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.
By: Dr Axel Rauschmayer
Publisher: O’Reilly Publishing
SocialBizUg Articles: Notes Dev Tips April Edition
Mon, Apr 7th 2014 8:11a Kathy Brown The April edition of the Notes Dev Tips Newsletter is now available.
I just left Breda in the Netherlands, and Engage (formerly known as BLUG). This was my fourth year attending this conference, and this year lived up to my expectations. And let me assure you, my expectations were high.
And Now For Something Completely Different…
The Collaboration Stack Community Event was on Friday, March 21st, in London at the Soho Hotel. The hotel itself set the st [read] Keywords: collaboration
Bucky Ball Stud Finder
Sat, Mar 29th 2014 6:11p Kathy Brown So, I was going to wall mount my TV. In order to do that, I needed to find a stud. A wall stud, that is.
Now most people would tell you that you would need a stud finder, but I didn’t have one. And I wanted to mount the TV NOW. Off to the Google.
The Google gave such suggestions as knocking on the wall. Supposedly one could listen to the knocking or tapping and hear the difference between hollow wall and stud. Unless you are part dog, that aint gonna work. The Google also sug [read] Keywords: google
The View: Twitter Bootstrap – Beyond the Basics
Mon, Mar 24th 2014 7:56a Kathy Brown Part 2 of my View articles on Twitter Bootstrap is now available. (Subscription required).
Fri, Mar 14th 2014 8:13a Kathy Brown I somehow managed to not post about this, but I will be speaking at Engage next week! Previously, BLUG, Engage is one of my favorite conferences (previously user groups ) to attend. It’s an incredibly well-run conference and always in new and interesting locations. And there is always loads of chocolate for the speakers.
I will be presenting “Improve Your Domino Designer Experience” with Julian Robichaux on Tuesday at 1:30. (I think, the agenda is in non-US time format [read] Keywords: domino
SocialBizUg Articles: Notes Dev Tips March Edition
Fri, Mar 14th 2014 8:12a Kathy Brown March Notes Dev Tips articles are available:
I admit it, I was intimidated. I’m not sure why, but every time I saw a session on themes, I thought, “I should go to that”, or a blog post, “I should read that”, but I didn’t for the longest time. I had some misconceptions that intimidated me.
My first misconception was that themes were hard. They aren’t. I’ll show you how to create a theme in just a few minutes.
Testing! Testing! Testing [read] Keywords: notes
Review: iOS7 Programming Fundamentals by Matt Neuburg, OReilly Publishing
Wed, Feb 12th 2014 8:03a Kathy Brown iOS7 Programming Fundamentals
by Matt Neuburg
Everything you need to know to get started with programming for iOS7.
Objective-C Objects and Messages
Life Cycle of a Project
Accessors and Memory Management
Communication Between Objects
You can’t say this book isn’t thorough. This book really and truly covers the fundamentals of programmi [read] Keywords: applications
SocialBizUg Articles: Notes Dev Tips February Edition
Mon, Feb 10th 2014 9:07a Kathy Brown Great Sessions at IBM Connect 2014
Lots to see and do at IBM Connect 2014. There was no way I could possibly see and do it all. I tried my best to attend sessions that were important to me, and as usual, I still couldn’t see them all, but what I saw was great and always motivates me to learn even more.
This year, I attended a few stand out sessions (no one get upset if I don’t mention YOUR session; remember, I couldn’t attend them all!).
Read the article here.
Email is Dead – L [read] Keywords: collaboration
IBM Connect 2014 Slides and Files
Fri, Feb 7th 2014 7:40a Kathy Brown Here are the slides from my IBM Connect 2014 sessions. If your looking for other people’s session slides, check out the database that Chris Miller has put together.
Improving Domino Designer from Kathy Brown
Uno! Deux! Three! Making Localization of XPages as Easy as 1-2-3 from Kathy Brown
SHOW102 XPages: Still No Experience Necessary IBM Connect 2014 from Kathy Brown
And here are the files for Show 102 - SHOW102 [read] Keywords: domino