But it wasn't until today that I realized how much it's really helped me.
I'm not a big goal-setter. Or at least, until this year, I didn't think I was. I don't get particularly excited about those annual reviews where you set goals for the coming year. When I worked in a non-profit setting, where that was pretty much the modus operandi, it drove me crazy. I'm not a high Focus person. I don't need to see the mountaintop in order to know I want to get there.
But I am very strategic. In fact, that's one of my Top Ten Strengths. I joke with my mom a lot (who has #1 Strategic) that she never asks me out for coffee unless it's Strategic Coffee, meaning there's something she wants to talk about in a public place where the atmosphere will be more congenial. She has coffee at the same time every day, she wants to talk to me in a public place about something specific. Boom. Strategic Coffee. I, on the other hand, often want to have coffee with people for no particular reason. This is why I have a lower Strategic theme than she does. Anyway, that's beside the point. Because I do have a pretty high Strategic theme.
When I plan to do errands, for instance, I'll make out a list of everywhere I have to go and in my head, a plan develops. These two places are on the same side of town, and then I can't make a left turn on that street so instead, I'll do those two on the way back so I can right turn in and out, and then I won't have to cross 19th. Stop at a different store for milk because it's close to home. Do shopping for a party two days earlier because I'm planning to be out at Costco already today. Et cetera. I like strategy.
My mother will be so proud. Strategic Conference. :-)
What about you? Are you going to RWA Nationals? ACFW Nationals? How do you prepare for conference? What are your goals for going to a writer's conference like this? What do you think a new writer's conference goals should be?