I know many of you might be SOBConned out at this point but I thought IÃ¢â¬â¢d share a bit about what the conference looked like from my perspective. Call it an insiderÃ¢â¬â¢s view of the conference.
So here are a few tid-bits from what I saw at the conference that you might not have seen:
- Liz ended up getting to the hotel way later and way more stressed than she planned because there was a service failure in the shipment of the purple bags. Long story short, after spending hours on the phone tracking them down she managed to get a commitment for them to be delivered to the hotel early Friday morning. And fortunately they were.
- Lorelle, Joe, Easton, and I donÃ¢â¬â¢t know who all else worked for a good while stuffing those bags full of goodies for yÃ¢â¬â¢all.
- Robyn Tippins grew up right down the road from where I live. If the accent didnÃ¢â¬â¢t give it away sheÃ¢â¬â¢s way more Georgia than San Francisco.
- In addition to being a phenomenal singer and song writer, Christine Kane is incredibly funny. At dinner Saturday night she had our end of the table roaring with a little help from Tony Clark and Ben Yoskovitz. Gorgeous and I were close to peeing our collective pants. IÃ¢â¬â¢m surprised no beverages came out any noses during that meal.
- Speaking of funny people, Rodney Rumford had Gorgeous and I rolling too. He arrived at the hotel Thursday and we were able to spend some time with him before things started rolling. Rodney is a guy who is full of ideas and is a very innovative thinker. Definitely interesting conversation there.
- Andy SernovitzÃ¢â¬â¢s speaking experience showed as he rolled in a bit before his timeslot with his presentation in hand. He gave us plenty of time to upload it and have him set up before he took the stage. A professional and a very nice guy to chat with too.
- Speaking of presentations, Rodney Rumford has Vista on his machine and wouldn’t you know his was the only presentation that ended up being incompatible with the presentation computer. Even the Apple users were even able to produce compatible versions. What do you suppose that says about Vista?
- Dawud Miracle gets this whole idea that business is about relationships as well as anyone IÃ¢â¬â¢ve ever met. It was refreshing to hear how committed a man like him is to his family. If you get the chance, spend some time getting to know him. And thanks, Dawud for volunteering your blog for Liz and David to critique.
- IÃ¢â¬â¢ve been a part of these sort of things many times before. One thing that stood out to me was how little went wrong during the event. Sure we had some challenges. But all of them were minor.
- The Sofitel did an outstanding job helping us make SOBCon a success. They did a great job ensuring that weÃ¢â¬â¢d want to have our next event at their hotel again. Not only that, but all of their employees were wonderful to work with. Nice people, every one.
They were accommodating and willing to help us out with all sorts of things. They even rearranged the room for Saturday not once, but twice to get it the way we wanted it. Stephanie, Volkmar, Mike, and Salvador did a wonderful job making everything just the way we wanted it. Thanks guys!
- We stayed on our timeline until we got to the raffle time in the afternoon. That was the one thing we didnÃ¢â¬â¢t build into the schedule. IÃ¢â¬â¢ve never worked with a group of presenters that large where everyone of them honored the time of the following speakers so well.
My hatÃ¢â¬â¢s off to each of them. They were all wonderful.
One final tip for everyone who attends next year. Some of the best conversation and connections happen outside of the formal sessions. You will completely miss out if you donÃ¢â¬â¢t