A worldwide online conference for people who care about the work they do.

The world tends to focus on activities that can be measured. Measured by a number, an increment, a point on a graph.

Maybe it's time to focus on growing people in a way that can't be calculated by a percentage or a simple score.

Maybe it's time to focus on the skills that matter.

You’re invited to an online video conference about developing real skills.

We do things differently here at Akimbo, and this conference is no different. Here, we’re creating circles of people who care—a tribe of leaders who see that it’s possible to create more value, generate more change and do work that we’re proud of.

This isn't your typical conference. You may be surprised — there aren’t any speakers. It’s about your work and meeting the other attendees. You’re here to meet other people, to forge connections, to find the others. This is what we believe conferences should be about. It is a chance to learn together and choose to make a change.

Inside, you'll engage in real-time conversations with other attendees from around the world in small groups of 4-5 attendees, in addition to bigger group discussions of 100+ attendees. It’s a powerful way to see possibility and new paths forward.

This conference is a place to act “as if ” for two hours. It’s on you to continue the practice afterwards.

Here’s a partial list of some of the real skills that will be woven into the conversations.

To develop these skills you must practice again and again over time.

This conference is a great place to start.

  • The ability to start and stop quickly
  • Assertiveness on behalf of ideas that matter
  • Charisma and the skill to influence others
  • Coach-ability and the desire to coach others
  • Compassion for those in need
  • Creativity in the face of challenges
  • Critical thinking instead of mere compliance
  • Decision making with effectiveness
  • Dispute resolution skills
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Empathy for customers, co-workers and vendors
  • Facilitation of discussion
  • Flexibility
  • Honesty
  • Influence
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Leadership
  • Managing up
  • Problem-solving
  • Resilience
  • Self-confidence
  • Storytelling
  • Strategic thinking
  • Stress management
  • Team building
  • Tolerance of change and uncertainty

Come from where you are

This worldwide live conference all happens from your computer, in a video conference format, face to face.

The conference runs LIVE for two hours, in real time. It’s a powerful way to grow—surrounded by people who want to make things better by making better things. This is a conference about you and the people you meet. Because not feeling alone makes this worthy journey a lot easier.

This conference will not be recorded. You must attend the conference at the time it starts and stay until the end to be a part of it. Check out our refund policy on this page for more details.

Registration & details

We haven’t released the dates for the next conference. Be the first to know when we do by signing up for the Tell Me More email drip.

This conference is about you, your work and your actions. It happens live, just like an in-person conference, and will not be widely available as a recording.

The magic will come from the virtual face-to-face connections between you and the other attendees.

Please plan to arrive online 15 minutes before the conference to take your “virtual seat” in the video conference Zoom room, so that you can get in before the doors automatically close at start time. Learn more about how a virtual conference works.

The cost to attend is $78 per person. Visit the FAQ for more details.

From the creators of the Akimbo Workshops

You may have heard about the altMBA, The Marketing Seminar and the other powerful workshops we run. After engaging with more than 20,000 students around the world, we have seen that people are hungry for this sort of change. Eager for a chance to make a difference, to see and to be seen.

This conference isn’t called a workshop for good reason. Our workshops are a place to show up over a series of weeks to develop skills and practice in community. This conference is two hours to help you act as if. You’ll leave with insights to keep practicing afterwards.

What you'll take away

  • An understanding of what you need to practice in preparation for the future of work and leadership
  • Access to a community of people like you who seek to make a difference
  • Clarity on what skills are important for you to focus on and experience more moments of growth
  • A special invitation to join a future Akimbo workshop and practice what you discover inside this conference

Invite your boss, your colleagues, and your direct reports to sign up too. Great teams know how to talk to one another about real skills. If you all commit to seeing differently inside this conference, you can decide how to implement practicing real skills together at work. Check out our FAQ page for more on groups and why you need to sign up individually.

This might not be a good time

The world is topsy turvy. For too many of us, that means uncertainty and hardship. We’re running this live online conference now because we think one of the most important things we can do to contribute is to help people learn and lead.

We’ve run it before. Thousands of attendees were changed in just two hours.

We plan to run a session of the Real Skills Conference every few months. If this isn’t a good time for you, we hope you’ll consider a future event.

[Non-profit leaders: We regularly offer slots in our workshops and events to leaders at recognized non-profits. If you’d like to learn more, drop a line to hello@realskillsconference.com.]

We offer a full refund for your registration up until Monday, October 12th at 11:59pm ET. Just let us know if something comes up.

In the meantime, here are some of the free assets we’re delighted to recommend:

There are thousands of blog posts from Seth on how to level up here.

Seth’s interviews and talks on YouTube are always available as well.

We’re in for a slog, but there will be another side. Your leadership matters now more than ever.

Ready to learn real skills?

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