The CliftonStrengths Summit is almost upon us. This will be my third one, and it’s always a bit magical for me, starting with stellar keynote sessions, awesome breakout sessions, plenty of networking opportunities, and memorable closing sessions.
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The information is first-rate, the connections even better, and I always leave feeling it went way too fast. If I’m not careful, I get sucked up in the wonder of Strengths enthusiasts from all over the world and I buy out the bookstore and I forget in a few short days I must return to work.
I can easily lose my head at the CliftonStrengths Summit, which is fun when I’m there, but not when I return. I must account for my time away and the money I spent and have more to show than selfies with Brent O’Bannon and Rhonda Knight Boyle. (Our controller isn’t that impressed.)
In an effort for me to be more responsible, here are some ways to prepare for the CliftonStrengths Summit. Maybe they can help you, too, so we can make the most of it. There’s also a worksheet to help you think through these matters.
Envision your ideal experience
Which words describe your ideal Summit experience? Do you want it to be insightful, practical, and enriching? How about fun, light, and relaxing? Are you looking for deep connections, understanding, and sharing? How about all the above? Envision your ideal experience.
Plan your connections
Which attendees do you want to connect with and why? The Summit app makes it easy to see who’s coming, connect with them, see their top five strengths, and meet with them. With the growth of the Summit, it’s hard to just bump into each other. Plan your connections.
Identify your goals
What goals do you have for the Summit? There are reasons you’re coming, what are they? There are certain outcomes you want to achieve, what are they? What does your organization or supervisor want for you? If you don’t decide on your goals, you won’t know when you’ve hit them.
Define the difference
What difference will meeting your goals make for you? Why does accomplishing these goals matter to you? If you can envision life and work with your goals met, there’s a greater chance you’ll push to achieve them. Define the difference your goals will make.
Imagine your obstacles
What could get in the way of you accomplishing your goals? Your goals are important, so what could foil your plans? Lack of planning, timidity in meeting people, staying out late, getting lost, feeling insignificant, etc. If you imagine your obstacles, you can be ready for them.
Aim your strengths
How will you use your strengths to accomplish your goals? Just as in strengths coaching, mobilize your strengths to do your work. How can your top themes help you meet your goals and overcome your obstacles? Aim your strengths at the Summit. You get extra points if you do.
Enlist your support
What support will you enlist to help you follow through on action steps after the Summit? You’ll walk away with lots of to-dos, tasks, and action steps. How will you ensure they get done? Ahead of time, create a support system to help you follow through. Enlist your support.
The Summit will still be magical, but now we can be prepared. I look forward to seeing you at the Summit! We can even meet at my breakout session, Wed at 11 AM. See you there.