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.
Speaking at IBM ConnectED 2015
Wed, Dec 17th 2014 11:07a Kathy Brown I am excited to announce that I’ll be speaking at IBM Connected 2015 with the amazing Julian Robichaux. The session preview tool is now available here. We will be presenting:
BP107: Ten Lines Or Less: Interesting Things You Can Do In Java With Minimal Code
Don’t be afraid of Java! Many IBM Notes/Domino developers, both new and seasoned have an irrational fear of learning and using Java because it seems overwhelming. We’ll help you over this stumbling block with several sho [read] Keywords: domino
Article Catch Up!
Tue, Dec 16th 2014 5:12a Kathy Brown I’ve been a bit remiss in blogging about the articles I post over at SocialBizUg.org. Go check out the articles section for the full list. Here are a few of the topics I’ve posted about:
Bootcards [read] Keywords: ibm
Review: Head First C#
Fri, Dec 12th 2014 8:12a Kathy Brown Head First C#
By: Andrew Stellman & Jennifer Greene
Start Building with C#
It’s all Just Code
Objects: Get Oriented!
Types and References
C# Lab: A Day at the Races
C# Lab: The Quest
C# Lab Invaders
I love Head First books. I know, it’s crazy to say you love a technical book, right? But I really do. The format just works for me. They’ve done a great job of analyzing how people learn, and writing a technical book that can actually stimulate and interest [read] Keywords: widgets
No Starch Press
Wed, Dec 10th 2014 8:56a Kathy Brown I am so pleased to say that I have once again been selected as an IBM Champion. This is my third year being selected and I am once again included in a great group of people. See the rest of the Champions here.
From the post:
These individuals are non-IBMers who evangelize IBM solutions, share their knowledge and help grow the community of professionals who are focused on social business and IBM Collaboration Solutions. IBM Champions spend a considerable amount of their own time, energy and r [read] Keywords: collaboration
Holiday Gift Giving – Something Different
Thu, Dec 4th 2014 8:11a Kathy Brown In years past, I’ve posted a tech gear gift guide. This year, I’m doing things a little differently. I have many friends who are wonderfully creative and talented. I decided to pool their sites together and create a gift guide out of their wonderful stuff. Here is a short list of sites created by people I know (or at least, people that my people know). Please feel free to add to this list. Chances are since you read my blog, you may know some of these awesome people. Su [read] Keywords: facebook
Race Report: Toronto Waterfront Half Marathon
Fri, Oct 24th 2014 8:11p Kathy Brown I suppose I should do a race report. Last weekend I ran the Toronto Waterfront Half Marathon. But it wasn’t really about the running. Or the race. This time, it was about the people. Many years ago, I got into running and I joined a running site, www.RunningAHEAD.com. The site has several running forums and boards, and most importantly to this post, user groups. One of the groups is for women only, the LLR. From that online user group many many friendships have grown. Ove [read] Keywords: facebook
Review: User Story Mapping – OReilly Publishing
Fri, Oct 24th 2014 8:11p Kathy Brown User Story Mapping
By Jeff Patton
The Big Picture
Plan to Build Less
Plan to Learn Faster
Plan to Finish on Time
You Already Know How
The Real Story About Stories
Telling Better Stories
It’s Not All on the Card
The Card Is Just the Beginning
Bake Stories Like Cake
Start with Opportunities
Using Discovery to Build Shared Understanding
Using Discovery for Validated Learning
Refine, Define, and Build
Stories Are Actually Like Astero [read] Keywords: widgets
How Kids Are Like Computers
Fri, Sep 26th 2014 1:12p Kathy Brown I realized the other day, kids are just like computers.
Kids and computers only do explicitly what they are told.
Sometimes the instructions don’t compile, both kids and computers will do nothing at this point.
Sometimes the instructions compile, but there is a bug. Both kids and computers will follow instructions to that point and then stop.
Kids and computers both have pretty worthless reasons (error messages) as to why they didn’t follow the instructions.
You can search on the [read] Keywords: bug
Current Direction of the IBM Domino Market
Thu, Sep 18th 2014 8:55a Kathy Brown You might have seen the tweets by now:
Spend 30 seconds & help our community find the current direction of IBM Domino in the marketplace bit.ly/PSCXPagesSurvey #ibm #xpages
PSC has put together a survey in order to get feedback from Notes and Domino users worldwide and we will be sharing the results of the survey publicly.
The survey itself takes under a minute and will be open until October 3, 2014. The more people that take the survey, the more meaningful the results will be. Go here t [read] Keywords: domino