is easy to fill guilty for not attending these types of functions.

Not too long ago, one of my colleagues asked me about a leadership workshop that was offered. She asked me what I thought about the advertisement. In addition, she asked me if I would like to go with her to it.

I had to force myself to not state my opinion whether or not this particular workshop was to her benefit, but I did ask her some questions that she could ponder on.

Leadership workshops, conferences, and seminars are usually held to promote the sell of books, courses, and other services. In most cases, it is information you receive on how to obtain more information.

These types of gatherings are known to not be very applicable. Research estimates that of what you learn in these types of functions, you will only be able to use about 2% of it. So, you will probably want to analyze what the cost is to what you will benefit from it.

Here are some questions to ponder if you should attend a workshop or not:

1. How will attending help you achieve your goals?

2. Will the knowledge you receive help you to attain your goal.

3. Could you buy any books that are promoted at the workshop without personally going?

4. What are the chances that you will actually read and apply the book on a personal or corporate level?

5. Are the presenters at the workshop your best bet to learn what you want?

6. If what you are aiming to learn is crucial to your goals now, why haven't you fixed the problem with an employee, coach, or consultant?

7. What will the conference cost you?

8. How will your time being away from work affect you?

9. What will the price be for traveling, lodging, food, etc?

10. What will the cost be to your organization? Would you be gone during a busy season?

When trying to decide if you should go to leadership workshops, you should keep these questions in mind.

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