Friday, September 3, 2010

Lessons From #ASAE10

She's so mean but I don't care
I love her eyes and her wild wild hair
Dance to the beat that we love best
Heading for the nineties
Living in the wild wild west
The wild wild west.............Escape Club, Wild Wild West

The Short of It

  • ASAE10
  • Wasn't there
  • Lurked online
  • Surfed blogs
  • Got ideas
  • ASAE11

The Long of It

I ended up not going to ASAE10 this year even though it was in my backyard although I do have hopes to attend in St. Louis.  I didn't chose the virtual option because of the excessive price.  I didn't choose to blog at the time (when the topic was hot) because I needed time to reflect.

However, here are some of my more personal impressions, and some of my plans for next year.

Twitteratti - I found watching events unfold on Twitter compelling.  I WANTED to be there with you guys.  You made it real.  The perspective from my tweeps is always appreciated and you are all bright enough that if you chose to tweet something, it was usually worth paying attention to.  And most of what you were complaining about, I was right there with you.

Twitter, Part Deux - Because of ASAE10, I was STILL able to network and make new friends even from my desktop because of the interaction online.  It was due to the fact that people were engaging onsite that led to me discovering them online.  There is a symbiosis there that must be recognized.  It isn't all one way or the other anymore.

Diversity - We. Must. Get. Real. About. Diversity.

Talking Heads - Enough already.  Nobody cares!  Max Headroom was cancelled for a reason.

Talking Heads, Part Deux - We got a lot more for a million dollars from Steve Austin.  I'm just sayin'.

The Aftermath - The conference doesn't end when the lights go off.  I have LOVED the discussions rocking the blogosphere.  Go Maddie and everyone else who cared to comment or cared to blog positive, negative or whatever impressions.

ASAE11 - if ASAE does not plan or program what we feel we need, we need to engage with each other ahead of time and plan to get our needs met regardless.

So, here's the last point.

Wild, Wild, West - Hey guys, it's time to take charge of our own learning experience. It very well could be that there isn't a general session, thought leader session or workshop that gets our attention.  That doesn't mean it's a loss.  There are enough of us who are skilled facilitators, skilled with pecha kucha, skilled with presentation skills and carting portable technology with us to have interactive, "pop up" meetings. I'm still interested in paying for the platform, but I'm not willing to just passively take what I'm given.

Come on - with a little advance planning we could ensure our experience rocks no matter what happens on the stage.....join me in the back street.....

Forty-seven dead beats living in the back street
North east west south all in the same house
Sitting in a back room waiting for the big boom
I'm in a bedroom waiting for my baby

Talk at you cats later.....Here is the video link for those of you who can't see it -


  1. What are the two Spoken parts in Wild Wild West by Escape Club?


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