Well, you might be thinking, "I don't remember seeing him do that" or, "He can't be serious." But, I was there, doing just what I said...only "attending" at a much later time than the original event.
As you might have guessed by now, I was listening to these events on my iPod while performing other activities in the here an now. I purchased the last several years of ACFW conferences on CD or flash drive, imported them into iTunes (available for either Mac or PC), and then selectively transferred them to my iPod for listening, learning, and absorbing the information while walking on the treadmill, walking at the park, or just lounging around the house (yes I do lounge from time to time).
I also listen to podcasts of episodes from "In the Market with Janet Parshall," "Midday Connection," and many of the available ACFW conference courses that have been available to members. Midday Connection does a podcast every year about the "Write to Publish" conference. Janet Parshall also interviews Christian authors on regular intervals. Chris Fabry has some good podcasts as well. And, in case you didn't know, the ACFW classes are available in various media formats.
Just with the sources I mentioned above, I have plenty of material to listen to. It's like travelling back in time to listen to everything while still being able to get something else done while attending that event.
It's really a great benefit of modern technology that you can make these types of events "portable" to learn (and listen) on the go. If you find yourself short on time, or always busy, I encourage you to invest in an iPod (any version) and make use of this technology to improve your writing. Turn your jogging course at the park into a writing course. iPods are available starting at $49.00. For those of you with iPhones, this feature is also available to you.
- Here is a link to Apple regarding iPods: http://www.apple.com/ipod/
- If you already own an iPod: http://www.apple.com/support/ipod/
- Here is a great reference book for anyone wanting to learn more about how to use their iPod: iPod: The Missing Manual