In a digital age where it seems that everything relating to training, development and even networking can all be accessed online it can sometimes prove challenging to convince or justify time away from the office. We wanted to provide you with 6 reasons to get out of the office and hopefully, convince you to attend TeamKinetic’s 4th Annual Volunteering Conference!
- You owe it to your volunteers
Countless volunteers travel, give up their time and go out of their way for various volunteering roles. Whether it’s staying an extra couple of minutes to tidy up or responding to an urgent last-minute call to cover a shift, volunteers always have a knack for giving more than expected.
Yet, as volunteer managers, we sometimes forget to prioritise operational and strategic tasks which will provide a greater long-term benefit, becoming immersed by working in our volunteer programme instead of on it.
Sometimes we need to take a step away from our organisation’s day to day running to learn, exchange best practice and hard learnt lessons with your peers, or just simply reiterate the steps we need to ensure long-term value in our volunteering programmes. A focused conference can do just that.
- If you stop learning, you stop growing (and so does your volunteer programme)
This nugget of wisdom often echoes through any informative or educational events marketing material. Yet, despite its excessive use, it still remains true and is one of the most important factors for ensuring you prioritise your personal and professional development.
Without developing your skills and knowledge of the latest trends, technology and discoveries, you put yourself at a disadvantage. Ensuring that you spend sufficient time developing an awareness of new developments will ensure that you protect your volunteer programme and safeguard preparation for future changes.
- Who said work should be boring ….have fun
We have all been guilty of slipping into a routine where we repeat activities daily, trying to reduce any distractions and focus on what matters. In doing so, we inadvertently remove the sources of entertainment, creativity and inspiration we previously amused ourselves with and used to fuel our work with the necessary passion it deserves.
Attending a conference provides an opportunity to find new inspirations in an environment that is fun, welcoming and different. Simply by removing ourselves from the confines of our office, we open our mind to new stimuli that can inspire a change in our approach. The opportunity to meet new people, learn new ways and experience new places, genuinely excites (most) of us.
- Network, Network, Network
Meeting someone in person provides a real chance to connect. You notice their body language, facial response and their voice. Collectively these interactions have a much greater value which is longer lasting and valued.
The importance of building your network is beneficial to both yourself and your organisation. It could be as simple as identifying new suppliers or sharing approaches to a shared challenge. The value and potential of collaboration, open discussion and a mutual interest makes networking very worthwhile.
- Industry Insight
The opportunity to listen to industry leading figures can provide a chance to learn valuable information and insight that you may not have been aware of or had access to. As speakers want to be recognised for their experience and expertise they will supply their audience with an arsenal of practical and easy to implement takeaways; from bite-size easy wins to long-term strategic considerations.
- Lunch, Lunch, Lunch
As every volunteer manager knows, it is important to keep your workforce focused and feed. So make sure you don’t miss out on the top lunch provided and enjoy a freshly prepared, wholesome and tasty lunch with refreshments.
So what are you waiting for, you owe it your volunteers!
So there you go, 6 compelling reasons for you to give up your desk for one day, go on an adventure to discover, network and learn. All you need to now is book your spot on TeamKinetic’s 4th Annual Volunteering Conference using the link below:
If you would like to find out more on TeamKinetic’s Annual Conference or Volunteer Management Software, please get in touch with one of our team on:
0161 914 575