Episode 65: The Difference Between a Retreat and a Conference

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When it comes to business retreats and conferences, there is often a lot of confusion about what the difference is between the two. And while they both offer unique benefits, they are definitely not the same thing!

So, what’s the difference between a retreat and a conference?

Well, a retreat is typically a smaller, more intimate gathering where attendees can expect to build deeper relationships with each other. There is usually a greater emphasis on personal development and growth at a retreat, and attendees often have ample opportunity for reflection and self-care.

On the other hand, conferences are much larger events that tend to be more focused on networking and learning new information.They offer a great opportunity to meet new people and learn from some of the top experts in your field. However, they can also be quite overwhelming, and it can be difficult to really connect with people on a deeper level.

So, which one’s right for you? If you’re looking for an opportunity to relax, recharge, and reset, a retreat might be a better fit. Especially for people like me, who tend to be more introverted, retreats can be a much-needed oasis.

However, if you’re looking for an opportunity to meet new people and learn about the latest trends in your industry, a conference might be a better option. No matter which you choose, attending a retreat or conference is always a worthwhile investment.

Tune in this episode to learn more about the other key difference between retreats and conferences, and why attending either one is a great way to invest in your business. Also, I’ll give my fresh insight from my attending the Mom 2.0 Summit, so you can get a fair idea of how these kinds of events are like. And who knows? Maybe you’ll be inspired to attend one yourself!

“I feel like overall, a retreat is more my style. I really like building closer relationships with fewer numbers of people. That’s just kind of how I roll in my life. And I like having that spaciousness and quiet time and, sort of distraction-free time built into my experience.”

– Stephanie Skryzowski

What you’ll learn in this episode:

  • What’s the difference between a retreat and a conference
  • Why going to a retreat or conference is a worthwhile investment
  •  What attending a conference is like for an introvert (like me!)
  •  When do conferences and retreat happen
  • The value of forecasting conferences and/or retreats into your business expenses

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