events

Out and about …

Sorry it’s been so quiet around here for a week or two … people keep giving me stuff to do which is damn inconvenient to say the least …

Anyway, thought I’d post a quick update on some events I’m attending over the next few weeks/months to let you know I’m still alive …

Next Tuesday I’m attending the Web 2.0 Executive Bootcamp in London which looks like being a great event – more info on organiser, Scott Gavin’s blog … nice to be a participant for once!

On Thursday next week I’m presenting at the 5th Annual Employee Engagement and Communications Conference in Vienna … a last minute replacement for Ross Chestney who can’t do his slot unexpectedly.

I’m also speaking at the jboye08 conference in Aarhus in Denmark from 4-6 November … they’ve attracted some great speakers for this big event.

Finally, I’m doing a couple of slots at the Online Information 08 Conference in London on 2-4 December.

Anyway … sorry about the lack of posts – if you happen to be going along to any of these events, it’d be great to say hello.

A touching moment …

I was in a shop yesterday and had one of those life-affirming experiences that makes one feel great to be human. Nothing much happened except that I had a really genuine interaction with another human being and on the way out of the shop he put his hand on my shoulder. That simple act of warmth from a stranger, which is so unusual these days, made me feel great. In my defence, I’m not a sad and lonely man who doesn’t get out much – I have plenty of physical contact – including a young son who thinks I’m a climbing frame (… am I protesting too much!?).

Anyway, the reason I’m re-telling this story is that it occurred to me that in a world where we do more and more of our interactions through cyberspace – particularly during working hours – the more valuable direct human contact becomes.

This is something that is particularly important for communications people to understand. As we strive to cut costs and carbon footprints, on the increasingly rare occasions that we do get together physically, the stakes are very high. The potential value of a face-to-face event is huge … matched only by the potential for feeling empty and disconnected if it all goes wrong. For me, the thin line that separates these two is ‘authenticity’ …