There are always opportunities to learn more about the skills necessary to be an entrepreneur. You may think you already have these skills. But there’s little harm in being refreshed or reaffirmed. I know that I take away something from every speaker I hear, even if I’ve heard the basic information before or disagree. Never stop learning! Don’t become stagnant. You may need to get creative about where you find these presentations/workshops/speakers, depending on the area in which you live. College campuses are one excellent resource. Just last night, I gave a lecture at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. I would not argue that Stockton is a particularly dense, urban, entrepreneur-friendly city – in fact, it’s the opposite! But universities attract a broad spectrum of academics and experts. I’ve spoken at UOP once a year for several years now and really enjoy it. Those lecturing at college campuses are often there for altruistic reasons; the chance of you being sucked into a scheme or given dishonest information is very low. I volunteer my time to lecture there because I feel good about giving back to the community. I often imagine, “What if it were my daughter or son in the audience?” I love knowing I’ve helped (hopefully) a young person gain some functional skills, or at least an idea about them. The economy isn’t going to be friendly when they graduate, but there are always desirable skills. That’s the lesson I hoped to impart last night. I’m also giving a free workshop at the Hyatt in Santa Clara, CA on September 19th, which I advertise on my website. Follow some of the inventors/entrepreneurs you respect the most on their blogs or websites. It’s likely they’ll advertise other noteworthy events as well. I also advertised this event in several local newspapers; don’t forget to check those as well!
Stephen Key is a successful award-winning inventor who has licensed
over 20 products in the past 30 years. Along with business partner
Andrew Krauss, Stephen runs inventRight,
a company dedicated to educating inventors about selling their ideas
and the skills needed to succeed. You can listen to the weekly radio show on inventing. Get In The News, list your invention to have media outlets find you for news stories.