CONFERENCES & 5 Things You MUST Do After a Conference

Commentary by Dr. Whitesel: “This article gives 5 helpful ideas you can do after a conference to make the most of the experience, including: 1) write down your takeaways, 2) de-clutter your freebies, 3) follow up and follow through with contacts, 4) develop relationships & 5) pray. Read the article for a good explanation of each.”


Many of us spend enormous amounts of time, energy, and money attending conferences. These events are often exhilarating experiences, but by the time next year’s conference rolls around we can barely remember anything about the previous one. How can you make sure the lessons, connections, and thoughts you had during the conference stick with you?

I recently attended the Legacy Conference in Chicago. It’s my third year going and this time, and I’ll always go if I have my choice. This conference boasts that rare combination of solid, biblical truth along with racial and ethnic diversity. In addition, the casual atmosphere virtually guarantees you’ll leave there with more friends than when you started.

Our team had the singular privilege of representing the Reformed African American Network (RAAN) with our own workshop track. The conference theme was “The Imago Dei”and our track built on this theme as we focused on “The Imago Dei and the Minority Experience.

But as I sat on the plane drifting in and out of sleep I had the somber feeling that the lessons learned and new relationships begun would begin to waft away in the breeze of time. I determined God had blessed me with too many gifts at this conference to let them be forgotten. In an attempt at good stewardship, we should all perform these five tasks to make the most of our experience after a conference…

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