Have you ever attended a medium to large sized conference on your own?
Meaning, you're the only one from your company or organization there?
I have and despite having people all around me, it was pretty lonely.
Thankfully that was not my experience at the conference I attended last week.
Last week I really lucked out and happened to sit by my conference buddy within just an hour of checking into my hotel.
Amanda and I met at the bar on the first night of the conference. Both of us, traveling alone, were eating dinner alone at the hotel bar. I introduced myself and we discovered we were both there for the same conference. The rest is history.
Amanda and I quickly connected and decided to get back together at meals throughout the conference to discuss what we learned.
Not only was this conference not lonely for me but I learned more than I have ever learned at a conference before.
There's something to be said about the process of learning when you engage in the journey with someone else.
Thanks Amanda for being my conference buddy and helping me learn so much more than I could have on my own.