Don’t assume you are speaking in a small room
OK, I know I have not posted my Barcelona Day 2 post, but the last one took several hours and I need to get ready to head over to the conference center for Soma’s keynote. Anyway, just a quick story. Last night after attending an "Ask the Experts" pre-conference session (Apparently I am an expert, though more than likely someone goofed) I headed over to the Hilton next to the center. The Hilton is where most of the speakers attend and I figured I would run into some of my coworkers from Redmond. Sure enough, I walk in the main lounge area and there I find Matt Winkler, Jason Olsen, David Aiken and Vittorio Bertocci. I know Matt and Jason quite well. David I know a lot about but never met, and Vittorio I have seen many times on campus (you can never forget Vittorio) walking around by Building 18 though we never officially met.
Anyway, so getting to the meat of the story and why I chose the title for this post. After initial greetings we started to chat about the different sessions we were delivering. I asked Matt if he was doing another Dinner now thing. He said he was doing several sessions and that they were all in the auditorium where the keynote is delivered. Now if you haven’t been there, you might not understand, but the auditorium holds several thousand people. Matt is pretty seasoned at giving talks in front of big audiences, like the one he gave at Tech-Ed US. I on the other hand am not. I was thankful and assumed that for my WCSF Session, I would be in front of probably an audience that was 10% of that size. I was very happy for Matthew and knew that he would do a great job.
So while I am walking back to the hotel, I started thinking, I wonder just how big of a room I will be presenting in. So when I get back I pull open my conference schedule (which btw I have to say Tech-Ed crew that I really like the new design and the descriptions for the sessions being inline), and lo and behold I see the following.
I guess the phrase "never assume" is appropriate. I’ve got ASS written all over me.