One of the real pleasures of being a fellow citizen of the blogosphere is getting a chance to meet the wonderful folks that I correspond with on this medium (and through my addiction to Twitter).
I’m going to be lucky enough to have several opportunities to do this in the coming weeks and months, and I thought I’d pass them along in case you will be in any of these neighborhoods.
- On November 10, 2008 (a week from tomorrow), my SOBCon partner Liz Strauss and I will be hosting a meet-up in Chicago at 7PM at the Emerald Loop restaurant (216 N. Wabash). For those who attended SOBCon08 you will certainly remember this place – it was our “unofficial barroom”, as Liz affectionately called it. Please stop by and see us – we’ll be undoubtedly be leaking details of SOBCon09 as the night wears on (I’ll say this right now – the lineup of speakers is going to be even better than last year!). Drop us a note or a DM to let us know you are coming (so we can give the Emerald fair warning).
- On December 4-5, 2008, I’ll be in the Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX area, helping Lisa Haneberg as she leads a Developing Great Managers Conference hosted by the ASTD. My role will be to be what she calls a “provocateur” – talking to attendees about “The new management skills and requirements – the emerging management topics that ought to be a part of your training programs but probably are not yet”. I’ll be drawing on my 26 years of business and leadership experience in “stirring the pot” as to what we really ought to be teaching the new leaders of today. Lisa makes a great case for attending these sessions on one of her recent blog posts.
- In early April 2009, look for another edition of CK and Drew Mclellan’s “Blogger Social”. Here’s hoping it will take place in New York, New York as it did in 2008. If you really, really want to meet a great group of marketing (and other) bloggers and talk about our craft (and all the cool tools of the trade), you shouldn’t miss this. I’ll be there, wherever and whenever it is. I’ll be sure to post details on this space as soon as I get them.
- And then, there’s SOBCon09. May 1-3, 2009, at the Summit Executive Center in Chicago, Illinois. Here’s another “leaked” tidbit on this one – we are limiting the attendees to 150. We will be posting more details on our SOBCon site, including the tentative schedule and registration information, very soon. If you are unfamiliar with SOBCon and would like to get a better idea of what it’s all about, I invite you to read my posts “Why SOBCon Matters to Me” and “We’ve Got the Dreamers Disease: Reflections on SOBCon08“. I will once again have the privilege of being the emcee for the event – I can’t wait.
There you have it – I hope I get a chance to meet you at one of these events. In the meantime, keep that glass half-full and all the best!