John Maxwell once said that any individual who wishes to improve their leadership expertise needs to have at least three things in their life: the right people, the right media (books, videos, music, etc.), and the right personal and professional development experiences.
I firmly believe this to be true - especially that last one. As a full-time speaker and trainer for over 15 years, I have attended literally thousands of conferences. The change that happens in people who experience leadership conferences is overwhelming and comes in many different forms.
At a recent conference for college level student leaders, an attendee summed it up like this, "I am normally disappointed by the choices I make in life. This weekend I have surprised myself and those around me by the positive actions I have done, the things I have learned and the people I have met."
The coolest part of watching her say that is she did it while standing in front of all her peers. That one act is probably one of the most courageous things she has ever done. A defining moment.