This week on November 9th, Consulting Magazine will be holding their annual Consulting Summit. Even if it is already too late for you to attend this insightful event you should schedule events similar to these in order to stay up to date with the best practices in your field. Even if you don't want to spend hundreds of dollars on admission to these events, try signing up for small meetup groups in your area instead.
Remember, as an independent consultant, you are solely in charge of keeping your skills razor sharp and up to date. These events are a great way of learning new methods, networking with other professional, or even meeting new clients.
If you live in an area far away from events like these look into webinars. These are seminars which are hosted online where you can attend and participate from anywhere on the planet.