Sunday, May 22, 2011

Intranets 2011 - What a fabulous event.

What a wonderful conference. I was lucky enough to be asked to present myself which I must say was a little intimidating due to the high standard of speakers. The presentation line up and the way the event was organised was excellent so I just had to share some of the experience here.

Some of the many logistical touches that made this event special.
  • An espresso coffee cart. So much better that the usual coffee served at these events.
  • No delegate folders that rarely get opened after the conference. Instead a conveniently sized little booklet was provided that contained the presentation schedule, speaker bios that included the Twitter name for each speaker and plenty of room for notes
  • Free Wi-Fi for all - Fantastic
  • Power boards on each table meant notepads and iPads stayed charged for the entire event.
  • Smartphone charging station was a great touch that I took advantage of twice.
Then there was the excellent lineup of speakers. I was very excited to meet Jane McConnell for the first time face to face after dealing with her for 5 years online and she was as lovely and interesting as I knew she would be.

I was very impressed with Michael Sampson's live blog posts. He captured the essence of the sessions he attended as they were happening and posted them immediately. Great effort.

And then there were the excellent presentations. I have never been to an event that provided such a wonderful lineup of knowledgeable Intranet professionals.

My only disappointed was that I was unable to attend every presentation due to the dual stream format and deciding which session to go to was very difficult.

Here are a few of the presentations from the event that made it so special.

James Robertson (Australia) @s2d_jamesr
As blogged by Michael Sampson

If you would like to see a few more of the speaker presentations they are available Here.
Thanks to Step Two for making Intranets 2011 happen. I don't know how you will top this next year but I can't wait to see what is in store.


James Dellow said...

I really enjoyed your presentation- the art of influence is something I've seen 'technical' or 'content' focused intranet and knowledge managers ignore and then wonder why they struggle to receive the support and recognition they need.

Peter Richards said...

Thanks for your feedback James it is greatly appreciated. Your comments were echoed by Jane McConnell after my presentation which made me very happy indeed. I think that many Intranet Managers struggle with the relationship building part of the job. Some find self promotion difficult and I hope that my presentation gave those people a few simple tips to help them wave their own flag so to speak.

Anonymous said...

Hi Richard

Seems like it was a great event that I missed due to work/schedule conflicts. I agree that Michael did a fantastic job of capturing sessions as they happened and posted them so quickly. I really appreciated the effort he went to.

It sounds like you presented on a very interesting and valuable topic as well. I looked through Step Two Designs summary of presentation but yours wasn't available - is this something you are willing to post & share?

Anonymous said...

So sorry Peter, I addressed you by your last name :)

Peter Richards said...

Hi Katrina. It was an exceptional event that had heaps of valuable content. My presentation contained a lot of information and images of my current executive team and because of that I am not able to share with the world over the Internet.

I do intend to write a blog post summarising my presentation without the confidential images and that will be published here soon. Thanks so much for your comments and no sweat about mixing up the name. It happens all the time.