Death by Conference: When Smart People Use Comic Sans

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Dear Speaker,

Here’s the deal. If you get a stage to share your knowledge, it is your duty to humankind to influence the way people think, live, believe and behave — not just talk about yourself/product/service. Knowledge is only power when it enables others to invite simplicity, ease and greatness into their life. Knowledge is not a stockpile of information you think is so important that every gold nugget you’ve acquired over the years needs to be squeezed into an hour on a podium with a lapel mic. Information dissemination when not consciously designed is just complexity. Complexity is ego. Complexity is a form of intellectual trickery and deceit. Complexity is the enemy of learning.

Every encounter be it in a physical or virtual classroom, social media or a passing conversation, is a platform whose best use is to make someone’s life and therefore universal existence, better. It’s what we all want at the end of the day — better sleep,wealth, health, influence, life insurance, gas prices, thighs. We don’t want to climb the hero soapbox and and take the caped crusader’s stance, no. No we do not. We want to knock that box right out from under you so we can sit around the proverbial fire and share stories of coffee stained dress shirts and torn pantyhose, then take time to figure out what it all means. We don’t want to be like Mike, we want to be Mike or Michaela 4.0.

Dear Attendee,

What if you forked out thousands of dollars to attend an industry event —flight, hotel, Town Car, expensive sushi, fancy socks, designer suit. Dollars you deducted from your fake-it-till-you-make-it fund thrown at the chance to gain know-how, network and finally say NO the next time your boss says, “Yes, but…”

What if this, a key part of your own hustle for happiness—is to be attained by sitting in the front row in a middle seat, listening to a person who enjoyed the sound of their own voice and took pride in the chaos of mismatched colours and the unskilfully animated collision of Comic Sans, Calibri and Times New Roman Bold fonts in the name of learning?

What makes you different, lining up with your branded boxed lunch and vendor swag, than the assembly line workers with their faded jumpsuits, hair nets and lunch pails?

Dear Speaker,

Don’t be a foreman when you can be a foreseer. Value is derived from setting a big vision, not from deathy by clicking. If you’re creating your own presentation materials are you really utilizing your time most effectively, gaining momentum on the maximum value generation track?

What makes you different, queueing with your designer labels, Blackberries, VIP badges and small PC laptops than the assembly liners with their faded jumpsuits, hair nets, candy striper gettups and lunch pails?

Dear Participant,

Yes, you are participants, not attendees. You are an active part of the problem and solution. Learning or lack thereof does not happen to you unless you let it. Want to truly be a hero, rise above the rest, save your family and the world? Complete the evaluation form like a boss, like it’s the template for designing the leader of your dreams, the job of your dreams—like your life depends on it…because it does.

DEAR ALL CONFERENCE GOERS: Speakers & Participants,

What really makes you different…from each other? Nothing, until you CONSCIOUSLY CLICK.

Sincerely,

Fellow Conference Participant and Learner

salimaname

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3 thoughts on “Death by Conference: When Smart People Use Comic Sans

    • Hi Dan – Thank you for reading the post and asking the question. My perspective comes from collective conference/event experience and yes, fresh inspiration from #HRTechConf (my first). Having consulted with those who have been around this particular block several times, I learned my #HRTechConf journey has historical resonance. This awareness can spark a “good-to-great” shift towards more “OMG, you really missed out” sessions. The post is also inspired by my latest obsession: LeanLearning™: “Regular consumption of bite-sized knowledge without the organizational health risks associated with fillers.” Imagine how much we will accomplish in one hour on stage, when everyone shows up with curiosity beyond the podium? Cheers, Salima

    • Hi Dan – Thank you for reading the post and asking the
      question. My perspective comes from collective conference/event experience and yes, fresh inspiration from #HRTechConf (my first). Having consulted with those who have been around this particular block several times, I learned my
      #HRTechConf journey has historical resonance. This awareness can spark a
      “good-to-great” shift towards more “OMG, you really missed out” sessions. The
      post is also inspired by my latest obsession: LeanLearning™: “Regular
      consumption of bite-sized knowledge without the organizational health risks
      associated with fillers.” Imagine how much we will accomplish in one
      hour on stage, when everyone shows up with curiosity beyond
      the podium? ~Salima

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