So a few months back I saw a promotion on L&DConnect (Twitter @LnDConnect) called "L&D Unconference" and this one was local to me. I think this caught my attention due to the word "unconference". I'd attended many conferences where there was an agenda and details of speakers, but this was the complete opposite. No agenda, the group set the discussion.
Being fairly new to the L&D world, I picked up the courage to book my ticket. The 28th of September came, feeling a tad nervous about what the day was going to bring and if anything could I contribute anything!!
Well for me this was absolutely worth attending and I would recommend it to anyone new to L&D or people with wealth of experience, you all have something to contribute.
Remember I said there was no agenda, by the time we had all said what things we have burning away at the moment it certainly lead to an agenda. It was for the group to decide which of the topics where burning issues that we wanted to look into for the morning and what could be left until the afternoon. Experienced or not experienced everyone had something to contribute, we can look at things from different angles, talk about experiences which helps come to solutions (though I'm not sure we found one for Compliance issues :-))
Will I be attending another? Absolutely. If there's an L&D Unconference near you, get your ticket!