I attend a lot of conferences. Unlike many of the speakers I see and meet at these conferences, I have been attending conferences longer than I've been speaking at them. For some reason, it seems lately that a considerable number of speakers and organizers feel that some speakers get "too many sessions". They think speakers should be limited to a set number of sessions, or even particular conferences. NOTE: I don't mean me, I've never submitted more than two abstracts to a given conference.
What I find odd is that those comments are coming from fellow speakers and conference organizers, NOT from attendees, at least as far as I know.
Remember, I am a newbie speaker, I've been an attendee far longer than I've been speaking. As an attendee, I have attended a lot of sessions. Some of those sessions were presented by awful speakers and some of those sessions were presented by brilliant speakers. There is nothing worse than sitting through an hour (or more) of a terrible speaker. So, as an attendee, you begin to seek out good speakers. If I had a choice between two sessions with content that interested me, one given by a speaker known to me (as good) and the other by a speaker not known to me (or known as bad), I AM PICKING THE SPEAKER I KNOW AND LIKE. I don't mean that I know the speaker, like I am friends with them. I strictly mean, know, as in attended one of their sessions. Remember, I am writing as an attendee here.
Take it one step further. I will evaluate the merits of a conference on whether or not I see names I know. This isn't to say I won't go to a conference if I don't know the speakers, but certainly, if one or two of my "favorites" will be there, I am more likely to go.
It seems to me that certain individuals (also speakers) are the "tail wagging the dog" complaining that others get too many sessions. For some reason, organizers are listening to those complaints. Ultimately, I think that just punishes attendees. Good speakers with consistently good evaluations who continue to submit quality abstracts shouldn't be limited. Period.
Article: Lead Up to IBM Connect
Fri, Dec 6th 2013 11:18a Kathy Brown It’s almost here! Sessions announced soon (I hope)! Hopefully you’ve registered, booked your room, and booked your flight. If you see me there, say hi!
Back in September, I wrote about IBM Connect 2014. They had just announced registration and the call for abstracts.
Already this year, we are starting to see a few things different from years past. Rather than a flurry of email notices going out to speakers all at once, it seems they are releasing some sessions out ahead [read] Keywords: ibm
Fri, Dec 6th 2013 9:07a Kathy Brown As you’ve probably already heard (if you’re in the “Lotus” community, that is. If you read my blog for running stuff,then you have no clue what I’m talking about) that the 2014 IBM Champions for ICS have been announced.
Last year I was thrilled to be selected as an IBM Champion and I am just as thrilled this year to be selected again. I am in great company this year (as last year), with 86 other Champions.
I hope I can continue to contribute to the community in [read] Keywords: ibm
Review: Killer UX Design
Wed, Nov 13th 2013 8:00a Kathy Brown Killer UX Design
by Jodie Moule
Publisher: SitePoint Pty, Ltd.
A basic, but thorough book on UX design, but probably not aimed at developers or other non-UX designers.
You Are Not Your User
Understand the Business Problem
Understand the User Context
Making Sense of What You’ve Found
Sketching to Explore the Design Concept
Prototype the Solution
Test, Learn, Tweak. Iterate
Launch to Learn about Behavior
The book itself “aims to be an introduction to user experience design”. I [read] Keywords: widgets
Speaking at Connect 2014!
Tue, Nov 12th 2013 8:31a Kathy Brown I was very honored to see I was listed in the recently announced first round of accepted Connect sessions.
Brad Balassaitis and I will be speaking about localization and translation in XPages applications with “Uno! Deux! Three! Making Localization of XPages Apps as Easy as 1-2-3″
See you at Connect! [read] Keywords: connections
Article: Are You Using IBM Worklight?
Thu, Nov 7th 2013 10:11a Kathy Brown I’ve been seeing more and more tweets about it. I’ve heard a number of people mention it, and it’s entered my radar as something to learn more about, and that’s IBM Worklight.
So what is it? It’s IBM Worklight
Read More… [read] Keywords: ibm
Article: Too Many If Statements Time To Switch It Up
This may be obvious to some of you, but it’s always good to cover the basics in case you missed it. If statements. IF your code (Haha! See what I did there?) has a lot of if statements and else if statements, in a never-ending string of impossible-to-follow conditions, THEN you should consider switching it up to a SWITCH statement.
Read More… [read] Keywords: lotusscript
Article: What Does This Do – Firebug Lite
Tue, Nov 5th 2013 8:12a Kathy Brown In this video of What Does This Do for SocialBizUg.org? I demonstrate the Firebug Lite control. Very handy for getting debug information from users without them installing anything new.
See it here [read] Keywords:
Article: What’s New in Designer 9.0.1
Mon, Nov 4th 2013 12:10p Kathy Brown In this article for SocialBizUg.org, I cover the important (to me) highlights of what is new in Domino Designer 9.0.1. Considering this was a “point release”, there are a lot of nice updates. Read all about them…
What’s New in Designer 9.0.1 [read] Keywords: domino
Review: Confessions of a Public Speaker by Scott Berkun, OReilly Media Publishing
Mon, Oct 14th 2013 8:45a Kathy Brown Confessions of a Public Speaker
By Scott Berkun
Publisher: O’Reilly Media
I’ve never seen Scott Berkun speak, so I have no idea if he is a good public speaker or not. I can tell you that he has some of the best advice I’ve ever read if you are thinking about (or already do) public speaking.
“Confessions of a Public Speaker” is not just a book of advice for speaking. In fact, it isn’t really that at all — that is just a nice bi-product. It is, instead, anecdote [read] Keywords:
Article: It’s That Time of Year Again – IBM Connect
Thu, Oct 10th 2013 7:53a Kathy Brown Tis the season! The time of year for thinking about Connect and for submitting abstracts! On SocialBizUg.org, I wrote about this year’s submission, but also check out this article I wrote a few years ago on how to write an abstract.
Summer turns to fall and our thoughts begin turning to IBM Connect. I know, I still call it Lotusphere in my head, but now it’s Connect. Well, technically, Lotusphere is still a track within Connect, but I’m getting ahead of myself.
Here’s the offic [read] Keywords: collaboration