It’s a warm morning in Southern California, and temperatures are expected to soar to nearly 100 degrees F as the day progresses. Yesterday we reached 104 degrees in my neighborhood, but it’s a dry heat and a great excuse to enjoy cooking and eating in my outdoor kitchen. Sounds great, but then why am I at the Long Beach Airport heading to even warmer temperatures in Las Vegas, Nevada?
It’s DevLearn 2017 travel day for me. Hundreds have already gathered at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas for preconference workshops, and thousands more of us are en route now for the main program that starts on Wednesday.
My conference objectives are two-fold. First, I want to reconnect with colleagues, introduce them to one of me newest coworkers, and network. That means talking about the state of our industry, sharing our challenges, discussing solutions, debating training strategies, and such. In other words, my first objective is to learn from my network, arguably the most important thing I can accomplish during this trip. Second, I hope to learn from some folk I don’t know and to get to know them professionally, understand the context in which they work and why the solutions they’ve chosen work or don’t work.
Conferences are tough work. My typical conference day starts with the morning buzz session at 7:30 AM and typically ends well after a late dinner and extended conversations. I’m going to try to do things just a little differently and get back to my room early–meaning 9 PM–and work on my conference video report and blog here a little. Stay tuned and see if I actually make good on that promise. My blogging has fallen off of late, replaced by some video reporting, focusing on internal matters in my workplace, and interesting but fun challenges in other areas of my life.
In other news, I’m presenting at DevLearn 2017, leading a session I called, “Lessons from Hollywood: Creating Better Workplace Videos.” It should be fun and informative for participants, and the eLearning Guild, which sponsors the conference, estimates an audience of nearly 200. Lesson learned for me: back up your presentation and don’t edit in the Downloads folder. I deleted it yesterday. The whole Downloads folder. Emptied the trash too, along with my presentation that I thought was on my iCloud Drive. Yep, I’m that guy. The dog ate my homework.
Fortunately a PDF copy of my presentation exists, since I had to submit it for approval. It will still be great, but I will be spending time today recreating the interactive parts of my presentation as I sit outside the conference area waiting for my colleagues to wander by.
So until tonight, and hopefully a second blog post in one day…
Thanks for reading!