1.25 tank of gas + 6 hours drive time + seeing 'friends' face-to-face for the first time or again = PRICELESS
Yesterday started at 3am with drive from Dallas to Austin. I am a morning person, but even this early drive was a bit much. Without a GPS (only female instinct) I arrived at the Dell HQ at 7am for SMC Austin seminar. A big Thank You to host, Dell!
With an energy drink I sat at the front of the room. I took prestigious notes with pen and paper and live blogged the day event. The first half of the seminar was a social media primer. A review for me, but much needed for those surrounding me.
Locked and loaded, the morning hot topic was Shel's research on education and social media-a topic near and dear to my brain.
Chris Heuer is a great speaker. The man does not miss a beat; he can type, navigate through sites and keep the conversation going! It's exciting to see others excited.
I met Geoff Livingston for the first time. As my Twitter feed indicates I was most excited about this introduction. I hope I did not blow it looking like a babbling idiot! This man has a dynamic personality and extremely down-to-earth. It was truly a pleasure. Eagerly anticipating his new book, Now Is Gone...
Yes, Connie Reece really does have hot pink streaks in her hair and looks fabulous! Connie and the Austin SMC team did a great job organizing the event and fighting for wifi access in our conference room.
It has been way too long since I last saw Kami Huyse in person. What a treat! (Kami, I forgot to give you your baby shower present again!) She showed me the latest pics of her two gorgeous children. Kami was truly luminary yesterday! Of course I asked her for her secret...I think it is her passion radiating. Kami presented metrics after lunch. Her presentation was marvelous and packed with resources.
The trip home seemed much faster than the trip to Austin. Perhaps it was because I was on an emotional high, too psyched about future posts (all recorded on mp3 player during drive) and talking to Kami on the phone.
Make it a point to meet followers/friends face-to-face.
Feedback: Austin SMC was my first live twittering experience. How did I do? Too much; too little; too vague?