November 4, 2015 1 Comment
In less than a week, I will be presenting at the Cosmopolitan Resort in Las Vegas at Ascend 15, the international conference for EpiServer. Yay me! Right? Well, maybe. I have had the pleasure of speaking at many events in my life. So this should be just another speaking engagement in a long line of them. But for some reason, it isn’t. I’ve been trying to figure out why.
Is it the venue? To be honest, it will be the largest and most famous venue I’ve spoken at. Lights! Noise! Casinos! Drinks! Food! But I don’t think that presents any additional concerns for me. When speaking, it will still be a smallish room seating maybe 50-100 people and I’ve spoken to larger audiences. I don’t think the place is my worry.
Is it the attendees? Again, to be honest, this will be the most widely travelled and eclectic group of people I’ve ever spoken too. In fact there will be some actual industry EMVP’s in attendance! Which is cool, but, again, I’ve talked with a lot of them already. Yes, there may be some excitement talking to a few people. (looking at you @sliewehr and @rwang0)
Is it the company? Episerver is a new twist on an old favorite. I’ve been involved in the Ektron community for a VERY long time and from my interactions so far, I feel just as comfortable under this new name.
Is it the topic? I am speaking on something I know like the back of my hand. I don’t have any concerns there.
So, what is it?
Here is my conclusion. It is me. I am approaching this from a completely different angle than I have other speaking engagements. I feel like this is an opportunity to take a leap of faith. For anyone that TRULY knows me, I thrive on challenges. Doing something that I am comfortable with and that I know like the back of my hand doesn’t really excite me. While I always give 100%, that doesn’t always translate into excitement for the mission. This presentation does. I want to make more of this than just have it be a presentation. I want to engage more and find (or make) opportunities to challenge myself. I want to express my knowledge and be questioned. I want to make sure my mind is never still. I want to make YOU think and hopefully laugh and question and talk and get excited.
I formally and informally invite everyone that is reading this to connect with me. On twitter, in person, LinkedIn, email or any other way that makes sense to you. Let’s have lunch, or a drink, or a hand of blackjack! I want to help you, I want you to help me. Let’s challenge each other and both be better for it.
If I come home from this conference without taking full advantage of the opportunities that each and every one of you have available, regardless if that opportunity is one that helps you or me, I will consider myself to have failed both you and myself.
I want to use this opportunity to Ascend!