Thursday, November 12, 2009
I went to present results from my sabbatical research, unfortunately I only presented to seven people and garnered a big conference planning tip: DO NOT offset workshops.
It went like this:
1:30 - 2:30 Session 1, Session 2, Session 3
1:30 - 3:00 Session 4
1:30 - 4:30 session 5 (a business meeting)
2:30 - 3:45 Session 6
2:45 - 3:45 Session 7
3:15 - 4:30 Session 8
3:15 - 4:30 Session 9
Now you figure out what you'll go to? NOT a good way to maximize attendance, particularly with that big ol business meeting happening. What's particularly funny is that the sessions on Day 1 were synchronized and well planned. I couldn't really believe what was happening. I've never presented to fewer than a couple dozen in years. I get good reviews/evaluations, and this was really surprising. Ah well, at least I tried. The eight of us actually did have a nice session together.
Two great things about this conference. The first was the keynote speaker Nick Arnette, comedian and educator. He spoke about bringing fun into the workplace.
The other fabulous thing was Lamoille Canyon. See more pictures at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jsemenza/4014767880/in/set-72157622591547636/