While there is no substitute for attending live, face-to-face professional development conferences that are relevant to your career goals and needs, COVID-19 has changed that for the time being with virtual conferences taking over.
When you make the investment of time and often money attending a conference, you want to innovate and apply the new knowledge in your risk mitigation programme with a renewed sense of purpose, armed with new tools as well as valuable new online contacts that can turn into long-term relationships that will help you grow personally and professionally.
» Interact and chat with business/thought leaders
» Connect with peers
» Learn new things that you can immediately implement in your business or career
» Listen to experts who have spent many years practicing what they teach
» Expand skills
» Discuss possible technological solutions to your existing problems with domain experts
» Gain market intelligence, insights and strengthen partnerships / existing relationships