It’s been a year since I wrote a post with the same title, about the two events that changed my professional life, goals and vision, the two events that taught me a lot about being a better organizer and presenter.
Some of my colleagues wrote wonderful blog posts about ISTEK ELT and our blog is full of great videos and entries thanks to our roving reporter Mark Andrews who did a fantastic job during the conference.
Having been an event which inspired me to think bigger and more creatively as an organizer, the IATEFL conference, once again, was full of wonderful sessions and social events. I’m already looking forward to the next conference.
In this post, I want to share the three things that I’ve learned from these two events both as a presenter and organizer. I find it interesting that the things I’ve learned apply very well to both roles of mine.
Always think big & Success is a matter of attitude.
I’ve learned that almost nothing is impossible if you have clear aims and if you always think positively about what life can bring to you. I believe in the Law of Attraction though I am not a person who reads books full of lists and strategies that claim to help you become a more successful person. I simply believe that if your mind has positive thoughts, you will attract positive things. The same belief applies vice-versa (if you think negative thoughts, you will attract negative things).
Having good communication skills is much more important than lots of other things in professional life.
In both events, I witnessed several problems and different attitudes towards problems (technology problems or different occasions in which either a presenter or a participant is discontented about something). And I saw different cases where problems were solved smoothly or became something bigger. This was because of either the attitude of the problem owner or the problem solver. No matter how great one’s educational background or field knowledge is, if they lack communication skills they have very little chance to be liked by others and be successful in life…but it is never late to work on it:-)
Live every moment to the fullest.
If you concentrate too much on the stressful part of your job, it is certain that you will miss the best part of it. If you are presenting something, it means that you are sharing something that you think is worth sharing and this also must be an event that you celebrate yourself. So try to develop strategies to make this happen. As an organizer I can’t say that I can live every moment of the conference to the fullest but I try to do my best. As a presenter, I am doing much better than I used to do at the beginning but, of course, I have lots more to learn.
I hope I can get comments from experienced organizers and presenters about the strategies they use:-)
I also would like to tell you about one of the highlights of the IATEFL. Actually, the anecdote took place on my way back home, up above the clouds. I sat next to an English teacher, Nevin Adalar, who is a senior lecturer at Eastern Mediterranean University. She presented at the IATEFL, as well, but we didn’t have the chance to meet there, on the ground:-). We had a very nice chat and talked about conferences, teaching, technology and lots of other stuff. I even managed to do my presentation to her at 20.000 feet:-) She turned out to be the aunt of one of our students in Kindergarten whose teacher is running a class blog. She kindly accepted to be filmed about what she thinks about blogging from an auntie’s perspective:-) Here is the video:
Thank you Nevin! It was a pleasure to meet you!
I’m already looking forward to the next IATEFL in 2012 and ISTEK ELT in 2013:-)
You may also want to read:
“It’s ISTEK time again” by Ken Wilson
“Time to Hit the Road & Head to ISTEK” by David Dodgson
“10 Things For Teacher Bloggers To Do Before The ISTEK Conference” by Adam Simpson
“Is it the Conference Season?” by Helen Strong
“6 Reflections from ISTEK” by David Dodgson
“ISTEK Thank-You Notes” by Ken Wilson
“WHY I MISSTEK” by Luke Meddings
“My Weekend at ISTEK” by Anna Varna
“Motivation and Inspiration” by Eva Buyuksimkesyan
ISTEK ELT photos on Flickr: