5 Surprising Benefits of ADHD Webinars
All week, ADHD coach Laurie Dupar hosted her 2nd annual (the “annual” part is me presumptuously hoping she’ll do it again next year!) ADHD Telesummit. I’m sending a big shout-out to Laurie and all her presenters.
Laurie did a fine job of assembling a great variety of speakers. Once again, the event was free, and there were downloadable handouts to follow along with for some of the sessions (hugely helpful in keeping me alert).
I’ve been reflecting on what I learned at the Telesummit, and at webinars so far this year. Sure, there’s lots of repetition; but even for someone who’s well-versed in all things ADHD, new and surprising info can pop up.
Sometimes I feel like a miner, panning for nuggets of informational gold. I’ve rarely been disappointed, but the most surprising things I’ve unearthed are not about the seminars’ content per se. Here are 5 bonus benefits I’ve found from attending.
1 ) Learn more about your fav ADHD authors
Among last week’s Teleseminar luminaries was ADHD Coach Jennifer Korestsky. I’ve read and appreciated many articles by Jennifer at ADDitude Magazine. Her participation in the Telesummit was a great chance to hear more from her about how to overcome the chronic overwhelm of life with ADHD.
2 ) Find an ADHD coach
It’s important to find a good fit with your ADHD coach. Listening in on their webinars will let you learn more about them, get a sense of their knowledge base, and help you to make the decision to approach them for coaching.
3 ) Be surprised
This week, I was dazzled by well-known ADDiva Linda Roggli’s presentation. She came up with some fresh, innovative thinking, and helped me to clarify some ideas I’ve been mulling over lately. It was a wonderful bit of surprising synchronicity. I admire Linda’s honesty and renegade spirit in sharing these ideas and stepping away from the pack (you’ll hear more about them from my perspective in an upcoming blog post). Hats off to you, ADDiva! (Please check out her new initiative, the online accountability partner)
4 ) Be a voyeur
As a budding webinar host, other people’s webinars remind me to not be so darn hard on myself. The wide variety of human utterings I’ve heard so far this year is astounding.
I’ve heard sighs, mumblings, yawning, confused utterances (“Are we starting yet?”), private conversations, and something that sounded akin to sleep Apnea, all before the sessions began. I guess I’m not the only one who forgets to turn off the mic!
5 ) To be amazed
Everybody’s got a story. Some people’s stories are mind-blowing. This week, I had the privilege of sitting in on a seminar by Alan Brown, aka the ADD Crusher (ADD tools that, “[beat] the crap out of reading a book.” (from Brown’s website).
If you want a reminder that wickedly severe ADD can be turned around 360 degrees, look no further than Alan. His seminar content was good, but his backstory was better: how could I not be humbled and impressed by his tale of a pre-diagnosis life of drug and alcohol addiction, massive underachievement, and his dramatic turn-around into a wildly successful executive, entrepreneur and motivational speaker extraordinaire? The transformation was stunning, and hearing about it fascinating, motivating, and inspiring.
If you’ve never attended a webinar (aka teleseminar), consider it. The technology is super-easy. For most, it’s easier than watching a YouTube video (and less distracting; all you have to do is push play and there are no ads, video thumbnails, comments, etc. to seduce you away from the main presentation. Just sit back and listen to the audio.)
I know how much work it is to organize, publicize, and host these webinars; kudos to everyone who’s hosted, and to everyone who’s generously shared their time and expertise with us, all at their own expense.
Kessler, Z. (2012). 5 Surprising Benefits of ADHD Webinars. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 4, 2015, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/adhd-zoe/2012/07/5-surprising-benefits-of-adhd-webinars/